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My name is Jeremy, I am new to this forum and thought I would ask some advice from a few of you experts out there

The reason I am writing to you is because I am moving to Canada in a few months for a job as a vehicle technician and would like some advice on which tool brands I should go for and which I should avoid.

Obviously I know of the likes of SNAPON and MAC, but was wondering if there are any other fairly decent tool brands without the big price tag out there available in Canada?

Any feedback would be much appreciated I have googled brands like craftsman and propoint but being from the UK I have never come across these so have no clue the quality of these tools.

If anyone has any advice, please help

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Jeremy, as I am sure you know Snap-On invented sockets and has the best quality tools available but they are pricey. Craftsman tools are available in just about all tool categories and have a replacement guarantee. Proto tools are good quality too. I do not care for MAC tools but they work. I have all these brands and any of them would serve you well. My choice? Most of my tools are Snap-On.

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Several times a year Canadian Tire has a sale on their Maximum brand wrench sets. They are extra long handled, strongly resemble Snap-on, and they are unconditionally guaranteed. The set is for 30 wrenches of metric and SAE from about 1/4 to 1 1/16 and about 6mm to 24mm I think (I would have to go out to my tool box to be sure). The sale price is about $53, reg $150. There are a few gaps but most sets do have a few gaps. The open stock price for a 9/16 is about $16 so I consider the sale price to be a good deal and they are nice to use. Canadian Tire also puts Torque wrenches on sale and they are also pretty decent. I haven't bought any sockets from them as I really don't need any more but I would say they are just as good.
Craftsman are okay too. They are unconditionally guaranteed and I have never had a problem with warranty with Sears in 45 years of buying tools from them. My brother had to beat a socket off a nut once with a ball peen, which split the side, and they still gave him a new one. Sears also has good sales from time to time but they also usually have a few gaps in the sets.

One other place I've picked up some cheap wrenches in open stock is at NAPA auto parts stores, a large chain here and in the USA. They are a little on the short side of average but I haven't had any problems with them and if I remember correctly, they are also guaranteed.

Avoid made in Brazil, India, Taiwan, and China in general. One exception, if you are moving to a part of Canada that has Princess Auto stores, is some of their Taiwanese "specialty" tools that you might not use that much or don't need to be extremely high quality. Examples: the long handled wrench for idler pulleys $10, crowsfeet sets about $17, air conditioner clutch tool $10, and door panel and window crank removal tools from $4-10.

Hope this is helpful and welcome to the forum and Canada.

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Well my favourite Canadian company is Veritas/Lee Valley and they sell quality stuff (Veritas) and good stuff (Lee Valley).

Isn't General from Canada?
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Well my favourite Canadian company is Veritas/Lee Valley and they sell quality stuff (Veritas) and good stuff (Lee Valley).

Isn't General from Canada?
I love Lee Valley and, according to my wife, I have more than my fair share of their product. However, the only mechanics tools I have ever bought from them were ratcheting box end wrenches and a set of long handled pliers which is what the poster is looking for.

I believe that General is out of Quebec. I don't have any of their tools or I would be more certain of that.

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Hey, Jeremy, welcome to Canada. and the forum of course!
Where are you coming to...this is a biiiig Country. I ask because there's lots of regional outlets/Companies that are worth 'investigating'.
Princess Auto has been mentioned.
Out here on the West Coast there's Busy Bee, KMS Tools, Grainger and a lot of others that deal almost exclusively with the auto trades.
Here's some links:
Busy Bee Tools - Woodworking Tools, Metalworking Tools, Power Tools at factory direct prices.
KMS Tools & Equipment from Vancouver BC, Largest selection of tools in Canada
https://www.acklandsgrainger.com/AGI...Main/begin.do#

Let us know, eh?
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Jeremy; me again. You do know that our portable power tools are 110V not 220V?
If you've got electric drills, grinders, etc. you might as well start from scratch over here, if for no other reason than parts and service (not having anywhere to plug them in of course might be important...)
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Jeremy, Welcome to Canada and the Forum. I think you will find good advice here.
As stated above, watch out for Asian-made tools (unless it's a one-shot tool) Most Canadian tools from reputable companies carry lifetime guarantees and seldom quibble about how you managed to destroy the tool. I Had a Snap-On nut-driver handle (that was given to me) with the 1/4 in wrench tip broken, after several years I ran across the local Snap-On dealer and got a brand new one free (mine had to be 10-12 years old).
So don't be afraid of brand names, just look for the warrantee and the feel of the tool, and watch out for the 110v plugs.
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If you want bragging rights buy Snap On but if you want a complete set of decent tools that will last a lifetime (and are guaranteed for a lifetime)buy Craftsman. The best bang for your buck would be to buy one of their complete larger sets get a combination of metric and standard. You will save a lot of money over buying smaller individual wrench and screwdriver sets. I'm not sure what they sell for in Canada but if you are moving close to the boarder it might be cheaper to get them in the States. Do a search for "Sears" and you can see what they offer.
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