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Old 08-02-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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I've noticed that Lowes is now selling Greenlee (also Ideal). As stated on another thread, Klein quality is down. So is Greenlee any better?
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:04 PM   #2
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I've noticed that Lowes is now selling Greenlee (also Ideal). As stated on another thread, Klein quality is down. So is Greenlee any better?
Two gentlemen at our shop have tried the Greenlee screw drivers and reported that they are less than impressed. IMO these days, if you spend less than $300 on a tool, its disposable, get a year out of, it and your good to go.
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Then I want some $301 screwdrivers.
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Then I want some $301 screwdrivers.
Nuts to that idea. I want to start selling $300 screwdrivers!
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Some Greenlee tools are top notch, like their smart benders and tuggers. Expensive, but solid tools.

However, I have never been impressed with their handtools.
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Same here, not a fan of the hand tools, but the specialty tools seem to be pretty good(glow sticks, k.o. sets, etc....)
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Same here, not a fan of the hand tools, but the specialty tools seem to be pretty good(glow sticks, k.o. sets, etc....)
I think the reference to $300 is a good benchmark for Greenlee tools.

If a Greenlee tool costs $300 or more, it's worth the money. Anything less than $300 is money better spent elsewhere.




















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Sad, but true.
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Never owned a Greenlee handtool, but I will say that their damned hole saws work better when you beat them through the work with a hammer instead of using them in a drill.
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their hand tools suck just as bad.
i dont care for the hand benders either.
as far as kos and big benders they are hard to beat.
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I have a few Greenlee tools and they have held up great. I don't know how much abuse they can take but they have had a lot of use. I think they are a good tool.. Not as good as Klein but still a good tool.
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One of my local supply houses had a special on Greenlee screwdrivers. The 5pc set was $20. I figured id try them to see what they were like, well its less than a year and they are all in the trash. The phillips tips were worse than klein, and the 5/16"X6 flathead tip snapped off when i was tightening a lug.
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Never owned a Greenlee handtool, but I will say that their damned hole saws work better when you beat them through the work with a hammer instead of using them in a drill.
That's priceless.
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I'll pick Klein over Greenlee every time.
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I have purchased their linesmans, dykes, needle nose and some screwdrivers. I am not impressed the handles all slide off!
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Have a pair of Greenlee Linemans which I hadn't had a problem with. The Greenlee strippers are horrible, I'll always go with Klien for strippers, until their quality goes down the tubes. The best screwdrivers I've used are the cheap Stanley 6-in-1's, I'll break the flathead every now and then but for the price I haven't found anything that will beat them.
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I have a couple of 50’ and a 100’ nylon fish tapes from Greenlee that have held up pretty well. I haven't snapped any of them yet, which is sort of amazing considering how hard I use them.
One has the crappy older style handle though, that self-destructed when it hit concrete and is being held together with fender washers and bolts, but two of the newer ones have the ribbed handles that seem to be more durable.

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I have a bunch of greenlee hand tools. 9 in1 screwdriver, linesman pliers, needle nose, pump pliers, 6 inch dikes. I absolutely love them. The only problem with the linesman pliers is that they wobble. Thats why I bought the kleins. But even the kleins handles slide off. Nothing allittle epoxy didnt fix.
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I have purchased their linesmans, dykes, needle nose and some screwdrivers. I am not impressed the handles all slide off!
Klien handles do that too.
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