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Old 01-09-2008, 04:30 PM
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Snap On Tools...are they worth it???

Well I just got in a school to get ASE certified to work on diesels and they gave me the choice of buying there set of Snap on Tools which is 150 odd pieces for 1675 with a 3 draw box nothing too special or getting my own and the thing that is bothering me is i can get a 540 piece craftsmen set for $1199 and it will have that stuff plus more. I guess the question is are Snap on tools really worth it or is it just paying for the name not the tools. I need some honest opinions of people experiences with them and the up and downs of each to help me make my decision. I was not sure where to post this sorry if this is the wrong place. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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I my self have over $25,000 that i have bought over the last 15 years.
What i tell all new bee's, Start with Craftsmen and get what you need to start. As you brake them then replace them with something good like Snap-On or Mac. Then over the years you can build up what you need.
Yes for sure there is a difference Craftsmen and Snap-On. Once you use both you will there will be no question.
Any more questions just PM me and will talk more to you about it.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:53 PM
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I started with my craftsmen tools, and now im working with nothing but snap-on mac and matco. Id get the craftsmens, and work your way up from there.
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Old 01-09-2008, 04:57 PM
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I have a 500 piece craftsman set and a whole crap load of Mac and Matco stuff. To be honest with you. I dont really use the craftsman stuff. Especially the 200 sockets. I have full sets of 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 impact mac and matco stuff I use for everything. For wrenches I have gear wrench.
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The gearwrenches are sweet! I recommend those.
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seems like everybody gets a start with craftsmen tools, i still have a few ,like said before there is a difference between the two,get the craftsmen and as you start to buy more when you get to turning wrenches and makin you some money then start pickin you up some snap on stuff
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Both brands of tools are good. I have some of each brand. In my opinion each tool is a different issue. The more you use them the better you will determine which is best for each job. You are paying for the Snap-on truck to come to you on regular visits. But also they have some special tools that you might not find at sears. But for a standard end wrench /socket set in normal circumstances the craftsman will do just fine. If I had to start from scratch I would go with the craftsman and up-grade as I saw necessary.

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In a way I agree with Scott, but some of craftsman stuff just doesn't hold a wrench to some other brands..

I have a ton of snap-on, Mac, and matco tools. I actually like my matco stuff a little better then the others, but the snap on ratchets can't be beat.

If you buy the craftsman set invest in a good set of ratchets. Most of their sets have the square handled ratches. By the end of the day if you do any good amount of work your hand will hurt more than you can believe. Round or screw driver handles help a ton on long days..

Don't buy into the big 3 air tools. IR stuff is awesome and much less expensive. Most of the stuff on the trucks are made from IR anyway.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:20 PM
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I totally agree on the ratchets. Have not used any better.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:29 PM
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I have a full snap-on setup and random craftsman pieces. Both are good, I just like the feel of the snap-on stuff. But then again... since I own snap-on scanners, toolbox(s), muscle mig/tig welder, maybe I just get locked into a trance when I get inside the dealer's truck and start buying.
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