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Hey guys. Just started working before my apprenticeship actually starts in January. I was told that I will get a list of tools I will need but was wondering what the best brand at home depot is. I won a $500 gift card at my previous employers Christmas party and would like to spend it wisely.
 

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Milwaukee, Lenox, Klein, Knipex, Channellock. I'd say get a M12 impact kit, and some basic hand tools. $500 is a lot to start with. Welcome to the forum. :thumbsup:
 

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For HD available hand tools, Klein is the trade standard. Channellock is a close second. Stay away from HD "house" brand pliers as they are low quality and will get you laughed at on the job.
 

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klein for your linesmans, needlenose, ***** and screwdrivers
get 2 pair channellocks of the 420 or 430 variety
I've got a husky (home depot brand) tool tote thats done me fine for 5 years now
milwaukee impact like already said. I've seen a set with a 12 volt impact and drill together
 

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I read..starting work, apprenticeship starts in Jan, tool list to come, best brand tools in Home Depot, and $500 dollar gift certificate won in drawing to spend. Not necessarily anything restricting what to buy.
 

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Thanks for all the info guys it means a lot. I was actually concerned about not buying anything that the rest of the guys would laugh about.
 

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From Home Depot, I'd buy Klein. Most of my stuff is Klein and I still love it and have had no problems. One of the best and you cant go wrong
 

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I hate the HD tool bags, the positioning of the loops makes the bags ride too far behind me and I have to twist a lot to get to the tools.

Klein, greenlee and ideal tools are all just fine. I prefer makita over dewalt.
 

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-Tool bag maybe the Husky rolling tote or something. Or Dewalt maintenance tech bag its 11in made by CLC. ($40)

-Cordless drill set ($250)

-You can get Stanley Tapes fatmax, Wiss Snips, Klein maybe, etc.
 

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Home Depot also carries a lot of stuff through their website the they don't stock in store. You can, however, order online and have it shipped to the store for free.

I'd also second the Milwaukee Fuel m12 suggestion. Knipex or Klein for pliers.
 
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