Gearwrench tools which are subsidiary of a much larger tool brand (Apex Tools) are not made by Snap-On nor affiliated with Snap-On in 2019. Snap On Tools are a completely different tool brand that owns many subsidiary brands as well (Bluepoint, CDI torque, and Bahco to name a few). Think of Snap On tools and Apex tools (Gearwrench) as competing brands, both offering lots of options for professional mechanics. Gearwrench, however, is a much more affordable brand of tools with prices being as much as %50-80 cheaper than a Snap-On equivalent tool. Both brands also offer similar warranties, with many of their hand tools being covered by lifetime warranties.
Brands Snap-On Owns in 2019:
- ATI Tools
- CDI Torque
- Auto HC
- Sturtevant Richmont
- Challenger Lifts
- Norbar Torque Tools
- Kansas Jack
All of those listed are subsidiaries of the Snap-On incorporated brand in 2019. I am sure they will be buying more brands in the coming years as well. Pro Tip: if you want a Snap-On torque wrench but don’t mind that it doesn’t say “Snap-On” on it, buy the CDI torque equivalent. They make the Snap-On torque wrenches and you can get them for half the price of the Snap-On rebranded equivalent.
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Brands Gearwrench (Apex Tools) Owns in 2019:
- Master Power
- Erem Weller
1. Snap-On Does Not Own Gearwrench or Apex Tools.
2. Gearwrench (Apex Tools) does not make/own Snap-On.
3. Snap-On branded tools are almost always more expensive than Gearwrench / Apex Tools.
4. A large amount of Snap On tools are still made in the USA, however, an even greater amount is now made overseas.
5. Gearwrench makes some awesome ratchets that can compete with Snap-On at a 1/4 the price.