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Posted on Just wondering about the Craftsman brand....

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 09:03 PM

AFAIK Emerson no longer manufacturers power tools….they contract most of those out to TTI/Ryobi who also makes some of the Craftsman bench and power hand tools, as well as the 21829 (BT clone) table saw. Steel City/Orion makes their granite top 22116 hybrids saw, and Dayton makes the 21833 hybrid style contractor saw (but they import it through Colovos). At one point SC/Orion made their 6” stationary jointer too, but that was 5 or 6 years ago. Chervon Power makes their current routers. Also AFAIK, Richen Enterprises, who owns Rikon, makes their bandsaws. At one point Freud made some of their Professional saw blades, and it appeared that Bosch made some, which makes some sense since Bosch now owns the Freud cutter business….dunno who makes their “regular” blades.

I know that Sears no longer stands for what it once did, and that many prefer to lump the entire “Crapsman” line of tools into one unacceptable bundle, but the market place is no longer that simple. If you’re selective, do the research, and win their sales game, they can still offer some pretty decent shop tools for hobbyists at good prices.

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