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#1 posted 03-10-2019 01:03 AM

Like you, I still have some Craftsman tools for over 40 years and they are still working great. Which is why I may not fully understand the issue.

Not because I’m a denier or anything like that. More likely because the Craftsman tools I bought 40+ years ago are much different than the ones these youngsters are buying today.

Today’s tools – Craftsman as well as other brands – are not made to the same quality and longevity as were the ones we bought so many years ago.

One just has to look at the tool itself; plastics have replaced steel; push-in electrical connectors have replaced screw posts; wrenches have lost the strength and heft because of different alloys and less of it. The list goes on and on.

Let alone the craftsmanship – pun INTENDED! – of the manufacturing and assembly. Whereas my old tools were built here in America by craftsmen – again, pun intended – who took great pride in what they did and built, today’s tools are most often made overseas by underpaid and underappreciated near-slaves who will never meet the customers who will eventually buy the products they built.

And I strongly believe that that factor of separation insulates the manufacturers from their customers and vice versa. With today’s disposable society, folks don’t buy things to last the 40+ years that we once did.

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for our society and our craft and hobby.

But I STILL love MY Craftsman tools!!

I’ll get off my soapbox now.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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