Welcome to the The Garage Journal Board forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   The Garage Journal Board > The Tools > General Tool Discussion

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
buick215
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: florida
Posts: 69
Default 3/8 universal joint

I need to buy a 3/8 universal joint and would like to know which is a good one to buy.
buick215 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
SuzukiGS750EZ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 630
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Will you be doing any heavy work with it? Amazon has a few kits with a set of universal joints for your entire ratchet set for a reasonable price. If heavy work in sure a set of gear wrench would do ok, or cheap impact universals off amazon if price is an issue.
SuzukiGS750EZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 05-03-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
wreckercologist
Senior Member
 
wreckercologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: cyber-tool hell
Posts: 1,815
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Generally, the higher the price, the better the quality, but why not Craftsman? I've still got my dads mid sixties era uni's and they're fine. I like my Snappy's better, but whatever.........

Probably a bunch of decent brands out there, but avoid the one's that use roll pins instead of solid pins.
__________________
Pride is dead
wreckercologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:11 PM   #4
pipsters
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

If you are going to use it on an air ratchet get one with an easy warranty. They chew thru them like butter.
pipsters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:12 PM   #5
buick215
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: florida
Posts: 69
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

No heavy work will be done with it. It will be used mainly to remove hard to reach CPS sensor bolts. I am sure that any one will do but I always like to buy good quality tools and I never know if I will be needing it for a tougher job in the future.
buick215 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:16 PM   #6
buick215
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: florida
Posts: 69
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Quote:
Originally Posted by wreckercologist View Post
Generally, the higher the price, the better the quality, but why not Craftsman? I've still got my dads mid sixties era uni's and they're fine. I like my Snappy's better, but whatever.........

Probably a bunch of decent brands out there, but avoid the one's that use roll pins instead of solid pins.
Thanks for the tip about the pins. I will check out the Craftsman's when I have a chance. I already checked out the Husky's at Home Depot but I was turned off by them because they are Chinese made.
buick215 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:25 PM   #7
wreckercologist
Senior Member
 
wreckercologist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: cyber-tool hell
Posts: 1,815
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Quote:
Originally Posted by buick215 View Post
Thanks for the tip about the pins. I will check out the Craftsman's when I have a chance. I already checked out the Husky's at Home Depot but I was turned off by them because they are Chinese made.
I don't even know if any tool makers still use roll pins over solid pins, but I've seen them in the past on lower level stuff.

Can't say what the COO of the Crafty's are lately, but SK would be a good US made option, Wright also but they'll cost more. Proto, Mac, Cornwell, Snappy would also be of US origin.

Thought about a used set?
__________________
Pride is dead
wreckercologist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
pipsters
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 4,872
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Craftsman is still US made, you can pick up the set for around $20 regular price, looks like they would be $17 if bought online w/ pickup in store:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ku=00904250000

you can get just the 3/8" for $8.50
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...4435000P?mv=rr
pipsters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 11:06 AM   #9
rebelram
Senior Member
 
rebelram's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: AL
Posts: 139
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

I still see quite a few from KD and Easco on ebay that use roll pins. But yes, better to stay with solid pins. Snap on universals have the best clearance. S-K universals are also very nice. Also it doesn't hurt to have more than one.
rebelram is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #10
back2class
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,573
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

I have an excelent snap-on one. I will sell you for 60% of retail with free shipping.
back2class is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
csmitty
Senior Member
 
csmitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,150
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

I've warrantied a CMan 3/8s before. Don't know when it happened but one of the pins broke however it still mostly functioned so prob why didn't notice untill looking it over one day. I got some kobalts when lowes was blowing there usa tools out.
__________________
Wanted:
Snap On XBM810A
Snap On XB serias, A revs.
csmitty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #12
PinkLinc
Senior Member
 
PinkLinc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 438
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Quote:
Originally Posted by wreckercologist View Post
...but avoid the one's that use roll pins instead of solid pins.
What's wrong with roll pins? My old Cman -V- series have roll pins and they are WAY tighter than the newer versions that use solid pins.
__________________
"I've spent most of my money on cars, women and booze... The rest I just wasted."
PinkLinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 05:32 PM   #13
el tanque prohibido
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 470
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Snap-on or Williams.
el tanque prohibido is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2012, 08:42 PM   #14
Unearthed
Senior Member
 
Unearthed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Hastings, Pa.
Posts: 139
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkLinc View Post
What's wrong with roll pins? My old Cman -V- series have roll pins and they are WAY tighter than the newer versions that use solid pins.
OLD CRAFTSMAN -V- SERIES<<<<<< right there is the difference.
Unearthed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 02:10 AM   #15
back2class
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,573
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Craftsman is fine...when they get loose I bring em back for a new one...and they will get floppy.
back2class is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 08:03 AM   #16
ssblood
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 71
Default

I have a couple SO ujoints I never have used. Just never seen a use on road tractors. May list them and some other things I'd like to get rid of. PM me if you may be interested in one.

David
ssblood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #17
ajchien
Senior Member
 
ajchien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Los Angeles, stuck on the 60 freeway.
Posts: 1,789
Default Re: 3/8 universal joint

Quote:
Originally Posted by ssblood View Post
I have a couple SO ujoints I never have used. Just never seen a use on road tractors. May list them and some other things I'd like to get rid of. PM me if you may be interested in one.

David
Yeah, every time I've tried to use a u-joint, I've been annoyed. I've developed an allergy to them. I have developed a preference for wobble extensions or swivel sockets.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bull View Post
.... The fact that this is diametrically opposed to any philosophy that I actually have or that it's an assertion not even factually supported by what I have written will be lost on you because we're just strangers lapping at each other's keyboard vomit.
ajchien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #18
ssblood
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 71
Default

I love my wobble sockets. My dad was a motorcycle tech and swore by universal sockets though. Seems the have their place.
ssblood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:22 PM.