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Craftsman socket set

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bisi, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    Just got back from doing a little Christman shopping. Stopped by Sears because the parking lot was empty, thought I wouldn't have to fight the crowd there, and I didn't.

    Well anyway I ended up buying a couple of socket sets, for myself. I don't need tools, got more than I know what to do with now, but dam I thought this was a deal. I got a 10 pc. socket set: 3/8" drive ratchet with 9 sockets and a little case for $9.99. I picked up couple in both metric and US sockets. I figured I could slid em under the seat of the trucks and use em for working on the chainsaw or something like that in the field.

    They are "Craftsman" made in the good old USA. I thought it was a heck of a deal. Years ago a 3/8 ratchet cost more than that alone. I probably got 25 ratchets around here Cratsman, Snap on, etc... so I don't know why I purchased it other than I thought it was a deal.
     
  2. trapshootin hippie

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    Is one set in a black case and other in a grey case? I have those and they are worth the money for sure.

    GneJ
     
  3. grntitan

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    Good eye.
     
  4. Bisi

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    The one I'm looking at now is metric and the case is grey. Already put the others in the truck.

    I've seen cheaper Chinese crap at HD, but this is a quality set.
     
  5. JIM SIMS

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    Craftsmans warranty out here in so cal ***ks.
    The store will NOT exchange ,they take your broken one and mail you
    a new one!!
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Craftsman hand tools are being made in America again? Are you sure? If so I might get some more. I stopped when they started having them made overseas. Cripes I can go to Harbor Freight for import tools.
     
  7. cubancigar2000

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    Harbor frieght will tell ya to go fly a kite, Sears replaces them no questions asked.
     
  8. Bisi

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    Brian, the sockets have "Made in USA" stamped on em, and the ratchet "U.S.A.". The little carrying case says "Made in USA".

    Frank, good idea, think I'll put a set in the ATV.
     
  9. Tron

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    You have to be really careful these days with the Craftsman product line. Many of their hand tools are still made in the USA and you have to be sure it says so on the box. They are a great value, but please don't put them in the same sentence as Snap On. ALL their power tools are made overseas and most of their Craftsman lawn and other power equipment have Chinese engines that are nearly imposible to get parts for after just a COUPLE of years!
     
  10. WoodsonEnt

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    I received these as a gift @ a Christmas party last Friday. The rules on buying was that pricing had to be under $15.00. I was shocked @ the deal.
     
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    I don't know if Sears is still doing it but at the start of the wars in Afganistan and Iraq the Sears people would pay the difference of the loss in wages their employees incurred while being deployed in the reserves or guard. I have used them for what tools I have purchased since hearing that. Dan
     
  12. Tron

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    I predict that Sears will be finished within just a couple of more years. Another sign of the times.
     
  13. DoubleAuto

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    Sears may not be around long. Sears Holding Corporation also owns K-Mart, a declining store chain in our neck of the woods. Their ownership of Lands End certainly has not helped Lands End.
     
  14. trapshootin hippie

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    I wonder what happened to the "Roebuck" name.
     
  15. stokinpls

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    According to Wikipedia, Roebuck let Sears buy him out for $20,000.
     
  16. Catpower

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    Bisi, it's Man Rule #1 you can never have too many tools, but Man Rule #2 is you can never find the right one no matter how many you have

    Sounds like a good deal, I was cleaning out the shops, and trying to make a complete set of tools for each shop, I have 5 shops on the farm, and ended up with 4 five gallon buckets full of just sockets

    But here's the mystery question, what in the world does a 25/32 socket fit? They always used to include them in most sets, and I have never needed that size
     
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    The 25/32" is for garfed up 3/4" lug nuts - or 3/4" lug nuts that you want to garf up. Actually I haven't found a use for that one either.
     
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    Some craftsman tools are Chinese made. I took in a broken vice grip which was USA made, I walked out with a MADE IN CHINA vice grip... Didn't really want to, but the broken pair was just an ugly paperweight otherwise.
     
  19. TC

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    Not all socket sets come with the 25/32 socket. Remember my Dad driving all over half the state looking for one. Think it was for a specific bolt on a John Deere if I remember corectly.

    Don't forget the 9/64 allen wrench. Not found in most sets. You will need one for a Ljutic.

    Irwin bought out Petersen who was the original manufacturer of the "Vise-Grip". Then closed the factory, and moved the manufacturing to China.
     
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    I took a Craftsman 1/2" breakover handle in the other day with the head broken and the handle bent at about 45 degree. Obvious use of a cheater. No questions asked. Try that with a Snap-on. My dad was a Snap-on dealer severaly years ago. Jimmy Borum
     
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