I am considering adding some power tools to my collection. I have many
Craftsman tools and I have always trusted Craftsman, but I am not so
sure today with their newer power tool products.
What do you think? Is Craftsman still a good choice for power tools?
I've _never_ considered their power tools as any real plus altho I do
have one router of early 70s vintage that has stood the test of time and
actually like fairly well. I don't believe I could say that of much of
I'd recommend instead to post what, specifically, are you looking for
and for what kind of work and extent of use you expect to give them and
get specific recommendations. A budget limit if exists never hurts,
Dunno from power tools, but I quit even thinking about Craftsman when
they tech'd-out on their hand tool warranty on a tap-and-die set I had.
The plastic that the case that organizes the dozens of small parts was
made of fell apart over time making it useless and leaving me with a
bucketful of small parts - likewise nearly useless because of the effort
needed to find a given piece.
Sears said "Sorry, we just warranty the tools...", not the boxes.
You said the plastic case "fell apart over time". It doesn't appear you
really got "shafted". You still have a warranty on your tools.
An egg carton will organize 12 small parts. A fishing tackle box may
work even better.
like many of your posts, short on facts, long on speculation.
The craftsman brand is owned by KCD IP, LLC a special purpose
entity _created by Sears Holdings_ for securitization purposes.
Note that KCD IP, LLP also owns the brands Kenmore and DieHard.
However, Sears owns KCD, and thus the brand.
I wholeheartedly agree.
Even as far back as the early 70s, their shop tools were junk. A shop
fully outfitted with Craftsman top-of-the-line wood shop machines,
like table saws, planers, etc, was universally despised by the temp
workers that had to use them. I ran across a brand new Craftsman
floor model drill press. My 80 yr old drill press I bought at a
garage sale for 1/3 the price was ten times the machine as that
The last Sears power tool I used was an electric Craftsman weed
whacker. It was designed from the gitgo to destroy itself, which it
eventually did. The line length trim blade was designed and placed so
that the line hit the cutter blade mounting plastic as often as it hit
the actual blade. It was a crap shoot on which would be hit first,
the mount or the trim blade. About the dozenth time the line was
extended to expose new line, it hit the mount jes right and broke the
mount and trim blade clean off, taking part of the shroud with it.
Sure, I got a entire free replacement whacker, but it was the exact
same design and destined to eventually fail, again, which it did. I
jes tossed it.
Don't waste yer $$$$.
He's right and wrong, both...the key point is that they have, in fact,
set up and intend to license the brands beyond their previous use only
Which ploy is why Ace Hardware is now robbing sales from Sears stores on
Craftsman tools...it may not make too much difference in some larger
areas but we can already see the negative impact here in a small market
catalog/associate store in that it's hurt them significantly and may
well drive them under if it happens to appliances as well...
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