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Impact Sockets

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Flipper, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    I need to replace my set of 1/2" deep impacts. They are a Snap-On set that I have had for years and they are rounding out and splitting. I have a recent set of Mac swivel impacts and I like them. I am not really brand specific. Many basic wrenches, sockets etc are Craftsman and Husky with more specialized tools and pieces from the "professional companies"

    I asked all the local tool vans. Snap-On, Mac, Matco about impact sets. They all want aboutt $350 for a individual 12-14 piece sets of SAE and Metric. This means I will have over $700 just in deep sets.

    Anyone have a cheaper set that they have used that hols up well? I don't use them everyday, but need them when working on plows, trucks, mowers etc.
  2. I always go with harbor freight when it comes to tools I don't use much. Its all hardened steel so it should hold up for a while at a fraction of the cost of a snapon set
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I don't understand your question:confused:If they are Snap-On tools they are warrantied for life!:nod: you just find a Snap-on dealer and trade them in for a BRAND NEW SET. I trade my 1 1/2" , 1 1/8",15/16 and 3/4 in every few years. That is the beauty of Snap-On toolsussmileyflag Buy the tool once,and as long as you do not lose it you will have that tool forever. I buy broken snap-on tools at auction because I know I can trade them for new tools from the snappy guy when he comes by on Thursdays.

    Plus Snap-On DOES NOT say "made in China"ussmileyflag

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Snap-On, Mac, Matco, Craftsman, Proto, SK, Cornwell all have lifetime warranty. I'll buy your worn out Snap-On sets. Another good place to find "used" tools are garage sales. Last year one of the neighbor kids stopped by and had a 1/2" and 9/16" Snap-On wrench that he bought for $.50ea at the garage sale down the street. So I went down there and bought the rest of the wrench set 1/4"-1 1/4" for $5.00 and gave Ethan a set of Craftsman wrenches for his 2 Snap-Ons. The kid is 9 and likes to come down and help if I'm wrenching on something.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

  6. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,329

    You should be able to get a decent set of craftsman SAE and metric for around $100 each. Its been a while since I looked at Sears, but I think that was what they were asking.
  7. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    I thought so to. Problem is that the Snap-On guy says "they don't make those anymore. They have newer ones." SO I said "Give me a comparable set." He doesn't want to. I get him not going the extra mile for me, I am not running a shop with 15 grand worth of tools. One of the reasons I don't call on him anymore.

    I have an e-mail into Snap-On. I figure at some point I will get it resolved but meanwhile wanted to get something, figuring I can through them in the over the road toolbox we have and use them in the field.

    I will take a look at Craftsman. They only problem I have had with them is getting one socket or one wrench when one breaks. Always part of a set.
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go with the Harbor Freight.if you don't use them a lot. I buy a lot of screw drivers there because the screwdriver fairy keeps stealing mine.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    You can get individual wrenches or sockets at Sears:confused: Not sure why you are having so many issues with tools
  10. dooleycorp

    dooleycorp Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    i use northern tool they have good stuff reasonsible
  11. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    Use the cheapo sunnex brand every day in the shop have not had a failure yet got them from tool warehouse.com
  12. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I'll give you $50 for your old set
  13. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    They don't, but you notice the new Dual 80 ratchets they're peddling these days don't say "USA" either. I pointed this out to the Snappy dealer and his response was "they must have forgot to put that on."
  14. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    when that 9 year old kid grows up he will realize what he traded
  15. Welderguy24

    Welderguy24 Member
    Messages: 87

    Read the fine print on craftsman tool, IIRC Impact sockets are NOT warrantied. I run Snap on and Matco tools but for impact sockets i use Ingersoll Rand, Sunex, and Grey Pneumatic, all very good tools.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    What, I didn't screw him I gave him a 1/4"-3/4" Craftsman set for 2 Snap-On's. He's always coming over to put air in his bike and asking me to fix stuff for him. Pretty sure he has more tools now than his dad. He's a good kid he's always at the house especially if I work late and just drag a skid home instead of dropping it off. I can't tell you how many bucket rides I've given the neighbor kids. Then last summer his dad bought him an OLD moped that didn't run guess who got to fix that during the busiest part of the season:nod:
  17. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    The harbor Freight stuff seems ok. After I ran my mower slowly over a short stump, The blade tightened up to the spindle nice and smooth like ya hear. I tried and tried to loosen that blade but it wasn't going to give. So I went to Harbor Freight and bought their large wrenches $20, needed a 1" er.
    Put that on there an wouldn't you know I turned it into a 1.25 wrench. Now I had two 1.25 " wrenches. So my neighbor got wind of my predicament and offered me his handy dandy trusted Craftman 1" wrench. And lo and behold I turned that into a 1.125 " wrench. I took it to sears and got him a new one. And used a small sledge in the vise to turn mine back into a 1". So needless to say I took one of my old lawn blades and cut it in half and grinded out a one inch notch. This worked. So the harbor Freight stuff seemed just as strong to me. Oh yeh I also cracked the JHWilliams socket I got from my grandfathers era first.
  18. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    For 10 years I was the "Mac Man" in town here.

    The Snap-On guy is trying to hose you, plain an simple.The tools cost a bunch extra BECAUSE of the service provided.

    Call the company direct to complain as e-mail ,at times, mysteriously get deleted. No need to get abusive over the phone but be sure to complain loud. That is why you bought them to start with and do not take the BS of design change.

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  19. Holland

    Holland Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Thats bull. You have a lazy rep. Mine wouldnt even blink an eye. Got a buddy in another reps territory that could turn them in for you?
  20. bigc1301

    bigc1301 Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    Thats BS that he wont trade them in. Guess he is just trying to make a sale on new ones. Guess he doesnt realize that now u wont go tohim first when you want to buy something