Originally Posted by 73oldsman
Buy'em when I need'em, but thanks to the loaner program at some of the parts stores I haven't had to fork over the dough for the tools I only need to use every few years or so. I do pick them up at garage sales rarely when and if I go and do watch for sales at Sears...Craftsman brand tools!
I do exactly the same...I have found some killer deals at garage and estate sales. My neighbor is also a heavy equipment mechanic for the city. He usually has what I need.