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If all tools were made the same, they would
cost the same.
Labor is an insignificant cost in the
production of tools. These days the
production of tools are highly mechanized,
so if you pay the person $3.00 per hour or
$30.00 per hour to run a machine that
produces 10,000 pieces per hour, you can
see the operators cost per unit is minimal.
So how do they make them cheaper?
Alloy- is specific to the application
Iron is the main ingredient of steel. A good
tool must be mixed with minerals to create a
good alloy, properly hardened, forged, and
tempered. The combination of these
processes are also specific to the
application of the tool. For instance in an
impact socket, the steel is actually softer
than a standard socket, so during use, it will
not fragment and hurt the user. Have you
ever used a cheap screwdriver, only to see
the corners of the blade twist and bend
during the first use? This is a prime
example of cheap materials.
Chrome - Give chrome plating a
thought, are you filling a jewelry box or
a tool box?
The tool looks really nice with a high polish,
and the others with a matte chrome finish
are not quite as pretty. That is where the
benefit of shiny chrome stops. Although it is
more appealing it is not always as good as
the matte chrome finish.
What keeps your tool on the fastener is
Look inside where the socket or wrench
contacts the fastener. Is it high polished
chrome? Although pretty, this is not. High
polished chrome is a low friction surface
(similar to a bearing surface), allowing you
slip on the fastener easier.
What keeps the tool in your hand is also
Your hand can slip off a high polished tool
much easier, if this has happened to you,
you understand the pain it can cause.
DIN and ISO standards are minimum
requirements that a tool must meet, that
among other things determine the shape of
the tool, and minimum strength of the tool
under stress. Cheap tools often do not meet
the DIN and ISO standards, while others just
meet them. A good tool easily exceeds the
standards providing better performance and
a longer life.
Do the cheap tools get checked to see if
they meet the specifications, and how often
during the run does this occur? Will your
tool damage the fastener because of
Top quality tools are engineered for the
function they perform. They are designed
with the best material for that job, while also
designing the best form for the job, and
ease for the user.
Cost savings may also be accomplished by
purchasing used equipment for the
manufacturing process. Have these
machines been refurbished to meet the
specifications, or merely put to use without
Cheap tools have hidden costs
Damage to the fastener
Ever round the corners on a nut? It is not
always the fault of the nut. If you used a
cheap tool, it can cause the damage, and
you blame the nut! How much time did this
add to the task you were doing, and how
miserable was it? Was the cheap tool really
such a good deal?
Cheap is not cheap, in the long run.
At one time I sold Porter Ferguson 4 ton
porta powers, made in the USA. What a nice
piece of equipment! I loved selling them
because they are known to last as long as
30 years in the field, while requiring minimal
maintenance during that period. I never had
to apologize for this product.
Customers wanted cheaper units. so I
bought 2 cheap sets from a different
manufacturer to sell. What a mistake! Both
porta powers failed at about 30 days into the
90 day warrantee period. After that they
failed again, and for a third time. I learned
my lesson, refunded the money, and
destroyed the equipment. In the not so long
run the good porta power was less
expensive, you paid for it once. Using the
cheaper porta power, if it lasted a year (and
it would not) the breakeven point was about
five or six years, meaning that use of the
cheaper tool would actually cost 3 to 4 times
more over the term of a twenty year career.
Is it really a good idea to buy a cheap tool
that can cause injury? Is it worth the
financial and physical pain?
Beware of the Demonstration
Demonstration of hand tools usually focus
on one point, and are, in my opinion, staged.
Two demos’ that come to mind are for
wrenches and screwdrivers.
A wrench demo I have seen has you take 2
different branded wrenches mounted on a
piece of NYLON hex stock, and you turn
them until one slips. Wow! The one is better
than the other, Right? Not necessarily,
unless you intend to turn nylon nuts all the
time. My guess is you will be turning metal
nuts a lot more often, and that is the demo
you should see. If you are shown this one,
ask the demonstrator to demonstrate this
using steel hex stock.
Screwdrivers are often made with high
torque handles, and are demonstrated
showing how well it works in a high torque
application, breaking a screw loose. While
this is true, I have found it is more difficult to
rotate the screwdriver after the screw is
loose with those type of handles. So you
have to ask yourself, how often do I have to
brake screws loose, and how often am I
easily spinning the screw running out to the
end of the threads? A normal handle is
easier to run out to the end of the threads.
And some screwdrivers have a built in nut
on the shaft so you may break screw loose,
for this abnormal condition.
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