I’m looking to beef up my tools based on this great post - but I don’t want to support Amazon, i hear lots of bad stuff about their business practices and how they treat their workers. What online shops are independently owned by people? I tried buying local (eg NOT home depot or sears) but can’t find Wiha and other good tools from them.
I’ve had good luck with kctoolco.com
Chadstoolbox.com is really good for German tools.
ACE hardware is a franchise owned chain as well as Do It stores, daily prices a about 10-15% over box stores but I find ACE often has fantastic sales. Example, I got a US made Craftsman 8 pc screwdriver set for $5 around the 4th of July, also picked up a DeWalt DCF887D2 for $170 + $50 gift card.
If it is Wiha you are looking for - I believe that Chads no longer carries the brand (except for perhaps a few items they are closing out)
Zoro does carry Wiha - and often runs sales with 20, 25 or even 30% off - but you need to wait on one.
Perhaps if you sign in to the Zoro website - that might prompt them to put you on their email list for these sales offers
I like Harry Epstein, good source for bits, tooling etc. I have a set of USA made drill bits from them, and some De-Branded (cosmetic blemish) PEC squares on the way.
Thanks all. Great recommendations!
Be aware that Wiha’s pliers aren’t very good. They’ve recently started manufacturing them in India. Their screwdrivers are still excellent, though.
Thanks! I went with Knipex pliers wrench - they look fantastic
Most of Wiha’s cutters and pliers are manufactured in Vietnam.
@jackieglassfull Knipex are my favorite for pliers, wrenches, or cutters.
We had tried the Knipex plier wrenches about 16 years ago and fell in love with them - soon I bought a variety of sizes and had them on all of our plumbing trucks - then even the carpenters wanted a pair. Knipex soon became our go-to pliers supplier. Toolguyd introduced me to NWS in 2011 - and I bought a few styles of their Fantastico pliers - finding them to also be high quality tools. We were less impressed with Wiha pliers - having tried a few pairs of their Inomic pliers back in 2009 for use in the shop. The ones we bought were made in Germany - but we thought they were a bit “delicate” for our application. To be fair - they may have been better suited for use on an electronics bench than for the shop machine maintenance tasks we had in mind for them