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Old 11-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Blue Point vs. Snap On combo wrench opinions/experiences

I know, I know they're not US-made, but does anyone have input on whether or not a few sets of Blue Point combo wrenches would be a good buy for someone putting together a starting tool set? I've bought US-made sockets and ratchets already, but the sets I'm looking at from Proto will run about $500 new - I could pick up a set of BPs for a lot less than that.

Before Gearwrench went to the PRC, their Taiwanese-produced lines seemed to get decent reviews - so I shouldn't be afraid of these, right?

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #2
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I don't see why not. Why is everyone of the opinion that if a tool isn't made in the USA it's junk?

Blueproint wrenches fit the bolt head just as well as SnapOn, I have a few of both, but most of my wrenches are Craftsman and I have no complaints about them either.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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I have a LOT of Snap On tools and a couple sets of the Blue Point gear ratchet wrench sets. They work just fine. I actually like them better than the Snap On gear wrenchs.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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Quality is only one part of the equation. Doesn't using tools made in America give you a good feeling inside? It does it for me. I am always willing to pay a little more for American made products everything else being equal.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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While I am always happy to pay "a little more" for US-made stuff, I am not willing to pay five to ten times more.

Anyway, I'm not sure why the OP feels that a beginner in the dark arts of wrenchery needs arse-bleedingly expensive tools. Go to your local Sears or Lowes, get some Craftsman or Kobalt stuff, and dig in. When you break stuff on a Saturday afternoon (and you will) you won't need to track down a Snap-On truck.

Also, we seem to be discussing a couple of different things. Ratcheting wrenches are NOT a substitute for combination wrenches -- whatever their pedigree, the ratcheting mechanisms can't withstand nearly the same force.

The solution, of course, is to buy both...
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #6
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Also, we seem to be discussing a couple of different things. Ratcheting wrenches are NOT a substitute for combination wrenches -- whatever their pedigree, the ratcheting mechanisms can't withstand nearly the same force.

The solution, of course, is to buy both...
have had no problems with generating enough torque with ratcheting wrenches. but when space is really tight... a normal Snap-on box end will fit, but a ratchet box end is too big.

when you have plenty of room, especially with long rusted threads. ratcheting wrenches sure are handy.

got both Blue Point and Snap-on ratcheting wrenches. both work equally well .. Snap-on version has a slightly nicer finish. when buying primarily used, like me... it's really luck of the draw on what comes up for sale.

yes .. you need both... ratcheting wrenches are NOT a replacement for standard box end wrenches.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:36 PM   #7
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I'm a tech for Mercedes, have about 8 years in the business. Own a set of flank drive snap on wrenches and a set of ratcheting blue point wrenches. Use the blue points literally every day on almost every job I do. Use the 22mm to turn the head on my oil filter wrench. In eight years the 22 mm needed to have the internals replaced about two years ago under warranty. That is the sole failure and I beat the hell out of these things. You'll be fine with them.

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Old 11-18-2012, 03:39 PM   #8
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as a side note.... the Flank Drive PLUS combo wrench has nice teeth in the open end. While they may resist rounding off a bit, they tear up fasteners, and I have to be carefull to NOT use them on any motorcycle, let alone my beloved vintage. I would never buy them again.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:14 PM   #9
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as a side note.... the Flank Drive PLUS combo wrench has nice teeth in the open end. While they may resist rounding off a bit, they tear up fasteners, and I have to be carefull to NOT use them on any motorcycle, let alone my beloved vintage. I would never buy them again.
flank drive plus is just another flavor ... needed on certain applications too tight to allow box end. open end only, where flank drive plus keeps nut from slipping.

I've got both ...
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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Snapon=Lifetime warranty on hand tools
Blue Point= No lifetime warranty on hand tools.
Look at the online catalog for country of origin

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You have been misinformed , Blue Point has a lifetime warranty just like Snap On .

For a home mechanic , to save some money , Craftsman would be another option .
Good news I have a bunch of Blue Point stuff.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:46 AM   #11
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I have flank drive + and they're great for removing stubborn fasteners. It's what they're for IMO.
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S-K all the way!! Cheap compared to SO and pawn shop employee's are on the look out for SnapOn, Blue Point, MAC, Matco and Cornwell. So I have great luck finding S-K.




Which, I've gotta brag. Local pawn shop must buy tools by the bucket load and just toss them in a bin and have sockets listed for $0.25 a piece. Found 10 SnapOn, 11 S-K and a couple MAC! Employee sold me the whole lot for $5
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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Snapon=Lifetime warranty on hand tools
Blue Point= No lifetime warranty on hand tools.
Look at the online catalog for country of origin
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:59 PM   #14
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