Wiha German Tools

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ausfahrt, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Craftsman and just about every other name brand tool company has sourced to China and elsewhere. I recently ran across this company from Germany. Do any of you guys have any first hand experience with these tools?

    http://www.wihatools.com/default.htm
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  2. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I have a set of their small torx drivers (T1-T7) for disassembling hard drives. They're not used hard, but I'm pretty happy with them.
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  3. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    No i have never heard of them but look forward to opinions of others.

    After a lifetime of wrenching i have Snap-On, Mac, Cornwell, Proto, Plumb, etc.

    I will say, 20+years ago my Mac-man sold me a full set(8mm to 22mm) Stahlwillie
    combination wrenches and they are the best i've ever used.
    However, the plastic handles they use on some of their tools seems cheap.
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  4. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I have several little bits -- an allen set, a set of screwdrivers, and various other small tools. They all appear to be very high quality. I've used the allens hard, with no sign of wear. I remember that they have a lifetime guarantee.
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  5. fast4d

    fast4d Long timer

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  6. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    wera and wiha 2 different companies.. i have the big set of those wera torx drivers, they are nice.

    i have lots of wera hex plus t-handles. they are the best t-handle allen wrench i have ever used. i buy them from mcmaster (they list them as "high-torque t-handle hex keys")

    i have a few wiha red t-handles also, they are inferior to the wera...
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  7. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    good tools some of the better screwdrivers I've had
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  8. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    I have nothing but praise for Wiha tools. Very good quality. Better price than many premium branded products built in China.
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  9. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    Very good quality stuff.
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  10. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    I worked with a guy who had a lot of Wiha tools, and yes they are nice. However, anymore my philosophy on tools is they all have the potential to break so easy replacement needs to be a criteria for me. If they have a store nearby I'd have no issue with them, but if something has to get mailed back that would be a deal breaker for me.

    Kobalt tools are made here in the USA and the few that I have are of reasonable quality, so you might want to look at those. Snap On is building or has built another factory in DeKalb, Il so I believe they are still all made in the USA, I'd personally purchase those over Wiha, not that the quality is any better but the service will be.
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  11. MotorradMike

    MotorradMike MIL-TFD-41

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    Just because something is made in China doesn't mean it's crap.
    If production is controlled by the original manufacturer, output can be every bit as good as it ever was, with low cost labour.

    I've had mixed results with Chinese stuff, some things I won't risk, others I will if the price is right.
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  12. victor441

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    have used the insulated screwdrivers on the job, quality is excellent and they are good ergonomically too
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  13. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    I have a set of Wiha Torx T-handles, and would not hesitate to get more Wiha products.
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  14. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Agreed.

    But all other things being equal, I will buy my tools based on country of manufacture in order:
    -American
    -European
    -Asian

    Thanks for the responses so far, keep 'em coming.:ear
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  15. XPEDITIONREADY

    XPEDITIONREADY Adventurer

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    Guess its been a few years since you bought some kobalt tools....unfortunately all the ones I have seen at lowes in the last year or so are stamped "made in china." Still a lifetime guarantee but made in china....
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  16. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    I have some long handled screwdrivers with the micro finish. Love them so much I bought my father a set. The price was excellent too.

    I bought a six piece set and added a couple extras like a heavy duty with steel tang. The handles have a great finish on them especially if you have greasy hands as I often do.

    I'd definitely buy more from them.
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  17. OaklandStrom

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    The problem I have with Kobalt is that nobody at Lowe's knows jack about the warranty. I've had people tell me "break it and bring it back" and "bring it back with receipt" or "mail it to Kobalt" in order to get a tool replaced. Even the managers I've talked to don't know the policy of replacing them. I am not going to keep receipts forever.

    I avoid Kobalt, just because I don't know how to replace them.

    I have two sets of Wiha screwdrivers, plus mini-screwdrives, as well as a few pliers and such. Great tools, and the price was fantastic, as it was last year's model of screwdriver. I found for 50% off, I could live with the "wrong" color handle.
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  18. fast4d

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    agree too.

    if it's a tool I use often I'll buy a quality piece (made in US, euro, japan, china, etc. doesn't matter)

    something I use infrequently I'll buy at harbor freight.
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  19. gn77b

    gn77b Been here awhile

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    yet another thread that ends with made in USA vs made in China rants.
    last I checked this forum was still named "Adventure Rider", not "American Adventure Rider".
    I don't find any way to put it lightly, but for non-Americans these discussions are uninteresting, to use an euphemism.
    will people ever realize that mostly everything is made in China nowadays and the only difference is made by the level of quality control imposed? I guess not.
    this comes from a someone that worked for a rather well known German automotive maker in the past (and no, I'm not a German myself) and learned that "made in ..." doesn't mean a thing today. the flow from idea to product is so complex and takes place everywhere around the world. it's designed in country A, tested in country B, manufactured in country C, with quality control done by contractors from countries D, E etc. it's naive to think that a bad product is the fault of manufacturing alone.
    rant over.
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  20. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    So, YOU can rant, but the rants of other are uninteresting?

    Not that I disagree with the points you list wrt tools, and quality, but complaining about someone else's point for view being boring to you (because of your location),, and then ranting is, well, uninteresting.

    ;-}

    BTW, there are amny things NOT made in China, which means we have choices . . . . and choices, IMO, are the true riches to which many aspire.
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