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Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? #4765957 05/23/18 12:07 PM
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I saw Craftsman starting to show up in Lowe’s and on the website. Is Kobalt going away? I see no reason why they would want to compete with each other. They go after the same market and for a long time we’re in direct competition. Warranty will be a hassle for Kobalt if so. Maybe they will do a Kobalt Craftsman exchange like HD did with Husky.

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Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765967 05/23/18 12:14 PM
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I bought some Kobalt pliers and adjustable wrenched and they were pretty junky.

Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765972 05/23/18 12:19 PM
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I wonder what will happen with the Craftsman club, I have a ton of points.

Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765976 05/23/18 12:21 PM
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The tool dept at Sears is both sad and dead. They carry nothing. I'm going to Lowe's for Craftsman warranty exchanges. When I need tools I was debating between GearWrench which is available, Husky at Home Depot, and Kobalt at Lowe's. I settled on GearWrench from internet, Ace, and AAP, and Husky.

Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765981 05/23/18 12:31 PM
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Fixed the title. Autocorrect got me again. I hope Lowe’s does good things with Craftsman. Sears ran them into the ground. Display is horrible and so is quality on a lot of it.


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Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765983 05/23/18 12:32 PM
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From what I have seen the kobalt stuff is better than Craftsman


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Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4765984 05/23/18 12:32 PM
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How about Wright Tools? A step up from Craftsman, Husky or Kobalt.

An article said Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Black & Decker for $500m. Sears was selling about $1B worth of Craftsman tools a year. Lowes is coming out with Craftsman tools about 6 months before expected.

The net is Sears got $500M in cash in 2017, but will loose much of a $1B tool sales in 2018 and from now on.

Sears needs to just say uncle and liquidate. Why drag it on until there is one store left and then that needs to close?


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Re: Craftsman now army Lowe’s Kobalt has no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766008 05/23/18 01:00 PM
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Stanley is gearing up to return Craftsman to being a mid-tier made in USA brand. I guess they will be similar to SK but with better marketing and shelf space in big box stores.

I can't wait!


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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766015 05/23/18 01:14 PM
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I don't have much, but the small amount of Kobalt tools I do own have held up really well. I don't get the fuss over the brand on here.


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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766021 05/23/18 01:17 PM
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Good it will be another place to have tools with a lifetime warranty replaced when Sears goes belly up. Now it will be Lowes and ACE Hardware around here.


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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766065 05/23/18 02:12 PM
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Kobalt and Craftsman are likely made at the same place anyway... there are only a few tool foundrys in the US...


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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766076 05/23/18 02:29 PM
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I also think Kobalt is better than Craftsman

Some relabled US Cman stuff such as the pry bars are absolutely awesome. It'll be interesting to see what happens there. I'll still be sad when Sears is no more..

The Cman warranty means nothing to me though since all they have now is chunkier Chinese stuff. No thanks. (I have 1 Chinese 3/8 breaker bar and a cheap ~160 pc set I bought for $45 for junkyarding, which are expendable.)

I try not to beat on my nice stuff too much as they were a Christmas gift with my name laser etched on them, but as they break, they will be replaced with either Hazet, SK or SO.


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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
Some relabled US Cman stuff such as the pry bars are absolutely awesome. It'll be interesting to see what happens there.


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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: 2strokeNorthstar] #4766094 05/23/18 02:48 PM
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I agree, I like Kobalt better than Craftsman for some things. I hate both brands screwdrivers handles. Is Lowe’s going to keep and warranty both brands at the same time? If so good. I want Craftsman to improve! I prefer to buy Snap on or blue point for my most often used tools. I wish that could change

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Re: Craftsman now at Lowe’s , Kobalt no future? [Re: maxdustington] #4766095 05/23/18 02:48 PM
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Some relabled US Cman stuff such as the pry bars are absolutely awesome. It'll be interesting to see what happens there.


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They make awesome stuff. I was able to get both my sets for around $12 each with local pickup.


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