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Old 08-03-2012, 09:31 AM   #15
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I have both and like both Lowes will put the Kobolt set on sale for half price sometimes keep watching
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #16
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I started with Craftsman and then went to Snap-on when I had my Shop. Snap-on makes great tools as long as you are at a shop. Try flagging a Snap-on truck for a replacement. They usually will tell you they have to send it back LOL. Their incentive in a shop is that they return every week and if you have a balance with them or own the shop they are very accommodating.
I think that since Sears was bought by KMart their quality and return/replacement guaranty has diminished.
I would try the Kobalt or the Husky they both look pretty good. Fortunately I have enough for now.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #17
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The combination wrenches in my "to-go" toolbox are all different brands. Don't even know where I got them, but I can tell their size by the texture or finish. GF's son broke a 5/8" Giller socket and replaced it with a Craftsman. I broke a 9/16" open end wrench and have wore out some Phillips. When I went to Sears to exchange a tool, the salesman couldn't believe I still had a 30 year old receipt.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:56 AM   #18
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For the $, availability and warranty.....Craftsman IMO.
X2 on what Buford said.

Though I do have Kobalt hardware lying about here.. And it is good, the warranty is not up to Crafstman standard.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:04 AM   #19
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For Xmas, when we were 11&12, my dad bought my brother and I 3spd bikes that we had to put together. He also gave us a small socket set that I still use almost daily. 50+ years old and I have only replace 1-2 of the sockets and the ratchet. Nice little 8x4" set.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:08 AM   #20
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The high chrome content of (also lifetime guaranteed) SK tools gives them the durability that Craftsman once had. Sears started cutting back on the chrome quite some time ago, and if you compare a thirty year old Craftsman wrench with a brand new one, you can easily see/feel the difference.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:11 AM   #21
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Some brands of tools are too slick and hard to keep hold of with a greasy hand.
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My 45 year old Craftsman tool are top notch...(I doubt that I payed much over $100.00 for the whole set including the toolbox... back in 67)...However the replacements...Lost ...borrowed and never returned and so on....Are pale imitations.....Just no comparison ...Lots of places are now offering lifetime replacement guarantees....

But ...if you are working for a living ...Or broke down in the middle of nowhere.....What you need is a good tool in your hand not a free replacement promise....

Sad sign of the times....They don't make em like they used to!....
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Craftsman will not warranty their junky torque wrench. The Kobalt one is much better.
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I don't lend out my tools, especially electric/electronic. I do give spare parts to people with the promise of replacing it. I usually have to go buy another spare.
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I don't lend out my tools, especially electric/electronic. I do give spare parts to people with the promise of replacing it. I usually have to go buy another spare.
Unfortunately ..over the years I had jobs where I had to loan out my tools to the other guys that they hired...Many if not most of them didn't have their own tools....In another case...The boss would send more than one of us out on a job and it just didn't seem to make sense to carry four guys tool boxes..

Ya...Most of the time the guys that have no tools ....don't care about yours...
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Craftsman, SK, Husky, & Crescent. Those are the tools I've always bought. Primarily it has always been Craftsman for handtools unless it was a specialty trade tool then it came from the Supply house.
Still have most of the Craftsman tools that I bought out of high school except for the ones that were stolen off of my service truck back in the day.
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My 45 year old Craftsman tool are top notch...(I doubt that I payed much over $100.00 for the whole set including the toolbox... back in 67)...However the replacements...Lost ...borrowed and never returned and so on....Are pale imitations.....Just no comparison ...Lots of places are now offering lifetime replacement guarantees....

But ...if you are working for a living ...Or broke down in the middle of nowhere.....What you need is a good tool in your hand not a free replacement promise....

Sad sign of the times....They don't make em like they used to!....





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Old 08-03-2012, 04:00 PM   #28
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Both a made in China, probably on the same assembly line. Craftsman used to be Made in USA, but no longer. Now they are Chaftsman. Kobalt was made in USA also for some time, but now made in China. Should we call them Chobalt?
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