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toolaholic 02-14-2013 03:40 AM

I changed shocks in my Dakota r/t. The passenger side rear uppers has a exhaust shield next to the upper mount. A ratchet, breaker bar and/or torque wrench could not fit.

I needed a long wrench. I craftsman 13 x 15mm(size used) was long enough. It flexed when I really got on it to tighten upper bolt.

Figured long pattern wrenches would come in handy. Got a napa long set brand new for $10 plus $6 shipping from cripe dist. It was missing the 16 17 and 19mm wrenches. Got a gearwrench 16mm for $5 w/ shipping included from ebay(cripe again). I bought a proto 17 x 19 7.5 degree offset from amazon to round out set for a whopping $21.

WOW! This proto is literally 3 times as thick as the napa, gearwrench, and craftsman. The box ends are about twice as tall. I bought it to round out set and was curios about big buck wrenches.

The napa, gearwrench, craftsman, and even the little bit if harbor freight I have do the job . But that proto is sweet! Bet that bad boy will never flex! Proto is USA made too! Least the one I bought! Nice chrome too!

toolaholic 02-14-2013 03:54 AM

It's funny that all my power tools are Mikwaukee, Bosch, Makita etc but my hand tools are mostly craftsman and gearwrench. No snap on except the select few wrenches and a ratcheting screwdriver( sweet) that my best friend gave me from his late father. I guess I never bought/used high end hand tools cause they (craftsman gearwrench etc) are all lifetime warranty. But after using/ seeing this proto I can understand the matco,snap on, Cromwell addiction.

kwikfishron 02-14-2013 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by toolaholic (Post 1116904)
Proto is USA made too! Least the one I bought! Nice chrome too!

Not sure where their made now but at one time I lived right across the street from their factory just outside of Portland.

Boom Clank, Boom Clank, all night long. It almost drowned out the sound of the trains that were on the other side of me. :laughing:

They must have been made just for the industrial market because I've never seen a Proto on a store shelf.

toolaholic 02-14-2013 08:22 AM

I think they are pro market too. Amazon gets a hold of everything.

BigJim 02-14-2013 09:35 AM

Back in the 60s when I was doing mechanic work, Proto was as good as Snapon, (which was over priced anyway) IMHO. Husky, S&K and some others were really good tools. If I didn't have a open end boxed in long enough I would just hook two wrenches together, worked for me.

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