Take another look at Sears Craftsman

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Blog entry by Matt (Upper Cut) posted 01-12-2009 04:49 AM 1797 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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,

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 05:05 AM

I tend to buy Craftsman 19.2V power tools and ratchets and the like. Most of the Craftsman wood power tools I bought I was disappointed-in, although the 19.2V handheld trim router is pretty-nice. I do use a 60’s vintage Craftsman table saw, but with significant upgrades.

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 05:31 AM

I personally enjoy my craftsmen tools. I have a nice set of the C3 line and I really appreciate the fact they’ve retrofitted the NiCad tools to be Li-Ion. I don’t think many other tool lines, especially the more “make -your-livin’-with-me” brands, have done that. It’ll save me $ when my NiCads kick the bucket.

Footprint line is ok. I have a set of the handplanes, and I really like them, though my five-buck-bros block plane works better, for some reason. Toughest part on those boys is getting them tuned before you use them.

Overall, I dig the sears stuff. One of the better intersections between quality & price I’ve seen. I don’t want to shell out hard-earned-coin when a Craftsmen usually gets the job done with only a few worrys.

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 05:51 AM

I’ve had the table saw box joint and miter guide for a number of years, it works ok if you don’t have a dovetail jig with a box joint template. There is one thing on it that needs improvement though. But since I bought a dovetail jig I rarely use the tablesaw for box joints. Lately I’ve noticed that Sears is a little higher in price than everyone else on the same tool.

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