Hi I am currently selling all of my Craftsman tools to replace them
with either Husky or Kobalt. After reading alot of threads, I have yet
to see a comparison between just Husky and Kobalt tools. So I have a
1. Which brand is better in your opinions?
2. Who has a wider selection of sizes, types of tools etc?
3. When one breaks does either Home Depot or Lowes give you problems
about getting the replaced?
I can't speak for Kobalt (Lowes) as I don't own any of their stuff. I do
have Husky and their tools seem to be pretty solid. I did bugger up a torx
bit a while back (whoever invented those damn things should be shot!) and
went back to HD to get a replacement. While they were more than happy to
replace it, they weren't set up to just replace a piece at a time at the
local store. They finally dug into a set and pulled out the piece I needed.
I suppose you'd probably have to send off the broken item to get a
replacement. Why sell your Craftsman tools? Mine are 20-25 years old and
doing just fine. I have a store locally that has each individual item
available should any break. I did get a few socket wrenches from them ages
ago that were of a bad design. They've been happy to take them in exchange
for their new stuff.
Which are made in the US? That will answer your question. Hmmmm come to
think of it, probably both made by the same company in China and stamped
with a different name. Wonder if Snap On is still built in the US?
"you can lead them to LINUX
but you can\'t make them THINK"
I've never bought either brand you ask about as there are better tools out
I have Craftsman that are 40years old and, IMO, they are better than some of
the present ones. That said, I have other brands and see no reason not to
mix them as I add or replace tools. The only Husky I have are about 20
years old so I'd not use them to compare to the tools made today, but the
ratchet wrench is very good, the sockets crappy.
Neither Lowes nor HD are the best sources of tools, IMO.
"Hi I am currently selling all of my Craftsman tools to replace them
with either Husky or Kobalt"
for the average (or even above average) DIY'er Craftsman hand tools
are good enough, I've used them for more than 30 years w/ no
Yeah, they're not Snap-On but then again they only cost 20% of Snap-On.
If I used hand tools all day everday, I get more SNap-On's.
They are pleasure to use, they feel great in the hand
Craftsman is by far the best of the lot.
Why sell it?
They are guaranteed for life, regardless of who bought them, so they will
never wear out. I owned a pair of Craftsman hedge shears. Turned them in
after 20 years because of a qc prolem. No questions, they replaced them.
I have been into cars (restoring, rebuilding, fixing, breaking,
fixing, fixing fixing) for almost 50 years now... have 2 garages on my
property both have lifts.. which should give everyone an idea that I
use my tools...
I honestly can only remember breaking one Craftsman socket and yes it
was replaced free of charge even though I used it wrong...(normal
socket..but used it on an impact wrench...)...
80 percent of my wrenches etc tools are Craftsman...the other 20
percent are Snap On....
Now to be honest both of my sons are now in their early to mid 30's
and when they were around the house I did keep a toolbox of Harbor
Freight wrenches etc UNLOCKED in the garages for them to "borrow" and
loose... which they did ... but again to be truthful I do not
remember any of those wrenches breaking....
Selling Crapsman wrenches only to replace them is in my opinion
If you ask me, I would say keep your Craftsman Tools, But if you want
to but cheaper tools, but still have a great Warrenty buy KOBALT!
They are better than Huskey Trust me! IF anything goes wrong on a
Kobalt tool, take it back to LOWES and they will replace it
HASSLE-FREE like it says on the label of every item! I know, becuase
I have done it before and they ask you nothing, and they get the item
for you! so IMO If you dont want to pay a
lot of money go with Kobalt for the Great tools and Same warrenty as
Craftsman, But hey a CHEAPER Price, imagine that! Have fun with the
I bought a Husky AND the extended warranty figuring it would fail within the
three years of the contract. Immediate replacement guarantee. I figure I
will go through two or three compressors in the three years by just wearing
I used it yesterday to spray a gallon of wrought iron paint. Heated it up
enough to smell the paint frying on it. Really used it.
Sometimes the extended warranties make sense mathematically over a more
expensive compressor. This one was $399, and an IR of the same size was
$550. the IR would out last the Husky, but it doesn't have the replacement
I also got a full replace ment guarantee on my Toshiba laptop. It even
covers batteries, which I will probably use two of in the life of the
contract. They, in my clairvoyance, I foresee something like running over
it with my motorhome to get a free replacement or equal value credit. They
changed it this year to include accidental damage. And running over it with
a 21,000# motorhome would surely qualify as an accident.
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