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Old 04-01-2005, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default How to determine value of used Snap On tools

I have a chance to buy some used Snap On hand tools. Mostly ratchets, combi wrenches, srewdrivers, pliers... basic hand tools. My question is, assuming the tools are in good shape, no engravings, etc, is there a general rule of thumb as to how much they are worth? Would 50% of new cost be fair? Too much? Too little?

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Compare to the cost of craftsman or husky. New they are like 10 times the price. I think way too much.
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I know that they are more expensive, and I probably wouldn't spent the money to buy them new. However, if I can get some used Snap On for close to the same money of new craftsman/husky, I'd prefer Snap On hands down. Basically, I want to know how much these tools hold their value when used. I want to have a number in my head when the seller gives me his price.
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Why Snap On hands down? If you dont know thw value of them, and ask here, you couldnt possably know the difference between the snap on and chraftsman. I wrench on lots of stuff and love my chraftsman tools. I use snap ons at work and dont love them any more. For my own use I pefer the chrastman. they are a lot easer to return if any thing happens to them. If you don't abuse them, you will be hard pressed to ruin eaven a screwdriver. I have ruined a few rachets but sears has been happy to replace them that very day. as for snap on, good luck trying to find a truck and they dont have any slection of tools at the world head quarters here in MI. If you need to buy anything that doesn't come in the tools you have been offered, it could cost you far more then a hole set of craftsman. I will say if you said you would be getting specialty tools like pullers snap ring plyers, gauges and ring compressors then I would perfer them over craftman. Sorry for the slam but I love my tools LOL
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I bought a few sets of metric wrench's and paid 40% of new cost... and that was after a little haggling with the snap on dude.. you can find some good deals on repo stuff everyonce and awhile.
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No offense 70ChevelleConv.LS1, but you completely missed the point of my post. I have used Snap-On, Craftsman, and others. You have no idea what I could or "couldn't possibly know" about the quality of these tools. I completely understand the quality difference between them. I don't need anyone to tell me the pros and cons of different brands.

All I was asking was, from a buyers point of view, what can I expect to pay for these tools USED. I, personally, prefer used Snap On over new Craftsman, considering they are still in good shape.

CTSmechanic, thanks for the info. I'll keep that in mind.
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i've seen used snap on for 60% of cost at the pawn shops. anything near 50%, especially under, would be a steal.
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I would try to get them for around of a little under 50% depending on the condition. I can get 20 year old Snap-on stuff (but still unused) for about 50%.
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Sorry for my asumption of what you know. The point I was trying to make had more to do with you getting a MIS MATCH set of tools. You didnt say you have some Snap On's now or that this will compleet your set of tools, or that you will have 1/2 a set of Husky's and haf a set of Snap On's. So I offered you some insight on the total outcome of the price of completeing a Snap On set, compaired to a Craftsman set. Why save 75% on half a set to only spend 500% more on the outstanding tools ot complete the set. Too on the rair ocasion I did damage a tool that I needed to do the job, Sears is open late and 7 days a week.
I am 275 lbs and very strong I have pulled on alot of wrenches and rechets and have damaged few..... No offence taken, Have a good day
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Anything less than list is good. Snap on's are the best, hands down. I would shoot for 50% of list.
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The snap-on guy on the truck only gives 30 cents on the dollar for used snap-on tools, what a rip huh. Buy it at 100%, and trade it back in the same day and they'll only give you 30 cents on the dollar.
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Go to www.ebay.com and see what they are bidding for at auction. This will tell you how much an independent third party is willing to pay for used Span-On tools...

Last time I looked they were going for more than 50% of the cost as new.
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