Walkthrough most aircraft maintenance hangars and you won’t have to look hard to spot the Snap-On tool logo. Whether it’s a gigantic rolling tool cabinet or a pair of cutters, there’s a reason why professional technicians invest big for Snap-On tools. There’s a rich heritage behind what many believe to be the gold standard in tools, which dates back to 1920.
Gregory Narozniak, an independent authorized Snap-on franchisee in central New Jersey, rattled off a long list of traits that lend to Snap-On quality. The photo to the right is the interior of his travelling tool warehouse—part of the Snap-On convenience and support effort. According to Narozniak, when a tool is designed or an improved version is created there are hours upon hours of engineering incorporated into that tool, which is evident in user ergonomics and precision.
One of the many primary differences between lower-quality tools and high-end tools like Snap-On is accuracy. Snap-On’s sockets and wrenches utilize flank drive, a concept that came at the request of the United States Navy in 1960. There was a need to remove bolts with rounded corners and as a result, the socket had to be designed to grab the flat part of the fastener rather than the corners. The design is still in use today on Snap-On flank drive and flank drive-plus tools.
The other draw that keeps technicians coming back to Snap-On is the support and warranty. According to Narozniak, Snap-On battery-powered tools are one of the only industrial product lines that carry an extensive warranty, which can initially be one or two years, depending on the item, and after the warranty expires, the tool is covered with a flat-rate repair should anything go wrong.