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Old 06-07-2011, 03:18 PM
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Snap on's website lists the toolboxes as made in USA
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The Snap-on classic series is pretty much their bottom-of-the line box. The 78 sells around here for about $3000 new. The 5225R Matco is in the middle of their line, and built much better than the Snap-on. Just open a few drawers and wiggle things around a bit, and you'll see the difference real quick. Thicker metal, better slides, better drawer construction, stronger case. Every area is different as far as what sells the best, but the Matco is a better box.
Yeah i did the comparison and i do love the matco compared to the snap on by far. In your opinion is matco better on all of their boxes compared to snap on?
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Yeah i did the comparison and i do love the matco compared to the snap on by far. In your opinion is matco better on all of their boxes compared to snap on?
I never got to see a Matco box up close; but I am impressed with how sturdily built the snap ons are. I'm sure Matco are similarly well built.

For the more budget oriented (hobbyist?), take a look into Waterloo (click for catalog in pdf form) . Most (I would say all but I'm not 100% sure) models are made here in the USA. I think they're the best for the money... I know Snap-Ons are great, but who parks a dump truck on their toolbox? Pretty neat test though.

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Yeah i did the comparison and i do love the matco compared to the snap on by far. In your opinion is matco better on all of their boxes compared to snap on?
Dollar for dollar, absolutely. The 5 series Matco was created to compete with Snap-on's top-of-the-line box, and it beats it on every level, at a lower price. The 6 series Matco has no competitor- there's nothing out there to compare it to. It's also expensive. The 4 series Matco is the entry level box, but has most of the features of the more expensive ones, just not all the options and flash. You can get online and design a 6 series to fit your tools and needs- drawer size, color, casters, trim, etc. etc. The options are endless.

Those flashy truck-on-toolboxes pics are kinda cool, and Matco's done them too, but if you figure an empty tandem weighs around 24,000, sitting on 6 tool boxes, that's 4000 lbs per box. They damn well better hold that much, for what they cost.
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