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SDMike
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:06 pm    Post subject: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just exchanged a 3/8 drive flex-head ratchet, as the gears in mine were wore out. I was disappointed when I flipped the package over. "Made in China" I am not a professional wrench turner, but I do almost all my own repairs and occasionally repairs for others. Other than the truck vendors like Snap-On, Mac, Matco, and Cornwell, is there still a "Made in USA" brand of hand tools for the do it yourselfer that is as easy to return for a replacement? I am not a fan of the HF/Pittsburgh tools. I tried that once, and I refuse to go down that road again for hand tools. Does anyone have experience with the house brands of Menards (Masterforce), Lowes (Kobalt), or if Home Depot has a line of hand tools? Where are they made? Am I right to assume that Stanley, who purchased Craftsman, would be made in China as well? Maybe the best solution is to go to some pawn shops? Thanks for your input.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You don't have to put up with those made in China tools.
Just send me all your craftsman tools.
I'll take them, made in China or not.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The best you can buy are SK. Still made in USA and have a life time warranty.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Channellock brand is USA made, they make ratchets, sockets.

Never tried the ratchets or sockets, but their slip joint pliers are great.

There are still a few American made products out there, but that is subject to change, some are mixed origin.

I see Craftsman Industrial mentioned as USA. Not sure where to buy them, if they are even still available.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Do not know about country of orgin, but the local Sears store and kmart closed last year. Sure did miss the black Friday ad after thanksgivings.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some of the Craftsman are still made over hear,I think maybe the highly polished line still is but not sure.That's why I also look for Vise-grips at swap meets and flea markets because I don't want made in China tools.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

S&K is not honoring their warranty anymore, had a couple of sockets that were broken, our local distributor for S&K would not exchange them as they told me S&K to honor their warranty. So they quit handling S&K and handle nothing but Craftsman. I still have the broken S&K sockets..
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the ratchets on the wall are Chinese I ask at the desk if they have any refurbished ratchets . The counter person opens a whole drawer of rebuild USA ones. Then I take a refurbished USA.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Old Vice Grips were USA.

New ones, made by Irwin, "Made in China to IRWIN specifications" in very small print on the back of the packaging.

They do seem to still have some quality though.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now that I?m semi-retired, I get most of my tools at local Farm&Fleet. The Allen and Channelocks brands are made in US. I had to add a half inch drive set of metric sockets to my main box a few years back and went with the Duracraft line made in India/China due to cost and infrequent use. No complaints. Back in 1968 I bought the Snap-On mechanics starter set for $144.00, that set today (metric instead of fractional) is $1700.00. I don?t know how a young guy starting out as a tech can afford everything that they?re expected to have. Times sure have changed .
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Link to Craftsman Industrial Ratchet, description says American Made.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Craftsman stuff was great up till mebbe fifteen years ago. A fellow apprentice I knew bought Craftsman socket for work just before they brought out the push-button ratchets so we tried to break his so he could get it replaced with the new type. Clamped the drive in a real big vise and used a four foot pipe, it spread the vise. Tried with hardened steel plates in the vise. Then we clamped a 1/2 inch tool post wrench in the vise. We thought the ratchet teeth would give out first. Nope. The drive split. I got some SKs replaced a few years ago. Guy told me any that have a "C" prefix on the number were not warranteed but the other stuff was. My combination set had the C but not the sockets.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mac is largely made overseas too, myself the best quality to price ratio is Stanley brand from Wal-Mart and such. Made overseas but a lot better quality than modern craftsman, and better price
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just information: Stanley and Mac are the same company,Mac might be chrome and Stanley may have a mat finish.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Craftsman Tools Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think GearWrench is US made aren't they. They sure have a great return policy if you break something!!! I love my ratchets that my wife got me for Christmas a couple years ago.
 
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