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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-20-2000 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...is their lifetime replacement. Saturday, I returned $50 bucks worth of tools. In the past few months, I've replaced probably a couple hundred bucks worth.

I'm glad they can be returned, because their quality sure isn't what it used to be!

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Gary DelVecchio
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posted 11-20-2000 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gary DelVecchio   Click Here to Email Gary DelVecchio     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny you should mention that. I just had to take back a brand new top of the line torque wrench, and a box wrench that snapped, but like you said they took it back - no questions asked....!!!!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-20-2000 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found the people at Sears barely even look at the old tools you return. They could be Taiwan junk for all they know!

In the distant past I've had them ask me how I broke the tool, and I would ask them if they knew what 'Unconditional' meant.

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posted 11-20-2000 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Notice how long the Craftsman screwdrivers DON'T last?? I took back a rachet and they gave me a renewed one. It's ok. I too, broke a wrench that was NOT being abused. ANyone had the opportunity?? to buy one of their garage door openers, lately. My last one lasted 8 years. This one now is 1 year old and it is el crapo! They cannot be hooked up without the sensors, which is good but I do not have kids running around so I put the sensors way up high! Ceiling high!! If you hose out the garage and wet a sensor, it is dead on the spot. They gave me a ration about replacing it so I had a hoisting session with the sensors. Home Depot Husky brand hand tools are just as good and can be exchanged like Sears. Just remember, Sears and Home Depot charge 22% interest on revolving charges in Fl. Quality gets worse and cost of borrowing gets higher

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MLariviere
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posted 11-20-2000 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The problems I have with my openers are that they lose the codes on the remotes. Maybe I should turn the radio down in the truck?

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posted 12-01-2000 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We had a pair of Crapsmen "Mini Dikes"; wire cutters, a Paper Clip snapped one side clean off.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-01-2000 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The main problem I'm having is the chrome flaking off the sockets. I must have replaced 20 so far.

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mellowyellow
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posted 12-01-2000 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They had a socket set {on the tube tonite} for $48 with a case. Checking it out in AM

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cpmaverick
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posted 12-03-2000 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The screwdrivers have turned to junk. My father has a set of Craftsmans that still work great after over 20 yrs (or more). But my Craftsman set is only 5 yrs old and all the phillips heads keep rounding off. It only takes about 3-4 months now until they start rounding. I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Snap-On screwdrivers.

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posted 12-03-2000 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh man I love screwdrivers. I use nutdrivers and screwdrivers a lot more than ratchets if I can. Not because I don't have good socket sets but just because I prefer it. -CP

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posted 12-04-2000 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That reminds me, I need to return my six year old 1/2" ratchet as the button is comming out

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Joseph J Shaffer IV
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'70 Chevy Pickup

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capri man
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posted 12-08-2000 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
they sure aint what they used to be! i got a 1/2in rachet that i have had for 30 years with no problems. i bought a new set about a year ago and have already had to replace all 3 rachets and one of them is broke now. i do not use them evry day either, just on my race car. its good to get them replaced but is a big pain in tge a** to have to drive 30 mi to co it.
thanks mike r capri man

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-08-2000 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's right, Mike.

I have sockets that are 28 years old that are in better shape than the ones I got a couple weeks ago.

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kcode
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posted 12-08-2000 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just returned a 3/8 rachet after busting my knuckles when the gears slipped. No questions asked when I returned it as long as I accepted the beat up one with the "reconditioned" label on the handle. After a ten minute discussion on ethics, anatomy, and bodily functions with the Hardware manager, I did walk out with a brand new one.

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posted 12-09-2000 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bodily functions??? LOL! years ago, took back a batt. charger. ALL the insulation came OFF the cord!! Sure it would work with BARE copper. Not today, thanks! The manager was hesitant upon hearing my tale so I raised my voice up a tad, saying I should think they would have UL cord ratings to protect the consumer..yah de yah. He called over to another guy. Bring over one of those battery chargers -probably wanting to say.. Get this guy out of here! Just give him a f*****g charger and GET HIM OUT OF HERE! I guess that sometimes working at Sears could be a drag!!

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posted 12-09-2000 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many years ago, when I was 13 or so, my best friends grandfather passed away. I purchased from him a bunch of craftsman tools that were his grandfathers. These things are the best! Most of my craftsman tools are many years old. I got my first 'large' set when I was in the 7th grade.

I have noticed that Craftsman sells regular and 'professional' versions of lots of tools. The 'professional' stuff is a TON better. The professional stuff is much more like Snap-On and Mac tool quality, but it also costs just as much.

Trivia question #1, who sold the craftsman tool line to Sears?

#2 Where were Craftsman tools originally made?

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speedy
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posted 12-12-2000 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for speedy   Click Here to Email speedy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whats good about Craftsman tools ?Nothing these days.The new tools are junk.They're not even made in the USA,they're made in Japan.In my opinion nothing beats a Snap On tool.They may cost more,but you get what you pay for.
Andy

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 12-12-2000 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd love to buy some Snap-On tools, actually. Can you call these guys and have them stop at your house?

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posted 12-12-2000 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Uh, Andy, I agree that Snap-On tools are far superior to Craftsman, but ALL Craftsmans hand tools are made in the USA. Many Blue Point tools (Off the Snap-On tool truck) are imported and are still good tools.

I have many Snap-On tools, mostly specialty stuff. (Like I said above I bought some screwdrivers, I also have some SO air tools, spark plug sockets, ratchets, prybars, trim tools, etc) If I could afford all Snap-On I would definitely do it. But my craftsman stuff does the job well. And I wonder if the price difference is worth it for stuff like combination wrenches and nutdrivers (compared to Craftsman Professional)

Steve, most Snap-On stuff can be gotten on Ebay, I buy my stuff off the truck at work though.

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posted 12-12-2000 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for speedy   Click Here to Email speedy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charlie,I've heard and read from several sources that Craftman Tools are made in Japan.They said that they get away with putting made in USA on the tools is that some part of the tool is made here,but shipped to Japan for assembly.As for price versus quality,I'll pay that extra,because in my opinion Snap-On is far superior.(And you know what they say about opinions!)

Steve,you can order from Snap_On direct at www.Snap-On.com or get the number of your local dealer.

Andy
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posted 12-12-2000 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another line of hand tools is SK, also Proto, Mack, Matco. Any comments?

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posted 12-13-2000 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave95GT   Click Here to Email Dave95GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im a fan of Matco tools. They have always warrantied their stuff without any questions. The thing about Craftsman is now their power tools only have a 1 year warranty as do torque wrenches, Sometimes you can catch a pud at the counter that doesnt know any better. Thats when you go home and get all your tools and get them warrantied for the Professional Series.

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posted 12-13-2000 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mellowyellow:
Another line of hand tools is SK, also Proto, Mack, Matco. Any comments?

All great tools. I think I have some of each of those.

Cornwall has some good stuff, too.

The thing about the higher quality tools is that you usually don't have to use their return policy. Their stuff usually doesn't fail.

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posted 12-13-2000 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CRB   Click Here to Email CRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mack is owned by Stanley if that is any indication of their quality, most of them are made overseas and by other companies and just branded

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posted 12-13-2000 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Matco, Mac, and Cornwell are all good tool truck brands, I have them all in my box Most of these brands share sources for stuff like snap-ring pliers, air tools, (mostly I-R) and a lot of misc stuff. The thing I like about Snap-On is all the Snap-On branded stuff is MADE by Snap-On, and no one else sells it. If it is made by someone else it is labeled Blue Point. That makes it a lot easier to know what you're getting.

S-K is one of my favorites, I have a bunch of SK stuff although its hard to find distributors.

Andy, I admit I don't know for sure about Craftsman tool sources. If any of your sources are written or on the internet I'd like to see them, if not, no big deal. All my Craftsman stuff is sockets and wrenches, 'No assembly required' so I know its from the USA.

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posted 12-14-2000 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A source for S-K tools is A&I SUpply in Ill. Their toll free no. is 800-260-2647. They have a large tool line and sell name brand stuff along with a imported line. Their main focus is on quality tools.

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posted 12-15-2000 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't justify buying very expensive tools since everybody has the same replacement policy on "lost". I break my fair share of stuff but I lose a lot more, and try to explain that to the monkee behind the counter.

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posted 12-16-2000 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, Quality has gone down hill. About 20 years ago, saw a 3/8 rachet, two long extensions, and a 1/2" deepwell lying on the highway. Stopped, got it, and still have those S-K tools. I wonder if their quality has slipped, also? Hope not.

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posted 12-18-2000 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
S-K is still great.

As far as jusifying quality, I HATE using cheap tools. They are often much heavier and bulkier, won't fit in tight places (especially combination wrench box ends).

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posted 01-06-2001 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ekbeanctr   Click Here to Email ekbeanctr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody tried Kobalt from Lowe's. My wife got me a set of wrenches and screwdrivers for Christmas. In reading the literature with them, they are a division of Snap On. They LOOK real nice, but have not had a chance to test (torture) them yet. She also got me a torque wrench (Certified) that is Kobalt, It also looks first rate in fit and finish.

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posted 01-07-2001 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny you should mention Lowe's! Home Depot has snapped up every piece of available real estate that could be bought or rented in Dade Co. Fl. to keep Lowe's from getting a foothold! To me, that says a mouthful about Lowes. I hear they have good product lines!

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I found an "antique mall" a few weeks ago that has a guy that sells tools in it. He had a box of "American Made Sockets, your choice: .25". It was full of Craftsman, Mac, SK, Snap-on, etc. Also a like box of wrenches, your choice .75. Screwdrivers .50! A Snap-On 3/8 speed handle for $12! I only had a few bucks on me and got 4 3/8" wobbly sockets for $3 each. I'm going back this weekend to load up!

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I bought a set of Craftsman wrenches a few years ago that actually said "JAPAN" on the side. A year later I took tham all back and said I wanted "Made in the USA" Craftsman wrenches and they traded! My brother kept his set - he thought they might be collectors items one day!

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posted 01-10-2001 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Made In USA ones??? LOL!

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Someone mentioned S K. I bought a nice set of SK scew drivers a year ago. Very good quality, need I say better than Crafstman?
Did break one, took it back, replaced no questions asked. I also like Proto tools.
Not as great as Snap-On, less expensive, far greater quality than Crafstman I'd say.

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posted 01-12-2001 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Craftsman did go through a period (in the early '80s I think) where thier tools were made in Japan. It was very, very unpopular and did not last long. I have a 13/16 spark plug socket made in japan, Craftsman. Found it under the carpet of a Mustang II.

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posted 01-15-2001 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think almost all the tools made since i was a boy have gotten worse,i have a WW2 vintage Black&Decker angle grinder that outlasted two others since.

The "Made in USA" thing can be deceptive...Guam and many small islands way too close to Taiwan are US posessions.

They dont put "Made in Midway Island" on them.

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