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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:29 pm 
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Good evening everyone,
A few weeks ago I got to use a friend of mine's Snap-on, and I have to admit that I quite liked it. At the moment I am looking for something a little cheaper but still relatively good (not too bad). I've not heard a lot of bad things about Bahco and I don't know much about Milwaukee's line of hand tools. I like the Bahco's pistol grip handle and the Milwaukee's long bits. I think Bahco's screwdrivers are rebranded as I've seen the same screwdrivers sold under a different name. The Milwaukees look a little cheap but they might be okay.


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Did you know that the Bahco brand is today owned by Snap-On? Snap-On bought Herramientas Eurotools in Spain in the early 1990s and AFAIK in the 1980s that firm did quite a bit of sub-contract forging and stamping for a number of German tool manufacturers such as Belzer-Dowdat (by that time part of Sandvik), Hazet, Stahwille, Gedore, etc. Snap-On subsequently bought what became Bahco Group by buying out Sandvik's Saw and Tool division around 1999/2000 and they eventually merged the two operations. So it's highly likely that you'll have seen the same (general) design branded by several of the German tool firms

Milkwaukee. on the other hand, really have no history in the hand tool business at all having only starter production 10 to `12 years ago. The tools I've had from them have been OK, but a bit of a mixed bag. US sites tend to say that a lot of their stuff is being bought-in from China and not manufactured in-house, so who knows? Because they haven't been around long and have relatively little market penetration in hand tools you'll possibly struggle to find many reviews

Given a choice of brands I'd come down in favour of Bahco because of my mixed experience with Milwaukee hand tools (e.g. tape measures, tin snips, Vice-Grip clamps, etc)

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They've (Snap-on) also gobbled up Lindström along the way with Bahco/Sandvik
And they really don't feel the same as they did years ago.



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I think one of those might snap on me if I try to tighten something pretty good. :D Hope I am wrong though.


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