Did you know that Sunex makes chrome sockets and mechanics tools? Me neither.
We’ve posted about the brand a couple of times over the years, but I generally don’t pay much attention to them.
Sunex tools land on my radar every once in a while, usually Amazon Black Friday and holiday season promos. But starting last Spring, I’ve been seeing them more, at least in Acme Tools’ “new tools” lists.
Recently, I spotted chrome sockets.
Sunex does make hand tools – I bought a set of their angled open end wrenches for cheap a few years ago – but chrome sockets? That seems like a new venture for them, but apparently these are existing products.
Basically, what I’m now curious about is where these tools are positioned on a value-to-quality scale.
Looking at specific individual sockets for price comparison, the Sunex socket sizes I looked at are pricier than Gearwrench. But on a value-quality scale, I would normally place them between Harbor Freight and Tekton.
Where do you think they’re positioned compared to other brands?
It’s not that I regard Sunex as a cheap brand, but I’ve always thought of them more as a one-off problem-solver or value-priced tool brand, similar to Astro Pneumatic.
Something about the look of these Sunex chrome sockets, though, caught my interest, and has me questioning whether I should have paid more attention to them over the years. But then again, Sunex isn’t a brand that readers have asked about or talked about.
This also has me wondering about whether there are many other brands out there that I should try to check in on periodically. There could be noteworthy new releases, even if a brand isn’t of strong personal interest, reader interest, or perceived reader interest.
Quite frankly, I’ll be surprised if many of you have used Sunex’ chrome hand tools before. Looking at their website, the individual socket SKUs aren’t showing up. Maybe they are new tools?
There’s also an 80T ratchet, priced at $28. I haven’t seen their ratchets before either, but there are a bunch of “Vine program” user reviews on Amazon from last year.
There are also Sunex chrome mechanics tool sets, socket sets, and drive accessories.
My opinion of Sunex tools isn’t well-defined, and I feel that I need more information. Are their sockets worth the premium over Gearwrench sockets and mechanics tool sets? Would you consider buying a Sunex mechanics tool set or chrome socket set?
When we talked with Sunex a few years ago, they said they were looking to “develop the brand through new product” and “in the beginning phases of making a push towards the industrial segment,” but I hadn’t seen what became of this. I intended to check back, but didn’t, and don’t quite remember why.
Now, my interest is piqued again, but there’s not much to go by. No press releases, and Sunex has not responded to any of my emails. There’s not much user feedback online either. I know that their impact sockets are popular and well-reviewed, but their chrome hand tools don’t seem to have attracted anywhere near the same level of attention.
So, if you’ve used Sunex’ chrome sockets, ratchets, or other mechanics hand tools before, what do you think about them?
I can’t tell what it is about their sockets, but their aesthetics seem to be break the norms of what I would have expected from the brand.
Apparently Sunex chrome tools debuted around October of 2017?