100% agree with the rest of your post, so I edited it out, hope you don't mind. I just wanted to address the bold...You know being a logistican, supply specialist, I do a lot of inventorying of Army equipment and I constantly run across things like "20 dollar hammers, 40 dollar wrenches, 900 dollar jacks, etc" and I bet your ass its because some Congressman has a hammer factory, a wrench factory, jack factory, etc that he wants to boost up with government dollars. Makes me ****ing sick.
A 20 dollar hammer is a very realistic, possibly even cheap, price, depending on the hammer. Mallet? Sledge? I doubt it's for a standard claw hammer. Wrenches, too. Even standard crescent wrenches....the larger ones are quite expensive. Same with that jack. Being friends with a diesel mechanic (that is, a mechanic who works on diesel engines...not a muscular mechanic), I know what this guy pays for some of his tools...and it's pretty crazy. It's because, when you work on a tractor engine, you can't have shoddy craftsmanship in the tools you use, because most of the applications are very high torque, and require, at the very least, good, high quality drop forged steal. Which means, you buy made in america.