Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools is a leading manufacturer and distributor of manual labor tools. It primarily serves industrial markets, but has since developed a growing demand from users in the aerospace, military, utility, and energy markets. Its products range from wrenches, ratchets, clamps and sockets to specialized tools like screw extractors and flange spreaders. The company also produces professional tool sets, tool boxes, and storage chests.

Brief History

The company has roots dating back to 1890 when four brothers of Scottish descent opened the Armstrong Bros. Tool Co. in Chicago, Illinois. Initially, it served customers as a bicycle repair shop which also manufactured and distributed bicycle parts. But it was ten years after in 1900 when the brothers decided to completely devote their time to manufacturing tools and tool holders.

Today, Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools remains to be one of the pioneers in the tool making industry. It has celebrated 125 years of being in the business in 2015, and boasts a wide selection of about 4,000 different products. It is currently owned by the Apex Tool Group.

 

Quality Control

The company’s claim to fame rests with manufacturing what are recognized as the World’s Finest Sockets, World’s Finest Ratchets, and World’s Finest Wrench. It prides in producing all of its tools with the best material, and through a strict quality control process. Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools likewise promises to deliver hand tools which are reliable, durable, and uncompromising strength.

 

What Customers Say

Customers applaud the company for producing value-for-money tools and tool sets. They especially like how the company offers a diverse range of tools, which provides them with different options for varying situations. They also like how tools have a clean chrome finish, and how handles are curved to perfectly adjust to a person’s grip.

Customer Service is also highly praised. On certain occasions when customers receive defective items, concerns are promptly addressed and replaced as soon as possible. This also owes to the fact that the company promises that all of their items are warranted for life against material and workmanship defects.

On the average, clients have rated Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools with a score of 4.1 out of 5 stars. The statistics is generally affected by the minor setbacks caused by overlooked faulty deliveries, which are often replaced on time. Overall, this score reflects a general satisfaction rating from customers.

 

Production

The Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools is proud to say that all their products are made in the United States of America. The company promises that its tools are made from quality steel, and only goes through state-of-the-art manufacturing which includes a Heat Treat Process to offer long lasting durability.

For over 40 years now, the company has been producing its tools in its 400,000-square feet manufacturing facility in Sumter, South Carolina. These are then sent to another facility in Apex, North Carolina for consolidation and to further prepare it for distribution to customers.

 

Armstrong’s 5 Best Sellers

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 Armstrong SGMTK1 General Mechanics Tool Kit

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4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
   Armstrong 12-994 1/2-Inch Drive Armstrong MAXX Locking Flex Ratchet

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3.7 Stars (3.7 / 5)
  Armstrong 12-992 1/2-Inch Drive Armstrong MAXX Standard Handle Ratchet

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4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
   Armstrong 12-973 1/2-Inch Drive Long Handle Teardrop Ratchet

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4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)
  Armstrong 52-600 10 Piece Midget Metric Combination Wrench Set

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5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
  1. Armstrong 52-600 10 Piece Midget Metric Combination Wrench Set
    5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)

The company’s 10-piece wrench set is specially designed and manufactured for precision applications. The set includes three 6-point midget wrenches and seven 12-point midget wrenches with a minimum range of 4mm and a maximum of 11mm.

Customers particularly like how the wrenches are made of high alloy steel material which comes at a portion of the price compared to competitors made of the same material. Customers likewise commend the quality and durability of the tool set.

  1. Armstrong 12-973 1/2-Inch Drive Long Handle Teardrop Ratchet
    4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

Armstrong’s 15-inch Long Handle Teardrop Ratchet features a 36-tooth design which promises optimum torque with less effort. Due to the torque it generates, customers highly recommend this for users who work on suspension systems. Customers likewise praise the convenient on and off reversing lever to easily switch between forward and reverse modes.

  1. Armstrong 12-992 1/2-Inch Drive Armstrong MAXX Standard Handle Ratchet
    4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

The company’s MAXX Standard Handle Ratchet features a unique enclosed head design with no screws and two O-rings to resist contaminants. Its low profile design also helps it reach extremely confined areas. The ratchet also has on and off markings on its reversing lever for safety reasons. Customers praise the tool’s hourglass-shaped handle which makes it easy to grip for minimal fatigue. The 1/2-Inch Drive Armstrong Maxx Ratchet Drive Tang Size is fully polished with a Chrome Tooth Count of 60. The ratchet angle is 6 with Quick Release. The Ratchet Head Style is a Teardrop Head with Thickness of 0.750″. Ratchet Dimensions: Standard Head Width (Inch): 1.625 Overall Length (Inch): 10.188 ASME Specification: B107.10m US Federal Specification: GGG-W-641e.

  1. Armstrong 12-994 1/2-Inch Drive Armstrong MAXX Locking Flex Ratchet
    3.7 Stars (3.7 / 5)

The MAXX Locking Flex Ratchet features a 9-position locking flex which is particularly useful for multi-angle and multi-application purposes. Customers are satisfied with the ratchet head’s low profile design which makes awkward locations reachable. Some customers report that the locking flex mechanism tends to unlock due to regular wear and tear, but can be easily adjusted back to function perfectly.

  1. Armstrong SGMTK1 General Mechanics Tool Kit
    4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)

Armstrong’s 101-pound General Mechanics Tool Kit features seven removable foam-lined drawers and an accessory tools tray. It is especially designed to adjust to extreme weather conditions, and its rugged wheel construction makes it easy to carry in different terrains. It includes a combination of around 173 tools like wrenches, ratchets, pliers, sockets, and other general purpose tools.

Customers agree that they particularly like the tool kit because it contains everything needed to have a complete tool system. They also like how the tools stay in place even when it is flipped to its sides to be rolled down. Although some commented that the tools are not magnetic, they still highly recommend the product because of its durability.

What’s in the Box

Drawer 1
  • Locking extension, 1/4″ Dr., 6″ long 10-927
  • Locking extension, 1/4″ Dr., 3″ long 10-926
  • Flashlight. LED. Flexible extension cable. Aluminum case. Magnetic clip.* 2366
  • Thickness Gage. Blade length 3-1/4″ 70-790
  • Handle, ratchet, 1/4″ Dr. 10-992
  • Handle, socket wrench, speeder, 1/4″ square Dr., screwdriver type 10-943
  • Key set, hex head screw, metric, ball end, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, & 10 mm keys* 56194
  • Key set, hex head screw, inch, ball end, 0.05 to 3/8″ keys* 56190
  • Mirror, inspection, 1 x 2″ mirror, telescopes to 17″ nominal 70-920
  • Rule, machinists, 6″ long, 1/2″ wide, graduated in 10ths & 100ths* 616
  • Screwdriver, offset, ratchet . Two blades on one ratchet handle, 1/4″ & #2 66-598
  • Socket wrench, 1/4″ square Dr., standard length, 12 pt, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 9/32, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, /2, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10 mm, chromium finish
  • Socket Rail, 7″ Length 16-850
  • Clips for above 1/4″ Dr. sockets 16-841
  • Universal joint, 1/4″ square Dr., chromium finish 10-947
  • Adapter, socket wrench, 1/4″ Dr. to 3/8″ socket 10-952
  • Tamper-resistant TORX PLUS Bit, T15, 1/4″ square drive 10-873
  • Tamper-resistant TORX PLUS Bit, T25, 1/4″ square drive 10-877
  • Wrench, box , starter, half moon, 7/16 X 1/2 27-264
  • Wrench, box, starter, half moon, 9/16 X 5/8 27-268
  • Spanner wrench, adjustable hook, 3/4 to 2″ capacity 34-301
  • Oval sash brush* 71220
  • Tape Measure 12 ft./3.5 meter, self-retracting, locking blade 68-433
Drawer 2
  • Rolling head pry bar, 18″ long 70-515
  • Chisel, Cold, Hand, 3/4″ cut 70-313
  • File, hand, round, 8″ length, American pattern, single cut, smooth cut 16068
  • Mill file, hand, flat, 10″ length, American pattern, single cut, smooth cut* GOV15060
  • File, Hand, Three square, 8″ length, double cut, second cut* 18058
  • Swiss pattern hand file set, 12 files, 0 cut, 5-1/2″ nominal length* 88260
  • File handle. Adjustable.* 890
  • Punch, aligning, 3/16 point size, nominally 10″ long 70-193
  • Center punch, 3/8″ body size, nominally 5″ long 70-235
  • Drive pin punch, 1/4″ diameter tip, nominally 6″ overall length 70-131
  • Drive pin punch, 1/8″ diameter tip, nominally 5″long 70-105
  • Drive pin punch, 5/16″ diameter tip, nominally 7″ long 70-133
  • Long pin punch, 3/8″ tip diameter, nominally 8″ long 70-049
  • Brass punch, 3/4 nominal diameter, nominally 8″ long 70-291
  • Brass Drift Punch, 1/4″ diameter by 5″ long 70-292
  • Brass Drift Punch, 1/2″ diameter by 7″ long 70-293
  • Putty knife, 1-1/2″ wide, stiff blade, cushion grip handle 70-976
  • Saw, hand, jab. Supplied with one blade. 70-046
Drawer 3
  • Pliers, heavy duty, diagonal cutting, 7″ nominal length, cushion grip handles 67-109
  • Pliers, long nose, 8″ nominal length, with wire cutters, cushion grip handles 67-307
  • Pliers, tongue and groove, 10″ nominal length, cushion grip handles 67-779
  • Pliers, slip joint, 6″ nominal length, cushion grip handles 67-667
  • Wrench adjustable, 12″ long, 1-1/2″ jaw opening, chromium finish 28-412
  • Wrench, adjustable, 6″ long, 15/16″ jaw opening, chromium finish 28-406
  • Locking pliers. One handed release, 10″ size 67-410
  • Locking pliers, long nose. One handed release, 6″ size 67-436
  • Pliers, electrical connector. 9″ nominal length. 67-852
Drawer 4
  • Combination wrench, standard length, 12 point, full polish, 5/16″, 11/32″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″, 15/16″, 1″
  • Wrench open end flare nut, 1/2 X 9/16, 6 point 28-435
  • Wrench open end flare nut, 3/8 X 7/16, 6 point 28-430
  • Wrench, open end flare nut, 5/8 X 11/16, 6 point 28-440
  • Wrench, open end flare nut, 3/4 x 7/8, 6 point 28-442
Drawer 5
  • Combination wrench, standard length, 12 point, full polish, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, 21mm, 22mm 52-222
  • Wrench, open end, 15 degree angle head, 1/2 X 9/16 26-067
  • Wrench, open end, 15 degree angle head, 3/8 X 7/16 26-043
  • Wrench, open end, 15 degree angle head, 5/8 X 11/16 26-094
Drawer 6
  • Hinged handle, 1/2″ square drive, nominally 15 inches long. ASME B107.10M 12-918
  • Hinged handle, 3/8″ square drive. ASME B107.10M 11-918
  • Locking extension, 1/2″ drive, nominally 3″ long, chrome finish 12-931
  • Locking extension, 1/2″ drive, nominally 10″ long, chrome finish 12-937
  • Locking extension, 1/2″ drive, nominally 5″ long, chrome finish 12-936
  • Locking extension, 3/8″ drive, nominally 3″ long, chrome finish 11-934
  • Locking extension, 3/8″ drive, nominally 6″ long, chrome finish 11-936
  • Handle, ratchet, 3/8″ drive 11-992
  • Handle, socket wrench, speeder, brace type, 1/2″ square drive 12-935
  • Socket wrench, 3/8″ square Dr., standard length, 12 pt, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 10 mm, 11 mm, chromium finish
  • Socket Rail, 10″ Length 16-851
  • Clips for above 3/8″ drive sockets 16-843
  • Socket, 3/8″ square Dr. deep, 12 pt, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, chromium finish 11-324
  • Socket Rail, 5″ Length 16-849
  • Clips for above 3/8″ drive sockets 16-843
  • Hex bit socket, 1/2″ square Dr., 9/16″ hex size, nominal overall length 3″ 12-718
  • Hex bit socket 1/2″ square drive, 1/2″ hex size, nominal overall length 3″ 12-717
  • Hex bit socket, 3/8″ square drive, 5/16″, 1/4″, 7/32″, 3/16″, 3/8″, 5/32″ hex size 11-710
  • Tamper-resistant TORX PLUS� Bit, T40, 3/8 inch square drive 11-890
  • Socket Rail, 5″ Length 16-849
  • Clips for above 3/8″ drive sockets 16-843
  • Universal joint, 3/8″ square drive, chromium finish 11-947
  • Universal joint, 1/2″ square drive, chromium finish 12-947
Drawer 7
  • Hammer hand, machinist’s, ballpeen, 16 ounce head 69-408
  • Handle, ratchet, 1/2″ drive 12-992
  • Screwdriver, #1 cross tip, 3″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-400
  • Screwdriver, #2 cross tip, 4″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-402
  • Screwdriver, #3 cross tip, 6″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-404
  • Screwdriver, 1/4″ flat tip, 4″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-441
  • Screwdriver, 3/8″ flat tip, 8″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-445
  • Screwdriver, 5/16″ flat tip, 6″ nominal blade length. Soft handles. 66-443
  • Handle, screwdriver, ratcheting, with replaceable bit set 66-580
  • Socket wrench, 1/2″ square Dr., standard length, 12 pt, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16, 1-1/16, 1-1/8, 1-3/16, 1-1/4″, chromium finish
  • Socket Rail, 17″ Length 16-835
  • Clips for above 1/2″ square Dr., standard length, 12 pt, drive sockets 16-845
  • Socket wrench, 1/2″ square Dr., standard length, 12 pt, 12 mm, 13 mm, 14 mm, 15 mm, 16 mm, 17 mm, 18 mm, 19 mm, 21 mm, 22 mm, 24 mm, chromium finish
  • Socket Rail, 11″ Length 16-832
  • Clips for above 1/2″ drive sockets 16-845
  • Socket Wrench, 1/2″ square Dr. deep length, 12 pt, 10mm size, chromium finish 39-310
  • Pliers, Wire Twister, 12″ Length 68-178
Accessory Tools Tray
  • Socket Wrench, 1/2″ drive, deep length, 12 point, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″
  • Socket Rail, 8-1/2″ Length 16-833
  • Clips for above 1/2″ drive sockets 16-845
  • Socket Wrench, 1/2″ drive, deep length, 12 point, 15/16″, 1″, 1-1/16″, 1-1/8″, 1-3/16″, 1-1/4″
  • Socket Rail, 8-1/2″ Length 16-833
  • Clips for above 1/2″ drive sockets 16-845
  • Combination Wrench, Ratcheting, Reversible, 12 point, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″