straying off from tools, once I tried a trumpet made in India. The guy
who owns it bought it for 80.00 plus 20.00 shipping. Brand spanking new
horn. When I tried it, wow, this thing is seriously stuffy. No way I
could play it like normal. My horn is '70's vintage Besson, made in U.K.
Never tried a Snap-On tool, but I would guess they're decent quality
from what I've heard.
I'm still using a Husky ratchet set I got in the 60's to work on my
first car and never had a problem with any of its parts. Even the
plastic case is still like new.
I got curious.... Starting in the 70's, Husky went thorough a series of
being bought & sold and manufacturing moved off shore. Now Home Depot
owns the trademark.
It's interesting to read the ratchet patent that Husky founder Sigmund
Mandl received in 1927:
http://www.google.com/patents/US1614039 . Butt this is heading off
In the states, Mac Tools also had trucks that went to work sites. They were
good tools at the time ('70s) but the company was bought by Stanley. Some
Stanley products are good, some are crap so I don't know how the Mac line is
I knew there was anotherame I had missed. We had MAC up here too.
Just saw a MAC tool truck within the last month or so. Might have been
"parkrd" - cannot remember. Didn't realize Stanley had bought MAC.
Most Stanley tools are clunky industrial looking things - gussied up
with coloured chrome (UGH)
I fully intend to. I'll be letting my mechanic's licence lapse on my
62nd birthday. Been licenced underDept of labour, Colleges and
Universities, and now the College of Trades over a period of 45 years.
The big tool chest occupies a position of honour in my crowded garage!
On 4/26/2014 9:04 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I've Craftsman socket sets dating back to late-50s/early-60s as well and
there are still some here on the farm from grandfather's era of the 20s/30s.
I've bought a few replacement/fill-in (mostly metric, ugh!!! :) ) since
and my impression is that the sockets themselves are just as good but
the quality of ratchets and particularly the "fit and finish" are way
off. I've a couple of ratchets that never use for that reason but it
was cheaper to buy the whole sets than the individual sockets/combinations.
I've seen the same trend w/ the hand tools as well, unfortunately--they
may be as hard but they've really cheapened the finishing operations to
Now that Sears has sold off Craftsman and it's every where, not sure
where it'll go from here--probably can't be good.
That may have been true a while ago, but not anymore.
Lowes partnered with a division of Snap-on back in 1998, then starting in
2003 the Kobalt line was made by Danaher, the same company that made/makes
Craftsmen, NAPA, Matco, Armstong and many others. Obviously not all Danaher
lines are/were of the same quality.
Even more recently (2011?) the Kobalt line began to be made by JS Products,
another company that manufactures tools under various names, including
Steelman specialty automotive tools.
It's tough to keep track of who is who these days.
My job requires constant use of screwdrivers. The best most wear resistant ones I ever had were the cheap black and yellow stanley ones. The gripped better than craftsman. Sadly they arent this good anymore:(
From time to time I misuse screwdrivers. When something ABSOUTELY MUST come apart..
Here's what Consumer Reports said in their latest review
of ratchet/socket sets, from Aug., 1993 (their latest
review of camera tripods is about 20 years older than that).
They said Snap-On and Craftsman 3/8" and 1/4" ratchets
were equally strong and durable and lasted over 30,000
strokes (the limit of their testing), while the worst ratchets
wore out in 10,000 strokes.
Sears has 3 grades of Craftsman hand tools:
1. Craftsman: lifetime warranty (except on cutting and
measuring tools), no receipt needed.
2. Craftsman Professional (formerly Industrial): wrenches
seem to be as thin as Snap-On (meaning stronger steel is
used), same warranty as #1
3. Craftsman Evolv: lifetime warranty but requires
On 4/26/2014 4:59 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well, the holding company still owns it but they've gotten into the
licensing the name game so that one presumes the likelihood is a repeat
of Stanley hardware and the like with the ill-fated garage door opener
line and all that kind of stuff. Fly-by-nighters will come in w/ all
kinds of promises to feast off the name recognition and milk it for a
while and then be gone would be my best guess of what'll happen...
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