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Old 06-21-2011, 02:45 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by olblue75 View Post
Been using Snap On for well over 20 years i love my tools and theres nothing worse than coming home to wrench on your projects with crap tools after working all day with prememium tools. No one can beat there 1/4 drive stuff. Now if we can find a dealer on here that will give us a 15 to 20% discount that would be cool.
They are very good tools. You can find deals on used sets on EBay and Craigs List. Yesterday I bought this set for $600 yesterday:

Assuming they send everything pictured, it's a steal.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:53 PM   #16
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I have a mixture of craftsman, mac, snap on and matco.
My favorite 3/8 drive ratchet is my matco fine tooth.
My fav 1/4 is strangley enough an old Husky that got years ago. The damn thing wont brek and has the knurled edge at the top so you can rotate it by hand.
I love my snap on air impacts and wobble heads.
Fav wrenches are my craftsman 6 points. The snap ons are nice but the polished finish and thin body 'burns' my hands up under heavy use.
Like I said, I have a diverse mix. Overall the snap on stuff is far better in longevity and quality.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:31 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Fuel Fire Desire View Post
^^^ Exactly

Ive broken many craftsman tools, and almost all with my hands. Ive even put a nice bow on a couple of their breaker bars by hand (without a cheater). Ive never had any issue with the snap on tools Ive used at work though, same goes for mac. That said, 90% of what I own are craftsman. The frequency in which I break craftsman tools doesnt justify spending 2x's the amount on snap on's. Especially when a sears is just minutes from my garage.

If I wrenched for a living, it would be a different story.
Ive seen the same with every single tool brand at one point or another....
Definately not a snap on or bust wagoneeror especially for the price, you can have

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Old 07-16-2011, 04:19 AM   #18
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Strap-on is like any other high end name brand merchandise, you are paying for the name. I was a mechanic for three years (yes I know not very long) but still I was using my tools everyday. The guys who wanted to be "cool" or show off their money bought strap-on the guys who were serious ran mostly MAC and matco. And the broke or just starting guys ran craftsman. If you wrench for a living buy want you want, if you are a DIYer/modder craftsman will work just fine in most cases and will also save you money for more mods. Sorry for the rant, just my $.02
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:17 PM   #19
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I started my first Snap On truck account when I was in high school. Today I still use tools that I bought over 20 years ago. When you use tools everyday for a living there is a huge difference in quality and how they feel in your hands.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:24 AM   #20
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I use mostly Craftsman only because of the price. I'm not willing to pay $80 for a ratchet, don't care how nice. If my Craftsman breaks, I just take it down to the local Sears. Since I'm overseas as a government contractor for now, I can get a 50% discount on all Snap-On tools. Just need to send in the memo from the Army stating that I do in fact work overseas. 50% discount still isn't motivation enough for me to buy Snap-On, maybe one day...
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:33 PM   #21

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I recently saw an article about the future of Sears being kind of bleak, and possibly going out of business. I found out something today Kobalt tools and Craftsman tools are made by the same manufacturer. I was told by an employee of one of these stores that if a tool is no longer made for Sears and Lowes has that tool it can be exchanged at Lowes for a new one. This was a manager that told me .
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:27 AM   #22

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That pretty much sums up what my mechanic buddy says as well. He said that Craftsman is good for your normal DIY'er. He uses snap on because it's a much better feeling and high quality tool. I don't question him since he does it for a living.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #23
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Why are Snap-On tools so expensive?
A simple 3/8" drive SnapOn socket set, used on EBay costs $250. I know there's value in the quality of the tools, but not enough to justify 3X the cost of Craftsman tools, IMO.
Why didnt you buy a Cobalt SS???
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:40 PM   #24
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I have been a mechanic professionally for 26 years, and several years before that as an amateur. I have probably $50-$60k invested in tools. Yes the Craftsmen ratchets are garbage, but for the most part it's hard to fault their sockets, or wrenches, especially when you can "modify" them to do a very specific job, and then return them, without question, for a free replacement. Or return them because they're ugly, burnt, bent, scratched, or peeling, again without question. I use Gearwrench ratchets, also lifetime warranty, 5 degree ratchet action, and the most comfortable grip ever, I have yet to break one (even the flex head), and at about the same price as a Craftsmen "premium" ratchet. So I hate when people start bagging on "crapsmen" stuff, I do own a few Snap-on wrench sets, pliers, torx drivers, and specialty automotive tools. As a general rule they are ridiculously expensive ($38 for a single, standard length, 15MM combination wrench, really?), I have a full set of Gearwrench ratcheting flex-head wrenches, in both metric and standard from 8mm to 25mm, and 5/16" to 1-1/8", those are my favorites, use them everyday, never had a complaint about em, lifetime warranty, and still half the price of Snap-on. Snap-on tools are great tools, but there are comparable tools out there for less money. Cornwell makes fantastic tools, slightly less money than Snap-on, Mac, and Matco, are also comparable and still cheaper. So if you're hung up on the name, by all means buy them! If you're interested in good tools with a lower price tag, do your research, there are plenty of other options out there.

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Old 09-13-2011, 10:52 PM   #25
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I work in an environment where if we break a tool we can't go down to the local store, we can't really mail it in, and there damn sure aint no Snap-on Matco, or any other trucks that will show up... Offshore Oil Drilling

My Primary Tool... Proto Professional Grade... Price is right, quality is second to none... There are some as good but none better in my opinion... and I buy everything I buy in groups of at least three... Not due to breakage, but due to them ending up in the really big blue tool box, or in someone else's tool box... If it isn't locked up at all times, it will sprout legs and walk off... The drill crew has no budget for tools so they are forever begging borrowing or outrigt stealing them... So... Everything in Threes at least...
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:34 PM   #26
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Snap On is not exclusive to the USA anymore and hasn't been for a while. Many think the Snap On brand is USA and the Blue Point is overseas...not true.

Country of Origin can be found on their's an example made in Taiwan.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:42 PM   #27
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you pay for the quality of tool. as a professional tech working on some of this communities cars i use the best. Snap on and matco fill my box.

ive bowed out craftsman wrenches, ive broken multiple craftsman ratchets, and ive cracked open craftsman sockets.

my snap on and matco gear doesnt let me down, and lets me do my job quick and clean on your cars. the only thing in my box that i use regularly that is not snapon/matco is screwdrivers because well, there screwdrivers and they break and get lost constantly
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:57 AM   #28
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Precision Instruments

I use Precision Instruments torque wrenches. They're basically the same tool as snapon minus the label and you can get them for half the price. PI use to make them exclusively for snapon before they started selling to the public, unfortunately they only make torque wrenches (American made since 1938). I have a lot of craftsman hand tools as well but wouldn't recommend their torque wrenches.
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