Craftsman (was: What tools do you carry, always

From: Don Maslin <>
Date: Thu Dec 7 18:53:48 2000

On Thu, 7 Dec 2000, Fred Cisin (XenoSoft) wrote:

> When Sears bought the Craftsman tool company (anyone know when that
> was? 1930? 1940?), Craftsman also had a secondary line of lower quality
> tools, called "Companion". If you look through OLD automotive tools,
> you'll sometimes find some "Companion tools from the Craftsman tool
> company".

Fred, did they not also have a "Dunlap" line? Or am I confusing that
with Wards or someone else?
                                                 - don

> Sears changed that to "Sears Craftsman" and "Sears Companion".
> They continued the lifetime warranty policy.
> BTW, Craftsman tools (presumably still owned by Sears) are now available
> at Orchard Supply hardware, and even some TV shopping channels!
> The general public, who typically don't know what tools ARE, overvalue
> that lifetime warranty.
> 1) Virtually EVERY tool company does it! (The public seem to
> think that Sears Craftsman is the only one!) Thorsen, probably even
> GLOBEMASTER, do it. Harbor Freight will exchange crap that breaks.
> 2) As I said in my book, I would much rather have a few good
> tools, then a lifetime supply of scrap metal.
> I remember one time at the Alameda flea market, that some guy had a few
> sets of sockets. He wanted $10 for a set of Craftsman, but $4 for
> Snap-On! ("Because Craftsman is guaranteed for life")
> The Sears tools are NOT comparable quality to what they once were.
> The metallurgy is worse, and the workmanship is TERRIBLE!
> Take a look at a current Sears socket or box end wrench - frequently the
> broaching isn't even centered!
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Thu Dec 07 2000 - 18:53:48 GMT

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