For a long time the quality of tools at Sears has been going down, and many woodworkers have lamented that downturn. The introduction of the “Companion” line of tools (poorly made, and without the Craftsman guarantee) doesn’t help.
However, Sears seems to be working to improve the reputation of the Craftsman line.
The introduction of the Craftsman 22124 Table Saw reviewed well here and the positive review of the Craftsman 21759 planer in the FWW Tools and Shops winter 2008 edition are two indicators of renewed quality.
So here’s some tools I saw at Sears recently, that I really want and think would be positive additions to my shop.
I’d love this driver, I used it when I was in the store and it really seemed to be well built and have a lot of power.
This one would be fine too, I wonder if the Craftsman model is made by Milwaukee
They seem to be innovating in the sander market as well.
This drill press table seemed pretty nice as well, although I recently built my own.
If anyone has this set, I’d love to hear how it is working.
They have also added hand tools (planes, saws, chisels, squares, marking gauges) from Footprint tools which are made in England. If anyone has used these tools, I’d love to hear it. It would be great to be able to go to the local Sears to buy good quality tools. Other woodworking stores are much farther away. Here’s a link to the Sears.com online selection of Footprint tools.
So, give Craftsman another try. They are getting better vendors and a better in-store selection.
-- Matt Gradwohl, Upper Cut Woodworks, http://uppercutwoodworks.com/