Bullshit. If you break tools you're using them badly (usually when impatient and strike them with a hammer). I have used all manner of tools from super cheap unbranded stuff to Snap-On bells and whistles none of it has ever broken on me. The key selling point really is life time guarantee, which is what drew everyone to Snap-On (only exception is their war time tools which were never issued a guarantee, but sought after by collectors). But now everyone and their mum does life time guarantee for anything but consumables (that is windy guns, chisels, impact sockets, etc.), you can buy smarter and still have peace of mind. That said, some of the bigger dollar brands are slightly slimmer which is an advantage on modern vehicles where space is an absolute premium.
It is more about willy waving when you rock Snap-On kit. It is useful if you're in the trade because the Snap-On vans will come right to your workshop and you can put things on credit. My old boss uses to pay £100 a month every month just to build credit with the dealer, so more often than not he could just take stuff off the van he liked, which is a service few other companies offer.
I used to do it in reverse, get a product I liked then pay it off monthly. Although since I spin spanners a lot less now, I tend to get Draper Professional as beyond a slightly less smooth finish and a tad bulkier, the difference is almost non-existent, but the price difference is striking and I can grab them from a local store. All tools have life time guarantee (excluding consumables), so I am happy.
You might be wondering why I still buy tools if nothing broke on me? Because it is the best way to build a good tool box, I started with a small 3 draw chest, I now have a large roller cab. I have thousands of pounds worth of tools, picked up slowly over the last 4 years.
But I digress, Halfords Professional range are good pieces of kit and if you can get a trade card, you'd be a fool not to use them.
can u UK ppl help me out here a bit? Basicly i am looking for some proper online tune company for my bimmer as i want to buy a lightweight flywheel for the time when my clutch goes,so im ready for the job. i have yet to find any promising one,ok maybe 1 (driftworks) but im not sure. halp