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post #31 of 66 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 17, 1:33 PM
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Sears Sells the Craftsman Brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $900 Million | BestRide

I've felt that Craftsman sockets and ratchets are every bit as good as they've always been. Yes, they can break but it's always been that way, even when they were US made. Most everything else from Craftsman has always been so-so. Stanly owns Proto Tools which are very good professional grade tools. I would expect Craftsman tools to improve under the new ownership. It's good that Craftsman will still be sold at local Sears stores.

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post #32 of 66 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 17, 1:47 PM
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I'd be surprised if Sears is still around in its current form come next January.

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It’s good news for American manufacturing, according to Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO. “To accommodate the future growth of Craftsman, we intend to expand our manufacturing footprint in the U.S.,”Stanley Chief Executive Officer James M. Loree said in the statement. “This will add jobs in the U.S., where we have increased our manufacturing headcount by 40 percent in the past three years.”
Good - hopefully they will bring manufacturing of Craftsman Tools back to the U.S. where it belongs.

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With Craftsman it wasn't just the quality of the tools, it was that you had TONS and TONS of tools right there at their store.

We have a larger Sears here and the tool section has everything from volt meters to torque wrenches to special tools for very special uses and an selection of roll-away boxes and welders.

I don't know if even the larger HF has that kind of selection. So you had a mid-priced, good, usable quality awesome selection of tools.

I remember a 1/2 drill I got some 20 years ago. It was vari speed with an adjustable stop on the trigger and had huge torque. Someone didn't return in and had a HF shipped to me as a replacement. The HF melted while drilling steel on a hot day.

Sears didn't have a clue how to deal with the changes in the business world. They had EVERY advantage and they fumbled the ball over and over again.

They had the supply chain nailed for years, online should have been their game to lose (and they did). Over and over, they did nothing new. Meanwhile, Amazon, Walmart and others were eating their lunch.

Sorry, but there's just no excuse for how this was managed. Just like the BlockBuster vs NetFlix... BlockBuster KNEW what was going on and they were told what to do... they had a better idea and they lost everything because of if.

Sears, same thing, they had a better idea (or NO idea) of how to deal with online / mobile.

We see the same thing now with things like fast food, where they're dropping the ball because they have NO CLUE how to deal with the changes as we move over to mobile.

Sorry Sears, but you deserve this for not being smart enough to even play monkey-see-monkey-do. Maybe they should invest in a clue.
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I'd be surprised if Sears is still around in its current form come next January.

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Sears is selling/liquidating it's assets....which was basically Craftsman and Kenmore.

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WOW !!!!

Nice friggin box Will....

When it comes time I hope you can find someone like you to buy it !!!!! I've been swinging a hammer for a long time & you have yourself a real piece of craftsmanship.....

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Just a quick question; my son brought an El Camino from the 60's to the UK. What socket set can I buy him? A/F or Whitworth?
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Not actually "SAE" but that seems to have worked its way into the language. It is actually ANSI. Or in Paul's terms AF (across flats). There was not much metric in the USA cars until the late 1970's.
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Sears sells Craftsman brand

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Looks like Sears is really struggling.

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I grew up going to Sears with my uncle who was like a dad to me, to get tools and DieHard batteries. I went to Sears and bought tools for my own box later. I once had a Snap-on dealer make fun of my "toy tools" as he called them when he dropped by a shop I was working at. Luckily, the shop owner overheard and told him to never stop at his garage again.

Fast forward to about 1992-93, my grandmother bought us a car because my parents were struggling to make it. The car was a 2nd hand car and after a few years, it needed tires. My grandmother had a account at Sears so she and my mother went there to get tires on the car. The Sears manager told them how dangerous the car was in its current condition and that the front suspension and brakes needed rebuilt/replaced to make the car safe. This scared my mom and grandmother so they said OK to the $600 estimate. Well, a year or so went by and my step dad took the car in for a tire rotation to a local station. The mechanic told my step dad that the car needed a lower ball joint or something. Turns out, NOTHING was replaced on moms car by Sears. They had been scammed! My grandmother gave them $600 for nothing. Sure, they went back and complained to Sears but nothing came of it. Years later, I saw a news story that a lot of the Sears service centers were accused of doing the same thing to unsuspecting customers.

Sorry this ran long but seeing how hard my grandmother and mother/step dad had to work to repay that $600 to Sears, I could care less about Sears closing. I really hate it for the employees as I've lost my job due to a business closing but for the company......Karma's a.........

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Sears has been in financial trouble for years, no surprise here!

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I do miss the local K Mart though

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I grew up going to Sears with my uncle who was like a dad to me, to get tools and DieHard batteries. I went to Sears and bought tools for my own box later. I once had a Snap-on dealer make fun of my "toy tools" as he called them when he dropped by a shop I was working at. Luckily, the shop owner overheard and told him to never stop at his garage again.

Fast forward to about 1992-93, my grandmother bought us a car because my parents were struggling to make it. The car was a 2nd hand car and after a few years, it needed tires. My grandmother had a account at Sears so she and my mother went there to get tires on the car. The Sears manager told them how dangerous the car was in its current condition and that the front suspension and brakes needed rebuilt/replaced to make the car safe. This scared my mom and grandmother so they said OK to the $600 estimate. Well, a year or so went by and my step dad took the car in for a tire rotation to a local station. The mechanic told my step dad that the car needed a lower ball joint or something. Turns out, NOTHING was replaced on moms car by Sears. They had been scammed! My grandmother gave them $600 for nothing. Sure, they went back and complained to Sears but nothing came of it. Years later, I saw a news story that a lot of the Sears service centers were accused of doing the same thing to unsuspecting customers.

Sorry this ran long but seeing how hard my grandmother and mother/step dad had to work to repay that $600 to Sears, I could care less about Sears closing. I really hate it for the employees as I've lost my job due to a business closing but for the company......Karma's a.........
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They'll probably be gone by this time next year. The writing has been on the wall for years.

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Could you take a selfie and post it so that I can see your surprised look!

I learned my lesson to NOT shop at Sears MANY years ago!

I must admit, I have several Craftsman tools which I've had for many years ----------------------- NO issues with any of them. I have ZERO loyalty to any tool manufacturer. If I need a particular tool, and there are various choices, I'll shop for the lowest priced tool. Otherwise, NO Sears products nor services for me!
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