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With the off shoring of tools and the treatment of American employees. Who to buy from.

Wright
23 (18.3%)
Stanley
3 (2.4%)
Mac
2 (1.6%)
Craftsman
14 (11.1%)
KD
1 (0.8%)
Matco
4 (3.2%)
Cornwell
7 (5.6%)
Snap-on
14 (11.1%)
Armstrong
8 (6.3%)
Williams
9 (7.1%)
Proto
9 (7.1%)
Allen
1 (0.8%)
Gearwrench
9 (7.1%)
Hazet
1 (0.8%)
Other describe in comment.
6 (4.8%)
SK
15 (11.9%)

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Brands to buy.
« on: February 06, 2010, 02:49:21 PM »
With the recent actions by Tool companies. Who do you think is the best company to buy your tools from.

This is taking warranty, durability, and selection into account. But also considering the companies actions in factory closings and openness of where the tools are actually being made.

There should be four selection/votes available to you.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2010, 02:51:58 PM by rusty »
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Brands to buy.
« on: February 06, 2010, 02:49:21 PM »

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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2010, 05:55:11 PM »
This was good idea rusty I hope you get good participation.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2010, 06:53:18 PM »
not as easy as it looks...

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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2010, 06:59:15 PM »
I wish there were at least six choices.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010, 07:42:40 PM »
Well i could reset the poll and change the options
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2010, 07:52:17 PM »
I chose Craftsman among my other choices, because even though it's Danaher, I believe it's the best value for the money -- bar none!! That said, I hate Snap-on, Danaher and Stanley -- ALL their associated brands are getting watered down more and more every year. Their business practices leave much to be desired (especially Stanley).

The best value on PREMIUM quality tool brands have to be Wright and Cornwell  -- They don't play the games and marketing tricks that plague the old standard bearers (Snap-on, MAC, and MATCO). When I need premium tools, I call TRTOOLSUPPLY for Wright products.


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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2010, 08:04:21 PM »
I gave 4 selections in the poll. But when I took it I only used one. Wright is my only choice for new tools. Cornwell would be on there as well but I don't currently have a Cornwell guy around here.

Some of the newer Craftsman tools. Make me leary on saying the brand. They are case by case now.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2010, 11:52:35 PM »
I don't buy many new tools so it's kind of moot but since I do buy some I answered Wright, Williams, SO and Cornwell. My purchasing would be pretty much in that order if I could buy Cornwell new. That assumes US manufacture. If I am going to buy import it's HF.

And, yes COO is very important to me.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010, 12:20:54 AM »
Craftsman is most easily accessible for me.  I buy Gearwrench but I didn't vote for it.

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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2010, 11:39:34 AM »
Making these choices is getting more difficult by the day. I don't buy many new tools either, but you can bet I am scrutinizing for COO when I do.

I will buy an imported tool if it fits my needs, but if the manufacturer has tried to hide the country of origin hoping it will pass for "Made in USA" on brand reputation, I will look elsewhere.

I really like those S•K XXL pattern ratcheting spline wrenches, but until they start stamping them "Taiwan", they won't get my money. I assume this will never happen.

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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2010, 12:55:57 PM »
I put Gearwrench in the poll as they are honest about their origins.

SK has the habit any more of hiding where the tool is made. This annoys me to no end.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2010, 01:49:02 PM »
I put Gearwrench in the poll as they are honest about their origins.

They are honest about their origins, but still don't stamp their tools. In some cases (i.e., pliers), this is in direct violation (or is it defiance) of federal law.

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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2010, 01:53:01 PM »
OK I have never seen their pliers in person. So I guess I'll have to add them to the shady list now.
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2010, 04:25:14 PM »
I put Gearwrench in the poll as they are honest about their origins.

SK has the habit any more of hiding where the tool is made. This annoys me to no end.
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I put Gearwrench in the poll as they are honest about their origins.

SK has the habit any more of hiding where the tool is made. This annoys me to no end.

what pieces are you talking about rusty? all sk socket, ratchet or a relating drive items along with most pliers and non ratcheting wrenches are stamped usa. my sure grip screwdrivers are marked france and the new trigrips are marked slovenia if i am correct. i know that the xl and xxl pliers, ratcheting wrenches and screwdrivers are imports and are marked on the box and not necessarily the tool themselves. not ideal but surely no worse than any other company.  is there some other change i have missed?
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Re: Brands to buy.
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2010, 04:46:10 PM »
I've seen wrenches with no COO. Also the screwdrivers have been on and off with the COO.

That and their labor dealer relations have really soured me on SK. The recent strike has lost them a segment of their distribution and sales route. Several independent dealers I know will no longer sale SK due to the ongoing distribution problems. Multi month back orders of stock is not a way to run a business.
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