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post #16 of 66 (permalink) Old Oct 7th, 16, 1:07 AM
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If sears had any for thought they would have gone mobile with there tools. When I first started turning wrenches I had a small carry box full of craftsman tools. I wanted more but could not afford to buy them cash so I applied for credit and got tuned down. Sears was directly across the street I didn't mind the walk. I went snap on Matco etc. If a sears tool guy came buy I would have a ton more of them I'm sure.
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Sears has always been a bunch of suits. Sears does not manufacture a single thing. It's always had contractors and suppliers making their products-to Sears specifications.

Although their Craftsman line of tools are Asian imports now, I do believe their sockets, extensions and swivels are pretty good quality. Ratchets break more often and they attempt to repair them in the store rather than replace.

Their power tools have always sucked and everybody seems to have had a Craftsman tool cabinet as a first tool cabinet-then move up in build quality. Their vacuums are pretty good as is the Kenmore line, which is mostly Whirlpool re-branded.

Somebody mentioned Milwaukee tools. Used to be a proud American tool company, now Chinese owned and operated, made in the same plant as Ryobi tools. I will NOT buy Milwaukee tools anymore. Sadly, we here in The US don't make power tools anymore so I'd opt for Makita. The discontinued cordless drill I use has a real three speed gearbox and is made in Japan-certainly better in my mind than Chinese made.

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BTW, I think I've seen Craftsman tools for sale at Ace Hardware for a while...........
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I think Menards had some, at one point too.

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Folks have been selling craftsman tools at swap meets for years.
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Folks have been selling craftsman tools at swap meets for years.
The best place to find some "good" tools, if you shop carefully. Yard sales and estate auctions also.
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I always wondered how those guys at swap meets acquired all those new Craftsman tools wholesale.
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I used to live in northeastern Illinois, not far from Kenosha WI. Kenosha is the home of Snapon. There were usually a lot of Snapon tools at swap meets and flea markets. It does not take much imagination to...................
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I always wondered how those guys at swap meets acquired all those new Craftsman tools wholesale.
Something like that. I guess that's what it's called nowadays.

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One guy I talked to said that he bought the huge craftsman sets and parted them out.
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The best place to find some "good" tools, if you shop carefully. Yard sales and estate auctions also.
and Pawn Shops! I've found some great Snap-On Tools there.
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Re: Craftsman tools to get new owners?

Yep, even pawnshops used to have a Craftsman section.

Sad, those are going away.

I have always had a Craftsman air compressor and most other power tools. The shopping trip to buy the last compressor was a joke. Literally, the siding salesman talked to me all the way to the air tool section, then walked away. Had to go find a sales person.

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I made a lot of money using Craftsman tools. I started my first real Technician job in 1996 at an MB Dealer. the other guys laughed at me, but the Big Three cost 2 1/2 the price of a Craftsman. I did in fact buy many Snap on, Mac, Matco tools along the way but my Craftsman tools held up well. The Quality of the Big three is measurably better, but as a trainee, starting out I had to buy what I could afford. I have been out of the Service game for awhile but I still play in my garage a bit.
If my tools get lost, or broken and crapsman goes completely belly up, I guess I will have to go to the big three or kobalt. And yes, I hit the swap meets, garage sales and auctions for "Good" tools
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Re: Craftsman tools to get new owners?

In 1973 I was working at an electronic manufacturing company in Silicon Valley and we were allowed to purchase Craftsmen tools and repay the company at 10% of the price per week. I still have the Craftsmen tool box an all of the wrenches and various tools I bought then. I do shop at Harbor Freight but I also still purchase Craftsman Tools. Great product and lifetime warranty.so far at least. Hope they survive.
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post #30 of 66 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 16, 7:19 PM
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I've started buying some of the master force tools from menards. They look like the Sears professional line and they're made in USA.
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