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Snap-on Wrenches

From its inception in 1923 through to the late 1940s, the Blue-Point brand had accounted for virtually all of the wrenches sold by Snap-on. The Blue Point Tool Company had been created originally so that Snap-on could expand its product line, while keeping the Snap-on brand focussed primarily on sockets and drive tools. By the late 1940s this arrangement had worked very well for more than two decades. During this period the Snap-on and Blue Point trademarks had functioned as co-equal brands, with no suggestion that Blue Point tools were lesser or cheaper in any way. Actually, since there was no real overlap in the tools offered under each brand, direct comparisons were not possible.

The first hint of a realignment of the brands occurred in 1948 when the Snap-on brand took over the very successful OEX series of combination wrenches, originally issued in 1935 under the Blue Point brand. This was strictly a change of the brand markings, as there was no apparent change to the specifications, model numbers, or pricing of the wrenches.


Combination Wrenches


Snap-on OEX-16 1/2 Combination Wrench

[Snap-on OEX-16 1/2 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 221. Snap-on OEX-16 1/2 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1954.

Fig. 221 shows a Snap-on OEX-16 1/2 combination wrench, stamped "USA" with a date code for 1954.

The overall length is 7.7 inches, and the finish is plain steel.


Snap-on OEX-26 13/16 Combination Wrench

This next figure shows one of the earliest Snap-on branded combination wrenches, dating from 1948.

[Snap-on OEX-26 13/16 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 222. Snap-on OEX-26 13/16 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, 1948.

Fig. 222 at the left shows a Snap-on OEX-26 13/16 combination wrench, stamped on the reverse with "Made in USA" and a stylized "8" date code for 1948.

The overall length is 10.9 inches. The finish is polished chrome, with some loss visible due to wear.

This wrench is very similar to the Blue Point OEX-26 Wrench shown earlier, with the only substantial difference being the fully polished chrome finish.


Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 Combination Wrenches

[Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 223. Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, 1948.

Fig. 223 shows another example from the transition year, a Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 combination wrench dating from 1948. The wrench is stamped "Made in USA" on the reverse with the stylized "8" date code for 1948.

The overall length is 11.7 inches. The finish is polished chrome, with extensive losses due to rust and pitting.

This wrench is very similar to the Blue Point OEX-28 Wrench shown earlier, with the only substantial difference being the fully polished chrome finish.

[Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 Combination Wrench]
Fig. 224. Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 Combination Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1949.

Fig. 224 shows a similar early example, a Snap-on OEX-28 7/8 combination wrench dating from 1949. The wrench is stamped "Made in USA" on the reverse with the stylized "9" date code for 1949.

The overall length is 11.7 inches, and the finish is polished chrome.


Snap-on OEX-32 1 Inch Combination Wrench

[Snap-on OEX-32 1 Inch Combination Wrench]
Fig. 225. Snap-on OEX-32 1 Inch Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, 1952.

Fig. 225 shows a Snap-on OEX-32 1 inch combination wrench with a dual date code stamping. The reverse is stamped "USA" followed by a stylized "2" date code for 1952, and a smaller "3" date code is stamped to the right.

The overall length is 14.0 inches. The finish is polished chrome with some loss due to rust.


Snap-on OEX-200 5/8 Short Combination Wrench

[Snap-on OEX-200 5/8 Short Combination Wrench]
Fig. 226. Snap-on OEX-200 5/8 Short Combination Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, 1958.

Fig. 226 shows a Snap-on OEX-200 5/8 short combination wrench, stamped with the Snap-on logo on the shank, with the model number and "USA" on the reverse. The reverse shank is also stamped with a stylized "8" date code for 1958.

The overall length is 6.3 inches, and the finish is polished chrome plating.


Box-End Wrenches


Snap-on XS-1820 Short Offset Box Wrench

[Snap-on XS-1820 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 227. Snap-on XS-1820 1/2x9/16 Short Ofsset Box Wrench, with Insets for Side View and Reverse Detail, 1949.

Fig. 227 shows a Snap-on XS-1820 1/2x9/16 short offset box wrench, stamped "USA" on the reverse with a stylized "9" date code for 1949.

The overall length is 6.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.

This wrench is basically identical to the Blue Point XS-1820 Box Wrench shown in an earlier section.


Open-End Wrenches


Snap-on VS-1214 Open-End Wrench

[Snap-on VS-1214 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 228. Snap-on VS-1214 3/8x7/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1959.

Fig. 228 shows a Snap-on VS-1214 3/8x7/16 open-end wrench, stamped "USA" on the reverse with a stylized "9" date code for 1959.

The overall length is 5.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


Snap-on VS-1618 Open-End Wrench

[Snap-on VS-1618 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 229. Snap-on VS-1618 1/2x9/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1966.

Fig. 229 shows a Snap-on VS-1618 1/2x9/16 open-end wrench, stamped "USA" on the reverse with a stylized "6" date code for 1966.

The overall length is 6.2 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


Snap-on VS-2428 Open-End Wrench

[Snap-on VS-2428 3/4x7/8 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 230. Snap-on VS-2428 3/4x7/8 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail.

Fig. 230 shows a Snap-on VS-2428 3/4x7/8 open-end wrench, stamped "USA" on the reverse.

The overall length is 10.1 inches, and the finish is chrome plating.


Snap-on VS-2526 Open-End Wrench

[Snap-on VS-2526 25/32x13/16 Open-End Wrench]
Fig. 231. Snap-on VS-2526 25/32x13/16 Open-End Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail, 1961.

Fig. 231 shows a Snap-on VS-2526 25/32x13/16 open-end wrench, stamped "USA" on the reverse with a stylized "1" date code for 1961.

The overall length is 9.7 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on AC1818 Angle-head Obstruction Wrench

[Snap-on AC1818 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 232. Snap-on AC1818 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse Detail.

Fig. 232 shows a Snap-on AC1818 9/16x9/16 angle-head obstruction wrench, similar in style to the earlier Blue Point ignition wrenches, but with the heavier construction of a standard obstruction wrench. The wrench is marked with "Made by Snap-on Tools" forged into the shank, with "Made in U.S.A." and the model number forged into the reverse. (The inset has been rotated for readability.)

The overall length is 5.4 inches, and the finish is plain steel.

Currently we don't have a catalog reference for this model, suggesting that it may have been a special-order item, possibly for a military contract in the WWII era.


Snap-on V-5214 7/16x7/16 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5214 7/16x7/16 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 233. Snap-on V-5214 7/16x7/16 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1953.

Fig. 233 shows a Snap-on V-5214 7/16x7/16 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "3" date code for 1953.

The overall length is 5.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on V-5216 1/2x1/2 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5216 1/2x1/2 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 234. Snap-on V-5216 1/2x1/2 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1953.

Fig. 234 shows a Snap-on V-5216 1/2x1/2 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "3" date code for 1953.

The overall length is 6.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on V-5218 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5218 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 235. Snap-on V-5218 9/16x9/16 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1953.

Fig. 235 shows a Snap-on V-5218 9/16x9/16 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "3" date code for 1953.

The overall length is 6.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on V-5220 5/8x5/8 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5220 5/8x5/8 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 236. Snap-on V-5220 5/8x5/8 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1953.

Fig. 236 shows a Snap-on V-5220 5/8x5/8 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "3" date code for 1953.

The overall length is 6.9 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on V-5222 11/16x11/16 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5222 11/16x11/16 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 237. Snap-on V-5222 11/16x11/16 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1953.

Fig. 237 shows a Snap-on V-5222 11/16x11/16 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "3" date code for 1953.

The overall length is 7.5 inches, and the finish is chrome plating with polished faces.


Snap-on V-5224 3/4x3/4 Angle-Head (Obstruction) Wrench

[Snap-on V-5224 3/4x3/4 Angle-Head Wrench]
Fig. 238. Snap-on V-5224 3/4x3/4 Angle-Head Wrench, with Inset for Reverse, 1955.

Fig. 238 shows a Snap-on V-5224 3/4x3/4 angle-head wrench, stamped on the reverse with "USA" and a stylized "5" date code for 1955.

The overall length is 8.0 inches, and the finish is chrome plating, with some lossed due to wear.


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