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Old 01-18-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Blackhawk & Proto tool review

I just received some tools I ordered from MSC.
Here’s what I bought:

Blackhawk 1-½” 6 point socket $10.66
Overall this socket looks good as nice as my other sockets (mostly craftsman)
I needed this socket to replace the heating elements on my water heater it worked much better than the crapy $8 stamped steel element wrench from the hardware store

Blackhawk 5 piece 8 point socket set ¼”- ½” $9.20
These sockets look just as nice maybe a little better than my other sockets
I haven’t used these yet

All of these sockets had the sizes stamped into them and were USA made
I will buying these instead of the laser etched Craftsman’s for any others I need

Proto torque adapters 9 piece set 3/8” - 7/8” $126.35
These look pretty good there are a few areas that could have been smoothed out a little better before being plated but that wont effect how work
I haven’t used these yet either

Overall I am happy with my purchase but I will report back after I use the 8 points and the torque adapters, I will be buying more Blackhawk and Proto stuff from MSC and recommend them to others
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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You lucked out getting US made Blackhawk sockets. Most of the line in made in Taiwan now.
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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Very true. I emailed Stanley/Blackhawk last year and was informed that Blackhawk production had been moved overseas.

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Old 01-18-2008, 02:12 PM   #4
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So the name will change from Blackhawk to Japcrap.
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:19 PM   #5
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You guys mean to tell me that Stanley is going to eventually make ALL of the Blackhawk tools in China?
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:31 PM   #6
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You guys mean to tell me that Stanley is going to eventually make ALL of the Blackhawk tools in China?
You mean they aren't all made there already? I thought they had already moved production over there and that the odd bits that are USA made are just NOS.
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Old 01-18-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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No!!!! Blackhawk is off my list now. That is rediculous. I thought Stanley might help save these companies in there big ring but I guess they will shape there brand names into lesser entities of there company. My father always said that the two sets of Blackhawk tools he had back in the 70's were some of the best. Now, we went to CarQuest and they were all on clearance in a display case that smelled like moth balls.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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found this thread while searching, I've bought blackhawk tools off ebay and they are USA made, so, anyone know for sure where current production sockets are made?
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:50 PM   #9
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found this thread while searching, I've bought blackhawk tools off ebay and they are USA made, so, anyone know for sure where current production sockets are made?
How old were the ones you bought?

My understanding is that all new Blackhawk products come here via the slow boat from China
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:06 PM   #10
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I honestly dont know how old they are. They must be new old stock, its a socket set i got on ebay. Every one is labeled blackhawk USA. I emailed stanley proto and asked as well. They replied that most all current production is overseas. That's a real bummer. I guess anything I get warrantied is going to be china or taiwan made.
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Stanley as a corporation,absolutely makes me sick. I hope I live to see the day they go belly-up.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:22 PM   #12
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I've seen a good number of guys on here talk about how they hate Stanley as a company...what happened?
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:38 PM   #13
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I've seen a good number of guys on here talk about how they hate Stanley as a company...what happened?
I guess this is kind of a sore spot for me,since I've made my living as a manufacturing maintenance tech for most of my adult life.They have swallowed up alot of proud great tool brands in the last several years,shut down most of their manufacturing,and sent it overseas (Mac,Blackhawk). I guess my beloved Proto is next to be assimilated into the Stanley/Asia,borg collective. When that day finally comes(and it probably has to a degree),I will have officially washed my hands of them. Stanley can ROT!!
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:14 PM   #14
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I bought a set of blackhawk 1/2" drive sockets in a blow molded case three years ago and they were Chinese and the size was printed on in this goldish lettering. Good quality sockets so far but not the USA product being talked about here.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:27 PM   #15
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i've got a blackhawk blow mold set that's over 10 yrs old. it's got over 101 pcs. it includes a 3/8 and 1/4" ratchet with extensions, 12pt/6pt deep and shallow sockets. they're all labeled made in the usa and have served me well. it's sad to see a good product being moved overseas. hopefully proto doesn't go down this road too.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:38 PM   #16
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I have a bunch of their wrenches and sockets that are made in USA. They have been very good. I notice that mac is starting to sell them through their tool trucks. While I was on the mac truck last week I noticed that they have started making their locking flex blackhawk gear wrenches back in the USA. Apparently they had some problems with the Taiwan setup.
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