Who makes snap on sockets

Who makes snap on sockets DEFAULT


American tool manufacturer

Snap-on Incorporated is an American designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-end tools and equipment for professional use in the transportation industry including the automotive, heavy duty, equipment, marine, aviation, and railroad industries. Snap-on also distributes lower-end tools under the brand name Blue-Point. Their primary competitors include Matco, Mac Tools and Cornwell Tools.

Current operations[edit]

Snap-on Inc. operates plants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Elizabethton, Tennessee, and Elkmont, Alabama. Pneumatic and cordless tools are manufactured in Murphy, North Carolina. Wheel Balancers and tire changers are produced in Conway, Arkansas. Torque products are made and assembled in City of Industry, California.[3]

The company manufactures tool storage cabinets in its Algona, Iowa plant.

Snap-on produces hand-held electronic diagnostic tools for the computer systems used in most modern cars and heavy duty vehicles, produced in the US at their Kenosha site, along with software development in the US, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and China, as well as automotive emissions control diagnostics equipment in its San Jose, California diagnostic facility. Snap-on diagnostic products are sold in Europe and Brazil under the name Sun.

Sales approach[edit]

Snap-on tools are sold only by dealers and not in retail stores. Snap-on has always maintained the philosophy that the customer's time was too valuable to spend going shopping for tools. Snap-on franchisees visit their customers in their place of work, once weekly, in a van loaded with items for purchase.

The Snap-on TechKnow Express is a van that showcases everything Snap-on has to offer in the realm of diagnostic equipment, and the Rock 'n Roll Cab Express is a truck with various types of tool storage showing customization options, including units larger than what can fit on a standard franchisee van. These trucks are typically assigned to a particular region and work within that region with individual franchisees.


Snap-on was founded as the Snap-on Wrench Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1920 by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann.[4] The business manufactured and marketed ten sockets that would "snap on" to five interchangeable handles. The company's slogan was "5 do the work of 50".[5]

After World War II, Stanton Palmer advertised for a military officer to organize and develop a larger sales force for the expected post war sales boom.[6] Newton Tarble was hired, and came up with the idea of developing routes for company dealers to see mechanics on a weekly basis. Eventually these salesmen became independent businessmen and authorized dealers using larger walk in vans to carry a growing product line.

In 1975, Snap-on opened a manufacturing plant in Johnson City, Tennessee and closed the plant in 2007.

In 1993, the company bought J.H. Williams Tool Group

In 1998, workers at the company's Milwaukee plant voted to join the Teamsterslabor union.[7]

In 1999, the company acquired Bahco, a Swedish hand tool brand.

In 2011, the Murphy, North Carolina plant was named one of the top 10 plants in North America by Industry Week.[8]

Also in 2011, J.H. Williams & Co was officially renamed Snap-on Industrial Brands.[9]

In 2013, the company expanded its hand tool facility in Milwaukee.[10]

In 2014, the company acquired Pro-Cut for $42 million.[11]

In October 2016, the company acquired Car-O-Liner Holding AB, a Swedish collision repair tool company, for $155 million.[12]

In November 2016, the company acquired Sturtevant Richmont for $13 million.[13]

In May 2017, the company acquired Norbar Torque Tools Holdings Limited for $72 million.[14]

In September 2020, the company acquired AutoCrib Inc. based in Tustin, California for $36 million.[15]


The company has sponsored Penske Racing teams in the NASCARCup Series and Xfinity Series as well as IndyCar. The first driver Snap-on became associated with was Rick Mears in 1979. Since 1992, Snap-on has sponsored Cruz Pedregon.[16] In 2004, the company began sponsoring Cruz’s brother Tony Pedregon. Snap-on also sponsors Repsol Honda Team in MotoGP since 1998.[17]


  1. ^ abcde"Snap-on Incorporated 2016 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^"Snap-on". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  3. ^2017 Snap on catalog pg 1
  4. ^"Joseph Johnson, 92". Chicago Tribune. October 19, 1986.
  5. ^Snap-on Museum Experience
  6. ^"Snap On, Incorporated". March 21, 2021.
  7. ^Gallun, Alby (September 6, 1998). "Snap-on workers vote to join Teamsters". American City Business Journals.
  8. ^"Snap-on's Murphy, N.C. Facility Named One of North America's 10 Best Plants" (Press release). Business Wire. January 19, 2011.
  9. ^"J.H. Williams & Co officially renamed Snap-on Industrial Brands". Cision PR Newswire. May 4, 2011.
  10. ^Lockwood, Denise (December 18, 2013). "Snap-on expands Milwaukee hand tool facility". American City Business Journals.
  11. ^"Snap-on Acquires Pro-Cut International" (Press release). Business Wire. May 30, 2014.
  12. ^"Snap-on to Acquire Car-O-Liner" (Press release). Business Wire. October 17, 2016.
  13. ^Shafer, Dan (November 17, 2016). "Snap-on buys Illinois manufacturer Sturtevant Richmont for $13 million". American City Business Journals.
  14. ^Shafer, Dan (May 4, 2017). "Snap-on acquires British tool company for $72 million". American City Business Journals.
  15. ^"Snap-on Acquires AutoCrib". 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  16. ^"Sponsor extends Pedregon Racing partnership". Motor Sport. February 22, 2004.
  17. ^"Repsol Honda Team Sponsors". Repsol Honda Team. 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

External links[edit]

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Who Makes What Tools

Last update: December 17, 2004

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The following excerpts were posted on one of the mailing list I subscribe to. I though the information was worth sharing.

I've tried to contact the original authors to get their permission, but did not get any replies to my emails. Since this information is available via one of several archives, I feel that I can present it here. However, the authors names have been removed from the discussions. (If they would like credit - please contact me.)

Someone wrote [in part]:

... but I never could figure out who makes the [Craftsman] hand tools.

To which someone else replied:

I'm not the final word on tools by any means, but since I work in the business, I've learned a little bit about it. Okay, here's more than you ever wanted to know.

Lowes now (as of earlier this year) is selling a line of Mechanics Tools called Kobalt which is made by Snap-On. They are good tools.

Home Depot's Husky brand is made by Stanley Mechanics Tools, a division of the Stanley Works. Husky are also good tools and have a good lifetime warranty (they'll even replace your broken Craftsman with an equivalent Husky).

Until 1994 or so, Stanley also made Sears Craftsman tools. Sears Craftsman is now made by Danaher Tools. They beat out Stanley on the contract over price. Danaher also manufactures MatCo Tools, the third largest player in the Mobile Automotive industry (behind MAC and Snap-On). Odds are, if you own any Craftsman tools that are older than about five years ago, they were made by Stanley in plants in Dallas, Texas, Witchita Falls, Texas, and Sabina, Ohio.

Stanley also owns MAC Tools and manufactures MAC tools in the same plants. Now here's the kicker: MAC Tools, Proto Tools (a very expensive industrial brand), Husky Tools, and, (prior to five or so years ago) Craftsman Tools are all made from the same forgings in the same plants. Proto is unique because it goes through addtional testing and certification because it is used by NASA, the military, and industrial customers (including General Motors).

There are three MAJOR players in the USA mechanics tool business: Stanley, Danaher, and Snap-On. Stanley and Danaher (almost identical in sales revenue at about $28 billion each) are the biggest followed by Snap-On. Each of these three manufacture and sell tools under a variety of brands (there are many other brands that Stanley makes that I haven't even named). The quality between these three manufacturers is roughly the same. I know its a bit of a let-down to hear that, but its a simple fact.

There are a hand full of other minor players (Vermont American, etc) and an endless list of Taiwanese import tool companies (some of which Stanley own as well as Danaher to serve the lower end consumer import brands at WalMart, etc). How do I know all of this? I work for Stanley Mechanics Tools, specifically with the Proto Industrial brand. I personally do not think that MAC, MatCo, or Snap-On branded tools are worth the extra markup since they use the same forgings and manufacturing processes that make Husky and Kobalt and pre-1994 Craftsman. Where you need to pay attention are things like ratchets and torque wrenches. There are different specifications of ratchets and you do pay for the difference. Some mechanics require a finer, more precise ratcheting mechanism than guys like me who just bang around in the garage on the weekends.

By the way, Metwrench is basically considered a "gimick" infomercial tool brand that is not considered as a serious competitor to Danaher, Snap-On, or Stanley. Then again, IBM once didn't see Microsoft as a serious force in the personal computer business. Hmmmm....

Then there was this discourse on FACOM brand tools:

> FACOM has been around forever. French company, says "American" in the name
> though I forget the whole acronym.

FACOM is Franco-Americaine de Construction d'Outillage Mecanique. French for "French-American Mechanical Tool Manufacturing". Got points in my french class for that.

> It's now one of the largest tool conglomerates in Europe.
> SK, I think, is an American company that recently has had a large part of
> its stock purchased by FACOM.

FACOM owns S-K outright. You'll notice (if you look through the catalogs from preceeding years) that the tools are becoming more and more alike. The S-K "pro" screwdrivers are now FACOM ergotwist screwdrivers. The "tuff1" ratchets are S-K pro ratchet handles avec FACOM innards. FACOM's ratcheting flare wrench now has S-K stamped on the side of it. I don't like it because we could get FACOM tools from S-K dealers for over 10 years, but now they're getting more and more reluctant to give us FACOM stuff, they'd rather sell S-K stuff. Which is why you get S-K catalogs instead of FACOM. If you specifically request (demand) a FACOM catalog, you get their _american_ catalog, which is abbreviated, along with a note to contact Griot's Garage. I've asked a French friend to get me a French market FACOM catalog, as they have all the good stuff that hasn't yet been absorbed into the S-K line. Ultimate Garage is a FACOM dealer as well as Griots, and I've been told (by richard?) they've got a catalog, dunno if it's FACOM's, but I'll order something and find out.

I was also wondering what the deal was with the S-K foundry? Presumably they still make some stuff stateside? No? I know there are others not mentioned, Cornwell has a foundry in Ohio, I think?

I'd kinda doubt that Williams uses the _exact_ same dies for Koalt and Snap-On. I compared the Kobalt combo wrench to one of my Snap-Ons, and they aren't the same. The Kobalt handle is pretty much rectangular in cross-section, and really does hurt your hand when you pull hard. The Snap-On is more rounded. As well, the Kobalt is visibly looser on the fastener. Maybe these are Snap-On rejects? Can't explain the handle differences, though. The breaker bars seem to share the same grip, though, it just seems the kobalt doesn't have those nifty machined indentations at the base.

I know Stanley owns Mac and Blackhawk (didn't know about Husky), but the Blackhawk stuff doesn't seem similar to the Mac stuff. These look awfully different to be from the same dies, shape wise. So the price difference is different steel in the better tools? Surely they can't be charging Mac prices for better plated Blackhawk stuff?

> FACOM also owns (large parts of) USAG (Italian?) and Beissbarth...

didn't know this. I'd like to find some USAG tools, just to try them.


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Which Snap-on tools are rebranded


I've worked with tools I haven't payed for the past 8 years (the taxpayers did), and I am in love with certain Snap-on tools, namely the flank drive sockets and wrenches. However, I cant help but notice some tools are baltently re branded (and substantially marked up). For example, a set of SO hex wrenches is a set of Bondhus, and I'm sure the "BH" in the beginning of the part number is proof. Also, the Blue-Point jump starter we use is a Clore JNC660 'Jump-N-Carry' 1,700 Peak Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter. At TWICE the cost. Also noticed pneumatic impact guns are Ingersall-Rands.

Anyways, I am slowly outfitting my personal tool collection, and I would love to know if anyone has any info on which tools are made in-house by SO and which come from other (reputable) companies. I would really like all matching SO tools, but I'm not paying $50 for a $20 set of Channel locks because of the name.

I love SO tools, but I don't want to be ripped off. I'm not trying to start a flame war that SO tools are overpriced, just want to know if anyone has any insight on the re branding.


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SnapOn FDX Chrome Socket vs ICON GearWrench SK Carlyle and others

Snap-On vs. Blue Point is one of the tools that have brought quite a debate in the market. Most people do not know how different they are and if they are from the same company or not. Some say that they are the same tools; others say they are made from the same company while others do not even know what to say.

If you want to purchase any of the two tools, then it is crucial to know how different they are. This way, you will be sure of what you will get in the market, their distinctive features, and the expected cost. So what is the difference between Snap-On vs. Blue Point tools? That is what we will discuss in this article.

What are Snap-On Tools?

Snap-On is a manufacturer and distributor of high-end equipment and tools used in the railroad, aviation, marine, and automotive industries. Snap-on tools are well known for their craftsmanship and quality tools. Actually, Snap-On is the highest quality tool you will get in the market.

Their prices are also high compared to other tools in the market. Snap-On tools are made in the USA in their manufacturing plants located in Tennessee, Elizabethton, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee. The Snap-On air tools are made in North California in Murphy.

Snap-On specifically makes their tools with the needs and desires of professionals in the heart. Their tools deliver high performance, quality, and innovation. Their tools are not only made to meet their industry standards but beyond. They are made of special steel, which gives Snap-On tools higher alloying content than other products in the market.

Snap-On tools are accurate and sophisticated and are made with a precise fit. They are also equipped with special nickel-chrome, which plants prevent them from rusting. The screwdrivers, ratchet, Tools Box, work light, and wrenches from Snap-On provide you with maximum performance and durability. They give one the ability to access and perform work in the tightest places.

The tools are versatile, and you will get the exact thing for what you need. With Snap-On, you can always be sure that you have the right tool in hand, ranging from fully-automated to handy diagnostic tools.

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What is Blue Point Tools?

Blue Point is a lower-end tool brand of Snap-On. They are made with the Snap-On specifications but different finish. Though Snap-On owns Blue Point, manufactures are contracted to make Blue Point tools.  Blue Point tools do not have a Snap-On name on them. They are the second in quality from Snap-On. The tools are simple, sturdy, functional, and able to fulfill the basic functions with minimum error.

Blue Point, on the other hand, does not have the same finish as Snap-On. It is a little bulky compared to them later. Most professionals prefer a slim tool, especially when they want to get into tight spots. If you do not have enough cash to buy Snap-On tools, then Blue Point tools are a good alternative.

Snap On vs. Blue Point

What Is the Different between Snap-On vs. Blue Point Tools

1. Manufacturer

Snap-On tools are manufactured and distributed by Snap-On. Blue Point tools, on the other hand, are made by other manufacturers but distributed by Snap-On. Their firm in the USA manufactures most of the Snap-On tools. Blue Point tools are made with the specifications given by Snap-On but by different manufacturers from different places in the world. Though Blue Point tools are under Snap-On, they are not branded as such.

2. Quality

The quality of Snap-On tools cannot be compared with any other tool in the market. Though they own the Blue Point tools, their quality is not the same. Blue Point is made by different manufacturing plants, and their quality may differ from one SKU number to the other. You can, therefore, find that one Blue Point tool differs in quality from another one. Blue Point tools are therefore second in line with Snap-On tools when it comes to quality.

3. Cost

The cost of Snap-On and Blue Point tools is another thing that makes them different. Snap-On has been the best in terms of quality and is higher in cost. Blue Point, on the other hand, is the cheaper brand of Snap-On.

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What Are the Best Tools? Snap-On or Blue Point?

Blue Point and Snap-On tools are not the same in terms of quality. Snap-On tools are of higher quality, and of course, they are pricier. The best thing about Blue Point tools is that they are cheaper they come with a lifetime warranty unless it is specified from the Point of sale.

Their quality cannot reach that of Snap-On, but they are the second-best tools in the market. Though Snap-On tools are costly, they are durable and can serve you for a lifetime. Both tools will serve you the purpose. Snap-On tools have an awesome look, and it also feels good to use them. They are made with high-quality materials and are designed with the job and user in mind. Professionals prefer a tool with a slim finish to help them get into tight spots.

Between Blue Point and Snap-On, the latter has a slim finish and thus ideal for anyone who does not want a bulky tool. Choose the tools you desire, depending on your budget. You will, for sure, get great value for your money. However, if money is not a problem, then I would advise you to consider Snap-On.

Snap On vs. Blue Point

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: Is Blue Point Owned by Snap-On?

Answer: Snap-On tools are all made in the United States. Blue Point is a tool company in 1925, Milwaukee in Wisconsin. Initially, this company was providing chisels and punches. It later expanded to include pliers, wrenches, and others. It also becomes synonymous with high-quality hand tools. Snap-On later bought Blue Point in 1930. Blue Point is made to Snap-On specifications but by various manufacturers who are given a product to produce a specific tool. Snap-On just decided not to put their name on a product they did not manufacture, but Blue Point is their brand.

Question: Are Blue Point Tools Made in the USA?

Answer: Blue Point tools are sourced by Snap-On from different tool manufacturers. This means that to know where a blue point tool is made; then you will have to research it individually. Unlike Snap-On, which is made and sold by Snap-On, Blue Point tools are made by other companies but sold by Snap-On. They are the lower and the cheaper brand of Snap-On. While Snap-On is the signature brand, Blue Point is in the next stage when it comes to quality. You can see where a blue point product is made from by looking at the country of origin written under the product specifications.

Question: Why Is Snap-On Called Snap-On?

Answer: When Snap-On was developed, its aim was to manufacture ten sockets that would “snap on to 5 interchangeable handles. The slogan of the company was “5 do the work of 50”. That is where the word Snap-On came from. They have aimed to provide innovation and performance to their customers.

Question: Are Snap-On Tools Made in the USA?

Answer: Some of the Snap-On tools are made in the USA. The hand tools are manufactured in their manufacturing plants located at Tennessee in Elizabethton ad Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Some of the tools manufactured in America are Sandblasters, Roll Cabs for storage, ratchets, screwdrivers, and wrenches. Air tools from Snap-On are currently being manufactured in North California at Murphy. The Snap-On cordless power drill kit, Impact Driver, safety gloves, welding helmets variable speed polisher, and some air compressors are made in China.  Gas torches are mainly made in Ireland.

Question: Who Owns Snap-On Tools?

Answer: Snap-On was founded by Joseph Johnson and Bill Seidemann in 1920. Their tools are manufactured and distributed by Snap-On Company. Their global headquarters are located in Wisconsin at Kenosha. Since then, they have been able to employ more than 12,600 people. Snap-On tools are not sold in retail stores but by dealers. The company value the time for their customers; thus, they do not have to go shopping for tools. They, therefore, take the Snap-On tools to the customers’ homes or places of work.

Snap-On vs. Blue Point Tools YouTube Video


From the article above, we can clearly see the difference between Snap-On vs. Blue Point tools. Both Blue Point and Snap-On are good choices when looking for quality automotive tools. They are all owned and sold by Snap-On, but their manufacturers differ. Blue Point is a second line and a cheaper brand on Snap-On. Since Blue Point is made to meet the specifications of Snap-On, they will still serve you the purpose.

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On who sockets snap makes

Does Harbor Freight Own Snap-on Tools?

Harbor Freight Store Logo

I received a curious email today, asking about any connections between Snap-on and Harbor Freight Tools.

They wrote:

Hello, I am an assistant to a Snap-on mobile dealer. I’ve had a few guys get on the truck in recent weeks and say “Snap-on is owned by harbor freight,” but I can’t seem to find anything about ties connecting these two companies. Can you confirm or deny this for me?

To my knowledge, NO, Snap-on is NOT in any way, shape, or form owned by Harbor Freight Tools.

Snap-on is a part of Snap-on Incorporated, which is a publicly-traded company with symbol SNA. In other words, individuals and institutions hold shares of the company in the same way as with other publicly-traded brands such as Coca Cola, Apple, Home Depot, and Stanley Black & Decker.

Harbor Freight is a privately-owned company.

I could not find any known, acknowledged, or suspected connections between the two companies.

While in theory Harbor Freight Tools could own shares in Snap-on Incorporated, that’s not what would be implied by “Snap-on is owned by Harbor Freight.”

This is an unsubstantiated falsity, one that’s no more true than the idea of Home Depot owning Lowe’s.

There are April Fools Day jokes on public forums every few years, about Snap-on buying parts of Harbor Freight, or Harbor Freight owning Snap-on, but none of that is true, at least not to my knowledge.

There have been lawsuits between the two companies, and Harbor Freight often “compares” their tools to Snap-on’s higher-priced offerings in marketing language.

Unless anyone can come form with concrete information, it’s safe to say that NO, Harbor Freight does NOT own Snap-on Tools.

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Snap-on FDX Sockets - Snap-on Tool Tips

Snap-On has long been a staple of American work belt, most well known for their wrenches and other hand tools. They’ve expanded their product offering over the years (since starting in 1920) and currently mostly focus on tools for transportation industries like: automotive, aviation, heavy duty trucks, military and defense, railroads, and marine, among others. They also have a lower-end tool brand that offers more affordable hand tools called Blue-Point. Snap-On started in Milwaukee, Wisconsin almost 100 years ago and has grown to employ more than 12,000 people – but do they still manufacture in the U.S.? Check out our verdict below.

Verdict: Are Snap-On Tools Made in the USA?

Only certain Snap-On tools are still made in the USA. Most hand tools are still made in their facilities in Milwaukee and other U.S. manufacturing locations, but products like their cordless power drill kit are made in China, among other countries. More details below.

Here are all of the locations of Snap-On’s current manufacturing facilities in the U.S.:

  • Algona, Iowa
  • Carol Stream, Illinois
  • City of Industry, California
  • Conway, Arkansas
  • Elizabethton, Tennessee
  • Elkmont, Alabama
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Murphy, North Carolina
  • West Lebanon, New Hampshire

As we mentioned, they also maintain several international facilities in these cities:

  • Bramley & Branbury, England
  • Bollnäs, Edsbyn, Kungsör & Lidköping, Sweden
  • Correggio & Florence, Italy
  • Irun, Placencia & Vitoria, Spain
  • Kunshan & Xiaoshan, China
  • Minsk, Belarus
  • Santa Bárbara d’Oeste, Brazil
  • Santo Tome, Argentina
  • Sopron, Hungary
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Vila do Conde, Portugal

Popular American Made Snap-On Tools

Popular Snap-On Tools Not Made in the USA

  • Cordless Screwdriver Kit – China
  • Variable Speed Polisher – China
  • Gas Torches – Ireland
  • Welding Helmets – China
  • Safety Gloves – China
  • Air Compressors – Canada and China

Pro Tip

You can see if a Snap-On tool is made in the USA or not by looking at the Country of Origin underneath the product specifications tab on their website product pages. Here’s an example for their hex short spline combination wrench, which you can see is made in the USA. The Country of Origin is second from the bottom of their product specs information.

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