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Old 11-12-2009, 06:18 PM
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Summit = Eastwood?

Today's mail brought a Summit tool catalog. As I am going through it, I am thinking, "This looks vaguely familiar." Then it hit me. Eastwood! Summit even has the Kevin Tetz's Paintucation DVD's which I thought were an Eastwood exclusive. Anybody know if Summit and Eastwood have partnered up or did one buy the other? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:29 PM
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Hey RD

Hey Man, IMO, I just think the vendors are networking in todays economy. Where as many never wanted a middleman or a third party cutting in to profits. Nowadays, when business sucks, the suppliers are selling to whoever, for them to sell to whoever. Eastwood has always seemed to be a middleman to me anyway, with private labeling. Alot of buy direct only companies are starting sell to the Summit and Jegs of the country. There are alot of kits and such bought through one company showing up with instructions in the box from another company. I've seen products that were exclusive starting to show up in wholesalers catalogs. No conspiracy, no buyouts, just trying to make a living. Thats how I'm reading it. I can get specific on parts I've looked at for several years that are available now through several companies at roughly the same price. olnolan
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:24 PM
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re: eastwood

If you look at their paint....you will notice it is from kirkers...they are just trying to make a living like the rest of us
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:05 PM
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I miss the good old days when Eastwood had a small catalog filled with interesting, well built, quality products. But alas, that is history.

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I've seen the same Chinese (most likely) made tools in many catalogs and at many different prices. Eastwood seems to be the most expensive and many of those tools - Harbor Freight quality. I second Brian's statement - usta be pretty good quality but they don't even show up at the York NSRA Nationals any longer.

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The but weld clamps $30 for what four from Eastwood? $5 From Harbor Freight for 8.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:09 PM
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I see no harm. If Eastwood (or any other company manufacturing for Summit) makes a few bucks selling to Summit, and Summit makes a few bucks selling to average Joe hottrodder, and selling for less than said company can sell to average Joe hottrodder, what is the problem? We all win. Summit racing can sell ice to an Eskimo! Great business move by these companies selling under Summits name!
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Eastwood makes alot of very good chemical products like their paints and rust preventatives etc. Their chemical line is one of the best outh there, but sadly, their tools.......made in china, expensive, and will break if you use them hard.
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There's alot of parts that if you buy 'summit' brand parts lo and behold they are actually 'name brand' parts, sometimes not even private labeled.

if you buy summit brand heads you will get the dart heads. they sell both in the catalog, the summit brand is a good bit cheaper, but you get the darts.
Also I've bought 'summit' brake rotors only to receive wilwood rotors... I know other people who have bought 'summit' brake components and received SSBC parts.

same with alot of their stuff, but not all of it. I've bought some chrome engine dress up parts, some really were no name parts, but some were Mr. Gasket !!

So to the OP, I think summit is reaching out with more and more products being 'private labeled' for them(even if they are not really re-labeled!)
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If I remember correctly, when I looked at a Summit tool catalog, they had sand blast cabinets that were prominently advertised as made in America. Cool thing was they were very competetively priced with HF which I'll assume is made by 7 year olds in China.
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