IS SEARS saying GOOD BYE to the CRAFTSMAN name, or are these just really LOW prices.

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Blog entry by Delta356 posted 10-19-2011 05:58 AM 2353 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, I was on the Craftsman web cite this fine evening when I started looking at there tools and saw some tools that I had not seen before looking to be older models, but then I looked at the price of the tools. $131.00 for a table saw… Something seems wired here????? Anyways if thats the price and if your a LJ and want to get some big toys I would take advantage of these prices…. Wish I was not such a Delta SNOB>>> LOL..

They may be downsizing there over stock…

What do all think of these prices, are they real????


Thanks, Michael Frey


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#1 posted 10-19-2011 06:06 AM

Possibly. They are starting to sell the tools outside of Sears stores:

Each of those tools has a pretty low rating, so maybe they are just clearing out the stepchildren?

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 06:09 AM

Maybe they’re just closing out ‘this years models’ like cars. they should be getting some ‘new models’ for the upcoming Christmas season. Different color or something.

Those are some pretty good prices.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 06:12 AM

I don’t know about you guys but if theres a starter woodworker out there they should take advantage of these prices.

I found thIS Drum sander there selling looks like the JET….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#4 posted 10-19-2011 06:57 AM

Hi Michael
Thanks for being helpful for the new folks, but I’m not to sure your doing them a favor. I’m not really fond of craftsman tools at any price. I think they fall in the the same class as Harbor Freight but Harbor freight might be better.
Sorry to be negative about that.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 07:13 AM

No I under stand… Your not being negative, I’m surprised the cost for these machines are so low…. I agree Craftsman tools are not like they used to be…... Thats why I stick with Delta and Porter Cable, they still make good tools .

A1Jim I hope things are going good. Its starting to feel like fall here in Oregon….

Thanks, Michael Frey


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#6 posted 10-19-2011 08:01 AM

Try to add it to cart. Not available for local pickup in my area and when I select to have it shipped, nothing happens.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 08:14 AM

Thats odd, I wonder if the cite is massed up. If its not out of your time I would call Craftsman, and see if these prices are real. Good Luck.

Thanks, Michael Frey


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Bob Kollman

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 08:32 AM

Jim is just grumpy when it comes to sears, they do have a lot of great stuff. I bought the grizzly drum sander for a 1000 bucks, I noticed one of the links above that they were selling a good drum sander cheap…..great deal on a drum sander. I guess the reason I like sears is that I get tools off them regularly for 70% off, I have 2 palm routers that normally sell for 100 bucks, I got two of them for 35 buck each. My biscuit joiner I got for 60 bucks (169.00 reg) , my band
saw I picked up for 289.00, 30 piece router bit set 50.00 bucks…..I like it cheap..:) Only a couple of my craftsman tools have fell into the suck category….Jig saw (sucks) 19.2 volt circular saw (crap) palm sander (7 dollar crap). If you wait, any given item at sears you can get for 50% off….just wait and watch. And occasionally you’ll catch 70-80% off.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 01:59 PM

Look at the specs on some of these tools. The drill press looks like one I bought from Sears about 12 years ago, at a higher price. The one offered here has a 2/3 hp motor. That won’t drive a bit over 1/2”. My press has a 1 hp motor and is a beast. I’m not too impressed by most of the Craftsman power tools anyway. If your interested in buying power tools, read a tool review from one of the leading woodworking magazines. It’s a good place to find out how they rate against other tool brands.

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 02:27 PM

Thanks for the heads-up! It’s always nice to know when I can save some $$$.
However, you get what you pay for. I like some of the craftsman offerings. But I saw the ~$130 Table saw online and then checked it out in the store. I might get it if they paid me $130 to haul it away. Sears had some tools that I liked, e.g. their 12” band saw model (22400) looked sturdy for it’s $325 price, if you’re shoping in the $500 or less range. But I haven’t read the reviews…
I never buy tools just because they are inexpensive or are on sale. I do my best to invest in tools that are going to work every time and will last. There is nothing more frustrating than a tool that doesn’t do the job.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 02:42 PM

Not that my opinion means anything, and not to counter Jim, but if you are going to use the tool sparingly and it meets your needs, then I say go for it. However, if this is something that will be used every day, and you depend on it working every time, then pay the money up front and get the best money can buy.

I have a B & D outlet near where I live. Often they run sales on everything the company owns (B&D, PC, Stanley, etc.). I purchased a 1/2” precision belt sander. It was less then half-price, so I thought it would be nice to have just in case I needed it. It worked great for about 5-minutes. The front bearings smoked and that was the end of my $25 tool. Rather then take it back and get another one, I chalked it up to my brief flight into optimism.

Normally tools will live up their expectation; given the parameters of materials, cost, and country of origin, you usually get what you pay for.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 02:50 PM

My old man used to work at Sears and their accounting department considers any items that have sat in the back room for a long period of time to be past its usable life span and they are instructed to discount the items until they sell. He has seen items up to 95% off. I suspect that these may have fallen into that category. None the less … good deals to be had for sure. Im just waiting for that worksharp to end up on super discount.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 10-19-2011 04:34 PM

Remember the Worksharp that Sears sold for $79.00?
The same thing may have happened here, too. I just went to the sites you posted and the prices are back up to normal.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 10-19-2011 04:52 PM

you cant actually buy any of them… you try to put them in your cart and they just don’t show up… so it must be some sort of glitch… sucks! because I was going to buy the contractor/hybrid style table saw that I just saw at sears a few weks ago for 500 listed on there for 139.99 or something like that…. I was stoked to get a deal like that… also I was going to get the jointer for 250… but alas …. they are not “actually” available… shucks.

-- Got Wood?

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#15 posted 10-19-2011 05:46 PM

After the screwing I got on their top of the line appliances, I won’t have anything of any kind from S@#$%. I can sure see the K-mart coming out in them.

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