Snap-on is committed to conceiving and creating the innovations that make work easier for professionals performing critical tasks of consequence around the world, and delivering them direct to those end-users. Snap-on products and services can be found in more than 130 countries around the globe.
With more than 65,000 SKUs, Snap-on offers an unmatched breadth of products and complementary services grouped into three product categories:
- Tools (hand tools, power tools and tool storage products)
- Diagnostics and Repair Information
Vertical integration and unique touch with customers in their place of work is what differentiates Snap-on from many other manufacturers.
In a complex world, one size does not fit all. Product offerings at Snap-on go deep.
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In 1920, Snap-on started with a spark...and that spark was an idea…to take five handles of different configurations and ten sockets of varying dimensions and fashion them to “Snap-on” to each other interchangeably. It was a brilliant invention that revolutionized professional tool sets across the industry.
Throughout the 1920s, the Snap-on product line continued to grow. In 1923, Snap-on published its first product catalog and filed for its first patent, a ratcheting attachment. In a December 1924 Snap-on was praised in Ford Owners and Dealer publication for its timesaving customized Model T tool kit. This tool kit contained a diagram indicating where each tool was to be used. In 1929, an eleven-acre site was purchased on the outer edge of Kenosha to consolidate manufacturing and its general offices.
In the late 1930s, Snap-on responded to the need of taking the guesswork out of applying torque. Snap-on reached an agreement with Precision Instruments, Inc. to manufacture “Torqometers.” The torqometer is a wrench and gauge combination that ensures accurate and uniform nut tightening, providing proper clamp loads and durability. Snap-on was one of the first companies to offer a complete range of torqometers, which were essential in automotive, aerospace and industry, and enjoyed a patented position in the market for many years.
During the 1950s, Snap-on’s product portfolio continued to expand with the addition of test equipment and wheel service products. In 1965 the solution, called the Flank Drive® Wrenching System, was issued two patents. In the late 1970s, Snap-on launched a patented manufacturing breakthrough called “cold forming.” Snap-on purchased Eurotools in 1995, which included established European brands such as Irimo®, Irazola®, Palmera® and Acesa®.
In 2005, Bahco Group AB and Herramientas Eurotools SA, two Snap-on acquisitions with considerable histories throughout the European continent, merged to create SNA Europe. In 2011, Snap-on began helping franchisees extend their reach through innovative selling processes, such as the Snap-on TechKnow Express vans for diagnostics and the Rock N’ Roll Cab Express vans for tool storage that break the traditional time and space barriers inherent in a franchisee van.
For the first time in its nearly century-long history, Snap-on hosted the President of the United States and senior administration officials at the Kenosha headquarters in April 2017.