Trying new tool company, wanted to know if any of you guys use em.

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I have been very dissatisfied lately with mac and snap and have just stop buying from them. I even refuse to take their flyers.

So I bought some tools on line today. Things that I would normally buy off the truck.

The company is called tekton, located in grand rapids I think.

Do any of you guys own some of their tools, and if so, how do you like them?

I have a few :)eek:) split 3/8 sockets cuz I have been using the chrome ones on my newish cp hd 3/8 impact gun. SO I ordered a short impact socket kit in blow mold case and kit doesn't skip size like mastercraft (canadian tire) kits. I didn't want to buy the mastercraft kit as it is missing the ones I need the most. . I really needed an impact kit for my gun, cuz I am going through chrome ones like crazy. :D

I also ordered a 36 inch pry bar, cuz canadian tire doesn't carry a 36 inch pry bar. The bar is made in USA, the sockets are probably taiwan.

The return policy seem real easy, just take picture of broken tool, they send one back NO questions. Is this true?

That is why I am asking if any of you use these tools. Cus if this is true, I may have found a cool company, north america based.

They don't sell specialty stuff, just main line hand tools and some odd things here and there.

Here is a link to site, https://www.tekton.com/about-us

Plz, don't reply if you don't own any, or don't know anybody who uses them, that review would be useless to me.

Thx in advance

Nickb2

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BTW, cost so far, 80$, but there may be some additional fees as I am in canada, still waiting for request too be processed. I know my visa worked. But on the snap truck, a bar like this would have been over a 100$ candian, the 3/8 impact kit easily be a cool 200- 300$cdn.

So, again, did I just shaft myself, or is this as a reputable company as it looks. If so. I will keep buying from them as my stock of tools snaps or splits, cuz now, up here, finding quality tools is getting harder every year.
 
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Well, got an alert, tools will be here after tomorrow.

I am going to try my dambdest to bust the tools at a every day pro job 24 7.

If they hold up for a month or so and even resemble what the reviews say. This company is trying something new. As usual, I disclaimer, but dang, I got a GOOD VIBE ON THIS TOOL COMPANY. :cool:
 

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My company about 50 years ago was supplying both Snap On Tools and Mac Tools, Mac Tools started off in around 1973 that use to be selling Snap On, about the only thing Snap On manufactured was their socket tool sets, all the rest were buyouts. Mac Tools didn't manufacturer anything. We supplied various testers, welders, battery chargers, leakage testers, tune up equipment. Call private branding, same stuff as ours but not painted red with white print.

To work for either had to buy a truck painted Snap On or Mac tools, pay to stock it, and drive all over just selling items personally one at a time. We have about the same thing in our town with refrigerated food being sold door to door, claimed super high quality, could be stupid, but couldn't the difference in pound of frozen peas 69 cents at the grocery store or four bucks from the truck. Span On and Mac Tools operate the same.

That company I took over was trying to sell direct, to me was just as easy to sell 2,500 timing lights to Snap On, as well as other distributors, like Applied Power, Marquette, Sun, and a few others.

Actually purchased a starter set from Craftsman back in 1957 all with a lifetime warranty., main tools a torque wrench, breaker bars, ratchets, and extensions. And these tools still look like new today, latter ones are rust. Was around in 1987 needed a set of deep metric sockets on a Sunday, only store opened was K-Mart, set of 12 was like 9 bucks. Beat the heck out of these sockets, even with a 300 pound feet impact wrench, still good.

Sears closed in our town, knew they would go broke as soon as they built that Sears Tower in Chicago. But our Fleet Farm, Lowes, Menards, Advanced Auto, True Value, Harbor Freight, and Walmart all sell tools.

As far as a life time warranty is concerned, worthless if you lose that tool.

Never ever broke a nut of a bolt on a 30's car, sure invented some cuss words working on this new stuff using a unplated rolled steel bolt in an aluminum casting. Cheapest boxed end wrench will snap the head of that bolt off with about 2 inches ounces of torque. Don't need an over priced wrench working on this crap. Sure had to invest in easy-outs, but no such think as an easy-out if you only have an inch of clearance to work on.

These new engineer kids never heard about electrolysis melting together two dissimilar metals. Watched some of these kids running simulation software. Made the comment they wouldn't have sense to replace a burnt out light bulb without running a simulation program first.
 

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Back in 2008 view down with my wife south of Caracas to her condo where her son was stuck. Her precious 1997 Toyota Camry was rear ended by a cab, no insurance, couldn't close the trunk and wanted to use it for some shopping.

Only tool I could find was a rusty old pair of vise grips that worked to remove the bolts holding on the rear seat back. She said not allowed to work in their parking area, said screw it, we need a closed trunk. Was ably to push the entire back out with my feet and use my arm muscles to straighten out the trunk. Didn't realize it, huge complex, over 300 people watching me including the gate guards. Gate guards everywhere in that country. Wasn't prefect with small dents here and there, but was able to close and lock it. Crowd gave me a huge hand of applauded, lots of questions in Spanish That I couldn't answer, but saw my wife peeking out her kitchen window.

Next problem the power steering belt was loose, no way to get that old rusty vise grips on that bolt. So we went shopping for a 14 mm box ended wrench. Only thing we could find was a five piece set made in China the store wanted 120 US bucks for. Said screw that noise could find a better set at Harbor Freight for three bucks.

So we went to her mechanic she said that was great just to see if he would loan me a 14mm wrench for two minutes, said no, but would only replace all three belts for 800 US bucks. She translated for me, way too expensive and nothing wrong with the belts. Just one is loose. When I found out what she was paying for brake jobs, shook my head, over a thousand bucks to put new pads in with a hammer. No wonder why her brakes wore out so quickly.

Just saying buying parts and tools in the good old USA is not as bad as some other countries. But Venezuela is far worse today than it was in 2008. Seems like we also have a socialistic party today in the US, if you believe their BS, better have your head examined.
 

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well, tools came in via fed ex. The pry bar was exactly what I wanted, the socket set not so much

I used the 36inch pry par with my cp zip gun and got job done

The sockets, well yeah, not real happy, but for price, just as usual, throw away stuff
 

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The box it came in, was less than par however I cant complain.

I kinda knew a full impac socket like this would be crap, but the box, useless. Came out of fedex truckwith zero quality in regards to how the clamp shut down.

Good thing I dont give a flying fuck about that. I made my own socket organizer
 

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Yeah, those plastic boxes are far too bulky for me. If all my hand tools were in plastic boxes like that, I would need a steamer trunk to carry them around, not a tool box...
 
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