I read this news group alot and continually see most references to
craftsman tools as junk,and they do sell alot of low end tools. But if
you look at the higher end and lot off them are made by name brand
manufactures, EX. Jigsaw made by bosh, biscuit jointer made by dewalt,
a way u can tell is look at the ul number on the product and compare
because no matter who a company makes an electrical tool for they are
issued 1 ul number. Also in there catologs and they carry a cabinet
saw and wonder if anyone has any experince with it.
Those company may build it for them but, they build it to their specifications.
So even though they are built by Dewalt or Bosch does not mean it is built to
the same quality. Craftsman may say use plastic parts where Dewalt or Bosch
would put metal parts in their own brand.
You're kidding, right? Sears' parts support is terrible. They usually only
supply what the OEM still does, and jack up the price. Frequently the OEM still
has parts that Sears stopped supporting. I got rid of most of my older
Craftsman power tools when Sears wouldn't sell the parts. Most real tool
companies who made the (sometimes ancient) tools I have now carry everything.
Yes there tools may be made by a well known company, but remember that Ford
built Lincolns, and Pinto's. It's what you want, and want to pay for.
Sears wanted $20.00 (15.00 + 5.00 shipping) for a manual for a pressure washer
I bought used. I contacted Porter Cable a year ago to get a manual for my
Dad's washer, and they sent it free and no charge for the manual.
Ah yes, Craftsman --- ?? Crap ??
In the 1950's, Sears had three grades of tools.
Craftsman, which was top of the line by any standard. I have tools that I
bought then and have used for a lifetime of commercial work as an aircraft
mechanic. Still use them, just as good as the day I bought them.
Sears brand, a mid range tool, usable in any home shop for many years of
Dunlap brand, this was a use once and throw away type of tool.
Over the years, I watched them degrade the quality of their tools, and
everything else, down to the Dunlap quality which they now call Craftsman
Yah, you see them bring in outside brands now to sell, because people
stopped buying their crap. Need a part? If what you have is 10 years old,
forget parts, they do not carry the parts that break, only complete
assemblies from the manufacture, and those are drop shipped to you.
The only time that I will buy anything from Sears, and I do mean anything,
is if there is just no other place to get it, or if I have to have it today
and it is in their store as the only source. They have lowered their quality
and raised their prices on everything till they have taken themselves out of
the competition. I bought an MTD tractor at Sams stores for $1000 less that
the identical model at Sears, five years ago.
Lots of luck with what you buy there,
<< PARTS !
I needed a spring and roller for the fence on my 30 year old Craftsman table
saw and it was 5 minutes on the internet and a 3 day USPS ride away.
Sears has always had great parts support for things they sell. >>
I needed a new sanding platen for my 4" x 24" Craftsman belt sander and the
reply came back, "Parts no longer supplied by manufacturer". Of course I've had
it since 1968 or so. Much better machine than the current crop. The replacement
is a Porter-Cable 362VS because the Craftsman uses a wierd 21" long belt, hard
to find most places. My 2
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