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Craftsman Tools #5222027 09/25/19 09:04 AM
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Looks like Craftsman Tools are alive and well at Rona (in Canada) and apparently at Lowe’s. Took this shot in Calgary. Enjoy.

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Craftsman tools have been fine for a while (better so than Sears, obviously)... the name was purchased by Stanley Black & Decker awhile back.

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I actually bought some recently. I don't like made in PRC but wanted an extension set fast and they were inexpensive. Fantastic large complete set of extensions with every adapter imaginable for under 25. The quality seems very high on the sockets, extensions, and breaker bars. Same lifetime warranty and no receipt required. The sockets click off and on with perfect resistance not to hard and not too easy. All sockets and adapters have the snap on style relieved corners to drive on the flats not the points.

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Does anyone know if Lowe's will replace a broken craftsman tool without receipt like sear's did?
I have a ratchet that's gone bad. Thanks.


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Re: Craftsman Tools [Re: Snagglefoot] #5222104 09/25/19 10:27 AM
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They've been in non-Sears outlets for at least a couple years now. Lots of places like Ace Hardware carry them around here.

Stanley Black and Decker just started construction on a new tool manufacturing plant just outside of Fort Worth-they're planning on bringing back some of the tool production that moved to China.


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Re: Craftsman Tools [Re: rollinpete] #5222132 09/25/19 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by rollinpete
Does anyone know if Lowe's will replace a broken craftsman tool without receipt like sear's did?
I have a ratchet that's gone bad. Thanks.

My understanding is that yes, Lowes stores will replace them, no questions asked. At first, there seemed to be some confusion with different stores though and of course, that got changed to "Lowes won't replace Craftsman tools" and spread across the 'net. Some of it was also related to part numbers, as in, the 3/8" standard ratchet you bring in has p/n 123456 but the current 3/8" standard ratchet is now p/n 123567 and there were apparently cases of "we don't have the same part to exchange".

Craftsman says warranty is to be honored at any "stocking retail partner", i.e. if company "x" agrees to sell Craftsman tools, they also agree to process warranty replacement for customers. Today that's Lowes, Ace Hardware, and others.

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I own some old Made in the USA Craftsman tools. If they ever break I wont be replacing them with cheap Chinese junk.


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I have some from the 1960's and they are very high quality.

Re: Craftsman Tools [Re: Snagglefoot] #5222187 09/25/19 12:55 PM
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just last week I bought a set of craftsman combination wrenches at Lowes..seem to be pretty good quality..i was in a hurry when I picked the wrenches up and didnt really look at all the craftsman stuff there but it sure seemed well stocked with things

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Funny how most Craftsman hand tools went to being made in China but the price never went down!

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If I'm going to buy chinese-made tools, there are far far better choices that Crapsman.

Sad to see how far the brand has fallen.


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Originally Posted by Blkstanger
I own some old Made in the USA Craftsman tools. If they ever break I wont be replacing them with cheap Chinese junk.
Same here although the odds of me breaking them are pretty slim. My usage with them would be 'medium' duty at best !

Originally Posted by FT92
just last week I bought a set of craftsman combination wrenches at Lowes..seem to be pretty good quality..i was in a hurry when I picked the wrenches up and didnt really look at all the craftsman stuff there but it sure seemed well stocked with things
I believe Lowes is pretty much the "new" Sears when it comes to Craftsman tool availability.
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Funny how most Craftsman hand tools went to being made in China but the price never went down!
Why would that be funny. Lower consumer cost was the farthest thing from Craftsman mind when they moved production overseas. What they would tell consumers is, "you should be thankful we did this or you'd be paying more" !

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Originally Posted by rollinpete
Does anyone know if Lowe's will replace a broken craftsman tool without receipt like sear's did?
I have a ratchet that's gone bad. Thanks.

Only if it's like for like. If you have an older tool and it has a different number than what's on the shelf they won't exchange it.


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I have never really been a fan of craftsman tools.. Mainly just dont like the way they feel in the hand... They have proven to be descent tools, but I just dont have many in my tool box. I do like the screwdrivers and have those, I like the fact you can fit a socket over the top of the handle for MAXIMUM torque!! With the way Harbor Freight is going, I think I will turn to them for some tools when not on the truck or ebay.


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Originally Posted by Chris142
Originally Posted by rollinpete
Does anyone know if Lowe's will replace a broken craftsman tool without receipt like sear's did?
I have a ratchet that's gone bad. Thanks.

Only if it's like for like. If you have an older tool and it has a different number than what's on the shelf they won't exchange it.


That has been my experience as well.

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