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After 85 years of USA Made, Craftsman hand tools now Chinese

Old 01-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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After 85 years of USA Made, Craftsman hand tools now Chinese

I did a search and didnt notice any mention of this, so I figured I should post up. Apparently Craftsman hand tools are switching to Chinese manufacture.



I found out yesterday from a tool forum. I know they have been selling imported supplies and larger items for years, but the hand tool line has been synonymous with Made in USA, and since they have other tool lines, I never thought they would ruin the Craftsman line.

To me this undercuts what I have spent decades buying into as part of their warranty, as they will no longer be able to back up the products I've bought with an acceptable replacement.

Its also very underhanded how they plan to take advantage of everyones assumption that Craftsman = USA. They have apparently been subtly removing Made in USA off packaging on US made tools so that as the switch rolls out, it will be even harder to notice. The tools will come in the same basic shape (although as the link below shows, thicker to make up for lesser quality steel, rougher finishing quality and less gear lube), with the same packaging part numbers and price. It doesnt look to be stamped with its new country of origin, they just removed the USA and leave you to assume its the same tool you have been buying for 85 years.

Just thought everyone should know. To me, its an absolute deal breaker. I only support American made tools.

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Chinese vs. USA Craftsman RP ratchets (PICS) - The Garage Journal Board
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That sucks. The good news is I'm not sure if Craftsman ratchets can get any worse.
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I think we should write Sears and complain.
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Let me guess, all so the big heads at Craftsman can get bigger paychecks?
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I think we should write Sears and complain.
I wrote on their facebook wall and sent them an email yesterday, along with an actual letter that will go out this week.

Whether they will feel an immediate impact on this decision or if it will take time to hit them, I feel they are making the same shortsighted and deceitful mistakes that US automakers once made and struggled to recover from.

And this goes beyond the impact of the tool revenue they would have earned from a lifetime of people like me, because I now will also not consider their products for appliances, etc now that I have been lied to and the warranties Ive bought into are worthless
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I'm just going to but toptul for now on. Been really happy with them and since craftsmen is now import then might as well get better import
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Impossible to avoid due to competition. Once someone makes the leap to cheap slave labor, it forces everyone to follow suit.
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Let me guess, all so the big heads at Craftsman can get bigger paychecks?
With the way sears has been going lately, i think it's more the big heads get to keep their jobs for few more months while sears looks to unload the most profitable part of their brand.
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so Budweiser is owned by European company now also...nothing new
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Originally Posted by CACTUSKID View Post
so Budweiser is owned by European company now also...nothing new
And losing market share.
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Originally Posted by CACTUSKID View Post
so Budweiser is owned by European company now also...nothing new
which isnt as good as being owned domestically, but also isnt the same as manufacturing elsewhere and passing it off as the expected USA product
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Re: After 85 years of USA Made, Craftsman hand tools now Chinese

Anyone know if Kobalt tools are made in the US?
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I guess I'll switch to snapon, they've always made better tools but I couldn't justify the money because of craftsman's warranty. Now I can justify that cost.
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Originally Posted by mdenz3 View Post
Anyone know if Kobalt tools are made in the US?
according to Wikipedia...I know, but it lays out what I suspected was the answer was anyway:

"Lowe's and manufacturing partner J.H. Williams launched Kobalt in 1998[1], with the intention of competing against rival retailers Sears and The Home Depot and their respective Craftsman and Husky tool brands.[2] Since 2003, Kobalt hand tools have largely been made by the Danaher Corporation.[3][4] Previously made in the USA, Kobalt sockets and wrenches are now made in Taiwan."



for any tool buffs, J.H. Williams was a tool manufacturer that began in Brooklyn before making Buffalo its main headquarters for most of the 20th century and being a major player in tools. Eventually they became part of the Snap On family as Williams (with "JH Williams" being the title of a certain tool group than includes Williams and other brands at Snap On) and left town but are still USA made
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also I should mention what they said about Husky:
"Husky hand tools were formerly manufactured exclusively in the United States[2] but are now largely made in China, Taiwan and USA."

read your tools and dont assume anything without a USA marking on the tool itself. it would be best if people only bought American, but since that wont happen, atleast dont support the ones trying to trick you!

I havent fully checked this site out yet, but it came up on another forum, providing a list of USA tool manufacturers:

Still Made in USA.com - American-Made Tools
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