to amplify and clarify, and generally expand upon my earlier comments ...
Has anyone bought Snap-On spanners recently? What might I expect to
for this brand of tool?
entirely too much. i've a current price book, and have bought one
new Snap-On tool (a slide gear puller/hammer.) unless you really need
a particular tool, or are using lots of tools very heavily, i'd stick
with one of these choices: 1) craftsman; 2) S&K; or 3) find a decent
used tool store. i have purchased a number of used Snap-On tools,
and it doesn't hurt as much at 1/2 of list price.
keep in mind that i think Snap-On tools are extremely well made, and
that the quality of Craftsman tools is on the decline. even so, you
still get an outstanding warranty on non-powered Craftsman tools, so
unless you are seriously dissatisfied with them, they're a good route
to take. me, i'm approaching dissatisfaction with them, but lots of
people i know are still happy with 'em.