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Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby Peter Person » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:27 pm

Bought a set of Craftsman Industrial Open End Wrenches earlier this year to fill out my tool box. Wanted to get the larger Standard size wrenches as well as some Metric wrenches since I don't have very many and more and more machines have metric fasteners.
This was a "special set" that Sears offered for a limited time, probably to clear out inventory after Christmas.
10 piece set including:
Standard: 1 1/16" - 1 1/8", 1 1/4" - 1 5/16", 1 3/8" - 1 7/16", and 1 1/2" - 1 5/8"
Metric: 21mm - 23mm, 22 - 24, 24 - 26, 25 - 27, 28 - 30, and 30 - 32
$74.99 plus $5.39 CT Sales Tax and $9.99 shipping = $90.37, so roughly $9 per wrench.
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Interesting comparison between the current 1 1/16"-1 1/8" Craftsman Industrial and a "standard" Craftsman 1 1/16"-1 1/8" that I've had for close to 40 years.
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Would be interested to know if the metallurgy is that different or they decided to beef up the thickness due to the size fastener they're for. Could be some of both.

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Re: Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby T-Mo » Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:58 am

Keep in mind that Sears sold their Craftsman's line to Stanley (Black & Decker). So, I wonder if the new ones are Stanley made Craftsman tools.

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Re: Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby Stanton » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:31 am

The new ones are a lot beefier. Hope it due to the larger size fasteners and not due to metallurgy.
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Re: Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:56 am

My guess would be metallurgy. Last time I was in Lowes, I was told that they would be carrying Craftsman. Ace hardware stores already do.
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Re: Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby redfin » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:15 pm

I might add that I have Craftsman wrenches along with Harbor Freight wrenches. I might bite that the Craftsman wrenches have been more accurately sized than the H F wrenches. 1/2" Craftsman wrenches have been 1/2". Of the H F 1/2" wrench that I have had , one may be 1/2" and another a bit loose with one a tad tight to fit. Not complaining about them , just noting my experience.

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Re: Craftsman Made in USA Wrenches

Postby BigBill » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:51 pm

The newer craftsman tools that don’t have USA on them are manufactured in China. I’m not sure if the warranty has changed too. I been buying s-k tools, proto tools and USA craftsman tools on eBay. I have husky tools from my teenage days. The prices on tools has changed too. Try the sears outlet online too.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.


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