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Old 04-25-2018, 12:06 PM   #1
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As a new guy looking for tools I may not have the money for all new Klein tools. Are there any suggestions for other brands of linesman’s, diagonal cutters, screwdrivers? Channellock brand? Thanks.
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Channelock would be one. Craftsman and Grainger's house brand Westward would be a couple others. Truth be told, I could probably go to the dollar store and buy some asian crap and still be effective and productive. I guess the better brands just get you more longevity between repurchasing.
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As a new guy you don't need that many tools (compared to a jman). Also you don't have to buy all Klein tools. In fact there are some tools that are as good as or better than some Klein tools.
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A Klein or Ideal apprentice kit might save you some money.
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As a new guy you don't need that many tools (compared to a jman). Also you don't have to buy all Klein tools. In fact there are some tools that are as good as or better than some Klein tools.
What’s brands would you recommend?
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I would not cheap out on the linesmans or side cutters as they are our main tools. Cutting wire with cheap stuff is exactly like what you would expect. More effort = less production.

get cheap screwdrivers, look for unlimited warranty so you can just keep replacing them, besides, klein screwdrivers are crap and over priced anyway.
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Unless you're a lady, if you're buying off-brand tools, I'd look for plier type tools that are actually full size. That is to say, a pair of linemans should be 9 inches long, etc. Some of the off brands look more like toys.

The advice to get Klein (or a good brand) lineman's and dikes is solid, but I understand that 50 bucks a tool for a brand new person is quite possibly the same as asking for a million dollars. If you go off brand on these, they should be some of the first things you should consider getting in a good "electrician's brand".
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@99cents had a good suggestion. Myself...

Klein 9" sidecutters plastic dip handles
Klein or Ideal screwdriver starter set
Ideal strippers
Channel lock brand channel locks, two pair of 420s or 430s

Ask your jman or get a tool list of required tools.
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Get Klein linemens and diagonal cutters, you won't be sorry.

Home Depot often has them in a 3 or 4 piece kits with strippers.

After that I'd go to Lowes and buy some of the new Southwire tools and Channellock pliers from the discount places like Sams, Costco, or BJs in sets.
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I made the mistake of buying klein everything (ideal here and there), now i cant use cheap stuff because it feels weird lol
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three tools = 58$

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-To...050R/301961502
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I made the mistake of buying klein everything (ideal here and there), now i cant use cheap stuff because it feels weird lol
When I first started out basically all any supply house had was Klein tools and maybe Estwing hammers and bars.

I'd buy one or two tools a week when I was at one.

Still have them all decades later.
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Kits like those often get reduced to much better prices.

I picked one of those up a little while back for $25.
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I think most people could get 90% of things done if all they had were those three tools.
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When I first started out basically all any supply house had was Klein tools and maybe Estwing hammers and bars.

I'd buy one or two tools a week when I was at one.

Still have them all decades later.
Thats awesome.

Iv been buying new tools since day one, i wont need some for a while but i feel its good to have them. I cant wait until the day i can say, "Iv had these linemans for 15 years now. Still working like they did when i bought em"
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... I cant wait until the day i can say, "Iv had these linemans for 15 years now. Still working like they did when i bought em"
I'm still waiting for that day too. My initial training was from a very old man who know only of the old ways, and it took me until the last decade or so to get squared away with how to work safely. As a result, I tended to ram around and blow up tools on an all-too-regular basis.
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I'm still waiting for that day too. My initial training was from a very old man who know only of the old ways, and it took me until the last decade or so to get squared away with how to work safely. As a result, I tended to ram around and blow up tools on an all-too-regular basis.
Mine have a few battle scars on them from blowing up but thats from when i didnt really care/was dumb lol
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Thats awesome.

Iv been buying new tools since day one, i wont need some for a while but i feel its good to have them. I cant wait until the day i can say, "Iv had these linemans for 15 years now. Still working like they did when i bought em"
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The rest for 50+ years:

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I use the Milwaukee linesman's. Half the price of Klown and just as good.
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