Craftsman at Lowes

So Sears sold it off to Stanley/B&D last year. Sears still has the rights to sell it.
Lowes now is a Craftsman dealer!! Good news, since it's unlikely Sears will still be
in business much longer. And they are moving tool production back to the USA!
And they are supposed to honor the Craftsman warranty. Win for the consumer.
I go to Lowes all the time. I haven't set foot in a Sears in a long time.
My guess is they sell a lot of tools. I have a ton of the stuff. Literally.
I'm hoping for the quality to pick back up. I have tools from them going back
45 years. About the only stuff to break were some 1/4" ratchets, a couple of 1/4"
sockets, and some screwdrivers that failed as prybars. So nothing really failed under
"normal use". It's not snap-on, but it's not priced like it either. Yes, I have some of
their stuff as well(bought used". What do you tool guys think?
"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson

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  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    Most of my hand tools are craftsman. I have a 40 year old ratchet set that I got from my Dad that still works great. As a teenager, my first mechanics tool set was craftsman.

    Lately I've been buying dewalt power tools, but I still have a bunch of craftsman power tools from over the years.

    I have 3 tool chests and many tool boxes that are craftsman.

    I just installed 3 craftsman wall cabinets in my basement workshop. I'm looking to get a craftsman stool for the workbench (seville classics), and a couple of craftsman rolling tool cabinets to put down there.

    I did enjoy the very generous return policy over the years, of which IIRC they curtailed a bit.

    Good to hear the production is being sent back to the USA.

    My basement workshop. WIP.

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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    I've been using Craftsman tools for 40 years. Love em! woodworking, carpentry and hand tools. Saws and socket, I have them all.

    I saw the men shopping in the tool aisles go from one in any aisle at any time of day to NONE shopping at times except me. I saw the decline! SAD. :(

    A lot of younger people can't figure out a receiver, so automotive work and tool related projects needing more than a hammer and pliers is out of the question.

    Computers in autos pretty much-ruined home car care beyond oil changing for the normal person with all the tools one could have for auto repair.

    Also, younger people have NOWHERE to store tools anymore!
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,506
    I've got a lot of Craftsman tools. Nothing to complain about.
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  • dolbyddolbyd Posts: 425
    When my Grandfather died in 1986 I was the only grandson interested in the tools he had collected. All Craftsman. I took the whole room.
    They have all held up and I appreciate the fact that my grandfather was a hands on type of guy. I learned a lot from him.
    Now who does the my brother and sister call for help or to borrow a tool.

    I sometimes feel sad about what Sears has become when I pick up one of these Craftman tools.
    It was a great place to go back in the 70s as a kid.
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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 5,060
    Kind of like the decline and fall of Radio Shack.
    My older son is a tool kind of guy. Younger one not at all.
    I guess a lot of the next generation will be writing a check.
    I have a decent car codereader and can find my way around
    under the hood of modern cars.
    The network techs at work stripped some screwheads
    pulling equipment out of racks. It all stayed in the rack until I
    brought in my drill and took care of it. We're talking about months here.
    I happened to mention I had to go out and drill out a screw on a UPS
    and they sent me to take care of the stuff at other sites.
    I carry a voltmeter in my toolbag. Guess I'm an old school tech.


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  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    I got a bench top drill press very similar to that! Craftsman!
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,327
    Craftsman is sold at Farm and Fleet and wal-mart as well here. I have some Craftsman hand tools (wrenches, router, jig and circular saw)

    I was gave a ton of brand new gear wrench X-beam stuff. Full sets of both metric and English stubby and full size. I really like those a lot fit real good in the hand.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    edited May 2018
    I bought a radial full-size Delta drill press. Made a lot of mortise and tenon joints years ago with attachments. It was on sale at a tool supply house 5 blocks from my home. I felt like I was cheating on Sears too! But the drill I bought had great reviews and you know I like sales and deals.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 5,245
    The first thing I bought with my first paycheck from my first job (December 1980) was a set of Craftsmen tools. Both the 1/2" and 3/8" ratchets have been replaced a few times, and a few screwdrivers, and I think one cracked socket. That's it. :)
  • helipilotdoughelipilotdoug Posts: 1,226
    I only have good things to say about Craftsman tools. In Jan. 1970, home on leave after Vietnam tour, I went to Sears and bought a everything from 1/2" and 3/8" socket sets with ratchet and breaker bars, complete sets of open end and box end wrenches, screw drivers, and a tool box to put them in. Still have most all those tools and that tool box 48 years later. The 1/2" ratchet broke, only because I needed a hammer in a hurry and used it as one. And of course am missing that 7/16 socket that for some reason seems like everyone comes up missing. Craftsman was a very good choice for tools back then. Hopefully with them returning production back to the States, the quality will be there again.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,617
    I have lots of Craftsman tools, all at least 15 years old. None of the newer made in China junk. With production moving back to the US, I hope quality improves because these days I'd pick Harbor Freight before Craftsman.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 25,394
    Where are all of those 7/16" sockets?

    For me, lately, it's 10 mm sockets that have (as we'd say in my line of work) a surprisingly high vapor pressure.

  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    That's funny!!^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    I just picked up another craftsman (now I have 4) tool chest off CL. This one is for the workshop in the basement!
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 9,023
    I'd make room for that one! Nice find!! It looks new!

    I have two stationary Craftsman workbenchs/tool storage w/drawers and Galv. tops.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,961
    edited May 2018
    One of my aspirations is to own nice toolbox/chest like that for when I work on my car.
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    The Mrs just bought me a new craftsman work stool!
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    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,961
    Great looking workspace!
  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    Thanks Drew. Still WIP. Just 2 weeks ago, that area was completely jammed with moving boxes from the old house. The previous owners left a particle board shelving unit with mirrored glass doors/drawers/polished brass accents in there. Wonder why they left it? :smile: Tore that down to make room for the workbenches and wall cabinets.
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    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,500
    I was wondering why you had such a clean workspace. I thought to myself, that looks cool but he must work on reading books or some s**t because I don't see one drop of oil, cut mark, hammer mark or scratch on anything. Time to make some character marks man! Get to work.

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  • verbverb Posts: 10,154
    Haha! That's the basement! Never had a workspace entirely dedicated to my hobbies. The garage is a mess! :smile:
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    Office: PC,EAR Acute CD Player,EAR 834L Pre,Northstar Designs Intenso DAC,PASS ACA Monoblocks,Denon UDR-F10 Cassette,Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers,SVS SB12 Plus sub,MIT AVt2 speaker cables,IFI Purifier2,AQ Cinnamon USB cable,Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38),Analysis Plus Oval 9's,Zu Jumpers,AudioEngine B1 Streamer,Klipsch RB-61 v2,SVS PB1000 sub,Blue Jeans RCA IC's
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated,Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer,Rotel RCD-1072 CD player,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers,Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
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