Re: SAE+Metric Sokets/Ratchets: recs?
I have a lot of Snap On, Matco, etc. tools, but unless you work at a place where the truck comes around all the time, and you have a relationship with the guy (and even then) its not worth it to drop that kind of money on tools.
When I had a different career, the Snap On guy was great, he would sharpen gasket scrapers, meet me the night before or early in the morning to change/pick up tools. It could just be that he was a Canadian, who knows, but he was great at his job.
Now, I have a new career and it is a PITA to get Snap On guy to call you back let alone exchange tools.
If you need a specialty tool or a tool that one of the companies do well, go to one of the ' professional tool companies'. For the most part just get your tools from Sears Craftsman in the USA or Sears Craftsman or Canadian Tire in Canada. The exchange of tools is much easier, I think the will let you exchange 'because you didn't want to clean your tools', and the stores are everywhere. I have done every kind of modification to Craftsman tools (eg. grinding sockets and wrenches to be shallower, thinner, thin walled, heated and bent screwdrivers and wrenches, used screwdrivers as chisels and pry bars and used non impact sockets on impact wrenches ( sometimes with reducers from 3/4" to 1/4") and still exchanged them at Sears or Canadian Tire.
Just my .02 cents.