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Old 01-25-2008, 02:06 PM
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I bought like 20 screwdrivers for $2.50 one day at wally world Decent for the price.

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Until you go to use them.......Snap, crackle........POP...........

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EXCEPT they said made in japan as wear on my pair they say snap on!!!!........could it be that snap on just stamps their name on a Chinese steel tool????...

Whats "Made in Japan" got to do with cheap Chinese junk? Look at Jap products, they are neither poorly made (Toyota, Sony, etc,) nor CHEAP!! Back in the 50's and early 60's Japan got the rep for making junk but that time has long since past and they have gone to great lengths to improve quality, "made in Japan" means quality not junk.
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Which is probably the same that will happen to the Chinese "Junk"............

We westerners think of China and many other countries as backwards and primitive........Such is not the case anymore.......So much for 3rd world.............
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How much of that quality makes it over here? Everything I have that proudly displays make in China has turned out to be junk. The screw driver set I got for Christmas was made in china and its going into the trash when the wife isn't looking. I would rather pay twice the price then have it snap off the first time you use it. I have already rounded off 2 of the Phillips heads.
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How much of that quality makes it over here?
Are any of those screwdrivers from Japan? I never said the Chinese stuff was good, it's junk. The Jap stuff is a whole 'nother story!
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Are any of those screwdrivers from Japan? I never said the Chinese stuff was good, it's junk. The Jap stuff is a whole 'nother story!
No just saying I never see any of it. All of the "cheep" tools in the stores here are from China and crap.
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First you say..."Made in Japan"........Then it's "Chinese steel".........

Which is it? They are 2 different countries................ .

It's an American thing... we have VP candidates that can't tell you the 3 countries that make up N. American, or that South Africa is a country with in the continent of Africa.

But, I digress... I registered in here just to say this, so sorry to revive an old thread, but I think it makes more sense than to make a new one since there is a lot of misinformation in here about Snap On and USA made.

99% of all Snap-On hand tools are made in the USA. Exceptions are rare, such as the electric screw driver, and the 4-piece adapter box for the SOEX (open end/ratcheting end) wrenches (which themselves are 100% US Made).

Blue Point is Snap-On's over seas made brand, most of which is made in Taiwan (not China), and some of which is indeed made in China, and other usually 3rd world countries.

As someone who tries his best to buy American made first, and when nothing of sufficient quality exists, German, UK, Italian, Japanese, etc.. substitutes, I can tell you that you can pretty much rest assured that if Snap On say's on the box it's made in the USA, it is. I strongly believe that if it weren't for the powerful influence of corporate lobbies (Walmart, etc), there would be no trade relationship with the Godless Communists in China.. but money talks and everything else walks.

Btw, I found in the pliers business, the Germans (Knipex) are king, and in the screw driver business, a good alternative to the great Snap-On's is Whia, also German.
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Have you looked at the quality of a "GearWrench?
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Do you mean the set I have that the chrome is flaking off of .

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I found this
http://askville.amazon.com/Snap-tool...uestId=2470040

And this{a good one}

http://www.ftc.gov/opp/madeusa2/c685.htm

this is interesting

http://cruisin2.wordpress.com/2007/06/06/533/





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Are Snap On tools made in China?

I've had no problems with my SnapOn stuff, but it's old,so probably made in the US. BUT,in the last 2 months, I've had 2 Craftsman drill bits break on me. These were both 1/2 in bits,(shanked) from the $99.00 Cobalt set. Last year my wife bought me the small set of Cobalt bits, and I decided I would"kick it up a notch" and go with the bigger set. No problems with any of them 'till I decided to use the 1/2 bit. It was in a press, working a flat piece of 18 ga. sheet metal, clamped down. I had been stepping up the hole sizes to get to 1/2". As soon as the bit contacted the material, a piece about 1/2" long went zinging off my face shield. I returned it to Sears and they replaced it. Yesterday, I ATTEMPTED to use the new one, and same ****. Took it back today, ( single bit lists for $16.99)THEY BEGRUDGINGLY REPLACED IT, after talking to 3 people and some asswipe kid tells me they aint warranted "cause theyre drill bits and break all the time." I politely explain to the lad that unless theyre being abused or used by a moron, drill bits don't "break all the time". I realize $16.99 is not a staggering figure, but I was told in no uncertain terms they wont replace any more of my bits.I have used the rest of the set with no problems, only with the 1/2". "Nuff said, I think I have visited Sears for the last time.
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I had the same thing with sears about a 3/8th ~16 tap after 16 or so years I screwed up & busted one & they wont replace them.

I said you did when I bought the set.
well things have changed the clerk replayed
well you lost a customer for $3.00 tap

See Ya! sears

That goes for K mart too.



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Until you go to use them.......Snap, crackle........POP...........
Actually have only busted one, and tht was because I was beating it with a hammer .

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http://www1.snapon.com/display/northamerica.nws

says snap on still has 6 plants in the USA making hand tools. Although its interesting i have a snap on 3/8 ratchet i bought a couple years ago that says usa right on it, but the one i just bought a couple months ago doesnt.
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US based and expanding their global markets. http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchis.../282805-0.html

I know OCC buit them a chopper and delivered it to their plant in Wisconsin. All I know is have snap on tools that are still good after 35 years of use. I torture my tools. I have had problems with the composite screwdriver handles but they have always repaired them without question.
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