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Old 01-03-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default KAL Professional Hand Tools

I want to give these guys some free publicity because no one ever mentions them on the board and they make some damn good quality pliers in my opinion. Some of the high quality pliers branded with MAC's logo are manufactured by KAL Tools, the others are from Channellock. These are not the cheap MAC branded pliers from Taiwan that come in sets. They make the P92S nose pliers for MAC Tools, which are my favorite nose pliers of all time, period.

http://www.kalprotools.com/
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:30 AM   #2
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I have some KAL pliers, the long cutting pliers are my favorite, and frequently used. They seem to be very well made, and are USA to boot.
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I find it odd that they don't list country of origin or say they are made in the US. I can see the "USA" on some of their tools but not on others.

I have never came across a company who makes tools in the US and not heavily advertise it.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:40 AM   #4
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I emailed and asked them. I'll try these if they are US made.

http://www.kalprotools.com/11needlen...ose-1-1-2.aspx
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:52 AM   #5
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We have manufacturing factories in Southern California and Pennsylvania that are committed to providing quality tools made to the highest standards for professional use. Our functional quality is excellent and all products are manufactured to exceed U.S. government or ANSI specifications.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:55 AM   #6
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Did you look at the "featured specials"? They are 40% off right now!
http://www.kalprotools.com/featuredspecials-2.aspx
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Old 01-03-2009, 02:08 AM   #7
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Here's an old picture of my MAC branded KAL pliers:

Notice the long handles:


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Old 01-03-2009, 04:01 AM   #8
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I will never buy another KAL tool in my life. I broke a 2" crowfoot of theirs, called them about warranty and was told they quit making them, would not replace them, and would not give a monetary refund. Lifetime warranty, my ass.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:00 AM   #9
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http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=26817

I'd say you're a few days late in bringing this up.Their website was mentioned here before and you didn't bite.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:11 AM   #10
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I'd say you're a few days late in bringing this up.Their website was mentioned here before and you didn't bite.
It's the way you worded the thread title - it didn't catch my eye - no pizzaz.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:19 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Merkava_4;359973]They make the P92S nose pliers for MAC Tools, which are my favorite nose pliers of all time, period.

If these are your favorite pliers of all time, why aren't they used?
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They make the P92S nose pliers for MAC Tools, which are my favorite nose pliers of all time, period.

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If these are your favorite pliers of all time, why aren't they used?
Those pliers are heavily used, they were cleaned up with Scotch-Brite before the photo. If you'll notice, the MAC logo is damn near gone.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:35 AM   #13
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Kal Tools... I remember hearing about them, but never actually perused the website. Interesting... but personally, I'll stick to Channellock. I always liked their blue handles


Is the Kal Tool Co included in the "Tool Manufacturers" sticky? I'm too lazy to go look...
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Old 01-03-2009, 10:31 AM   #14
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OH ya. KAL / ProAmerica. The stuff they sell at Autozone / Pepboys.
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Here's an old picture of my MAC branded KAL pliers:

Notice the long handles:
Merk...Let's see some more! Love the green grips...when were these manufactured?

I want some close ups of the jaws
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Notice that it mentions only that they have factories in those locations. Doesn't say "we manufacture all of our tools here", for all we know, they could have those two, and a BIG one over in Chi-wan somewhere.

I can't see those wrenches and sockets being made here in the US and us not knowing about them
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Merk...Let's see some more! Love the green grips...when were these manufactured?

I want some close ups of the jaws
I'm charging up my camera battery right now.

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I can't see those wrenches and sockets being made here in the US and us not knowing about them
It's my guess they only make their own pliers.
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I think Proamerica tools exist to supply Government contracts. I haven't seen them anywhere else.
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Notice that it mentions only that they have factories in those locations. Doesn't say "we manufacture all of our tools here", for all we know, they could have those two, and a BIG one over in Chi-wan somewhere.

I can't see those wrenches and sockets being made here in the US and us not knowing about them
That's what I was getting at.
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I think Proamerica tools exist to supply Government contracts. I haven't seen them anywhere else.
I suspect Matco pliers set PNO3SB is made by KAL Tools.
http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/to...ype=T&cat=2329

I suspect these are too:
http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/to...select=&page=2
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