Tools of the Trade ran a newsletter survey, asking about their subscribers’ favorite hand tools. I found some of the results to be easily predictable, others were a little surprising.
731 tradesmen responded to the poll.
68.1% said that Stanley or Stanley FatMax was their preferred brand of 25′ to 30′ tape measure. Stanley and Stanley FatMax were also top picks in the 16′ category, but the most popular choice was “I don’t use a 16′ tape.”
It was interesting to see that Milwaukee, which is still somewhat of a newcomer in the tape measure market, has gained ground and is said to be preferred over Lufkin, Komelon, Johnson, and other brands that have been in the industry for a while.
I should also point out that, while Milwaukee released a couple of different sizes and styles so far, there is mainly only one style available in stores, and that’s their 16′ and 25′ magnetic tape measures.
32.3% said that Klein was their preferred brand of screwdriver, with Craftsman being the favored brand of 25.8% of survey takers.
A whopping 50.2% of tradesmen said that Crescent was their preferred brand of adjustable wrench. Crescent wrenches are inexpensive, and have went from being produced in the USA, to China, and it seems that they’re now made in the USA again.
Personally, I prefer Channellock, which was the second most-preferred brand, with 13.5% of the vote. Channellock doesn’t make their own adjustable wrenches, but rebrands wrenches made by Irega in Spain.
51.4% of survey takers said that they prefer Klein lineman’s pliers. Channellock, very distant in second place, is the favored brand of 20.3% of the polled tradesmen. This is the least-surprising poll result, as Klein has a very strong following with electricians, and this preference has spread to other trades.
More Info(via Tools of the Trade)