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Old 05-16-2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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What makes one metric wrench better than the other? I have a 10pc snap on metric set that cost an arm and a leg and I have a 10 pc auto zone metric set that cost $15. They both do there job. What is the advantage to spending a lot more money on the snap on set, I just don't get it.

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Its the quality of workmanship in the making of the tool itself. If your not working with the tools everyday and relying on them for your job you should be ok with craftsmen tools. Snapon you only have to buy once.

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That auto zone made in china crap is not made to the correct tolerances, it will slip, strip, crack and break when you really need it most.

Usually ending up in mashed fingers and bloody knuckles.

As 2nd poster said, buy Craftsman, unless you use them for a living
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the difference is supporting your fellow countryman, in his quest to make a living, or supporting some big CEO in his quest to feed his corporate greed while sourcing that crap out to some foreign land where they pay slave wages.

as mentioned your typical person doesnt need snap-on but there are other amer. made tool companies out there.
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Just curious thanks guys.
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Some times the cheap wrenchs are ok depending on the brand but I have yet to find a cheap ratchet that will not get destroyed with moderate use.
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Its the quality of workmanship in the making of the tool itself. If your not working with the tools everyday and relying on them for your job you should be ok with craftsmen tools. Snapon you only have to buy once.
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That auto zone made in china crap is not made to the correct tolerances, it will slip, strip, crack and break when you really need it most.

Usually ending up in mashed fingers and bloody knuckles.

As 2nd poster said, buy Craftsman, unless you use them for a living
x3, i use mine every day as a living, craftsmen doesn't even stand up to the abuse most of the time. there is a difference, but you'd never notice unless you relied on them everyday. its cost me much time and money using insufficient tools in the past.

but for someone doing this as a hobby, or whatever, at least buy craftsmen, or find great deals on used snap-on, mac, matco, or cornwell tools. or else you're throwing your money away. even if they're lifetime warranty autozone crap, who wants to use the warranty all the time. i look at tools as an investment to make and keep forever.
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The SnapOn guy comes to my shop every other week looks through my tool cabinet and checks all the tools for wear and replaces them if worn or broken. At gunshop I don't wear out a lot tools but the service is worth every nickel.
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:21 AM   #9
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I have a big roll around Mac tool box stocked full of tools that my dad gave me from when he used to wrench on cars back in the 70's-80's Lots of old Craftsman and Mac tools. I haven't had to replace anything except for a couple of cracked sockets! And those were still covered under craftsmen warranty.
Nothing is rusted either, if all of those tools were made in China auto-zone specials they would all be toast by now and I probably wouldn't even take them if he gave them to me!
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Besides all that ^^^^ I agree with,

Try putting a 3/4" open end wrench on a real stubborn bolt and watch the jaws open up and slip off. then watch as you place bandaids on 4 of your knuckles.
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the difference is supporting your fellow countryman, in his quest to make a living, or supporting some big CEO in his quest to feed his corporate greed while sourcing that crap out to some foreign land where they pay slave wages.

as mentioned your typical person doesnt need snap-on but there are other amer. made tool companies out there.
I buy the best tools for the budget / use, whether they are US made or not. I am so tired of people telling me to buy american, support our unions....BS !
Tell the brotherhood of union workers to build a better product at competitive prices and it will sell itself!

PS - I love my German Knipex pliers
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who said anything about a union??

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I buy the best tools for the budget / use, whether they are US made or not. I am so tired of people telling me to buy american, support our unions....BS !
Tell the brotherhood of union workers to build a better product at competitive prices and it will sell itself!

PS - I love my German Knipex pliers
wrong guy. im not union, never have been, ,,,,no thanks, i'll pass. i live in a right to work state, and on top of that im self employed... as for supporting the next man attempting to make a living while jobs are being outsourced ....absolutely. i will pay extra for a better product that is made here. could be your neighbor or favorite uncle buck making those products that your slowly screwing over.

and just to help you not be so "tired" if i cant get amer. made. i will continue to pay more for a german made product. im in favor of most all products that ive used coming outa germany.
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I will pay for quality...if the quality is in a Chinese product, I will buy Chinese (though I have yet to find a Chinese product that doesn't feel cheap and last more than a week of moderate use). If it's in an American product, I will pay for the American product, etc.

If the quality seems the same between the two...I will go with whatever's cheaper. Typically Chinese products are junk...but it seems like lately, when I choose American products over Chinese products, when the price is low and the quality doesn't feel like it's there, either one is a poor choice...so I try to just choose the one that's gonna leave me out the least amount of money.

These companies need to realize that if they set their quality standards higher, their sales will increase dramatically. I would love to support my country...but I won't sacrifice quality in order to do so.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:46 AM   #14
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I've broken them all...the cheap china ones break quickly. I can't differentiate between the durability of snap-on, matco, MAC, Craftsman. If I were to try I'd say snap-on and craftsman are very close, the other two I broke more than either craftsman or Snap-on.

(I used to use them daily, for a living)

I too Love German tools. now that's craftsmanship!

I have also had some Chinese items hold up. but I generally avoid them in hand tools....I always end up bleeding when a tool breaks.
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Craftsman & Snap-on... I do have a few others but typically stay with them.
I had a 15yr old Craftsman ratchet break about a month ago, brought it to the local sears/craftsman and was replaced/warrantied without a question.

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Old 05-18-2010, 06:54 PM   #16
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I got an OLD Snap-On wrench from my Grandfather that the Snap-On guy wants to buy. I told him if it breaks he can have it. He said......."S*** I'm never gonna get it"
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my brothers gfs dad is a snap on distributor or something like that and my brother gets tools through him... they are great... cant complain about anything with any of the snapon tools we have at my house do the job to perfection everytime

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