Tools, Craftsman (Was: Model M case screws
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Jul 2 15:33:26 CDT 2017
>>> The quality of tools has declined. It used to be that Sears Roebuck
>>> "Craftsman" hand tools were among the best and were sold with an
>>> unconditional warranty. Not so any more.
On Sun, 2 Jul 2017, Guy Sotomayor Jr via cctalk wrote:
> Snap-on brand tools are the best that I’ve come across though they are
> shockingly expensive.
> I did have first hand experience in the difference between my “good”
> Sears Craftsman (30 years ago) tools and Snap-on and it showed me
> how much better the Snap-on tools were.
My experience is that Craftsman was truly excellent half a century ago.
They reached a low point 40 years ago, when they were HORRIBLE. worse
than Harbor Freight - crudely made, broached off-center!, . . .
Sears once balked at replacing my 3/4" breaker bar, on the grounds that
"it must have been abused". When I offered to "let Tiny come in and
discuss how he bent it", they replaced it. But instead of using the
replacement, I immediately bought a Snap-On 1" bar with 36mm and 46mm
impact sockets. But, it was true that I did use a long extension on the
bar. (VW flywheel and rear axle, especially the bus - on the right rear
sometimes the front of the buses would come off of the ground before it
broke loose). I also have a Snap-On 3/4" ratchet (flea market) that I
used (NO EXTENSION) on the ones that were NOT over 250 foot pounds.
Went through two wheel pullers, without abusing them, on a 58 Volvo rear
drum. Had to appeal to machismo by offering a six of beer to whoever
could get it off (half a dozen big guys took it as an all day personal
Snap-on remained excellent through those days. Sears tools survived on
their replacement reputation. They used to sell at the flea markets for
twice the price of Snap-On "because they're guaranteed for life!" (which
Snap-On and a surprisingly large number of others also are!) Broken
Snap-On tools were a great bargain, and immediately replaced with new
But Sears got SO bad for a while that in my Honda book I said, "better to
have a few good tools . . . than a lifetime supply of scrap metal tools,
ready and waiting to hurt you." (p 236)
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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