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Old 01-22-2009, 06:16 PM   #1
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Default Menards Tools

I've been trying to figure out who makes Menard's Masterforce and Tool Shop brands of tools. Heres what I've figured out.

Masterforce Pliers are the same as HFs Pittsburgh Pros just with different green rubber handles. However there are more pliers in the Masterforce line than there Pittsburgh Pro line. Such as a 11" long reach pliers thats a copy cat of the craftsman.

Masterforce Screwdrivers are the new style of Pratt-Read screwdrivers (saw the same style of pratt-reads at Fleet-Farm)

Masterforce Powertools I'm not sure who makes them but I believe there the same as Tractor Supplys Masterhand brand.

Masterforce Tool Chest I believe are made by these guys http://www.tetools.com/

As far as Masterforce's tapes, knifes, hammers, etc.. I'm still trying to find out.

I have no idea who makes the Masterforce sockets and ratchets. Could be the same as TSC Masterhand however I think Masterhand is made in Taiwan and Masterforce is China.

Now the Tool Shop line is the same regular HF stuff. I believe things like pliers, sockets, wrenchs, and some of the ratches to be rebagged HF stuff. I know Tool Shop power tools are the same as HF. I have a jig saw that is Tool Shop and saw the same thing at HF today just orange.

Of course Menards sell's Allen brand of ratchets, sockets, and wrenchs but we all know those are Danaher, looks the same a KD stuff which looks alot like Craftsman. Besides the Allen ratcheting wrenchs which looked like maybe Gearwrench? all I know is there made in Taiwan.

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Old 01-23-2010, 08:37 PM   #2
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Hi BigK600,
It looks like you have some information about Masterforce. I am interested in the Masterforce Heavy-Duty Adjustable Work Stand #240-0991. I can not find who makes this product. I am looking for other suppiers besides Menards. Any information on this? Thanks.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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masterforce tool boxes are rebadged montezumas some screwdrivers are western forge and oth hand tools are rebadged allen
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:45 PM   #4
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masterforce tool boxes are rebadged montezumas some screwdrivers are western forge and oth hand tools are rebadged allen
Those boxes are very nice except for that bizarre green color. WTF?
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:48 PM   #5
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i have 3 of them and the color is really growing on me.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:50 PM   #6
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Menard's does have a strange assortment of tools. Lots of inexpensive junk mixed in with some better stuff like Bosch. It is strange that they have two low end in house brands. The Pratt-Read screwdrivers are nice for mid grade screwdrivers but I would pass on the rest of the Menard's brand tools.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
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some on the masterforce tools are priced hard to beat though, the giant cresent wrench for $10 or the giant channel lock copies for $10
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:11 PM   #8
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On the subject of the Allen tools.....I have had great luck with them. Fair priced when on sale and better fit, feel and overall quality than C-man for similar price IMHO. Plus the sockets, wrenches, and ratchets are made in USA.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:22 PM   #9
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I have bought some of their Screwdrivers, rubber grip type. These screwdrivers are nice and strong. I have compared them to craftsman standard screwdrivers and they are a whole lot nicer. I broke two or three craftsman screwdrivers in the same day. However I have not broke these ones yet, have had them for four months now. Made in the USA. I wouldn't have bought them had they been made somewhere else.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:23 PM   #10
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I was in Menards tonight close to closing time and they were going through all the allen and gearwrench stuff and putting sale stickers on them all. I would like to try some of the pratt screwdrivers.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:48 PM   #12
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:56 PM   #13
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The Masterforce ratchets and sockets sure look pretty. I bought the blow molded 1/4, 3/8 1/2 set on sale last fall for maybe $40. as a car set. I have barely touched them , but they remind me of Benchtop Pro. I got tired of trying to grab the Pittsburgh $30 set on sale, always sold out.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:54 PM   #14
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I've seen Masterforce levels with "Made in Germany" at Menards recently.

No idea how long they've been doing that but I know the levels are similar to a Stabila brand (German company) level I've seen before.
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masterforce tool boxes are rebadged montezumas some screwdrivers are western forge and oth hand tools are rebadged allen
Upon further inspection I agree with you that masterforce tool boxes boxes could be montezumas.

I don't think any of there screwdriver are western forge I know for sure most are Pratt-Read.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:48 AM   #16
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On the subject of the Allen tools.....I have had great luck with them. Fair priced when on sale and better fit, feel and overall quality than C-man for similar price IMHO. Plus the sockets, wrenches, and ratchets are made in USA.

Allen tools are the same as Cman. Both are made by Danaher.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:33 AM   #17
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It is strange that they have two low end in house brands.
My wife works for Menards. She said they are going to discontinue the tool shop brand, it's junk. I have some Masterforce stuff, and so far, it's pretty decent. I have a Masterforce table saw and compound miter saw. I don't use them enough to justify buying big money name brands, but they seem really decent.

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The "made In USA" sales flyer that ends today has Masterforce screwdrivers made in Shelton, CT.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:38 PM   #19
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Allen tools are the same as Cman. Both are made by Danaher.

They aren't identical. Although yes made by the same company.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:01 AM   #20
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Old thread, new question

Menards currently (through 12/05/2010) has the 41" Masterforce top & bottom combo for $688.11.

Rural King Supply has their 41" Remline top & bottom on sale only on Black Friday for 20% off, $640.00 ... but you have to go to one store for the bottom & another for the top, or take wife or girlfriend with you & have her buy one while you buy the other (one coupon per customer). Click here for info.

Lowes had their Kobalt stainless chests on sale through yesterday, but even on sale the price was $864.00, click here.

Which leaves either Rural King or Menards ... whadda you think ???
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