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MAC’s spherical sockets sport a unique shape that grabs 6-sided, 12-sided, splined, Torx, square, and even 50% rounded nuts and bolts — and now MAC is offering them in a 15-piece 1/2″ drive set and a 13-piece 3/8″ drive set as well.

Like other MAC tools, they’re made of chrome molybdenum steel, but these feature MAC’s new “pearl chrome” finish, too.  The 1/2″ drive set includes 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″, 1″, 1-1/16″, 1-1/8″, 1-3/16″, and 1-1/4″ sockets while the 3/8″ drive set includes 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″, 15/16″, and 1″ sockets — a nice overlap.

As always, these are available directly from MAC or your local MAC tools distributor.

 

31 Responses to MAC Expands Their Spherical Socket Set Line

  1. Eric says:

    Anyone have a link to these? I can’t find them on MAC’s site.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Eric: I don’t think they’re listed yet. MAC is usually a bit slow putting these up on the website — though they’re usually on the trucks quickly. If I wanted to see one, I’d call up the number on the website and find your local distributor, then give ’em a call. These are good guys to know anyway, as even if you’re not buying tools all the time, they can help you find specialty tools when you need ’em bad.

  3. Chaon says:

    Mac’s website has always been a mess.

    Are those sockets spline drive, or just a similar geometry?

  4. ambush27 says:

    I think the square end is down.

  5. cd says:

    SK also has this same drive, but they call it spline (which it is) rather than spherical. It’s in a very nice set #94545, 3/8″ drive SAE and metric, standard and deep, with a fine tooth ratchet, and two wobble extensions, all American made tools. I got a set for under $100 last year.

    I don’t know if the Mac sockets are American made or not. Stanley’s industrial Proto brand also has them.

    I am going to assume that these companies are all licensing the socket profile from some patent holder, and I would be willing to bet that more companies will have spline sockets if they catch on.

  6. William says:

    These are actually made in Taiwan by KABA Tools for the various tool companies since they own patent. Many of the mobile tool companies now contract out their tool manufacturing to KABA and why not. It costs $.09 to manufacture a socket from Taiwan…mark it up 2000% and you’ve got a huge profit margin! So now you know why your tool distributor can afford that fancy truck and long vacations in exotic places…it’s all paid for by those mechanics who can’t afford a week off because they’re strapped to truck accounts…

  7. Old Donn says:

    Somebody at MAC might be getting fat off this stuff, but I seriously doubt it’s the guy in the truck.

    • Jeff says:

      I agree with you on that one. I am sure they make a decent living once they are well established and got some of their debt paid off but until then, they are scratching tooth and nail just like everyone else.

  8. Mac Man Bill says:

    Agree…well almost. First William, it’s Kabo tools, I had a customer hop on my truck with a set he purchased off of eBay and they’re identical in size and design, everything except the logo. Our District Manager let us in on the secret and confirmed. As for long exotic vacations, maybe the Snap-On guys with their 500% mark up but not us Mac men…

  9. Drew says:

    I think Mac is going out of business…last year we had three mac trucks running the city and now they’ve all gone out of business. I know two filed for bankrupcy, probably the same with the third. I tried to get some of these sockets replaced by their 800 number and they gave me the number to some district mgr who never returns my calls.

    Our matco guy runs around in an empty truck and snappy is too busy collecting money but not selling anymore. He say’s he’s through after this month. I guess I need to start buying my tools at Lowes from now on.

  10. CJ says:

    These are actually called spline sockets in the aviation world. Been around for a few years now. All Mac did was take the idea from Proto and SK and change the name to spherical. I didn’t realize Mac was still in business. Haven’t seen one in my area for years.

  11. Teacher says:

    Wright Tool has also had spline drive sockets for quite a while now too.

  12. Lakey says:

    Wright tools is a Snap-on company but in the beginning, it was Granco that was making the tools for both companies.

  13. jammer says:

    William, I find it interesting your opinion of the tool guys, It’s clear you don’t know much about thier bussness, with out them the hard working guy in the shop would be in a world of hurt. I’ve been in the biz for fourty plus years and owe a life time of graditude to the tool guys over the years.

  14. William says:

    jammer,

    My brother was a DM for Mac Tools – I myself worked for Stanley Works and Proto back when it was under Ingersol Rand so I know the game all too well.

  15. Joey says:

    To Lakey: I don’t believe Wright is a Snap-on company. Were you thinking of JH Williams?

  16. Jerry L says:

    Snap on now own’s Wright Tools.

    As for the tool truck guys…lost the Matco and Mac guys over a year ago. Snappy finally gave in a few months ago. As Snappy said, they’re like the milk men of the 60’s…most of us now use online and direct delivery and frankly, we’ve saved a bundle.

  17. Coach James says:

    I contacted Wright Tool and asked about the Snap On story. Here is their response.

    Good Morning XXXXX,

    Regarding what you read on the internet, this statement is absolutely not true. Wright Tool has been a family owned business since 1927, and continues to be family owned and managed. I am curious where you got this information? If you would like more information on our company, I can send you our new catalog and a cd about Wright Tool. Thanks for your inquiry, and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    Best Regards,

    Ty Smith

    Director of Business Development

    Wright Tool Company

    —————————————————————————————
    Sounds to me like Snap On doesn’t own Wright Tool.

    Coach

  18. Coach James says:

    What happened to my post?

    According to the people at Wright Tool, they are not owned by Snap On. Is that acceptable to the mods?

  19. Sean O'Hara says:

    Sorry about that Coach James,

    The spam engine held it because of the multi “X” thing. It should be out now.

    ~Sean

  20. Coach James says:

    I wondered if that was the problem. Next time I’ll remember to remove my name and leave the “X”‘s out too. Thanks.

  21. mcmanus says:

    Don’t know about Wright Tools, but does anyone know what ever happend to Mac Tools? At one time, their trucks were everywhere, I’ve not seen one in years. I spoke to a proto rep who told me they were acquired by Vidmar and Stanley Supply Services and their products will all be online very soon. Proto makes most of the old Mac tool line in their dallas plant. The rest is made in China. But that doesn’t help me with some tools that need warranty…can’t get anyone to pick up on their toll free line…

  22. Marcus says:

    We’ve been purchasing Mac off the Stanley Supply website for quite some time. If you’re a government customer, and log in as such, the prices are even better than retail. Here is one example…not sure what the price is without logging in though.

    http://www.stanleysupplyservices.com/product-detail.aspx?pn=453-654

    As for warranty, I know our local Grainger gal also has access to Mac and Snap-On and has swapped out some tools for us.

  23. Jesse says:

    Learned that Mac is now part of Vidmar. The corporate office in Ohio was taken over and turning into some automotive industrial group by Stanley. Lots of jobs going away up there, probalby end up outsourcing everything to china.

  24. cmn38 says:

    Well Matco has these listed in Aviation Tools \ Hand Tools \ Mechanics Hand Tools starting page 5 in 1/4″ drive, and going up from there. Also there is a huge difference between Taiwan and China. Most of the super high tech brands and gadgets, some of the best manufacturing, as well as classified and super tech R and D. take place in Taiwan. Education in Taiwan far out paces the USA.
    Now Main Land China is a crap hole of poor exploited (whole sale by their government) workers. Who make crap because they don’t get crap.

  25. AJ says:

    To settle the debate on the tool brands, MAC tools is a company owned by Stanley – just like proto and Nighthawk, and Husky. Mac is aimed directly at the automotive service industry. Snap on is owned by Danner (I think that was the name) Manufacturing, who also makes Kobalt as sold at Lowes. Both companies manufacture most of their tools in the USA. The tools are all marked where they were built, and to anyone who has ever stepped foot on any tool truck, its easy to tell. Matco is owned by a japanese forge, and as such, the majority of their tools are made in Asia. Cornwell is a “professional” line built by OTC forge, which is really just a supersized importer of tools, with about 30% of the tools built here. There aren’t any other major players in the professional tool lineup, just some other minor attempts. Hopefully this can clear up a little bit of the confusion. Oh yeah, and, Mac tools isn’t going anywhere…

  26. Mike says:

    AJ….you’re post is loaded with misinformation.

    Mac is owned by Stanley, Black & Decker and those USA Made tools are made at the Proto plant in Dallas. I used to work there. Some of the same products come down the assembly line and are identical, just stamped either Proto or Mac. Their Mac Edge line is made by Kabo tools in Taiwan…the same company contracted out to make Kobalt, Husky, and Bluepoint. Kabo is probably the largest tool manufacturer in the world and make tools for private labeling.

    Snap-On is owned by Snap-On. They make the majority of their hand tools and boxes in the USA. Their Bluepoint line is contracted out to Kabo.

    Matco is owned by Danaher, who also makes tools for Craftsman, Armstrong, and more. Danaher also owns KD Tools, Fluke.

    It all comes down to ANSI Standards in tools. Those tools that meet ANSI standards (1.0) are Kobalt, Husky, Stanley. Basically your household/department store grade tools. Usually the tools Mama keeps in the kitchen drawer to break something you’ll end up fixing later.

    The next standard is ANSI 1.5 which are your Craftsman, Blackhawk, and Bluepoint. Great for light duty mechanical work. Probably something you’re neighbor wanna-be-mechanic ownes to break something you’ll end up fixing later.

    The highest standard is 2.0 which is for Snap-On, PROTO and MAC. These are the professional grade tools used by certified mechanics – those of us who use tools to make a living.

    Almost all of them have some type of lifetime warranty against workmanship. It’s how easy one can get them exchanged. By the way, Proto started the lifetime warranty long before Snap-On when they were owned by Ingersoll-Rand.

    As for Mac going somewhere…yes, the folks at Stanley have identified that Mac has been on a steady decline (in the red) for nearly seven years now. The mobile tool business as a whole has been feeling the pinch of the economy. Even though Mac may brag about the number of distributors they added during their tool fair shows, the reality is that they for every distributor that they put on the street each year, they lost three times as many. Only one in ten that finish “tool school” will succeed beyond their first year.

  27. Dallas says:

    Interesting thread Mike. I was scrolling down Toolmonger and saw the Mac Tool link and realized I’ve not seen one of those Mac Tool trucks in ages. Come to think of it, I don’t hardly any tool trucks anymore. I supply filters to several dealerships and noted that many of them now supply tools for their mechanics to use. One shop has all Craftsman boxes with tools shadowed in the drawers, and another I think is Matco. I guess the tool deliver guys are a dying breed like the milkmen several decades ago.

  28. Larry says:

    I sit here on a Saturday morning with coffee in hand browsing through Toolmonger and stumbled upon a Mac Tool link. I must admit, I used to do a lot of business with Mac Tools about a decade ago but they all disappeared. But so did all the other tool truck guys in my area. All my tools are back in my garage and when my trusty Mac ratchet wore out, I ended up calling Mac who sent a replacement via fedex and didn’t ask for my old one.

    I was later called by one of their franchise recruiters but after a long discussion, it was evident the mobile tool industry continues to decay. The rep even admitted the turn over of franchises is extremely high and that they continue to loose more each year than they recruit.

    Most of the dealerships in this area have opted to supply their own tools and boxes – we have all Craftsman and I will admit, it’s nice not to have tool guys chasing you down just to make a sale of the latest and greatest. If a tool breaks, which is rare, it’s replaced almost immediately through our parts department and we do have some specialty Snap-on tools supplied by some corporate agreement and thankfully not out of our pockets.

    I agree with Dallas (above) that the tool truck guys had their spot in time, like milkmen, 8-track tapes, and VHS rental stores but it’s a different world out there.

  29. Are these made in usa ?

  30. bROOKS says:

    Does anyone know of a Kabo tool distributor in the US. I don’t care where they are located. Kabo makes a deep offset ratchet spanner that was once sold thru SK Tool but no longer. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks..

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