Sears vs OEM

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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-24-2010 09:30 PM 1143 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2010 09:30 PM

Do you know if tools sold by Sears, but made by a name brand like Bosch or Dewalt are completely identical to the name brand? It has been my understanding that even though they may look alike, some of the parts used may be different or (prioratary) to Sears for non-interchangability purposes.

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 09:41 PM

I think it varies, depending on the specs Sears gives to the OEM. I have a friend whose father was a tool and die maker at Owatonna Tool Company. Years ago, they got a contract to make Craftsman wrenches, and they were absolutely identical to the OTC brand tools (except the name).

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 11:17 PM

I doubt if there is any way to know for sure. For that matter, do Bosch and DeWalt (and all of the others) actually manufacture their products – or buy from someone else who sells the same tool to more than one company with diffent colored cases, or slight differences in the internals?

As far as I can tell, it’s a bit like GMC vs Chevy trucks. Back in the day, there were real differences, but their parts have been interchangeable for years.

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 01:05 AM

I’m pretty sure it varies. Craftsman used to have a red version of the Bosch 1617 that was identical except for the color and the sub-base. In many cases it’s less expensive not to make changes to the assembly line, and to not have to manage separate parts, but it really depends on cost of the parts involved, and the extent of the changes.

It’s also tough to keep up…what was true 2 years ago may not be true today. One of the many reasons I don’t feel it’s accurate to summarize the quality of any tool based on the name plate….

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