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Review of mechanic's hand tool sets

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Thanks for posting, that is very interesting, I agree with everything said, like the Kobalt brand too. I have had very positive results from HF in the past. I like to deal with all but Sears, and I was raised on Sears merchandise too. but now even the cashiers don't know how to ring up a sale.

Herb

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I didn't really see anything there that I didn't know (about the Craftsman stuff), and at least in mechanics tools still consider their the top value in what's available. Interesting (to me) was that back in the late 60's I bought a set of Husky sockets and ratchets. At that time it was form one of those traveling salespeople that came to the door selling a variety of products. This was my first tool purchase on my own, and these guys made things a little easier. (another sidenote, it was the brand Swallen's carried for several years) Anyway, the Husky set I bought I still use daily, and back then they were a Connecticut company manufacturing tools here in the states, top notch stuff that was easily as good as any of the other brands. Somewhere the original company went under, and I broke my ratchet. Held onto that broken ratchet for many years, and when the name was bought and restarted I sent that ratchet in for replacement....I think that was in the early 80's, and got one back...made in USA. But the stuff available at HD now are Asian imports. One other thing, that writer mentioned the repair kits you get now for Craftsman ratchets. That same thing is what SK (another reputable brand) does for theirs; I've had to replace 2 of them. I don't think the craftsman brand will be Sears for long, word is they are shopping it out. Hope they sell before they go under.

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You can get Craftsman stuff at several places now, Ace Hardware and Costco, for example, maybe even Amazon.

 

His father keeps feeding one of my son-in-laws Craftsman stuff.    "It's the best there is."   Wall, maybe 50 years ago, it was serviceable stuff for all but the pro mechanic.  Now, everyone has a lifetime warranty.   But Sears has been sliding and resting on that reputation for a generation., IMHO.    

 

Last time I went, first guy I ran into saw me coming and ducked into the store-room, second one when I asked where I could find staples like I had in my hand, waved me to "Aisle 10 or 11," and finally, when I found the section, and couldn't tell which was the right one, I asked a third, who shrugged his shoulders, said I'd need to figure it out and when I turned around, he'd walked away.  I wrote a note to the manager expressing my discontent, that went entirely unanswered.   GAS factor < 1.

 

Well, that was my last buying trip.   The Sears near one of my kids is closing and was having a "clearance sale."   While at the mall, I wandered through and wow, 5-10% off selected items.

 

The other problem with their power tools is when they private label them, they use the manufacturer du jour, so best of luck finding parts in a few years.

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" idiot that runs K-mart "

 

I'm not sure he's an idiot, just a bookkeeper; and the name brands are nothing to him...not the craftsman, kenmore, or diehard (which are the three lines i read were being shopped around).   If those go, sears will get the final flush.   It's already circling the drain.   He'll end up like the idiot who bought out Gold Circle.   Buy it; close it; pocket the money; skip off happy. :angry:

 

My neighbor and i were in a sears over youngstown way and they were ostensibly getting ready for the thanksgiving /christmas rush...   kind of...  most stuff was still in boxes and not on the display counters and most of the hooks on all the displays were either empty or had only ONE item hanging there.   Not exactly inspiring.  :(

 

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4 hours ago, kmealy said:

You can get Craftsman stuff at several places now, Ace Hardware and Costco, for example, maybe even Amazon.

 

His father keeps feeding one of my son-in-laws Craftsman stuff.    "It's the best there is."   Well, maybe 50 years ago, it was serviceable stuff for all but the pro mechanic.  Now, everyone has a lifetime warranty.   But Sears has been sliding and resting on that reputation for a generation., IMHO.    

 

Last time I went, first guy I ran into saw me coming and ducked into the store-room, second one when I asked where I could find staples like I had in my hand, waved me to "Aisle 10 or 11," and finally, when I found the section, and couldn't tell which was the right one, I asked a third, who shrugged his shoulders, said I'd need to figure it out and when I turned around, he'd walked away.  I wrote a note to the manager expressing my discontent, that went entirely unanswered.   GAS factor < 1.

 

Well, that was my last buying trip.   The Sears near one of my kids is closing and was having a "clearance sale."   While at the mall, I wandered through and wow, 5-10% off selected items.

 

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Amazing, and they wonder why they are going under......

 

Fred, I do not think "they" wonder at all - nor do "they" care.  The "they" being the top brass in the organization.  "They" are financially secure and will end up with golden parachutes and walk away from the rubble with big bonuses for having sold off the brands for a quick buck.

 

It is easy for me to get on a soap box here and talk about why this stuff happens.  The biggest culprit, in my mind, are the tax laws in this country and what congress does to prop up the economy.  Savvy lawyers and accountants use the laws as intended - to make the quick buck, the future be damned.  Notice I did not say they take advantage of the laws, the laws were written to promote this behavior to stimulate the economy.  This economic model is unsustainable in the long run.  I fear for our kids and grandchildren...

Cal

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