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Old 08-04-2012, 01:35 PM   #43
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I have a set of SK I bought 30 years ago. They have never let me down. I also have a standard craftsman set. The craftsman didn't come in a case the SK came in a metal case. And I still have the complete set because of that case.
I would buy SK again without hesitation and I'm sure craftsman would be fine for home use.


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Old 08-04-2012, 06:37 PM   #44
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Looks like the responses are rating Craftsman and Kobalt about equal. Of course, I'd buy a 200 piece $500 Snap On set if I could afford it. Can't justify it though as they are for personal use, not for making money off of.

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Old 08-04-2012, 07:43 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by larry koenn View Post
Several years ago I was putting together a new shop at work. The boss went out and bought all new Kabolt Tools. A week later we took them all to his office, with quite a few broken, and said they were not safe to use. When youíre pulling really hard on a tool and it breaks itís not good. We declared them a safety hazard. Fill my tool box with Craftsmen tools please.

what kinda work do you do with hand tools that breaks a socket? Ive been using the kobalt/husky stuff for my "travel" tools and Ive yet to break any of them or use the warranty. That includes T handle allens and sockets.

If your work requires that much torque for hand tools... Id have to question your boss. My boss tried that "Harbor freight" tool garbage with our crews. I issued them all quality tools and there has been no complaints.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #46
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Taiwan made tools are starting to become the gold standard of tools. Even some of Snap On's new ratchets are made there.

The Craftsman line is almost (sadly) becoming all Chinese made. I have a huge set of Craftsman tools and am not liking what I see in the stores.

Through the years, one contract manufacturer after another made almost all of the "name brand" tools, including Craftsman. But today I believe those manufacturers are offshore.
My Craftsman tools are so old, they still have MADE IN USA stamped in them, and they lasted through my younger years when I was strong. Now that I'm getting old and weak, they'll last forever, so long as I don't forget where I left them!
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:06 AM   #47
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I am a retired car/truck/everything mechanic and I have relied on craftsman tools all my life. I had three sets one for work one for home and one for the race car trailer. They don't make every tool you need but they do have the basics. I also bought some cheap tools to loan out.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:29 AM   #48
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Just looked at my KAL tools.. Thought they were Japanese, but, they are Made in Korea. Best, longest lasting tools I've had so far. I've actually beaten on the 3/8's ratchet with a 3lb hammer and all its good.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:38 AM   #49
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I have an SK-Wayne ratchet set and set of SK-Wayne box/open end wrenches my uncle (who was a professional mechanic) gave to me back around 1966. He made a good living with them, they fed his family and sent my cousin to college, so he swore by them. They are still my favorite and the first ones I grab when I go to the toolbox if they will fit what I need to do.

The rest of the drawers in my tool cabinet are filled with Craftsman from the 60s and 70s with a few Kobalts when I've needed an odd size wrench or socket that I didn't have. The Kobalts feel a little "clunky" compared to my 1960-70 era Craftsman tools, but they do the job. They're probably a toss-up with the current Craftsman offerings.

Having said that, I'm not impressed at all with some of the recent (within the last 10-15 years) Craftsman ratchet wrenches I've bought. I've had some jump out of engagement when you "lean on 'em", some that won't ratchet worth a darn (the teeth don't want to re-engage), etc. The newer box and open end wrenches show evidence of cost-cutting as well compared to the older Craftsman wrenches.

If I had to make a living with them or had infinite funds, I'd love a bunch of rolling cabinets filled with Snap-On, Matco, Cornwell, or Proto tools, but for the way I use them, it would be hard to justify.

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Started turning wrenches in 1975 and at that time bought a lot of Snap-on and MAC tools with a few Craftsman thrown in. They have all worked well for me over the years. I have looked at some of the other brand tools and they seem to be OK but just have relied on what has worked for me.
If I was putting togather a 'cheap' tool set to carry on the road or while 4 wheeling, I would be spending time at the local pawn shops and picking through what they have. Some times one can pick out what they are looking for, for pennies on the dollar. When I use to work on fishing boats, I would buy some cheap sockets at a pawn shop. when I got on board I would throw a couple of the 'cheap' sockets in the bilge as a 'gift' to the bilge goddest. If I did not do that I would most likely loose one of my 'good' Snap-on tools to her.
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Originally Posted by R2Home View Post
... When I use to work on fishing boats, I would buy some cheap sockets at a pawn shop. when I got on board I would throw a couple of the 'cheap' sockets in the bilge as a 'gift' to the bilge goddest. If I did not do that I would most likely loose one of my 'good' Snap-on tools to her.
LOL... Somewhere out there is a 1980 Chevy Monza with a 9/16" Craftsman in its fender..
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Working on Oilfield Equipment, often times using a cheater bar. For the most part the pipe wrenches were the weak point. We also had a vice that was pure junk. Rachets also won't take any cheater action.
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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.

And all SK's are U.S.A. made !

I still have some S-K tools I bought in the late 50's. The 1/4" drive set still is original.
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There are professional grade tools. They are well made and expensive.

Then there are consumer grade tools. Their quality control and precision are not as good. But, they cost less.

Craftsman, Kobalt and Husky are all consumer grade. They will do the job most of us shade tree mechanics need.

The Craftsman tools you buy today cannot hold a candle to Craftsman of yesteryear.

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