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#4553077 - 10/24/17 01:32 PM Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey


Wonder if these will be USA made Craftsman (count me in) or Chinesium tools. Judging by how little US made stuff is is in the Lowes tool department, Id guess the latter.

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#4553089 - 10/24/17 01:44 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 1001
Loc: SE Wisconsin
I don't like this...

For a brief time several years ago, while Craftsman was busy raiding their brand equity and consumers' goodwill by reducing quality and offshoring as many products as possible, Lowe's was busy upping their game and introducing high quality Taiwanese tools under the Kobalt brand that rivaled or exceeded Craftsman quality in many cases. Unfortunately, that was apparently not profitable enough for Lowe's; shortly thereafter - no sooner than Kobalt had built some brand equity - the quality of Kobalt tools began to decline. Now, Kobalt will have absolutely NO incentive to produce a better tool than Craftsman, and in fact if the Kobalt brand is to survive it will have to be a lower tier product than Craftsman. Kobalt and Craftsman cannot co-exist in the same store at the same price point. Goodbye Kobalt.
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#4553091 - 10/24/17 01:48 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
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I havent bought a Kobalt tool in probably 15 years, since they offshored their tools. Couldnt really care less if it was to Taiwan or to the moon!

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#4553123 - 10/24/17 02:11 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 1001
Loc: SE Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
I havent bought a Kobalt tool in probably 15 years, since they offshored their tools. Couldnt really care less if it was to Taiwan or to the moon!


I'd totally buy some Kobalt tools if they were made on the moon!
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#4553129 - 10/24/17 02:14 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
itguy08 Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 3227
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Stopped buying Craftsman when they sent them to China. If I'm paying top dollar for hand tools they better be made in the USA. I can get same as or better quality with lifetime warranties from Harbor Freight for offshore tools.

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#4553140 - 10/24/17 02:21 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
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Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
For me it was the nut drivers. As soon has they fired Western Forge and moved production to China, the ship sank to the bottom of the ocean.

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#4553162 - 10/24/17 02:43 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
bbhero Offline


Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 4626
Loc: Virginia
Yeah I agree JHZR2. Getting tired of stuff being sent overseas or over to Juan Pabloville to be made and brought back here to sell. We have lost enough jobs here to these types of actions. It started in the 1960s and has accelerated with time. Hollowing out the middle of this nation.
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#4553166 - 10/24/17 02:49 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: Merkava_4]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20457
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
For me it was the nut drivers. As soon has they fired Western Forge and moved production to China, the ship sank to the bottom of the ocean.


I have my XCELITE nutdrivers I bought when I was in high school. I will be collecting social security in less than a year.
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#4553197 - 10/24/17 03:22 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
HoosierJeeper Offline


Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
That'll be interesting to see what they do with Kobalt. No Lowes near me anyway.
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#4553209 - 10/24/17 03:35 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: itguy08]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4857
Loc: Houston, Texas
Originally Posted By: itguy08
Stopped buying Craftsman when they sent them to China. If I'm paying top dollar for hand tools they better be made in the USA. I can get same as or better quality with lifetime warranties from Harbor Freight for offshore tools.


Yeah. I think they under estimated how many people would boycott them if they went to china. I still buy craftsman tools, but I buy them off the internet and make sure they're made in usa.
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#4553286 - 10/24/17 04:35 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
Panzerman Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
Kobalt has nicer tools than Craftsman. I am betting Craftsman tools sit on the shelf for more money and Kobalt sells Thiers. I bet Kobalt will outlive Craftsman. Can only go in that name for so long.
I used to like Craftsman but Sears made me mad on tool returns so I don't waste the money on them anymore.
I am sure I am not alone.
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#4553298 - 10/24/17 04:45 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
I'm a semi mechanic. I bought some Kobalt and Husky hand tools when they were American made for use at home. Despite's the German cars in my signature, 99% of my mechanics tools are made in the USA. The exception being triple square drivers.
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#4553324 - 10/24/17 05:10 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3041
Loc: NJ
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
I'm a semi mechanic. I bought some Kobalt and Husky hand tools when they were American made for use at home. Despite's the German cars in my signature, 99% of my mechanics tools are made in the USA. The exception being triple square drivers.


Had to Google "triple square". Never heard of them before.
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#4553339 - 10/24/17 05:25 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
Vern_in_IL Offline


Registered: 06/25/14
Posts: 1884
Loc: IL
Kobalt has the beefiest 1/2" drive breaker bar out there, much more metal around the flex joint.

Craftsman can sell their tools at Ace Hardware... and one isle at Kmart.....
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#4553375 - 10/24/17 06:02 PM Re: Lowe's to sell Craftsman tools [Re: JHZR2]
Oldmoparguy1 Offline


Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 5612
Loc: Charlotte, NC
When sears switched to china made tools, the American company that made them went looking for a new retailer. They ended up making the Kobalt brand tools for Lowes. I've never owned any Kobalts, I'm still using my Craftsmans. grin2

I believe
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