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#1 posted 03-10-2019 01:52 AM

In transitioning from a homeowner / general use mode to a more focused woodworking configuration, I have recently began replacing several of my Craftsman power tools – some of which are 30 years old. With an uptick in usage, my saber saw finally died, as did my drill, but after the many years of service I received from them, I am more than completely satisfied. My circular saw is working well with the exception of the trigger that has worn and is a bit uncomfortable and the same can be said of my 1/3 sheet sander. The digital read-out on my radial arm saw no longer functions, but the saw still cuts and works fine and sees regular use. My reciprocating saw runs well, as does a detail sander and engraving tool. I have also had air compressor failure (one tankless and the other with a tank), though each were pretty old and worn. My many non-power hand tools, tool boxes and other items have been great (many of which date back to 1979) and the few items that I have broken were replaced without question, with the same to be said about Craftsman garden hand tools. Last summer my hand-me-down Craftsman / Honda push mower broke with the motor separating from the deck (I’m not sure how old it is), but I really like the mower and after a little bit of welding and adding a few small pieces of steel, it functions as good as new. I have been a well-satisfied Craftsman owner over the years and would consider the value & performance of the equipment I have had to be gratifying.

That being said, my more recent power tools have not been Craftsman. The chaos of the move from Sears and not really knowing of the present quality verses the older days has left me somewhat wavering from the brand, though with Lowe’s picking up the Craftsman line, I might at some point begin to evaluate their tools and give them another look. At the present though, my focus has been more toward each individual item that I am in need of and as such I have looked at each tool and features that I need, and branched out to a multitude of different manufacturers in finding the best tool for my purposes.

Times change and so do many things. My first car was a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass with a Rocket 350 engine, a make and model that has been left to fade into the past.

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