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Stanley Black & Decker is trying to resurrect Craftsman through a partnership with Lowe's. The tools themselves are probably as good as any other mid-range tools targeted at DIY customers.

The tools themselves are probably as good as any other mid-range tools targeted at DIY customers

Not in my recent experience -- I got a tool set for Christmas 2 years ago -- the ratchet broke on first use (the retaining clip that held it together either broke or was never installed), one of the box-end wrenches snapped off while trying to loosen a tight (but not corroded) screw on a lawnmower.

I think craftsman still has a lifetime warranty, but I didn't even try to replace the broken tools, I bought replacements of Home Depot's store brand (Cobalt?) and found them to be of better quality.

A couple years further back I bought a Craftsman floor jack, it broke on first use, a pivot pin was missing, so the entire jack arm bent over to the side when I tried to lift my car -- it wouldn't retract so I had to use my car's tire jack to lift the car enough to get the broken jack out.

I took it back to the store and the clerk said "Put it over by that other one", and that other one had the exact same problem.

> I think craftsman still has a lifetime warranty

No, although some 3rd party stores will still honor it.

> cobalt

Kobalt, yeah. They're possibly better, but probably not. I own a few things from them that have been perfectly functional, no complaints, but not high-quality.

I have very few modern craftsman tools--most of my hand tools are vintage--but I've found them to be comparable. I wouldn't be surprised if they all come from the same factory somewhere.

I have a lot of old hand-me downs from my father, his old craftsman stuff is still great. My brother got most of his Snap-on stuff (he uses it daily in his business, he needs the good stuff) and that stuff is fantastic -- some of it's had 20 or 30 years of heavy use. Though you pay the price for it (more than I'm willing to pay to turn a bolt on my lawnmower a few times a year :-) )

They either don't have real tight control over it or aren't really trying to resurrect it. Menard's, the worst big box DIY/builder store, stocks some crappy looking junk with Craftsman branding.

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