10 Tools That Will Last You a Lifetime
The sad truth is that it's harder than ever find dependable home tools that will last a lifetime. Maybe it's simply a by-product of finding ways to cut costs, but whatever the reason, many tools manufactured today fail in a relatively short period of time. Here are 10 tools that come with a lifetime warranty you can depend on.
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Let’s start with what is arguably the tool industry’s most famous lifetime warranty: Craftsman hand tools. The iconic Craftsman brand has had its ups and downs over the years, but happily their lifetime warranty on hand and mechanic’s tools stands untarnished.
Many people assume that Ridgid is the store brand for The Home Depot, but their power tools are actually licensed under the TTI (Techtronic Industries Company, Ltd.) umbrella. That combination of manufacturing expertise and big-box store discounts allow them to offer a lifetime warranty on Ridgid power tools, like this five-piece combo kit. Register within 90 days of purchase, and if you have an issue with a Ridgid tool, you can take it in for service.
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Husky is another brand determined to establish a reputation for reliability. Their mechanic’s tool set is a perfect example of this. With the motto: “Lifetime Warranty with no questions, no receipt required,” they are letting DIYers and pros know that they stand behind their tools.
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Multi-tools are workhorses in the DIY world. These pocket-sized devices tend to take a great deal of abuse, especially when part of a DIYer’s everyday carry. A broken knife blade or out-of-alignment pliers can quickly turn a multi-tool into a paperweight, so consider picking up a model like this Gerber 12-in-1, backed by a lifetime warranty.
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DeWalt is a brand name with a great deal of history. Currently owned by Black & Decker, DeWalt is a more rugged version of that B&D’s lineup. Brad nailers won’t take the same abuse as a frame nail gun or coil roofing gun, so you’re less likely to need a warranty. That said, any warranty on a tool with this many moving parts is a welcome bit of support from a manufacturer!
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Anyone with a yard and any number of trees will find use for a quality axe, sooner or later. With plenty of use, it’s important to keep a sharp blade on your axe. Poorly made axes often suffer from swollen or split handles. This Fiskars splitting axe is backed by a lifetime warranty, which means that you can set loose your inner Paul Bunyan to your heart’s content.
It may seem easy for items like crescent wrenches to carry lifetime warranties. After all, they’re essentially a slab of metal. But, the difference in machining and finish means that manufacturers of quality wrenches can afford to offer a lifetime warranty on their product. Check out the design of the Milwaukee 15-piece set for a quality shop or home tool, backed by a warranty. Once it’s yours, learn how to make this wrench tote for your workshop.
Are you likely to need a warranty on a vise? Looking at the specs and solid build of this Wilton 6-inch vise, it doesn’t seem likely. But considering the ticket price on a quality bench-mounted device, is there any reason to go with an option lacking this kind of security? As an extra precaution, here’s how to make your vise’s grip gentle enough for any application.
As we mentioned before, lifetime warranties are especially useful on devices with moving parts or fine adjustments. After all, there are more things to go wrong. This Empire digital level is a nice addition to your toolbox, and its warranty means that you don’t have to worry about losing that digital functionality down the road.
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In October of 2018, Hitachi power tools were rebranded to Metabo/HPT. The name has changed but the warranty stays the same! Hitachi/Metabo nailers are the go-to choice for many pros. That’s in no small part due to the lifetime warranty that backs up these devices.
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