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#1 TonyBrown

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:13 AM

I have become a bit dismayed with the lack of quality in the past 8-10yrs of standard craftsmen hand tools.  I sitll have a bunch of the old Made in USA craftsmen pieces and have no real gripes with those but the new stuff seems to be simply trading on the reputation not on the same quality it used to have.

 

that said, I'm wanting to add some new tools to my collection to replace lost/failed items and have additional common size wrench and sockets.  What are some good consumer grade stuff I can pick up?  I dont have the cash for Snap-On or Mac etc (tool truck brands) so what's the PH got?  I'm not lookin to buy some 3-400 piece set, just a decent brand I can start adding to my existing stuff


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:17 AM

I've been pleased with the stuff from GearWrench. I replaced a bunch if Craftsman stuff a few years ago and I was not happy with it.
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:17 AM

The Harbor Freight Pittsburgh line isn't too bad actually. I have some ratchets that work just as good as my Snap-On stuff.
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:22 AM

I did run across this article, seems Stanley/Black&Decker bought Craftsman Tool and are bring manufacturing back to the USA, hopefully that will restore the quality they've lost.

 

https://toolguyd.com...ry-news-052019/


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#5 the_stain

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:23 AM

I'm a fan of Stanley
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#6 TonyBrown

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:28 AM

Like the power drill??


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:31 AM

Like the power drill??

It comes with 10% off on Vaseline.
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:32 AM

Lol
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:36 AM

Craftsman used to be my grow-to, but lately it's lowes brand kobalt. I think i've just given up.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:39 AM

It comes with 10% off on Vaseline.

I think you missed it


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:41 AM

I think you missed it

??? Diceman Cometh?
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#12 TonyBrown

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:43 AM

??? Diceman Cometh?

close, Ford Fairlane


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:48 AM

I've had a Kobalt set for a while and it's been good. 


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:34 AM

Craftsman used to be my grow-to, but lately it's lowes brand kobalt. I think i've just given up.

Kobalt isn’t bad stuff at all, neither is Home Depot’s Husky stuff.
Lowe’s has taken on the craftsman stuff lately as well and seems to be closing out a lot if the Kobalt stuff in favor of cheapened up craftsman lately though...
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:38 AM

I have a few tekton tools which are very good for the price.


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:58 AM

Kobalt isn’t bad stuff at all, neither is Home Depot’s Husky stuff.
Lowe’s has taken on the craftsman stuff lately as well and seems to be closing out a lot if the Kobalt stuff in favor of cheapened up craftsman lately though...


Damn, circling the drain faster than I thought. Lowes craftsman stuff hasn't interested me.
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#17 TonyBrown

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:37 AM

Damn, circling the drain faster than I thought. Lowes craftsman stuff hasn't interested me.

I'm hopeful that the new craftsman stuff is better after they open the new USA factories, but i'm gonna wait and see first


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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:01 AM

My assessment will be to look at how they make the detents on the square drive on sockets.
Old sockets had the detents flycut or cross drilled. New crappy ones have a groove made with a punch that is peened shut on the top. It makes for a wobbly socket to ratchet connection.
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:12 AM

I didn't really know this, but there are still quite a few companies making good tools in the US for reasonable prices. Most of them are contract manufacturers for places like snap-on.

For example, I bought a really nice us-made "Williams" brand 1/4 inch ratchet off Amazon for like $20. It's definitely nicer than my 20 year old us-made craftsman.
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#20 TonyBrown

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:15 AM

i had heard the williams tools are quite nice, I'll have to check em out


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