I have three sets of tools here.
One set was my great-grandfathers, he owned a garage and bought his set of Herbrand back in the 1930's. Herbrand died as a company in the 1980's I believe, but those old tools keep on trucking. He also had Blackhawk and some Bonney. I use them occasionally as the need arises, but most of the time they set shined up in a box. They are heirlooms in my book. My main workbench, though, was his. It must weigh a ton and a half. And I put that thing through war and back again. It also is an heirloom, but it is a hard working one.
Another set is my main working set. It originated as an el cheapo set that I was planning to supplement the old heirloom tools with. I then decided that el cheapo was too expensive. That will happen to anyone who buys el cheapo.
That main working set is now primarily Kobalt from Lowes. I compared some of the Kobalt tools to the Snap-On tools along the way, back when I was carrying around a Kobalt socket set as my secondary socket set and happened to be standing next to a ~$25000 box of Snap-On tools. My Kobalt ratchet was just as smooth and looked identical. It wasn't compared to the 100 tooth special that they sell (which is smoother than a soft serve on a hot day) but it was compared to that $300 one.
The voice of experience spoke earlier. I want to emphasize that.
The life of a tool is determined by the operator, not the tool itself.
The corollary is that using a tool for the purpose it was intended for will not hurt it. Using it as something it isn't designed for will.
Those Kobalt tools I have have had it rough. They get worked. The laser ID marks are long worn off. But I have yet to break them, and the one ratchet I did break (yes, it was due to operator stupidity, but I swear it was the only way to break that bolt loose...) was replaced no questions asked. I even had to use a chrome thin wall socket as an impact socket for a certain project, and I tore that thing to shreds. They replaced it too. I might I have got lucky there, but... you never know. They know they have to compete with the tool trucks too!
The final set I have is my secondary set. It follows me around in the road truck. It gets beat on, twisted up, used as prybars, and thrown at offensive rodents (and thats a fact, Jack.) They are mostly Harbor Freight specials. They are cheap on purpose. I don't care if I loose one, and on the road I loose I few. If I need a special tool, I make them. I have a collection of curved, thin, and grossly manipulated wrenches for all sorts of special jobs!
Yes, I do own some Snap-On tools. Primarily a set of chisels and punches, easy outs, and the like. I have a need for replacements weekly. Yes, the Snap-On rep hates me.