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Title: Craftsman tools?
Post by: cal on February 01, 2009, 02:51:18 PM
Are they any good. I want to get a good set of tools. All I have now is a set of junkie ones.
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: jumptrout51 on February 01, 2009, 03:36:29 PM
Buy Snap ON.
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Post by: JWWebster on February 01, 2009, 07:50:39 PM
Craftsman is the best for the DIY guy!
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: RegUS_PatOff on February 01, 2009, 08:46:30 PM
I believe Craftsman hand tools have a lifetime guarantee, although so does Snap-On, and Harbor Freight.

If a socket or anything breaks, just bring it in, they'll give you a replacement on the spot (they used to)
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Post by: Repair-man on February 01, 2009, 09:46:36 PM
Craftsman is made by a variety of private contractors, one of which is Reed Tool Co. of Houston.
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Post by: Icehouse on February 02, 2009, 06:50:04 PM
Hand tools, that's easy "Klein"  ;)
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Post by: JWWebster on February 02, 2009, 07:45:37 PM
I would love to have a good pair of Kleins, mines are from the stoneage
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Post by: RegUS_PatOff on February 02, 2009, 08:15:24 PM
I would love to have a good pair of Kleins, mines are from the stoneage
(http://www.bcvalley.com/caveman.jpeg)
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: theoldstoveguy on February 02, 2009, 08:22:05 PM
Mine are mixture of names. Real Channel lock pliers, A Vaco adjustable wrench,Open end wrenches are mostly PROTO (very old & very precise)& Snap On. Vaco magnetic & non magnetic nut drivers. Stanley screwdrivers. When I graduated from Appliance Trade School I got a set of Craftsman tools, wasn't very impressed & as they broke the replacements got cheaper & cheaper. But the best tool box ever made by far is the PLATT suitcase style tool box. I have owned 5 in 30 years. They last a long time & very professional looking. Well organized so easy to find tools as always in the correct slot. A heavy durable outer no mark/scratch case.(for floors etc. the case will scratch etc.)I think the outer shell is actually a Samsonite suitcase shell reinforced .(It even has a spot for the logo) Very expensive,last one was almost $200.00 without tools. If you compare with a regular case they are expensive but worth it in the long haul if staying in the trade.
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Post by: JWWebster on February 02, 2009, 08:59:17 PM
My fave is my 4 in one screwdriver with the Appliance parts and Supply Company of Mobile.Al 50th anniversary logo. Pretty rare and pretty precious.
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: Repair-man on February 03, 2009, 01:48:16 PM
My fave is my 4 in one screwdriver with the Appliance parts and Supply Company of Mobile.Al 50th anniversary logo. Pretty rare and pretty precious.

Why, does it have a corkscrew on one end? :)
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: RAH52 on February 03, 2009, 04:35:55 PM
I use xcelite and love them ...Have had same set for 20 years .  :D
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: shieldcracker on February 11, 2009, 08:59:01 PM
There are many better quality tools than craftsman but few brands can provide better value than Craftsman.

Each toolmaker shines in some area EX. Klein= Electrical trades tools specifically pliers. Craftsman does very well on mechanics tools (sockets wrenches...)

When you consider the warranty service and the accessibility Craftsman should be in everyone's possession if not as a primary tool at least as a back up tool.
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Post by: MajorApp on February 11, 2009, 10:09:05 PM
 I have had Craftsman tools and boxes for 16 years and have no complaints. When I worked in a machine shop my tools were used by me and whoever else decided to borrow them. They held up great and will last a lifetime. The only breakage I had was from using a large flat blade screwdriver as a pry bar and the tip broke off. I brought it to Sears and they gave me a new one, no questions asked. Make sure the tools say Craftsman on them and not Sears. I think they are different quality.
Title: Re: Craftsman tools?
Post by: ElectronGuru on September 05, 2013, 07:35:16 PM
Make sure the tools say Craftsman on them and not Sears. I think they are different quality.

+1

I grew up with Craftsman.  Worst tool mistake ever, I brought in a worn down set of Craftsman chisels and walked out with a set of Sears only - locked myself right out of the guarantee.
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Post by: Wedgeman55 on September 20, 2013, 09:58:38 PM
I have a big mixture of tools - Have a lot of Klein screwdrivers,  Electrical crimpers and strippers,  etc.    Have a full set of Proto nutdrivers,  but they stay in my garage for now.   In a nice plastic case.   I have complete sets of Snap on open end wrenches,  Metric and SAE.     Snap on and Craftsman Socket sets,   I also have a bunch of miscelaneous stuff from Harbor freight.    We have  a Harbor freight store right by my house,   and I'm in there at least twice a week.     RAH,  you metioned Xcelite.  I have a set of those in my garage...... do they even make them anymore?     And I have some MAC tools,   we used to have the MAC and the Snap on truck stop by our shop once a week.     Did I mention I'm a tool junkie.   

But,  in reguards to craftsman,   they are not what they used to be.    But,  if you live close to sears,   not bad to have because they all have lifetime guarantee.   You can get a new one if it breaks.