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Old March 28th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #1
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What's the difference? Would you buy Snap-on over a Blue Point?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #2
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snap on. my snap on dealer wont sell you the blue point products. he has to carry them as its part of the contract. but the snap on is a much better product. talk to your dealer. some items are ok. most are just cheap blemishs and a cheap product of snap on
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I wouldn't buy either.
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Been down the tool road years ago, unless you have a buddy pushing the tools at a discount head on over to sears and get them there. Then if you need a specialty tool talk to the tool pushers. But i'll also take a small town stripper over a high class pro anytime. So take the info knowing.
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Been down the tool road years ago, unless you have a buddy pushing the tools at a discount head on over to sears and get them there. Then if you need a specialty tool talk to the tool pushers. But i'll also take a small town stripper over a high class pro anytime. So take the info knowing.
90% of the time i would take blue point over craftsmen, they have gone to far downhill.
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blue point is snap-ons cheaper import stuff.
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blue point is snap-ons cheaper import stuff.
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Blue point is the same as Snap-on. I have several identical tool branded as Snap-on and Blue point. Mostly air guns and ratchets, my Snap on dealer warranties both on his truck. The quality is not what it once was, I have switched to Matco. Less down time waiting for replacements, less breakages. All air tools are now Ingersol and Rand, better quality and more power.

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Im sorry i have to take this to the dirty place but it breaks down like this. If you have to nail the prettiest girl at the party buy strapon if your fine doing the butterface go craftsman. Either way shit's still getting done.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 07:44 PM   #10
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Old March 28th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #11
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there is a difference when it comes to certain things.. snap on welder is over priced, snap on air compressor over priced.. certain air tools over priced as well. like said above go ingersol rand or some other brands and there just as good if not better. But when it comes to hand tools there is a HUGE difference. they feel better in there in your hand, the quality of the ratchets is hands down better. Some of the sockets are better for special apps like there thin walls, but other then that I have tons of craftsman sockets with out issues on a single one of them.

as for the blue point.. I pony up for the most part for the snap ons, the price diff isnt much and they just feel better. but what do I know I just make a living with them?
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Old March 28th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #12
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snap on is a bunch of high priced shit.. their tools are good but not much better than MAC or Matco for half the cost
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anyone suggesting Craftsman over Snap On/Blue Point=joke...or at least I hope so

Snap On/Blue Point vs. Mac vs. Matco is pretty much what name you prefer...I hate Macs ratchets with the damn knurled handles, and the heads are too big to get into a lot of places...Matco I wont deal with anymore, and havent for several years, but that is just because of the rep in my area (he's an ass)...most everything I own is Snap On or Blue Point, and the quality of Blue Point is good, though stuff that has a high chance of breaking I go with Snap On...not because I care if it breaks (its still warrentied for life) but because I dont like bandaging my hands that often.
Thats also why I wont use Craftsman. I would break everything on thier shelves first use, and end up with alot of bandages on my hands...Granted, what I do is harder on tools then most anything other people on this site do, but still, thier tools suck for everything but the most basic home do-it-your-selfer who doesnt wrench enough to justify spending the money on quality tools.

Honestly, it comes down to how much wrenching you do, and what you are doing. Ifyour just doing basic vehicle maintenance, home repairs, lawn and garden stuff, Craftsman is really all you need (though I would still suggest buying better quality ratchets, thiers break way too often)...if your working as a pro auto tech, spend the money on the good stuff, since you will be using it everyday, all day...of course, you can save a little money going with Crafstman chrome sockets, but thier impact sockets are not worth the time you will waste constanty exchanging them. If your wrenching on bigger equipment, and breakage is a definate regardless of which one you use, then Snap On all the way...at least then you wont have to witness a 1 inch impact socket literally exploding into pieces and flying in every direction...trust me, you dont want to witness that.




wow, that went way off of the Snap On vs. Blue Point discussion this was suposed to be.
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Anybody try Cornwell tools?
All my mechanic friends use Mac or Matco I think, I haven't had a need for Blue Point but I mix up my tools, I think every tool company has at least one good tool that does better than the others.
Wrenches- S-K. They're usually longer and stronger than any other wrench I've had to deal with. Armstrong makes some good stuff there too.
Ratchets- Snap-On for the "Cadillac feel" Mac for the "Hot Rod Lincoln" feel, Craftsman because you can replace them in a heartbeat.
Sockets - Craftsman again for ease of replacement. Although I'd love some Macs or S-K
Everything else I have mixed between Craftsman, Proto, Crescent, etc. I haven't personally tried Matco or Mac tools.
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If it were my decision, I would simply go with the Snap-On stuff unless it is something you won't use very often at all.
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All I can say is that I will never purchase from Snap-On again. They have excellent quality, however, they have the worst customer service I have ever experienced. At the moment I am a full time student in a Heavy equipment program (somebody who will be spending a ton of money on tools and diagnostic equipment in the future). I purchased a $300 + tool from the snap on dealer, and never received it. I have been doing the run around with them for 6 months. Snap-On is far to proud of their product and not worried enough about their future business.

On the other hand, the Mac guy heard of my dilemma, gave me a kick ass discount on his equivalent product, and I replaced the one I never received from Snap-On. He has gotten a lot of my money.
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I didn't feel like quoting the essay Yota Bill just wrote, but he's basically right on key with everything. Craftsman stuff should be left at home or used on light duty stuff. Adding to that, I'm pretty sure you can't warranty out Craftsman stuff if you're using it in a commercial shop. That's what their "Craftsman Professonal" line is for.

Spap On is definitely over priced and over-hyped, and for $16.25 per 1/4" deep well metric socket it better last a fuckin apocalypse. I bought my few things off the S.O. rep before he got promoted to a desk job. Quality stuff, but I wouldn't buy anymore off the truck. I get S.O. and Matco discounts online and S.O. is still way over kill. You're probably better off going with Mac or Matco. Usually quite a bit cheaper and lasts just as long. A majority between service and body where I am use quite a bit of Mac stuff.

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I would have if the dealer that was on here and offered 20% off ever answered PM's or his discount topic.

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Everything else I have mixed between Craftsman, Proto, Crescent, etc.Toolbox by default is Kennedy.
You sound like you've inherited quite a few of Grandpa / Dad's tools. Any Williams stuff in there?

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Im sorry i have to take this to the dirty place but it breaks down like this. If you have to nail the prettiest girl at the party buy strapon if your fine doing the butterface go craftsman. Either way shit's still getting done.
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All I can say is that I will never purchase from Snap-On again. They have excellent quality, however, they have the worst customer service I have ever experienced. At the moment I am a full time student in a Heavy equipment program (somebody who will be spending a ton of money on tools and diagnostic equipment in the future). I purchased a $300 + tool from the snap on dealer, and never received it. I have been doing the run around with them for 6 months. Snap-On is far to proud of their product and not worried enough about their future business.

On the other hand, the Mac guy heard of my dilemma, gave me a kick ass discount on his equivalent product, and I replaced the one I never received from Snap-On. He has gotten a lot of my money.
Assuming that you go to Ferris, its more just Mike Certos that fails at doing anything right. I'm in the auto program and he is not allowed to ship ANYTHING at all except for tool boxes to the auto building because he fails to put the name of the purchaser on the shipping label so no one knows whos it is. There have been numerous instances where he has shipped auto student's tools to the heavy equipment building too and the student didn't know about it for several weeks. He also shipped my friend's tool box to the heavy equipment building as well. The tracking number said that it arrived, but was nowhere to be found so we took a ride to the heavy equipment and sure enough, there it was. Talk about a pain in the ass to get it to auto.
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I've bought snap on tools for 30 years I stopped I bought a air compressor 15 or 18 years ago and now I can't get parts for it, Snap on don't carry that compressor any more my dealer said buy a new one. I called the main office in Wisconson never got a call back or e-mail back on my problems with this compressor. And for blue point tools there ok I still got air tools for 20 years that still works ok, they just don't get the full mark up on blue point tools. Check out Matco tools
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It seems like all my Snap-on equipment breaks far faster than anything else. I have sent my timing light back 3 x's and I still don't have it back after 3 months. My ratchets break the connectors off all the time. So.... switched to Matco and don't have any issues. nothing major anyways.

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Old March 29th, 2010, 09:06 AM   #20
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I have a mix of Matco, Snap-on and Craftsman. I have one blue-point tool and that is my blowgun. It works fine. It is all plastic except for the nozzle but I haven't had a problem with it.

All of my sockets are Craftsman. I got a set from my parents back before I ever started in the biz. I just carried them over when I started working. I ended up giving my dad the ratchets and bought Matco ones. I love them. I have a Matco 3/8" impact. I have a IR 1/2" impact that I have never had a problem with that I bought from Sears a while ago.

I have some Snap-on stuff. The best tools from them I have are my 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" digital torque wrenches. They are sweet. I bought the 3/8" first and tried the Matco 1/2" and gave the Matco one back and bought the Snap-on 1/2" and 1/4" for the set. I also like my Tap and Die set from Snap-on.

My box is Matco. It just seemed better built that any of the others. It kinda pissed off the Snap-on guy though when he saw it. Oh well.

As far as Blue-point, you get what you pay for. I don't think I would buy a highly used, lots of moving parts tool from Blue-point. I would stay with the bigger brands.
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