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Tool opinion: SK or Snap-On

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by phanley, Apr 4, 2009.

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    phanley

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    I just had a Craftsman teardrop-type ratchet break on me twice in as many days. Sears replaced the tool without a fuss, but I'm looking to upgrade to something more durable. I'd rather have something that doesn't break in the middle of a job. I know Snap-On has a good reputation, but I was also considering S-K for a replacement ratchet(s).
    Price-wise, I can get a set of S-K ratchets ( 1/4, 3/4, 1/2" drives) for about $20. more than the price of one Snap-On 3/4" ratchet.
    While I only need to replace the 3/4" ratchet now, I will end up replacing the 1/4 and 1/2" at some point this year if I don't buy the S-K kit.

    I'm wondering if the Snap-On is worth the investment or not. While I love working on my car, I only break out the tools once about once a month. It's usually for a big project: brake work, suspension tuning, or a minor repair.

    I want a tool that can take some abuse, but has a low degree of engagement (5 degrees) and a slim profile.

    Any opinions on what i should get?

    Thanks
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    chicane

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    I've had Craftsman hand tools for years and never had a ratchet break on me. How exactly did the ratchet break?

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    I have owned SnapOn, Craftsman and Kobalt all with a lifetime warranty. The SnapOn are over priced and hard to replace because you have to wait and or find a truck. I too have never had a ratchet break, unless you are counting when the ratchet mechanism strips, I have had that with SnapOn and Craftsman both.
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    phanley

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    The plastic lever that controls the direction of rotation snapped off. I've also used Craftsman for years without incident. The first time it broke I was surprised, the second time I was a little mad.
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    wretched

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    After using both Snap-On and SK I prefer SK by far! I have never had one SK tool break! Snap-On I have had a few break. They are both good quality tools and either would be a good choice!
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    phanley

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    Thanks. I was leaning towards S-K, and your recommendation sealed the deal. I just received it in the mail today; it's a very nice tool. Can't wait to use it!
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    wretched

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    I hope you like it and it provides you with as many good years of use as mine have!

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