Trying new tool company, wanted to know if any of you guys use em.

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There is a reason these are sold out, wow, this company on paper, and in video sure seems good. Lets see when I actually break something, if "the take a picture" policy thing really works.

For now, just impressed with the company and its policy for now, and have no canadian resource return so I am just betting on them right now.
 

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I watched the whole video, but without sound. Is it true that the only one that was still useable after "failure" was the Tekton, since it only bent, at a torque level far higher than would be normal?

I would not care about the etching wearing off. I can tell size of wrenches and fasteners by sight; although a mix of metric and inch on the same assembly can have me confused... (that Ford 4R70W trans!)
 

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Apparently, yes, it was still usable, he straightened it out at the end and went head to head with the snap on version which I own. And both ended up snapping. But lest not forget, the snap on only got one shot. The tekton got two cuz the first time it bent. So it wasnt a total failure first time around. Pretty cool if you ask me from a ratchet that is a fraction of the price of, lets say a snap on.

So, yeah, it is a video, but sure looked legit.

They are out of stock at the moment, so I may be looking at a three week period before I can actually get them and use them.
 

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Sometimes, going half inch is hard to do in tight spaces, so knowing by these videos that ppl are actually trying to break them and posting result is nice to know I may have found an alternative to what is becoming very limited in my region.

I like the concept, and I also like that alot of their stuff is made in USA and their toolboxes are made in canada. Keeping stuff local is important to me.

From what I gather, the taiwan made stuff is done so to keep cost down, but made to their spec (tekton), which is probably why it held up so good to the reputable snap on ratchet.

Anyway, the more I write, the more I sound like a salesman for them.

My first point in this thread was that my fellow collegues and I are having a hard time finding good old usa canada made stuff, and even worse, when the snap on truck actually does arrive month later, it is too late, we needed that tool 3 weeks ago and ended up buying a cheap canadian tire version.

But the maximum brand from canadian tire sucks also lately. Kind of like craftman that went bankrupt up here. What am I supposed to do now. Half my shyte is not warrantied anymore, they all went bankrupt.

So, I am going to try this company for awhile. See how they fare. Mostly, and again, repeating myself, want to see if their take a pic warranty actually works. If it does. I am just sold.

Hand tools need to be warrantied for a guy like me. My multimeter or my scanner and other stuff doesnt need lifetime, cuz I dont whap on those things.

So I am fine using mastercraft/maximum stuff, but I am literally at the store every week swapping sockets, bits, ratcheting wrenches etc.

If tekton can make better build, and send the stuff via mail, bonus. No need to put that mask on every time a tool breaks.

Again, I am just trying this because dang, those trucks sure suck now. No service whatsoever nowdays. And at a hefty premium and no service, well you just lost what used to be a good payin customer and shove that flyer up where the sun dont shine cuz you give zero service on what you sell.

Ok, end of rant, but not end of thread, will update as new stuff comes in from tekton on the purolator/ups truck. Those come by my shop three or four times a day. ;)
 

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And now to address the laser etching, yeah, I also can see the size of a socket by eye, but when that laser etching is gone, taking of pic of that is hard to do.

Point in case. is a follows.

I bought a set of some stanley stuff. All laser etched. I bought this at canadian tire. When the (lifetime warranty) tools started to bust, went to canadian tire, they said I had to deal with stanly direct. They also have a take a pic solution. SO I took a pic of a few ratchets I busted. They said they could not see if it was actually a stanley product. I said are you kidding me. They said no we are not kidding.

I wanted to squeeze someone at this point, So short of sending the stuff to them, and paying for freight shipping and yadada which would may have ended up being more than what I paid for it, I just said f it and bought more cheap tools to get me through a work week without having to hound my co working buddies and possibly break their stuff, cuz they are in same boat as me.

So, for me, a tool should be stamped. That way, no one can mistake it for a cheap knock off.

That was just an opinion, and as usual, opinions are like arseholes, and you know the rest.. ;)
 

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I didn't think about needing the etching to ID the manufacturer. Yeah, I would be asking "Are you kidding?" too. Hopefully Tektron will be able to recognize their own stuff, or be willing to send you the replacement and pay you to send the suspect part to them for further investigation.

Even 20-30 years ago I had trouble with a Craftsman torque wrench warranty, so things were not necessarily better in the "good old days".
 

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Well, just ordered 200 bucks worth of salt.

Since I am lucky to still have a mother, I actually listened to her, or she listened to me.

She slash my mom, basically told me that my tools would not last forever. That is coming from a women who was a secretary for some high profil political ppl, but knows next to nothing in regards to tools. But heck, she sure surprised me when we spoke on the phone the other day.

Cuz one of my principle bad hair day moments is when a tools breaks, and I cant get job done. àà

Oh BTW, I am bald, so the bad hair day comment is a Britanny spears moment asking for her dads approval

So My mom says, pull the trigger, you deserve a new tool set.

I said mom, you dont buy tools like me, you buy tools at dollar rama and still find a way. If I was a secretary like my mom, I would want the best f ing pc or laptop to do my work and be done with it.

Anyway, long story short, I talked to my mom about this company, and she has not heard me speak of tools in a long time.

So she basically told me to go and buy.

I said ok, you paying, and magically that flew 30 k feet over her head. She said no, I am done paying for you, I have to deal with your sister.

Yikes, so I just ordered tools from them again to keep my mom quiet.

Plier organiser set times 2, cuz I ordered the full revamped vice grip set. I also ordered the new (no pin) half inch universal joint since my old SK is staring to round out and SK went backrupt in canada, but not in the US of a. SO even that is now a hassle, have a double for 12 bucks, no pin, kind of like the snap on design, so we will see who wins that uni joint.

Also ordered a wire cutter, my other one was a usa made channel lock, but it just wore out with time, much as my mother aptly told me.

So, in retrospect, my mother is very astute, even if she dont work with pro grade tools, she still recognises that her son needs quality tools,if not, I will just sit at home and become another statistic.
 

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I actually took time to calculate some shyte, oh boy.

If I work a standard week, I still have to work 36000hrs till eligible to let go of my tools. slash semi retired :eek:
 

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Funny that you mentioned the wire-cutters. As I was reading that, I was also mentioning that my best pair has "disappeared" recently. I figure it is her and the grandchildren doing projects, but could be me... These were Snap-On that I got from my grandmother about 65 years ago, and stayed sharp through all these years, including a lot of fabricating of springs.
 

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update tools came in, new tektons already showing signs of fatigué

Albeight, I work with this day in and day out.

But the mastercraft extension wore the 16mm socket, and I wondered, am I using this right. :eek:
 
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