Don't even get me started !! I'm supposed to be watching my blood pressure.... I relly don't mind paying some more for a quality item, but when it arrives from Snap-on as a gift for my son and the made in China sticker is on the plastic wrap around the pliers set....
The only way you are going to get an american made tool is buy Wright Tools. 90% of the tools I own are Wrights. Excellent tools and life time warranty. They are excellent stuff. My first job was at a shop that sold mining supplies. They sold Wright Tools as their main tool. Unless someone wanted cheaper stuff then they would sell China made tools. I have been to their factory, and see the whole operation. They gave us tours of the place. Really cool, made right in Ohio.
A lot of the snap on stuff is made in the US. Some of the things they sell are made by other people though, such as probably pliers, chisels, hammers, ect.
I keep making this post longer and longer..Argh. People brag on craftsman tools. Over the years many different people has made them, some US, some over seas. Right now craftsman tools are being producted by Apex Tool Group from you guessed it China and South America. My dad has sold tools for many years. A big one he sold was truecraft. Truecraft was china made, but actually good quality stuff. He brought home a box of tools from work one day, and they were in truecraft containers with "Craftsman" stamped on the tools inside. He called the people and they said they had confusion at the packing area and the wrong brands got put into the wrong boxes. So there you go. China made Craftsman sets.
Apex Tool Group is a U.S. based supplier of hand tools and power tools. It was formed as a joint venture of Cooper Industries and Danaher by the merger of Cooper Tools and Danaher's Tools and Components segment. In October 2012 Danaher and Cooper sold Apex to Bain Capital for about $1.6 billion. Apex is headquartered in Sparks, Maryland, United States, but most of its production is located in China and South America.
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Q: Where are your tools made?
A: All Wright tools are entirely manufactured in Barberton, Ohio, U.S.A. We use no foreign blanks and only U.S. steel. We also carry nationally known brands such as Mayhew, Vise Grip, and Channellock.
Edited by toomanytoys84, December 30, 2013 - 11:27 AM.