They do let us use the shop on our own stuff, which means I spend a LOT of time there. I own a good collection of tools, Snap-On should love me=DMOFFATT
Before I got into motorcycle work seriously, I used to drink w/the Harley techs after work. I couldn't believe that the "Starter" tool set was 10-12k. For a specific brand V-twin. I mean this is the simplest motorized vehicle on the road...except a golf cart. When I sold cars after college I never realized how much those guys were giving the Snap-On truck every week. I always had a decent assortment of "Tiawan Ted", harbor freight tools, but...wow!
Luckily the Snap-On guy lives around the corner from me, and I've been blowing his long, steep, d-way since I got my Simplicity 4x4 tractor a few years ago. He didn't even know it was me until the 2nd year and people were thanking me @ our "redneck block party". I do everybodies d-way. I try to be considerate, but I'm still running a small bike shop in a sprawling neighborhood, so this is my pennance. For them putting up w/me. And it's either him or me that fixes everbodies mowers, weedeaters etc. You know "that guy" in every hood. He's been great to me as far as getting tools at night, sunday etc. Tool prices are a HUGE cost of doing biz. Too bad the techs don't get even close to the $90/hour shop charges, no?
I've also learned that sometimes... when people don't agree with you .... its best to hold them down and kidney punch them till they agree with you