I have mentioned Beta tools a couple of times on ToolGuyd in the past, but nothing too recently. That’s going to change, now that Beta’s professional hand tools, accessories, storage products, and equipment are coming back to the US market.
In a nutshell, Beta is the Italian version of Snap-on/Mac/Matco/Proto. Their tools are top-notch and designed for heavy duty professional mechanic and industrial use.
Small Parts carried Beta products a while back, then Small Parts was absorbed into Amazon, and then Amazon stopped restocking Beta products after selling them at crazy “we must clear the shelves NOW” prices.
My experience with Beta tools have been quite good. I ordered a sampling of hand tools just to test out, a bunch of others tools for personal use (mainly T-handle hex drivers), and a tool storage cabinet that has worked out really well for me these past few years.
Earlier this month I spoke to Nick White, National Sales Manager for Peerless Hardware, the company that will be handling importation and distribution of Beta tools. Peerless Hardware has been a manufacturer and importer for many years now, and seems well equipped to reintroduce Beta tools to US customers.
A Service-First Approach
Peerless Hardware is an established business, and is looking to build a strong and steady following for Beta tools. This isn’t a get rich quick scheme for them. As such, you can also expect consistent pricing and fair competition between their dealers.
When I spoke with Nick White, he made it quite clear that Peerless was going for a service-first approach. To me this sounded like a promise of quick turnaround on warranty and repair requests.
Beta Tool Quality
I own quite a few Beta tools, and while there are one or two I don’t like, my general impression is quite positive. The tools are well designed and superbly finished.
Some Beta tools, such as my 1-1/4″ x 1/2″ drive socket, can even be described as beautiful. There are few tools that elicit similar feelings.
Where to Buy?
Peerless already has arrangements with a couple of dealers that are gearing up for direct sales. Some dealers are set up for online sales, others for phone sales.
I have a few reviews planned of my personally owned Beta tools, and will be soon testing and reviewing a couple of new items that will be of general interest to auto mechanics, tradesmen, and other industrial users.
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