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12-07-2007 02:38 PM
Beenaway2long Two things to consider.

1.) After buying your tools, get an Insurance rider on your tools. Mine is for $100,000. I got robbed once for $3,500. and that was enough for me to install a security system, lock the doors.

NEVER LEAVE A GARAGE DOOR OPENER IN AN UNLOCKED CAR. Unless of coarse, you got alot of tools you can do without.

2.) Tax time: get a good accountant. "Uninsured Loss". Recoup part of it at least. Then ask about income averaging for 3 years, based on $20K loss.
12-02-2007 11:17 PM
mike's hotrods I'm sorry for your lost. I do not know about matco, but mac tools = junk. mac tools suck. I refuse to buy mac, and when I do I swear its the last time I buy mac everytime. look on ebay for used snap on, they usually have good deals, you just have to pay up front.
12-02-2007 07:55 PM
Blackdog I found this locally. It's a Matco Pro Formance Series MB4725QSB. 56" long 24" deep. The owners wife said they paid $5,600 for it and they want $2,400 for it. It's in real nice shape. I think they really might have paid $3,600 for it. Thinking about offering $1,800 or so. What do you guys think it's worth? (I could do without the graphics) Thanks for the help.



12-02-2007 01:07 PM
Vortech 4.3 its not just snap-on.
12-02-2007 09:44 AM
Dugg An observation regarding Snap-On tools.

Snap-On now sells their name and logos to outside suppliers of tools per se. I've seen LED trouble lights and flashlights marketed by companies now using the Snap-On name. The stuff is made in China.

I've also seen mechanics gloves the sold the same way - with the Snap-On name. This crap is made in Pakistan. Pakistan is the host country to Osama yo mama Bin Laden and is a country promoting terrorism. Your purchase of anything made in Pakistan supporters terrorism and their nuclear weapons programs.

If I were a Snap-On tool sales person, I'd think twice about the future of the company and my efforts trying to make a living. With fuel prices so high and the company degrading their own famous name by selling out to these other night-flyer's, I wonder what the future holds for the guys with the expensive trucks and inventory.
12-01-2007 09:00 PM
GMCTRUCKS
Tools

Sorry to hear about your tools check the local Pawn shops see if you see any of your tools there and about your Scout I found one the other day while driving it's a Scout truck I figure about a 77 model im going to see if the owner wants to sell it.
12-01-2007 05:40 PM
Notorious I believe I remember reading about your rip-off here when it first happened. Sorry to hear nothing was recovered. S-K tools are not bad and good quality for the money. I've bought some in recent years so I could take more of my Snap-Ons home from work. Most of my Snap-On stuff is 20 to 35 years old and I consider most of it to be superior to the stuff they make today. Hence I don't want to lose it and/or wear it out at work.
There's a major vendor who shows up at the Autofair at Charlotte Speedway that's held twice a year. They sell older Snap-On stuff for half of current prices. I've bought from them before but have no contact info, unfortunately. At the next event in April, I'll get it though. I wish I had it now to help you out. What happened to you is one of my worst nightmares, you have my sympathy. The best of luck in re-equipping your shop.
12-01-2007 05:18 PM
59 wagon man sorry to hear bout your tough luck also speedy. i only know about the adjuster thing due to my work as a plumbing contractor and trying to help the homeowner to fix thier problem . as for black dogs problem look up in the phone book or if you want send me your email and city where you live i will forward it to the adjuster for you . i believe he said he can reopen a claim for up to 5 yrs and even if you have a different insurance company .a public adjuster is like your lawyer if you go to court
12-01-2007 03:30 PM
Vortech 4.3 i buy craftsman for the home garage. works just fine. i don't need fancy pants EXPENSIVE tools. craftsman gets the job done.


my mother/father inlaws' house was just broken into, they were out of town. they took his car. and they took part of his coin collection. perhaps the biggest thing they took, a black pearl necklace, about 40" long . i was doing internet research on it. its possible it was worth $90,000. she has had it for 40+ years, and didn't know its value. the insurance co is offering $3000 for it. i didn't know there were public adjusters, i am going to look into that, thanx
12-01-2007 02:46 PM
speedydude My bad, not meaning to sound like the insurance expert. Past experience for me was not great. I had to squawk pretty loud to be fairly compensated for losses.

A PUBLIC adjuster must be different. I've had slimy reps call and one time in particular, I will be so kind to share. After one of my many motorcycle accidents, this one broke my back, other driver lady's fault, (OK now), someone from the insurance co came out to see the damaged scooter. I thought he was the adjuster??? Asked me to open the garage door, wanting to see if I would bend over to open a rather large door. I looked at him as if he were nuts. "Doc said no bending for 6 months"!!!

He opened the door, took a couple pics and gave me squat for it. Had to fight for medical expenses and such. I guess the only way to have gotten more was to sue. This I was told by a lawyer could take up to 2 years. Settled for a somewhat reasonable sum and went on my way. There are other stories but I already feel I'm hijacking this thread.

Blackdog only got 20k for 40k worth of tools and now has to somehow replace what he had for half the money when, with inflation, it's even harder to do now. That's why I suggested looking at used stuff locally or even on ebay.

I consider myself now educated on the adjuster thing.............
12-01-2007 02:21 PM
59 wagon man
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Originally Posted by speedydude
Nothin worse than having tools stolen, sorry to hear it. As Dinger said, squawk and squawk loud. Insurance adjusters only job is to make sure the company pays as little as possible.

This pales in comparison but some low-lifer took about 1500.00 worth of tools I had in one of those portable bags. It had alot of Snap-on stuff in it.

My insurance guy said I should just try to replace it on my own as filing a claim for this amount will most likely raise my rates.

I watched the local paper and found 2 really good tool collections being sold off as the guys were retiring or whatever. Found good Snap-on and Matco stuff for about 20-30% of new. Be patient and look for good used stuff that may be available. I have no problem with other brands for some stuff, (I've got a little of all of them, but sockets, ratchets, combos, universals.......Snappie is hard to beat for quality. A tool may be guaranteed for life but I don't want it to break period, especially when I'm in the middle of something. There are some new tool lines hitting the market I should probably check out, Sears pro line as mentioned above for example. Problem is, I'll most likely like it,buy a bunch of it, and shrink the bank account.

Every time I hear someone got tools stolen, I want to bolt my box to the floor!!! Good luck with replacing what is missing. Hope this helps.
sorry to say but your are 100% incorrect a public adjuster works for the consumer not the insurance company he represents the consumer and generally works on a commission basis which is neg. so it is in his best interest to get the consumer as much as possible and in my particular case resulted in an additiontial payment to me of $7500 after the adjuster's fee
12-01-2007 02:19 PM
KULTULZ I'm an SK guy (from the sixties) with most other being MAC.

Consider E-Bay, pawn shops to replace SNAP-ON and MAC and -this is where I buy now-. If they don't have it, they will get it.
12-01-2007 12:56 PM
ChevyTruckGuy I'm a Craftsman guy and I have a set of cheapo tool too, HF stuff for the kids.

I could never bring my self to buy Snap on Way over price to me! And I like the fact that if I broke a tool It was a quick trip to Sear and not trying to find the local snap on guy.

Craig
12-01-2007 12:37 PM
speedydude
Quote:
Originally Posted by dinger
I had a friend that just went through this when he had a fire on his tow rig. There was proof that all his tools had a lifetime warranty (still able to read the logo on the tools), meaning the tool could be exchanged with no cost if it broke or wore out, no depreciation of the tools was implemented. Looking at this in perspective, what you bought 10 years ago may actually be worth more in todays dollar amount, accounting for inflation. He was paid replacement value. Had to squawk a little, but he got what he should have gotten in the beginning of insurance settlements. Dan


Nothin worse than having tools stolen, sorry to hear it. As Dinger said, squawk and squawk loud. Insurance adjusters only job is to make sure the company pays as little as possible.

This pales in comparison but some low-lifer took about 1500.00 worth of tools I had in one of those portable bags. It had alot of Snap-on stuff in it.

My insurance guy said I should just try to replace it on my own as filing a claim for this amount will most likely raise my rates.

I watched the local paper and found 2 really good tool collections being sold off as the guys were retiring or whatever. Found good Snap-on and Matco stuff for about 20-30% of new. Be patient and look for good used stuff that may be available. I have no problem with other brands for some stuff, (I've got a little of all of them, but sockets, ratchets, combos, universals.......Snappie is hard to beat for quality. A tool may be guaranteed for life but I don't want it to break period, especially when I'm in the middle of something. There are some new tool lines hitting the market I should probably check out, Sears pro line as mentioned above for example. Problem is, I'll most likely like it,buy a bunch of it, and shrink the bank account.

Every time I hear someone got tools stolen, I want to bolt my box to the floor!!! Good luck with replacing what is missing. Hope this helps.
12-01-2007 09:25 AM
dinger I had a friend that just went through this when he had a fire on his tow rig. There was proof that all his tools had a lifetime warranty (still able to read the logo on the tools), meaning the tool could be exchanged with no cost if it broke or wore out, no depreciation of the tools was implemented. Looking at this in perspective, what you bought 10 years ago may actually be worth more in todays dollar amount, accounting for inflation. He was paid replacement value. Had to squawk a little, but he got what he should have gotten in the beginning of insurance settlements. Dan
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