Just a sample of my Bonney Tools
Of course the Bonney tool box set was a Waterloo Box when I bought but I wore it out and replaced it with this Bonney (Harbor Freight US General box
My Bonney wrenches are the old ones that have the satin chrome finish on them. They are in my long term storage tool box that is not in my shop which also has my other odd stuff and rarely used stuff.
My Bonney wrenches and tools are still being used daily. They were $2,400 for the 650 piece set I bought in 1983 and in todays dollars according to a inflation calculator I used it would be $6,186.00 in 2019 dollars.
I saw that on reds live stream. The real question is what would those tools cost today from a company of similar quality. Most of my Bonney tools are big wrenches that I don't need very often.
Funny you mention inflation calculator though... The better 3/4 is a flight attendant. We always get annoyed when in articles or on the news they complain about how much more expensive it is to fly... Whats funny is that it is cheaper to fly today than it ever has been NOT figuring for inflation in most cases. If you go back to the 80s and look at ticket prices they were higher back then for most routes than they are today and if you figure inflation it was really expensive back then. But that was during regulation where the govt set the prices for flights.
These days people complain about service etc but they don't realize how cheap they are getting from point a to b.
Anyway I could go more into that but I find it interesting to look back at what things cost not too long ago vs what they cost today and there are allot of items that are cheaper today than they were 20ish years ago without figuring inflation. In the 80s we paid more for milk than we do today here in Crematoria (Texas).
When I bought these tools in 1983 I had also shopped around and got bids for the tools. I had saved as I knew I was going to go from active duty Air Force and into the Reserves in a year. Snap-on even then was priced high and it $3,200.00 or $8249.00 in 2019 dollars. Mac tools was $2,950.00 or $7,604.00 in todays money. Most folks actually don't figure in the fact yes it does look much cheaper but it really isn't. I went with the cheapest of the tool brands. Also was the fact that Bonney included a Waterloo toolbox (branded Bonney) and neither Snap-on or Mac included one.
I also had a issue I have also said several times and it is the fact of support for the tools after the sell. Snap-on and Mac was good luck if I needed warranty as I would have to be depending on the dealer and Bonney at the time was fully support at the local Grainger store. When I actually did wear something out and required warranty I just drove over to the local Grainger store and walked out with a new tool. I actually had move 900 plus away from the store I bought my tools and I had no issue, no questions and great service. Where I was working we had never seen a Snap-on or Mac truck in over 5 years. I always am reminding folks that Snap-on yes makes great tools but you still need to have support post sales and if you can't get a dealer to support it the warranty is useless.
Whats sad was for the price of your tools you could have bought 2 microwaves back then... We still had our Panasonic from 82 up until a couple years ago. Stupid expensive back then but they were built like tanks.
I also have the issue with Snap ons warranty. I had a couple tools that broke back when I was an auto tech and never did get the driver to replace them. I ended up tossing them. Snap On has the same business model as apple... Over charge for an item and don't stand behind it when it fails etc. However the difference is Snap On makes a quality product where Apple.....
They both have that cult following because people like the experience of the ecosystem they create. Even though they over charge and they deliver crap customer service people keep handing them piles of cash. There are better or equal products for less $ but they have to stick with what they know in fear that they might realize they burned allot of cash for no reason.
Folks forget the fact that without dealer support those fancy Snap-on tools most likely will be useless. With the tools I had factory support from 1983 to 1995 when Cooper Tools decided they were getting out that line of tools. So I basically had support for 12 years. In that time I had only three tools break and none after that. I did lose a few and just went to a pawn shop and found my replacements as it did not matter to me what brand.
kater in after I retired a couple years ago I then went back found all the Bonney tools segregated them and did a inventory and then started on eBay to find the Bonney tools that were missing and bought that way.
Here is comparison of the Bonney standard long reach wrench
to the Icon ratcheting wrench