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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In about 1970 I had all the same style Craftsman ratchets, even my torque wrench and stripped the teeth out of every one multiple times, traded all the junk into Snap On except a long 1/2 inch, the torque wrench and a short 1/2 inch. Busted the long one 6 or 8 years ago and a big Sears store in Rockford Ill. said they can't get parts for that style anymore. Offered me a generic junk looking short ratchet of a breaker bar, talked him in to the flex head 1/2 inch but I don't want anymore dept. store junk.


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:36 am    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Out of interest where are your Crescent tools made? Fencing pliers in particular.

We in Oz used to get them presumably made in USA. Expensive but they lasted. The last of that lot are worn loose in the joint and won't cut smaller wire anymore. I can't pein the rivet and close them as I used to.

So recently I had to buy another set. Different pattern and made in Taiwan. Haven't built a fence yet but after some repairs using our usual 2.5 mm high tensile wire the cutters are deforming and making the handles drag. I'm taking them back to see what the agent says. More when I know more.

Incidently Stanley bought out the Oz brand Sidchrome spanner (wrench) line.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:37 am    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ian, it would seem that Crescent brand tools has some amount of manufacturing still here in the USA, but also has product made for them overseas.

I'm only guessing on this part, but might also be that they manufacture parts in another country, then have them shipped here for assembly. Seems the company doesn't like to tout just where their tools are made, so I would tend to believe this is a common practice for them.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Ian Beale wrote:
(quoted from post at 05:36:39 01/11/1Cool Out of interest where are your Crescent tools made? Fencing pliers in particular.



Taiwan if bought in the last 2-3 years. At least that's what mine are stamped as. Same experience as you.

Have not tried Channel Lock or Milwaukee. I have not had good luck with Channel Lock lately but may have been my fault. Lots of guys say new Milwaukee hand tool line is good but expensive.

I just bit the bullet and replaced fence tool with Knipex high-strength wire/cable cutter and Knipex high leverage lineman pliers. Only tools worth a damn thing for pliers now. Shame it came to this but buy once cry once.

Grouse
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-gab wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:25:12 01/09/1Cool Craftsman, Allen and Matco ratchet heads look identical, the handles are different. The Craftsman says made in China, the Allen says USA, don't know what Matco says.


That's like saying me and Max Armstrong are identical twins. You can see several distinct differences in the head alone to know they're not the same.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If anyone is interested, I got an email from Sears Partsdirect listing USA made Craftsman Industrial tools at a discount while supplies last.
 
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