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Made in Canada - Gray tools #5401339 04/12/20 04:53 PM
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I expect this is probably of little value for my American friends, but for folks in Canada looking for Canadian tools, a buddy of mine shared this on Twitter and I think it is worth keeping in mind:
http://www.graytools.com/_pdf/CIEN_Magazine_Dec_2012_Gray_Tools_Canada_Inc.pdf

(yes, the PDF is dated)

However this quote from their website emphasizes that this is still the case:

Originally Posted by Gray
We are extremely proud to be the only industrial-quality manufacturer of hand tools in Canada. Our goal is always to exceed your rigorous expectations for quality and reliability. We continue to deliver tools of the highest standard, providing tradesmen the confidence to perform and achieve exceptional results.


I have a pile of Gray tools, and they will be getting more of my business going forward.

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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: OVERKILL] #5401351 04/12/20 05:12 PM
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Thanks for the post. While we're on the topic, most of the motor oil from Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State and Motomaster sold in Canada is blended in Canada. And of course the motor oil sold by Petro Canada in Canada is blended in Canada. Also a lot of Motor Oil sold by Napa Canada is blended in Quebec, (sort of part of Canada). laugh We like our American' neighbor's stuff but it's nice to make some stuff ourselves. On a different note, much of the gasoline refined in the Mid West USA is refined from Canadian crude oil. Canada USA

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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: Snagglefoot] #5401354 04/12/20 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
Thanks for the post. While we're on the topic, most of the motor oil from Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State and Motomaster sold in Canada are blended in Canada. And of course the motor oil sold by Petro Canada in Canada is blended in Canada. We like our American's neighbor's stuff but it's nice to make some stuff ourselves. on a different note, much of the gasoline refined in the Mid West USA is refined from Canadian Crude oil. Canada USA


Yep, same with Mobil products, all of which are sold through Imperial Oil, but I believe some are blended by them as well? The 0w-40 I have here says it was blended in the USA, imported and distributed by Imperial Oil.


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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: OVERKILL] #5401371 04/12/20 05:56 PM
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http://www.graytools.com/toolcatalogue/

Cool,

I don't think I've ever used their tools. I will check them out.


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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: OVERKILL] #5401372 04/12/20 05:59 PM
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Thanks! I had forgotten about this brand. Might have to make some investments in these, my CERB cheque is supposed to arrive on Monday banana


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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: OVERKILL] #5401375 04/12/20 06:01 PM
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I think at one time Gray was the manufacturer of the Canadian tire mastercraft line of sockets and ratchets ( may still be the case ?? )

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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: OVERKILL] #5401388 04/12/20 06:13 PM
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The Rotella T5 was blended in Canada as well. laugh

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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: Snagglefoot] #5401423 04/12/20 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
Thanks for the post. While we're on the topic, most of the motor oil from Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State and Motomaster sold in Canada is blended in Canada. And of course the motor oil sold by Petro Canada in Canada is blended in Canada. Also a lot of Motor Oil sold by Napa Canada is blended in Quebec, (sort of part of Canada). laugh We like our American' neighbor's stuff but it's nice to make some stuff ourselves. On a different note, much of the gasoline refined in the Mid West USA is refined from Canadian crude oil. Canada USA



Speaking of this: I wonder how much oil sold in the U.S.A. is drilled, and blended here πŸ€”

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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
On a different note, much of the gasoline refined in the Mid West USA is refined from Canadian crude oil. Canada USA


while i'm not sure where their crude comes from, the Refinery here in town, which makes as much as 25% of the gas sold in Ohio, is owned By Husky Energy.
The Toledo, OH Refinery is a 50/50 joint venture between Husky and BP.
Husky also owns a Refinery in Superior, WI.


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Thanks for the heads up on those tools! I will be looking further into this as I like to support my country.

Also for us prairie folk, Federated Co-op refines oil at their Regina refinery and produces their own line of lube, greases and all sorts. They are reasonably priced and local. As a side note, a few years ago I think I paid around 9$ a litre all in for a 20L pail of group 4 80w140 gear oil. Anything comparable from the other majors was north of 20$ a litre.


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I'm boycotting Maple syrup from Canada due to its Mafia affiliation. So there!


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Gray tools are very expensive, without commensurate quality. They are good tools but not that good.

Yes, forty years ago, Gray tools supplied hand tools to Canadian Tire. Those days are long gone.


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Re: Made in Canada - Gray tools [Re: George7941] #5401579 04/12/20 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by George7941
Gray tools are very expensive, without commensurate quality. They are good tools but not that good.

Yes, forty years ago, Gray tools supplied hand tools to Canadian Tire. Those days are long gone.


They seem to be a lot cheaper than Snap-on, which makes up most of my current hand tools shrug Perhaps it depends on your reference point as to "very expensive"? I see they have a 1/4" drive ratchet for $50, whilst a comparable Snap-on is $150.00.

My main critique wouldn't be price, but rather their ratchets all seem to have pretty low tooth count.


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I'll happily buy Canadian products no problem except a liter of cola or petrol.
And I like Donairs,Tim Hortons and Stephan Harper.


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Originally Posted by OVERKILL

They seem to be a lot cheaper than Snap-on, which makes up most of my current hand tools shrug Perhaps it depends on your reference point as to "very expensive"? I see they have a 1/4" drive ratchet for $50, whilst a comparable Snap-on is $150.00.

My main critique wouldn't be price, but rather their ratchets all seem to have pretty low tooth count.


My main critique isn't the price either but the price/quality ratio. My experience has been that a Gray ratchet is of lower quality than Snap On.

Professionals pay Snap On prices because when there is a issue with a tool, the Snap On man comes by and takes care of it without the buyer investing time getting a warranty honored. So it is not fair to directly compare Snap On vs Gray prices.


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