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KULTULZ
Gearhead

Posts: 959
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 06-06-2003 04:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
Let's see if we can clear up the sources of hand tools;

Stanley Mechanic Tools

  • MAC
  • PROTO
  • HUSKY
  • BLACKHAWK

Danaher

  • MATCO
  • KD

Snap-On

(Also controls JH Williams)

S*K-FACOM

CORNWELL

WRIGHT

HAZET

STAHLWILLIE

(Both of The Above European)

KOBALT and CRAFTSMAN were both made by JH Williams until fairly recently and are now made by Danaher Tools, which explains the drop in quality. Quality is no longer important to chain stores, just sales.

It is not to say that Danaher makes poor quality tools (they make some fine quality tools), but only what the customer specs.

Also, just because one company makes more than one line of handtools does not necessarily mean they come off the same production line.

I hope this explains some of the mystery surrounding this subject recently.

KULTULZ
Gearhead

Posts: 959
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 06-19-2003 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
WRIGHT and BONNEY have been absorbed into MATCO.

hotboy1966
Gearhead

Posts: 160
From: Everett, Wa. USA
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 09-27-2003 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hotboy1966        Reply w/Quote
a quick google search to Danaher's website shows that they are a highly diversified company. They currently own these companies:

Armstrong
Matco
Sears Craftsman
Allen
KD-Tools
Holo-Krome
NAPA
FLUKE
Jacobs Chuck
Delta

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Dave
68 Coupe, 289, restomod in process
68 GT Fastback, resto in process
97 Cobra .vert, daily driver

n2oMike
Gearhead

Posts: 3058
From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 09-27-2003 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike        Reply w/Quote
Wal-Mart carries Stanley. I purchased a set of Stanley 3/8" socket mounted Allen wrenches. They were stamped Made in Taiwan but looked really good... until I went to extract a stud with the 1/8" unit and it twisted. At least I only paid $9.95 for the set.

All the other Stanley tools there also had the Taiwan stamp.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3
http://www.geocities.com/carbedstangs/cmml_mburch.html
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http://www.mustangworks.com/cgi-bin/moi-display.cgi?220

KULTULZ
Gearhead

Posts: 959
From: Rockville, MD
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 09-27-2003 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ        Reply w/Quote
quote:
They were stamped Made in Taiwan but looked really good... until I went to extract a stud with the 1/8" unit and it twisted . At least I only paid $9.95 for the set.

Hopefully you took them back...

I bought a set of CRAFTSMAN years ago and they used a set screw to hold the actual bit. Needless to say I spent more time tightening the set screw than removing/tightening hex screws. I either gave them away or threw them in the trash.

I have this thing about a tool not working as it was designed. If it doesn't work, it hits the can...

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I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 59/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

Also older FORD Special Service Tools

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