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    Craftsman estate bargain - not

    Went to a estate sale on a local ranch, and found a 1/2 drive Craftsman Socket set - appeared unused. The ratchet broke on the first bolt I was removing from my Bush Hog mower. The bolt had already been loosened with a breaker, so there was very little stress on the gears of the ratchet. Man, when Sears went to china for their production needs, they must have requested the lowest quality that they could get. I could have it replaced, but that would be just replacing junk for junk. No wonder Sears is in the shape they're in.

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    These days the cheap stuff from Harbor Freight is better than Craftsman for many tools.
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    Sears sold the brand to Lowes, you can't walk 2 feet inside Lowes now and not see Craftsman this and Craftsman that. I've heard the same stories about poor quality in the newer tools.

    I have Craftsman tools that my dad had, and some that my stepfather had. They are quality tools and will be around long after I'm gone, working just like they were designed but in my kids and grandkid's garages. There is a lot of truth in the old saying, "They don't make 'em like they used to".
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    Wow......not the Craftsman quality I remember.
    I still have a few Craftsman tools from a set I bought at Sears back in '66 when I started to work in the Shipyard. All the ratchets have escaped, but none ever broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    Sears sold the brand to Lowes, you can't walk 2 feet inside Lowes now and not see Craftsman this and Craftsman that. I've heard the same stories about poor quality in the newer tools.

    I have Craftsman tools that my dad had, and some that my stepfather had. They are quality tools and will be around long after I'm gone, working just like they were designed but in my kids and grandkid's garages. There is a lot of truth in the old saying, "They don't make 'em like they used to".
    I agree on Lowes. I was in the Weatherford Tx Lowes Monday, and everything was Craftsmen - they pushed their quality Kobalt tools over to a side isle in a very small 10 ft display. Home Depot pushes their Husky brand and nothing else. I guess if you want quality, you get it on line or not at all. No way would I invest in a Snap-on or Mac tool - just because of price.

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    All I use is Mac, Snap-on, Matco. I depend on my tools and can't afford down time becuase of a broken ratchet. Plus most of their tools are made here in the USA . I don't have time or money to waste on chinese/Taiwanese/Vietnamese junk.

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    I suggest looking at Harbor Freight's "ICON" line of hand tools, high quality tools at reasonable prices with a lifetime warranty.
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    Stanley Black And Decker (SBD) actually bought out Craftsman for like 900 million and still pays royalties to whatever they call Sears Holdings or the hedge fund now. Ridiculous deal. They were basically buying a brand name and a few patents, while most of the tool manufacturing are subcontracted out, mostly to Asian countries and to Stanley Black and Decker and its subsidiaries, who mostly subcontract out the manufacturing of their tools. SBD also owns the likes of Dewalt, Porter Cable, Irwin, MAC, etc.

    There are still a handful of American tool manufacturers that produce quality heat treated, tempered and quenched tools that actually will contract with the likes of Snap-on and other professional tool truck companies, but they are dwindling too and even the professional tool truck companies are subcontracting out to Asia for more and more stuff. Yes, the dirty little secret is that Snap-On, Matco, etc do not manufacture all their stuff, but subcontract out a lot of it. There are good reasons for that too. Just be aware that there is also a lot of rebranding and sometimes the exact same tool or comparable tool can be had for a lot less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phreddie30.06 View Post
    All I use is Mac, Snap-on, Matco. I depend on my tools and can't afford down time becuase of a broken ratchet. Plus most of their tools are made here in the USA . I don't have time or money to waste on chinese/Taiwanese/Vietnamese junk.

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    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.
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    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.
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