Are Snap-On tools worth the investment?

Many professionals in the mechanical and technician industries hesitate due to the perceived high cost of Snap-On tools.

In this article, we will explore the cons of Snap-On tools, focusing specifically on the Snap-On Level 5 Automated Tool Control system.

Are you a professional seeking reliable and high-quality tools? Snap-On Tools has long been associated with durability and precision. However, the elephant in the room remains their pricing, leaving many questioning whether they are truly worth the investment. If you've ever found yourself pondering over the cons of Snap-On tools, specifically the innovative Level 5 Automated Tool Control system, this article will provide insights and clarity. We will delve into the criticisms aimed at Snap-On and shed light on the factors contributing to their perceived high cost. Join us as we uncover the truth about Snap-On tools and help you make an informed decision.

1. Understanding Snap-On Level 5 Automated Tool Control

Snap-On Level 5 Automated Tool Control is a revolutionary system designed to enhance organization and efficiency in tool management. It incorporates automated tool control cabinets, customized foam inserts, and tracking technology to ensure tools are easily accessible and properly accounted for. This system streamlines operations, reduces the risk of tool loss or theft, and enhances productivity in professional settings.

2: The Cons of Snap-On Tools


Cost: One of the most significant criticisms of Snap-On tools is their perceived high price point. Snap-On products are known for their exceptional quality, durability, and extensive warranty coverage, which contribute to their higher cost compared to other brands. This pricing structure can make it challenging for individuals or small businesses with limited budgets to invest in Snap-On tools.


Accessibility: Another concern is the limited availability of Snap-On products. Snap-On primarily operates through a network of franchisees, and while this distribution model ensures personalized service, it can sometimes result in restricted accessibility for customers in certain regions. This limited availability can hinder convenience and prompt customers to explore alternative tool brands.


Brand Lock-In: Snap-On tools are often seen as an all-or-nothing investment. The company's focus on creating an integrated system, such as the Level 5 Automated Tool Control, can make it difficult to mix and match tools from different brands. This brand lock-in can be perceived as restrictive, especially for individuals who prefer to choose tools based on specific needs or budgets.

Automated Tool Control

Teng Tools Automated Tool Control - Industry Leading

At Teng Tools, we are well-positioned to offer the perfect Automated Tool Control solutions. With our expertise in tool management and commitment to innovation, we understand the unique challenges faced and have developed comprehensive solutions to address them.

Teng Tools provides a robust Automated Tool Control platform that allows organizations to monitor and manage their tools with ease. The platform offers real-time visibility into tool locations, usage history, and maintenance schedules. Maintenance personnel can quickly identify the exact whereabouts of a tool, reducing search time and optimizing resource allocation. This level of visibility enhances efficiency and productivity in maintenance operations.

We understand the importance of data security. Our Automated Tool Control platform incorporates robust security measures to protect sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access. Data encryption, user authentication, and secure cloud-based storage ensure that organizations can confidently manage their tools with the highest level of security.

About Teng Tools

Teng Tools has been a leading tool supplier worldwide for over 35 years. We offer hand tools in smart storage solutions for demanding professionals within the automotive, maintenance and engineering sectors, as well as motor sport enthusiasts who aspire to use the same tools as top mechanics across the globe.

Tool organization is our mantra. Every tool has a place in a tray, every tray clicks together and everything fits perfectly in our tool box drawers. You will never lose a tool again with Teng Tools and with our highly advanced and cost effective automated tool control system, you will be notified immediately as soon as something is left out of place.

Our warehouse is located in Sharonville, Ohio and from this central facility we are able to offer free US shipping (to the lower 48 States) on all orders over $35. We ship within 24 hours and guarantee to deliver your tools within a few days.

We also offer a lifetime warranty across the entire range so that if you ever have an issue with a tool, all you need to do is take a photo of it, email it to us with your order number and a brief description of the problem and we will get a replacement sent out to you immediately.

At Teng Tools, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Whether it's by telephone, email, live chat or social media, if you reach out to us there's always somebody at the other end of the line waiting to talk to you.

Teng Tools Design - The Swedish Way


Scandinavian design represents a philosophy that’s characterised by functionality, simplicity, and clean lines. According to these principles one should be in harmony with their environment, and things should be made to last rather than be replaced.

This philosophy and way of thinking is embedded in Teng Tools’ DNA. Before any material is cut, moulded or shaped, our designers set to work envisioning and sketching every intricate detail of a product, making sure that its core and very fabric is wrapped with these Scandinavian principles.

No line is wasted. Everything is precise. The level of care and attention to detail that is poured into the design process of a product is unmatched and unrivalled in our industry.

This attention to detail and precision has become known as ‘Typically Teng’.

The user is always front and centre of the design process. Our designers constantly think about a products function and purpose and how it will be used.

The Prototype

Once the sketching is complete the next phase of the process is prototyping. During this phase our designers travel to Taiwan to bring their ideas to life. They work tirelessly with our manufacturing department producing and tweaking physical concepts until the design is complete and ready for testing. They produce and reproduce concepts until they are fully satisfied that the product is the best it can be.



Whether its a 10mm socket or a 53 inch wide roller cabinet, every Teng Tools product goes through the same intrinsic testing phase. Each item is rigorously tested and retested to ensure that it meets the Teng Tools standard.

Sockets are pulled at random from the assembly lines and put through their paces to ensure a perfect fit. Torque wrenches are calibrated, tested, checked and certified so that they are pin point accurate. Even tool boxes are placed inside specialised machines that ensure the drawers open and close to perfection. Every detail is considered. Every detail is important.

There’s a reason why we offer a lifetime warranty. Its because we can stand by it.

June 15, 2023