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    Quote Originally Posted by garyh View Post
    That is a real shame Craftsman used to really mean quality tools. I have a bunch of Craftsman tools I purchased in the early 70's. They will be around log after I am gone.
    Yes it is a shame. I also have a few older craftsman tools, mostly woodworking tools though. I also have monkey wards tools and jc penney tools. All woodworking tools. And as a qualifier to my previous statement, I did say most of those companies tools are made here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    That sounds great, but I have a broken snap-on extension and since I don't work in a shop I can't really get it replaced easily.
    Try going to a shop where the snap on truck stops and see if one of the techs will trade for another extension and he or she can trade it off to the snap on man

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstring View Post
    These days the cheap stuff from Harbor Freight is better than Craftsman for many tools.
    A lot of the Craftsman brand are made in the same plants in China to the same specs, just differently branded!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    That sounds great, but I have a broken snap-on extension and since I don't work in a shop I can't really get it replaced easily.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddie30.06 View Post
    Try going to a shop where the snap on truck stops and see if one of the techs will trade for another extension and he or she can trade it off to the snap on man

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    Craftsman was also farming out some of their tool manufacturing to Taiwan, I don't know for how long or if they are still doing it but those are the ones to avoid.
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    Well, for $10.00 I'm not going to do too much fussing - ordered a long handled Gearwrench 120 tooth ratchet to replace the junk craftsman. It doesn't hurt to have backup craftsman sockets - considering how often they crack out .
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    For the past several years, I've been checking estate sales, pawn shops, etc looking for older craftsman sets and tools. I picked up a 20 something piece 1/4" drive set from back when they still had the steel cases. I'll find incomplete sets but usually the sockets that are missing are the ones I need.
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    I bought a set of Craftsman sockets/ratchets and wrenches when I was 17 (55 now), as I enjoyed working on my cars so much. After 30+ years, the 3/8" drive well abused ratchet finally gave up the ghost. Went to exchange it due to the lifetime warranty, and was told I could only exchange for a "reconditioned" one. OK...…..took me 3 attempts to get one that didn't immediately break or have a problem. Craftsman quality is nowhere near what it used to be.
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    I have a couple of old Craftsman 1/2" drive ratchets that both still work well. In fact, last year I opened them up and cleaned and greased them. They should be good for a long time. I know one is mid-seventies vintage and the other someone gave me back in the 80s.

    I purchased a Pittsburgh 1/2" ratchet from Harbor Freight about a year ago and it's a nice tool - very smooth. Haven't used it but a couple of times but it works well.

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    The really hard shame is that in the past, quality did cost something, and you got what you paid for, and the makers were proud to back their products. Roll forward, and for decades people have expected everything to be low priced, yet still retain quality. But that's impossible, and all you really get is name brand comfort and materials and workmanship that are poor.

    The cause is plain old corporate greed. On the one side with low wages that have not kept up with inflation for 40 years, and on the other with product quality cut faster than prices. So you end up with junk on the shelves at a "great price" but that is all most people can afford anymore.
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