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Snap-on man! the Snap-on man! The snap-on man is here!

by pontic
posted 11-04-2017 11:33 PM


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pinechopper1952

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#1 posted 11-05-2017 12:27 AM

Hi Pontic, I was an auto mechanic for a total of 15 years. I can relate to the Snap-On tool truck. After buying every conceivable tool there was a use for from Sears (Craftsmen) I started buying from Snap-On.
Amazon will never be able to touch to professional tool trucks, Snap-On, Mac, or Matco. Professionals expect those trucks to show up once a week to take care of their customers. There are always new tools to buy and/or a few to replace under warranty.

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pontic

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#2 posted 11-05-2017 03:01 AM

Yup. I forgot about Mac Matco. Remember Proto and Williams?

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 11-05-2017 03:04 AM

My next door neighbor for a while was a Matco tool salesman and he said that big tool chests were like red meat in shops. He loved it when one guy would buy a big Dallas Cowboys themed chest in a garage because he knew within a week or two we would sell at least one more bigger, better and flashier chest. At $5000 and up a pop, this was huge revenue for him. And you couldn’t just put your old worn out tools in that flashy new chest…

More than once he had to talk a fresh, new mechanic down to buy something that didn’t cost a quarter of the guys take home pay.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 11-05-2017 02:44 PM

I remember the days when Snap On had dealers that knew how to make deals. Sadly over the past 30 years this has changed greatly. The product does hold up, boxes do not fall apart and they have lifetime warranty on the slides. Price is insane these days. Overall though the door to door service industry in tools has gone to the toilet. At least in my area here in Atlanta. Even if you owe money good luck getting a dealer to show up more than once a month or in Matco’s case not since April 2015. The most consistent of the 3 that show up is a private tool dealer.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 11-05-2017 08:11 PM

I was an independent Snap-on Tools Dealer from 1986 to mid- ‘88. Made a good living but the pressure of folks thinking it was “No big deal” to take a few grand of MY tools and skip out to another state without warning finally got the best of me.

A lot of folks dont know it but before the (current) Dealer system of a “Franchise” we were independently owned and operated. Snap-on did little or nothing to protect me or my money. In my first year I put 75grand into my tool inventory and I had almost 25grand in outstanding debt on the street, which customers were supposed to make weekly payments on.

The ONLY THING that Snap-on Corporation GAVE ME was catalogs and price lists. EVERYTHING else I paid for out of MY pocket. Any type of contest or incentive I used in order to sell my wares… I PAID FOR. Snap-on has what they call “Field Groups”, which is local areas usually covering 8 or 10 dealers territories, and they employ Field Managers to act as the “go between” from these local dealers to the corporation. These guys are pushed real hard by corporate to be hard-core salesman. They ride with their dealers on a regular basis and they push you like hell to let guys take tools with little down and not much more than a “promise to pay”.

So after a bit over 2 years as a franchised dealer I sold my dealership and went to work at the corporate level. NO, I DIDN’T become a field manager, I became a warehouse manager in one of their 55 branch offices across the USA. I was the youngest person to ever become a corporate warehouse manager (at 37 years old) and I won pretty much every in-house contest that Snap-on gave to us managers. I beat every one of their matrixes and was the top warehouse manager my 3rd, 4th and 5th years as a manager. I still wear the gold ring with 2 diamonds I won as a “Top Warehouse Manager”

But alas…. in 1994 somebody in the corporate office in Illinois decided that Snap-on would be a better company if they’d SHUT DOWN FIFTY of the local branches! And even though I was the leading warehouse manager in the company , I didn’t have the Seniority to get one of the FIVE manager positions that would be left. I even had a corporate VP fly to St Louis and try to get me to stay with the company, but all he could offer me was an entry level position at about 1/4 of my current pay. He said he was pretty sure that several of the top seniority guys that were getting the jobs would be “OUT in a year or two, because even though they had the seniority, they didn’t “perform” well for the corporation. And he was pretty sure I’d be moved into the first opening they could make.”

Unfortunately there was no way we could live (with a wife and 2 young daughters) on 1/4 pay so I opted to resign rather then be laid off. Looking back I probably should have just forced myself to take the job offered, because 8 months later they let one of the 5 managers go, and I would have gotten that job.

And yes, I still have one of those big “Condo” tool boxes full of Snap-on tools, which I use almost everyday

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 11-06-2017 01:04 AM

As do I, have one at work and one at home. From the good days when deals were to be had. I had a great dealer, worked the system like a banjo and he was always stocked full. Sadly he retired in 2001. I paid off my balance and have never had more than $100 on a truck account at a time since. Even so I gave up $600 a month for many years paying up my tools. Short of losing them they last forever or have a warranty.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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pontic

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#7 posted 11-06-2017 02:11 AM

JoeinGa; interesting read. Always interesting to hear the inside story on the great names in the industries.
My Snap-on chest and bottom roller box was purchased in 1968. It is worth more today than it was back then. The tools in it are now worth a fortune. They still do the job better than anything I know. I never lend them out. I have harbor freight for the wife and relatives.

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pontic

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#8 posted 11-06-2017 03:13 AM

Also Snap-on is the only tool company that had the 10mm brake adjuster for my 67 Peugeot 404 wagon which was a
very slight trapezoid.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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