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

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 09:26 PM

Sears has PO’d me just a few too many times for me to cast a shadow in their tool department.

IMO, they are cruising on their reputation for the last 40 or so years. I would still buy their mechanic’s hand tools, if I needed them, but there are plenty of other options like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Gear Wrench, that sell comparable or better stuff without having to sink big bucks in Snap-On, Matco, etc. I can now buy Craftsman tools, though in limited selections at Costco, Menards, Ace Hardware and perhaps more.

Their power tools do not interest me at all. One of the problems is that they go with lowest vendor du jour and good luck finding parts after another vendor has underbid them. I can still buy parts for my 25 year old Porter Cable, Makita, and Bosch tools over the counter at several local dealers and even have choices such as “what firmness do you want in those random orbit sander pads, we have soft, medium and hard.?”“

I know several people who bought Sear’s “Flex drive” table saw and agree that it is complete junk.

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