Snap-On tools

Over 95 Years of quality and reputation

A brief look into the history of one of the worlds most iconic and reputable tool manufacturers that pioneered the mobile tool industry.

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The history of Snap-on Tools

The concept of Snap-on Tools was originally founded as Snap-on Wrench Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1920 by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann. The companies original products were ten interchangeable sockets that would “Snap-on” to five interchangeable handles. Little to be known at the time but these boys had just created a concept that would revolutionize the tool industry at that time.

Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann
Founders of Snap-on Wrench Company / Snap-on Tools.

After World War II the company adopted the idea of developing routes for their dealers to visit mechanics on a weekly basis. After some time these salesman became independent businessmen and authorized dealers. These salesmen and dealers then started using walk-in vans to carry their growing product line (Did you know Snap-on tools are sold exclusively by dealers and are not sold in retail stores). Snap-on Tools philosophy has always been that a customers time is far too valuable to spend shopping around for tools. Snap-on continues to this day to visit customers in walk-in vans filled with their products to purchase at the customer’s place of work.

Restored Snap-on walk-in van. Photo Courtesy: Domenic Valentino Metro Sensible - 1951 International Harvester Metro
Fully restored original 1951 Snap-on walk-in van.

Snap-on sponsorship

Since 1980 Snap-on has been sponsoring various teams across an array of different motorsports such as NASCAR and the Indy Racing League to name a couple. Rick Mears was the first driver associated with Snap-on in 1979. Rick then went on to become a 4 time Indy 500 Winner.

Snap-on Tools sticker
Snap-on Tools 1988 Indy Winner Sticker.

Since Snap-on Tools original five handles and ten interchangeable sockets, the company has now grown its product range to over 19,000 in total.

Snap-on Tools Walk-in Van
Inside a new Snap-on Walk-in Van.

If you are a motoring enthusiast or a petrol head, then you know Snap-on tool is second to none in a mechanics workshop. Snap-on tools have survived for over 95 years and are still built to the same great quality as the originals.

Secondhand and vintage Snap-on Tools

If you are a collector or an enthusiast then check out our great range of used, second hand and vintage Snap-on Tools.