Blue Point vs. Snap On combo wrench opinions/experiences

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Glowbug, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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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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  2. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    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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  3. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Um, ah, I know what it's FOR :rofl:bueller Roto-tilling the fasteners on a customers car may be accepatable at the stealerships.. not in my garage.
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  4. Rd650

    Rd650 Been here awhile

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    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote">Originally Posted by Rd650 [​IMG]
    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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    Good news I have a bunch of Blue Point stuff.
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  5. anotherguy

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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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  6. KawiVA76

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    Granted plenty of that goes on. Every profession is full of unqualified people. I replace any damaged bolts. For example the steering wheel center bolt that some independent shop apparently decided needed thread lock and about 400 nm. of torque. Took a 24 inch breaker bar and three of us to remove it, lol. The hex corners were starting to raise and crack right before it broke loose. We have 21 guys in our shop. I'm a master tech with 8 years on. I'd say about 7 of us are top notch techs. Another 10 are good guys that are learning and put a good honest days work in. We have four guys that are thieves and hacks. Those types always get caught on their bs at some point. The good dealers boot them, the bad ones lose all of their good techs because they won't put up with it. But it is everywhere in the business to one degree or another.
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  7. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    my search fuu is weak and this is the best thread I have found

    12 point sockets or 6 point sockets?

    Most of mine are 12point becuase - well, I dont know, just because, but I ned to buy some more to fill some gaps and talking with a mater recently, he was all for 6 point.

    whats the collective opinion?

    thanks

    Hay Ewe
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  8. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Been here awhile

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    If you have mainly 12 point then stick with those, also they are ment for higher torque than 6 point.
    I mostly have six point and what 12 point ones I need.
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  9. _cy_

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    both 6 point and 12 have flank drive for Snap-on .. but Snap-on is no longer the only mfg to use this feature.

    Snap-on sockets have cut outs in corners .. this allows flats to grab nut on the sides.

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    Snap-on patented this years ago but patents has expired
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  10. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Thanks
    That is pretty much as I thought
    all but 1 of my day to day sockets are Facom and they are good and have the radiused edges etc

    12 point it is

    Hay Ewe
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  11. Pez

    Pez b00b

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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 :lol3
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  12. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    I have had a lot of Blue-Point hand tools. I've used them myself mechanaching and sold hundreds of sets overseas.

    My personal experience is that they are simply awesome quality. I can't think of a better wrench honestly.

    My Snap-On seller of 15 years says, "I see nearly nothing from Blue-Point get returned for warranty or otherwise."

    I personally think it's the best value in tools, and under-rated.
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