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Matco or Craftsman?

I'm a mechanic in training. i work at a honda dealer. i have been using craftsman tools because i cannot afford anything else. but i found out that i get a 35%-50% student discount from matco. my question is what should i do should i continue buying craftsman or should i buy matco? are these companies tools the same quality? what do you recommend?

Asked By: David B - 1/18/2008
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Matco. Craftsman wont hold up under real mechanic jobs. Great way for broken knuckles. Also their warranty isnt as good as it says it is. Brake a ratchect or socket and tell them you did it at work. watch them pull out every stop and tell you how they are not covered in that manner... More
Answered By: richard b - 1/18/2008
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either or...with your discount you would still be spending the same amount of money...matco tools are good but for a good product and a decent price go with ....craftsman
Answered By: feffdaddy313 - 1/18/2008
 
Matco and Snapon brands are far superior to Craftsman. At our shop we call them crapsmen. It really is quite insane how much good tools cost so maybe ask the salesman if he has used tools or can find some for you to buy. It took me 5 yrs or so to change from craftsman to snapon but it is definately worth it.
Answered By: ezgo4240 - 1/18/2008
 
i have a mix right now ive noticed that my good tools snap on work better than my craftsman... if its a money thing though see what the difference is and if its worth it... buying a good rachet and a ratcheting wrench set is key you use those so much....
Answered By: henrysol - 1/18/2008
 
Matco tools are of better quality than craftsman and Matco makes many of the specialty tools that you will need as a mechanic, witch craftsman does not. However, many of Matcos tools are not made in america, and craftsman tools are all made in the goos ol' US of A. If I was you I would buy Snap On. They Are made in... More
Answered By: truepink - 1/18/2008
 
compare the prices of the tools you already have through craftsman and what you are going to need. then compare the price of the matco with the discount see what one has a better deal. I would stick with Craftsman. they both do the same thing. just me
Answered By: Fred - 1/18/2008
 
As a professional mechanic I started off with Craftsman but I exclusively use Snap-On tools that replaced any others ; you may as well resign yourself to the fact that there will always be a tool you need and so you need to keep it in your budget .Craftsman or Matco is a good place for a starter- set... More
Answered By: HOPLITE2501 - 1/18/2008
 
snap on they have a lifetime warranty
Answered By: chunkerz - 1/18/2008
 
I have been working on cars for well over 20 years and have purchased thousands of dollars of tools... More
Answered By: coaltruck344 - 1/18/2008
 
I am a retired Corvette tech of 25 years and the money I invested in Snapon tools is still scary! That said my argument for paying so much extra for Snap on was there better quality then Craftsmen even thowe they both give life time warrantees what good will that do me if I break a craftsman tool .If I broke it I was... More
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Answered By: BeauBiker - 1/18/2008
 
matco and craftsman are the same tool when it comes to sockets, extensions, pry bars and taps and dies no difference in quality
Answered By: joe shmoe - 2/26/2014
 
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