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03-16-2013 06:30 AM
Old Fool Snap on is licensing its name to manufacturers to label their products with. I bought Snap On gloves at Costco, loved them, wore them all out. Tried to buy more, no luck. Special order by Costco to a glove manufacturer named Iron Clad. While similiar they are not a spec glove in the Iron Clad lineup.

Best thing about Costco, you can return the junk without a hassle.
03-13-2013 02:42 PM
Dave57210 There is a lot of stuff that has a Snap On name on it that is NOT priced "for billionaires only" and a lotta stuff showing up at COSTCO that comes as a surprise to find it there.

Last week I saw a set of Craftsman tools there too. Would be a good "travel set" to toss in the trunk for any time you want to help someone out (Because, of course, OUR cars never break down! )
03-12-2013 01:34 PM
kjmiller57 Nothing is going on here. It is snap-on product that is built to a consumer spec and sourced off-shore. Snap-On's lowest cost pro grade compressor is almost $1500. If you're looking for pro, this is not a good choice, but if you want an excellent consumer grade compressor, this is a great piece if equipment. No conspiracies here.
03-12-2013 11:45 AM
dinger I've worked with Costco on the government side of the biz, they are on top of everything as far as legalities go. There is something fishy here but you can bet they are aware of EVERYTHING in their stores. An email to corporate would be an interesting way to find out what's going on. .
03-12-2013 10:17 AM
kjmiller57 Snap-On manufactures a lot of their own products as well as sourcing from a number of other manufacturers to make certain price points. They also manufacture products for other companies to the spec that they want, not a Snap-On spec. For example, most of the Kobalt tool products that you see at Loweís are made in a Snap-On manufacturing facility.

The Snap-On 20 gallon 2hp compressor at Costco is not made in the US but it is made to a specification outlined by Snap-On themselves. If you are comparing this compressor to a two stage Ingersoll Rand at $1200, it really does not stand up. If you appropriately compare it to a consumer grade Craftsman or Campbell Hausfeld, itís pretty damn good. I purchased this unit and I am more than happy with it. I donít have the issues that you described with low air recovery. I am concerned with your test though. Opening the release valve to full open is not a valid representation of the compressors quality. When you use the compressor the correct way, start the compressor, fill the tank until the device shuts off, and use your air tools, it will kick on from time to time, but I did not drop below 110 lbs. using a 100lbs torque Snap-On air hammer chisel. Not known for efficiency.

This unit can be found in a search at Home Depot as well at $499, but out of stock. Itís not a pro compressor, but it is a great compressor for home use under most circumstances. If you are in a professional service job requiring professional tools and capacitiesÖ why on earth would you be looking at anything so cheap for the job?
03-22-2012 11:44 AM
snap-on compressor is a great deal!!

i have just bought the compressor talked about on here i read a few threads and thought i would give my 2 cents and bought mine as of 03/20/12 and they are sill being sold, me i looked it over, read what it would put out and gave it a go!! i have moved to a condo with a 2 car & sold my 80 gal 7hp so now i needed to downsize a little , but really i must say i'm very happy i was scared it would pop fuses & run like ****, but got it home used my own oil mobil 1 syn, and fired her up ,took 5 min to fill also left the petcock open and ran for another 30 min was not noisy and felt very cool to the touch for being ran for a 1/2 hr after i shut it down,then i did a few on & off's to see if it had any sluggish starts , (NOPE ) i plan on using it to aid me in building some decks,and run my frame nailers and air impact,and lite use in the garage i mean 2hp should be a flag if you want to run a shop on this !!! but any car i need to work on and yank off the wheels this will do it but an air sander never !!! **** my 7hp 80 gal had to work to keep up!!if i were snap-on and had this slick little compressor out there i'd be happy with what it ,Features

●20 Gallon 2 Peak HP, DRC - Dual Regulation Controls, Two Pole Iunduction Motor 3450 RPM

●Power 120V, 60HZ, 15 Amps

●Air Delievery 5.1 SCFM Output @ 40 PSI 4.1 SCFM Output @ 90 PSI Maximum Pressure 125 PSI

●Duty Cycle 75% 2.0 Peak HP / 1.1 Running HP

●20 Gallon (7.5.7 Liter) Air Tank, Oil Lubricated Direct Drive Pump,Cast Iron Cylinder

●Thermal Overload Protection For Safety, High Flow Regulators For Precision Air Flow Control

●Tank and Outlet Pressure Gauges

●Quick Connect Couplers

07-18-2011 07:40 PM
Originally Posted by ChevelleSS_LS6
A used car dealership I worked at had a Harbor Freight air compressor, 60 gallon or something big like that. It was all China junk except for the Leeson electric motor, with "made in USA" on it. Wow. They still make electric motors here in the USA.

Last week I was buying a lawn tractor on craigslist and he had a new snap-on air compressor, 60 gallon or something big like that... compressor looked the same (all cast iron, no indication of its origin) and the same leeson motor. Might be a connection there...
I will say that on the SnapOn link, a lot of compressors are from Canada, and the 11,000 dollar (!) one is made in USA. Their lower end units are China stuff.

snap on sells it soul

Snap On closes American plants
07-18-2011 06:50 PM
Originally Posted by OLNOLAN
I thought that compressor pump looked familiar. ... from Harbor Freight t Look at the pics and see what you think. Same Chinese pump? Paid about $130 for it.

A used car dealership I worked at had a Harbor Freight air compressor, 60 gallon or something big like that. It was all China junk except for the Leeson electric motor, with "made in USA" on it. Wow. They still make electric motors here in the USA.

Last week I was buying a lawn tractor on craigslist and he had a new snap-on air compressor, 60 gallon or something big like that... compressor looked the same (all cast iron, no indication of its origin) and the same leeson motor. Might be a connection there...
07-07-2011 05:11 PM
bullheimer some Milwaukee tools now made in china too. saw a 4 tool 18V cordless Bosche package deal at lowes for $130. gotta be chinese. made by slave labor with no quality control.
07-04-2011 08:29 AM
Originally Posted by OLNOLAN
Look at the pics and see what you think. Same Chinese pump? Paid about $130 for it.
Nope some what different pump there, glad you could ma-giver it, for 130 it don't take long to pay for itself.

I went out and bought a Makita MAC5200 after taking back the poser 20 gal.

Nice real cast pump on the 5200 at 6.5cfm@90 and 120V 3HP running, not bad for 120V but only a 5.2 gal. Now looking for a aux tank. The 5.2 gallon does not like my impact tool. I will leave the 5200 on wheels and connect to aux garage tank for volume via flex and quick couplers, run tanks in series. That way I can scoot the 5200 out to other sites if I need to.

And oh yeah when it comes to your tools do your own shopping, sorry dear it ain't your fault it was a lemon
07-04-2011 01:12 AM
CJ1 I know I'm new, and all but I have Snap-On, Mac, Matco, Craftsman and knock offs, I have a neighbor who use to be a truck guy for Snap-On and he told me some things I've never thought about. Every tool company is in bed together I have a Matco 2 drawer service cart and a Snap-On Classic 96 box, the tool cart was made by a company that makes every cart, Snap-On, Mac, Matco, Cornwell, Craftsman, and Harbor Freights US General stuff. I have a set of Mac wrench's brand new that I bought off a truck that was made at the Snap-On plant. They're all in bed with each other Matco makes Geasrwrench, and Fluke, Ignersoll Rand makes Matco's air tools along with Mac's.

I've found what's easier for me is there isn't a tool company that is better than others I like Snap-On ratchets and sockets better than others, Mac's screw drivers, and Matco's wrenches better, I buy craftsman for certain things, along with Kobolt and Harbor Freight tools. I can't stand a technician in a dealer looking down on you because you have a Craftsman wrench they're all tools and they all get the job done just some have better designs.

I do have a problem with is I worked at a Toyota dealer here and the Snap-On guy was the most two-faced ***** I've ever dealt with but I also had another Snap-On guy that would knock off $100 because I paid my account on time.

IMO a tool is a tool and you use it to make your living or hobby, if it gets the job done it's done what was required for it.
07-02-2011 05:17 AM
Originally Posted by 302 Z28
When I was starting out as a general line mechanic after getting out of the service there were several graduates of TSTI (Texas State Technical Institute) working at the local Ford dealership who hired on about the same time as me. They had these big rolling Snap-On tool boxes that looked like commercial chest type freezers. They had everything Snap-On and poop pooded anything that wasn't Snap-On. Once a week the Snap-On guy would come by and take most of their paycheck. Of course these guys were not married and that was what they were working for (to pay for their tools).

Note: Snap-On are fine tools and I do not disparage anyone who can afford them.

I love my snap on tools and have owned them many years, Mac tools even better. But snap on survives because of the tool whores and their credit. They treated me real good when I was buying stuff every week. I had a down turn and quit the line mechanic business. I still owed about 3 grand on a huge tool box and wanted to refinance it to get my payments down. I found out quick that they wanted nothing to do with helping me out once I wasn't a tool whore anymore.
07-02-2011 12:29 AM
Ray Bell I think he meant "Poo poohed"...

But I could be wrong.
07-02-2011 12:00 AM
JohnnyK81 Snap-On has always had compressors (Or at least, in recent times) and they have always been rebranded. No biggie here.I believe the last ones I saw were CH. They're just tools, guys.. There are good ones and bad ones.

Originally Posted by 302 Z28
poop pooded
07-01-2011 09:00 PM
Ray Bell Add this to the previous thread (six months ago?) about the Snap-On service and products and you start to wonder...
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