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https://www.consumerreports.org/tools-power-equipment/lowe-s-is-now-selling-craftsman-tools/ I have mixed opinions on Craftsman. Their mechanic's tools are OK, and at one time one of the few alternatives. Now, everyone has a lifetime warranty -- Kobalt, Husky, Channelock, GearWrench, Harbor Freight. They're all readily available at the ubiquitous big box stores or corner hardware. And what used to be Sears' swap across the counter is now, "Here's your rebuild kit." There are a few decent power and woodworking tools, but I think they've been on a slow decline for 40+ years. Those who say "Craftsman is the best," are living in the '50s and '60s. And with the vendor du jour, it's often hard to get replacement parts a few years down the line because they've changed suppliers and no longer carry parts. Let's just say, I have about all the wrenches I'll ever need and don't see myself buying any Craftsman woodworking tools. Heard an article on the radio yesterday about how Sears is on a downward spiral, selling brands, selling real-estate. They remarked that Kenmore was a reputable brand, but as far as I know it's still manufactured by Whirlpool
Well...yard sales today were a bust......Was told by the Boss we could not go to Menard's today, to buy lumber...but..we could try at Lowes here in town....Yeah..Riiight.. Shopping list said I needed 1 x 10s and 1 x 8x...and 1 x 2s.....Showed the Boss the prices Lowes wanted....STICKER SHOCK! Lowes 1 x 2s? I could buy 3 at the price they wanted for ONE, and is was 2' shorter, at that! Got to looking through the racks.....found some glued up Pine panels....looking like they used to be part of a much longer panel...price was a bit better....and I didn't have to do any glue ups of my own.... Two panels for the sides. 3/4" x 12" x 36", and a panel for the top..3/4" x 16" x 48" Picked through, and found four of the best 1 x 2 x 6' boards they had, to build webframes with. Also dug around and found the best 1 x 3 x 6' in the rack.... Will go to Menard's at a later date, and get the parts for the drawers, and a plywood back. Spent $42 at Lowes...for 8 boards...sheesh. Before I can get anything done IN the shop, I need to clear the bench... Hmm....now you see them ( see anything you can ID?) Look quick.... NOW I can do a bit of work, here....need to get the mitersaw dug out, and ready.. And swing it back to 90 degrees...have a bunch of parts to make ( hope I bought enough 1 x 2s..) The plastic case? Somewhere in the shop..there are a few other of these bits....need to round them up and into the case...set of 25. Plan is to build 4 webframes...then sliding dovetails to join the frames to the sides. Then add a back and the face frame. Then see about a trip to Menard's for drawer parts. it is a start...stay tuned.
I have been using Home Depot's ship-to-store for a few years to get things that no one stocks locally. Not sure how they make money selling me a $3.50 item and package and ship it UPS to the store for me. But they've always had a staffed register right inside the door (and special parking spots for sts). Even though I try to avoid it, Wal*mart has a similar program. I used to hate wasting time for someone to get my package. Last order, there was a giant machine in the front of the store. You enter your order number and a robot picks it up from inside the machine and brings it to the front, or for larger item, unlocks a locker just to one side. Had a trip to Lowe's today and saw some new signs on the entry door. Lo and behold, right inside the door was a staffed booth for online order pickup. The blue vest guy said if it's in the store, they'll pull it and have it sitting there in a little as 20-30 minutes. (about as long as it takes me to get there). If not, they'll ship it to you. Was in Kroger a couple of times recently. They have a huge area, maybe the size of three car garage, for order pick up (I think there's either a charge or a subscription for this.) On a recent trip, I ran across about three pickers going through the store with these orders. And a friend of my wife's does shop and deliver for Meijer (a MI-based grocery and department store) that will pull your order and drive it to your home for $5 or so. I put in an Amazon order yesterday and one of the options is an Amazon "locker" at the local Whole Foods (now a subsidiary) or several other public places. No wonder the malls are going out of business?
Just wanted to make you all aware of this. I needed a new router bit for a current project. It's a bit unusual, so before heading out, I checked online to see which of the usual suspects might have it and compare costs. I decided on a Bosch bit from Lowe's, primarily because they were offering 10% off sale Easter weekend, but also easier to get to one. So I'm headed out across town Friday and stopped at one on the way. Well, they had a bunch of Bosch ones, but apparently, not that particular one. The BAG (blue apron guy) was particularly unhelpful, not even knowing what a beading bit was. Many were on hooks, but there were about 8 just laying on the shelf. After a few frustrating minutes, left and continued on for my appointment. On the way home, passed one more, stopped at a second Lowe's that did not carry Bosch bits at all, but a completely different brand. And they, too did not have the bit profile I wanted. Got home and checked online again. The first store was supposed to have two in stock. But there was not a hook for them, so ??? But upon further investigation only a few stores, none nearby, carried them. Over the weekend, the furniture bank was trying to order a Bosch Router from Amazon. Order got cancelled, out of stock. So checked again. Lowe's carries them, but again, only in certain stores. Of the 15 or so stores listed as "nearby" (i.e., 40 mile radius), only about 4 of them stocked the item, none convenient. But all could get them shipped to store in 3-7 days or (because of $ amount) free ship to home. Morale of story: Not all Lowe's stores are the same. Check before you drive to one. Just because you see it online does not mean you're going to find it in your selected store -- drill down and look for availability. Part of the problem is my stupid internet provider. If a web site tries to determine my location from my IP address (?) it puts me anywhere from West Virginia across all of southern Ohio. Some places remember your "favorite store," Lowe's does not. Made a side trip to HD Saturday. They had it. End of rant
https://www.lowes.com/mylowes/login?context=military My VA ID has always worked at Lowes (and HD, too) but, this online sign up will make check out faster for me...by about 10 seconds. But then, at my age, every second counts.
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