Craftsman at Lowes-Father's Day

pagrunt

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Was in the Indiana Pa Lowes today & saw a kinda surprise, a couple of carts on the sales floor with Craftsman stuff on them. Mostly noticed storage items & bigger tool boxes in shipping boxes. Couldn't tell if there was any hand tools, didn't see any floor space for what they had. Did asked when they'll be putting everything on the floor & was told they target Father's Day. They did seem to put alot more Kolbalt out.
 

pagrunt

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I was in Lowes tonight & saw they have tool boxes, flash lights, some of the novelty stuff, & seme tool sets. The sets were combo wrenches & socket sets. I do notice some Kolbalt tools with reduced prices (maybe cause Craftsman is to be the premium line?)
 

DRIVEN

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If Craftsman is going to be the premium line they'd better up the quality.
 

ck80

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If Craftsman is going to be the premium line they'd better up the quality.
Agreed.

Someone put mismatched lugs on a parts truck. Needed a 13/16 socket size, my 4way lug wrench didn't have one.

Old standby, pulled a year old craftsman ratchet with deep socket and extension out, put it on, slipped a breaker bar over the ratchet, went to work... except the ratchet mechanism inside busted.

Pulled out a 30 year old master mechanic ratchet, tried to repeat... the craftsman 3" extension broke off, sheared clean off inside the socket head.

Gave up before the socket split down the side too.

Craftsman was good for the older stuff. These days the steel seems inferior.
 
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So your ratchet broke when you put a cheater bar on it?

You must have gotten a good one because all my craftsman ratchets broke from light duty use. The 3/8 drive seemed exceptionally fragile for whatever reason.

EDIT: Ahhhh wrong extension, haven’t had my caffeine fix yet. Was a little jealous, thought you got a ringer.

Agreed.

Someone put mismatched lugs on a parts truck. Needed a 13/16 socket size, my 4way lug wrench didn't have one.

Old standby, pulled a year old craftsman ratchet with deep socket and extension out, put it on, slipped a breaker bar over the ratchet, went to work... except the ratchet mechanism inside busted.

Pulled out a 30 year old master mechanic ratchet, tried to repeat... the craftsman 3" extension broke off, sheared clean off inside the socket head.

Gave up before the socket split down the side too.

Craftsman was good for the older stuff. These days the steel seems inferior.
 

My86R3gal

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Afew years ago the old “Made in America” Craftsman stopped making in America and moved production to China or Taiwan. So that’s why the quality has dropped!
 
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Zeus785

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The Kobalt stuff @ Lowes is pretty good, i have never had an issue with any of it. IDK why they would carry direct competition for their in house products. Unless Craftsman is taking over for the cheaper stuff.
 

pagrunt

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The Kobalt stuff @ Lowes is pretty good, i have never had an issue with any of it. IDK why they would carry direct competition for their in house products. Unless Craftsman is taking over for the cheaper stuff.
Maybe Stanley-Black & Decker are the ones that make Kolbalt for Lowes.
 
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Honestly Ive been pleased with my Pittsburgh pro stuff from Harbor Freight, sockets at least. The fit/tolerances is not exactly the best but on par with any other consumer grade tool.

I have intentionally tried to destroy a chrome 1/2" drive socket, wrong tool for the job but at that point the only thing that was the right tool was a blue tip wrench. Socket handled me smacking with a lead hammer as hard as i could numerous times and showed no signs of wear some how. After that my mind was made up on the PRO line of Pittsburgh stuff, at least sockets anyways.
 

Zeus785

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I am also a big harbor freight fan......3/4 s of my garage is harbor freight...never broke a hand tool yet....did some damage to a ball joint press but I was in my 30 day window so no biggy.
 

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