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#19509 - 12/29/02 07:08 AM What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 12/26/02
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Loc: Columbus,IN
Hello all,
I am new to this forum and somewhat new to electrical work. I was an Electrician's apprentice a few years ago and I am taking my test in January for my license. I love doing electrical work especially repair and troubleshooting (believe it or not).

My preference on tools and testers is Greenlee. I do own some tools made by GB,but the quality doesn't compare. I own the GET-1200 (circuit tracker)by GB and I find it hard to use.I'm just wondering what some of the veterans use.

Thanks and have a good day.
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#19510 - 12/29/02 07:40 AM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Klein, Greenlee, Ideal

That's what you'll find me using and I'll bet you get the same answer from most othewrs here. If you want your tools to last and perform, it does matter who made them in this field. I'm sure we've all been sucked into buying a GB tool or 2, just to find there really was a good reason for the price diference.

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#19511 - 12/29/02 07:47 AM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 12/26/02
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Yeah it proves the old saying "You get what you pay for".
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#19512 - 12/29/02 08:41 AM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 10/14/02
Posts: 211
Loc: Massachusetts
I am with ElectricEagle,

Klein, Greenlee, and Ideal. I do like GBs 1/2" EMT bender with bubble level.

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#19513 - 12/29/02 09:29 AM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 08/25/02
Posts: 120
Loc: ohio
klein, greenlee, ideal, craftsman, and fluke.

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#19514 - 12/29/02 10:05 AM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
I'm with the rest of the gang...you will find nothing but Klein and Ideal in my tool bag. Greenlee makes awesome quality stuff too. These are quality brands and well worth the money for serious professionals.

Since we're on the subject of tools, I might add that we love our Makita power and cordless tools too. The new 24V Makita MAKSTAR line is simply amazing and built well.

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#19515 - 12/29/02 12:33 PM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 02/11/01
Posts: 160
Loc: Bethlehem, PA USA
Klein for side cutters, dikes, screwdrivers, Ideal strippers, Channel-lock tongue & groove pliers, Fluke meters and testers. Craftsman for misc. tools--files, socket sets, wrenches, tape measures, because when they break you can usually trade them back in no questions asked.

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#19516 - 12/29/02 03:04 PM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
Klein hand tools, Stanley tapes, lots of Sharpies, Dewalt and Craftsman power tools, Greenlee KO kits.

Now for benders... I use GB benders and love 'em. About half of my employees use Ideal benders and hate GB benders. I guess it's like the ford vs chevy thing.

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#19517 - 12/29/02 06:28 PM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 08/08/02
Posts: 42
Loc: Fla.
Klein,Milwaukee,Fluke meters.

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#19518 - 12/29/02 07:56 PM Re: What brand of tools do you use?
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Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ
Hey Amp,

Welcome to the board.
I was a contractor for 15 years and now I am an inspector and I also have to go with the guys here. I used Klein, Ideal, Gardner-Bender, Amprobe, and all of the common names that most supply houses would stock. However for some hand tools, I would also recommend, Craftsman. For power tools, Bosh, Porter Cable, Milwaulukee.

Harold

I think I spelled that wrong.

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