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Old 08-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Craftsman or Kobalt or.....

Getting ready to install the Cheap Handling Fix and a Bilstein Steering Damper. All my mechanics tools were "borrowed" by my kids years ago, so I'm going to treat myself to a nice toolkit: sockets, ratchets, power bars, combination wrenches etc in metric and SAE. Question is, should I stick with good old Sears Craftsman with the lifetime warranty, or try the Kobalt brand sold at Lowes, or some other brand? I want good quality tools that will last, but not break the bank acquiring them.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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For the $, availability and warranty.....Craftsman IMO.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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I'm still using Craftsman wrenches and sockets that I bought 30 plus years ago. I have worn out a few ratchet, but they were replaced under warranty. They can now be bought at other than Sears. I've seen them at Ace, Kmart and out on the base at the BX. I've recently bought a few more to create small separate tool kits for the RV and and the '65. I have looked at the Kobalt Tools at Lowe's and they seem to be on a par with the Craftsman Tools.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Can't go wrong with Craftsman, no doubt. I've had really good results from my Kobalt tools too, which also have a lifetime warranty. I've never had to try to get a warranty replacement from Kobalt, because all mine are pretty new, so can't comment. I started buying Kobalt because Lowes is 5 miles from my house.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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I have had Sears not replace Craftsmen..
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Craftsman here, bought my first set when I was fifteen and still have most of it (people borrowed the rest) that was 55 years ago. I have added Craftsman tools over the years. I have a few other brands for various ad hoc tools but basically when I think mechanics tools I head for Craftsman. I have returned a few and they have been replaced without question.

My brother in law bought me a Christmas gift of one of the socket and multiple tool sets in the moulded plastic for the motor home. I use it constantly, very handy and must have been a bargin my brother in law is a thrifty guy. Labor day sales around the corner.
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By an overwhelming vote, looks like I'm heading to Sears.......
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I have a full set (400+ pcs) that I bought from Sears.. Most I still have Some I have broke. A couple Sears would'nt replace by saying they needed the receipt. Um, that was 25 years ago people.. Some of the wrenches have the chrome flaking off though..

I also bought a Stanley set in the molded case a few years back for $50 at Menard's.. GREAT set with a lifetime warranty.. Especially for the money.
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Craftsman is still a good product but not the quality it once was. With the lifetime warranty helps justify the lesser quality of modern times.
Kobalt doesn't look too bad when looking at them in the stores. I don't own any Kobalt. My Craftsman, SK, Mac, Snap On & Matco have been serving me well most of my life
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I had a Craftsman 12 pt thin wall break. Took it back to Sears and they replaced it with a thick wall 6 pt. I didn't notice till I got home.
Took a Craftsman hacksaw frame in (broken handle), lady took me to the hacksaw display and told me to select what I wanted. They had three models, I took the middle because that's what I brought in.
I've never had them ask me for a receipt.
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I bought some full size Kobalt side cutters and they went dull within a year. I have other brands that are still sharp and 30 years old.
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Craftsman is still a good product but not the quality it once was. With the lifetime warranty helps justify the lesser quality of modern times.
Kobalt doesn't look too bad when looking at them in the stores. I don't own any Kobalt. My Craftsman, SK, Mac, Snap On & Matco have been serving me well most of my life
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I am primarily a Craftsman guy. Received first few Craftsman tools as gift when I was teenager, which was quite awhile ago... Have aquired many many more Craftsman tools over the years. Have taken several, usually broken through abuse, some just wore out from years of use, for exchange - always swapped for same or better with no question asked or hesitation.
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I have some Craftsman, but I prefer other brands. As a mechanic, I see having to return a tool due to premature wearing out or breaking as a loss of time & time is money. I have replaced more Craftsman than any other brand I own. I own brands from Snap on to Buffalo, and I am pretty sure the Buffalo are not made in NY but I have never broken one of their tools, mostly wrenches that I have.
For the quality I prefer Snapon screw drivers. As far as a decent set of tools that I have found for the price and a lifetime Warrenty I bought Northern tools for my set in the motor home. Have already had to replace a Phillips screw driver, no problem but they did require the receipt. Then when I produced the receipt they no longer had that particular screw driver so they gave me a $10 gift card. I should have followed my own advise and bought snap on screw drivers.
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