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Old 05-21-2020, 11:03 AM   #41
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Kenosha is likely just their headquarters now days. They have manufacturing facilities in 9 other states.
Have we become too intertwined with Red China to be able to survive on our own again? The future will be interesting indeed.
The fact that we obtain approximately 75% of our drugs from China kind of scares me.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:26 PM   #42
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The fact that we obtain approximately 75% of our drugs from Chia kind of scares me.

I was thinking the same thing. If one good thing has come out of this pandemic, it has opened up some eyes.
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Old 05-21-2020, 12:57 PM   #43
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Well said JT Ford. I don't wish bad on anybody but it's difficult to respect the Chinese government and their policies which have such afar-reaching repercussions on so many levels.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:35 PM   #44
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Well said JT Ford. I don't wish bad on anybody but it's difficult to respect the Chinese government and their policies which have such afar-reaching repercussions on so many levels.
And ours?
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:54 PM   #45
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And ours?
Right on, Mike
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:16 PM   #46
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A long time ago, I installed some waterjet cutters in China. When I finished and was getting ready to come home, my customer technicians asked if they could buy my American tools....they said that Chinese tools were "junk"! I sold them and got enough $$ to replace them with new stuff when I got home.
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:06 PM   #47
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My tools reflect equal opportunity for a wide range of suppliers .... true diversity.

Craftsman, Snap-On, Proto, Blackhawk, Napa, Pennkraft, Mac, Powerkraft, Thorsen, etc., etc.

Rarely bought new sets. Just filled in what I needed at the time both in sae and metric. Had to raise a couple of kids so big expenditures on tools didn't happen.

First car ... first sockets were S-K given to me. I still use them and fondly remember the previous owner.

All of these are U.S. made. Quite a few by the same manufacturer in the same factory (like New Britain Machine).

Anyhow, always got along just fine with all of them. i like my Snap-On screwdrivers, Craftsman 1/2" fine tooth ratchet, and Craftsman 1/4" socket set.

... I would rather look through the flea markets than buy Harbor Freight.

(A new set of golf clubs does not make you a better golfer. Same with hand tools and mechanics.)
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:40 PM   #48
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"It's a poor workman who blames his tool" anon
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:31 PM   #49
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"It's a poor workman who blames his tool" anon
Oh my, I couldn't agree more.
When I first became a tool maker, it became apparent rather quickly that the tool room had the machine tools that well, were poopy compared to the production part of the shop.
We were told that with our schooling, we could make gold out of horse sh--.
We did... there was no option "B".
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Old 05-21-2020, 11:58 PM   #50
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When I was around 10 years old the neighbor two doors down was taking the transmission out of his car in the garage, it was sitting on cheap stamped steel jack stands, it started to rain so the wife moved the riding lawn mower in garage, her foot slipped, the mower bumped the car, the car fell on George. He was around 50 at the time, told my Dad the day before he just paid off the house, he spent the next 30 years in a motorized wheel chair unable to talk. He just died a couple years ago, she still carries the guilt. Sure you can say the jack stand wouldn’t matter but when you’re 10 and you watched all this from the bottom of the driveway it made an impression, the other neighborhood guys who helped get him free made comments of the sort in regards to the stands and jacks with no blocking. When I put a car in the air I go overkill... when I go to swap meets estate sales, auctions or on Craigslist I always look for industrial strength jacks and stands that are in the 40-100 year old range. I never buy anything new.

Hand tools much the same, old Craftsman sockets and wrenches, older Snap-on ratchets, proto, S-K, Matco, MAC, last year I bought a complete 3/4” drive S-K socket set from the 60’s/70’s for around the same as a new China set. I’m rarely disappointed with old quality name tools, as stated above the new tools from the quality names often disappoint. Thankfully I’m an old soul that likes old stuff.....

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Old 05-22-2020, 12:10 AM   #51
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As a instant buy cheap society. We get what we pay for. There are options, always have been. We always made some stuff here, just never bought it.

Picking up at auctions and garage sales are good, but take time.


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Old 05-22-2020, 12:14 AM   #52
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I have some really good quality jackstands and then I have a couple that are the L cheapo‘s for $20 or whatever. I only use those for holding up something that I guarantee you I will not get underneath.
Oh yea, So when are they going to recall this virus?
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:00 AM   #54
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The way things appear to be going you won't have to worry about Chinese junk because there will be no trade between China and the USA or worse . That should serve nicely to deflect any reflection on the quality of the administrations response to the virus !
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The way things appear to be going you won't have to worry about Chinese junk because there will be no trade between China and the USA or worse . That should serve nicely to deflect any reflection on the quality of the administrations response to the virus !
That sounded blatantly political to me, and uncalled for.
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I agree with BOTH of you!
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:09 AM   #57
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I refuse to buy or use any tools made in China......pure garbage. For jack stands, I have found that old Ford V-8 transmission cases work quite well.
Where do you purchase your floor Jacks from that are American made?
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:18 PM   #58
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Where do you purchase your floor Jacks from that are American made?



My floor jacks are older than me, and I am in my mid-70s.....they are well cared for, and can be rebuilt as they wear.....every tool I have (2 roll away boxes, several hand boxes, and 2 machinist's boxes) is made in USA......as are all my power tools.
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My floor jacks are older than me, and I am in my mid-70s.....they are well cared for, and can be rebuilt as they wear.....every tool I have (2 roll away boxes, several hand boxes, and 2 machinist's boxes) is made in USA......as are all my power tools.
So awesome. Your a hero seriously. Unfortunately all new floor Jacks Iím aware of are Chinese make. It is also getting harder to find good jack rebuilders as the cheap Chinese junk & people willing to accept it have put the rebuilders out of business.
Keep digging my friend.
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I have a great USA made floor Jack, Its a treat, I will get a pic and brand for you today.
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