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OT: Any Snap-On Tool Experts out there?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by FIB, Aug 21, 2012.

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  1. FIB

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    I recently picked up an older (I think) Snap-On 1/2" drive rachet. It is a model S 710. On the head is says Snap-On (underlined)and below that it says Kenosha, WIS and below that U.S.A. Where you change the drive from ON to OFF it has a diamond shape between the two. Down on the handle it says Snap-On (unlined) S 710 USA WARNING INSPECT CLEAN AND OIL REGULARLY REPLACE WORN PARTS. Any idea how old it is? I've looked on the net and found out that Snap-On no longer makes the S710 now it's the SL710 I believe. Any help appreciated. Regards, FIB
     
  2. timberfaller

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    Being there is a "warning" on it, it is not that old. I have one without the warning and it is probably 30+ years old.

    Not an expert, but have been around Snap-on tools my whole life.
     
  3. Straight99

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    I have a Snap-On 1/2 in. rachet that is marked SL710 which I bought about 1985. It might be before that.
     
  4. FIB

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    I'm pretty sure it's from the 70's or before just because of the abbrevation for Wisconsin. The rachet has WIS on it instead of WI. Just a thought????
     
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    I have a Snap-on 1/2" drive ratchet (L 715), (the 15 pertains to handle length, I think), that has the number 7 between the on/off. I purchased it in 1957.

    Also have one that I bought in 1960 that has a square-cornered 'zero' in the same location. (Almost a box shape.)

    All my opened-end, combination, and box wrenches have a single digit (5,6,7,8,9,) stamped into the handle, they were purchased in the mid to late 50's.

    I'm thinking, Snap-on may have changed the shape of the zero every ten years for their records when replacing broken tools. I have an odd combination wrench that has a 'diamond' shaped zero in the handle. No record of when they replaced my original wrench. It still looks quite new. None have the 'warning' label.
     
  6. Dennisw

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    I have a Snap On catalog and price sheet from 1988, neith of those are listed in that year
     
  7. FIB

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    I called Snap-On and they really couldn't help me. I know they quite making it (or remodel named it) sometime in the 80's. I know some guys collect the older models and was just curious. Regards, FIB
     
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    Here is a chart for snap on year symbols to 1999.Dave http://cruisin2.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/snap-on1.gif
     
  9. Gapper

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    Googled "snap-on tool year markings".

    The "Diamond mark" - made in 1980.
     
  10. FIB

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    Thanks Dave and Gapper!
     
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    Well I had to go out to the shop to check mine. It is marked L 710 CAN, between the on and off is what appears to be a 6.

    ctreay
     
  12. white rattler

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    Getting Old, As I age I have started to do some dumb things and one of them is to start collecting Snap On Tools. I have got thousands of dollars of new in the box Snap On stuff. It got so bad for a while when ever I saw a dealer truck on the road I would follow him until he stopped at at that time I would go inside his truck and buy something. I am sure that I have everything they have ever made. Now for the rest of the story I have a complete set of Craftman tools that I use day to day. Trevor Dawe.
     
  13. Bvr Tail

    Bvr Tail Well-Known Member

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    Did any of you know that an older (1970's) round handle, 1/2 in standard Snap-On ratchet, can double as a clutch alignment tool for most older GM's, if inserted handle first into the clutch plate, then the pilot bearing?

    It's not perfect, but has got me out of a pinch a few times.

    Danny
     
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