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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-18-2010 07:08 PM 6869 views 0 times favorited 60 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2010 07:08 PM

I have a Sears Craftsman finish nailgun, 15ga. I was in the middle of a project when I ran out of nails. I went down to my big box and bought a box of Bostich finish nails; got back home and they wouldn’t fit the gun. It seems ONLY Sears nails will fit their gun. This and similar experiences have turned me against Sears products. I wasted 1 1/2 hours. Moral: Stay away from Crapsman tools.

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 09:07 PM

This is why I buy Delta, porter cable, and Dewalt. Just got rid of a 1952 radial arm saw due to a recall and other crapsman stuff either not being able to get parts for it or the parts costing as much as buying it new from them and other non conforming bull crap they use to keep you buying their junk I think if you go the Craftsman route spend the extra 50.00 AND GO GRIZZLY !!!!!

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 09:19 PM

Believe me, I’m no lover of Sears but in this case I think it’s Bostitch that is the odd man out. Their 15ga nailer uses a different angle setup than most other guns. HD carries Porter Cable nails and they probably will work in your nailer. Your Owners Manual should list the nail angle you need.

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 09:22 PM

I only buy sears if I’m desperate for a tool that I can’t get elsewhere.


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#4 posted 07-18-2010 09:24 PM

Don’t buy Sears. As I have said on other posts, they change something from the original contract manufacturer so only their stuff will work. Same with parts- not all original parts will interchange!

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 09:32 PM

I consider Craftsman and Sears stuff as throw aways (the older stuff is actually much better made of course). You get it in an emergency…then toss it when it is done…they are too badly made for anything else. The only tools that they make ok are wrenches and screwdrivers.

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 09:37 PM

I have never bought anything at sears
but the looks of their tools
it looks they went down hill.

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 09:42 PM

Why would you buy Bostitch nails for a Craftsman nail gun? Did it say on the box of nails it will fit Craftsman?

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 09:52 PM

Why would you buy Bostitch nails for a Craftsman nail gun? Did it say on the box of nails it will fit Craftsman
I made the assumption the nails would be interchangable like they are for most of the other guns on the market. Bostitch nails are readily available, but I don’t have a Sears so close. I would prefer to buy Harbor Freight before I ever again buy anything Sears.

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 09:53 PM

I will admit, I do have, and love, alot of craftsman tools. I will also admit, that on some, if you need to use something of another brand, you might be forced back to Sears. Router stuff is a perfect example. I like the routers I have, but sometimes I am cursing when I need to adapt something without a good way to adapt it.

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 09:57 PM

It sounds like the factual basis of this post is in question. In this particular case, was Craftsman engineering or user error to blame? Do facts even matter? It seems silly to blast all things Sears (or any brand) over an issue with an item that’s not related to other items sold in the same store…especially if the issue was user error. You’ll be running out of places to shop pretty soon. One bad pickle at McDonald

I’m more of a realist with any brand, having had some pretty good Cman tools (22124 hybrid, Bosch clone router, 22400 12” Rikon clone BS), and some not so good ones (10” CMS, 14.4V drill). I just can’t dismiss the good ones because they share a name with a lesser tool. Rather than dismissing all their tools as the being same (they’re not), I take each tool at face value, much the same way I do with any brand….heck, even HF has some worthwhile items, but it doesn’t mean that all are.

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 10:05 PM

Bostich has 2 different styles of guns and nails!

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 10:09 PM

Ok Ron, help me understand your post. Sears is garbage because you made an (incorrect) assumption?? I gotta wonder if the users manual just might have mentioned nail compatibility. You did read it, didn’t you?

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 10:37 PM

I made my desicision not to buy Craftsman power tools when I worked at sears in the tool dept, back in highschool. I came to the conculsion that the Craftsman power tools, that I was foced to sell to customers are nothing but JUNK. About 75% of the power tools sold in the store where I worked in was returned and I then had to deal with the unhappy customers and a cut in my paycheck the next week ‘the commisions I made was took back’. The hand tools seemed to be pretty good.

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 10:57 PM

I recently bought some third-party nails for my Craftsman nail gun at an Ace Hardware store.
The compatibility was listed on the label.

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 11:04 PM

Ok Ron, help me understand your post. Sears is garbage because you made an (incorrect) assumption?? I gotta wonder if the users manual just might have mentioned nail compatibility. You did read it, didn’t you?
I got the gun over two years ago and bought Craftsman nails at the same time. It has taken me all this time to finally go through a box of nails. I did read the instructions, but that was 2+ years ago. I don’t think they would have said “Craftsman nails” only, but I will dig up the instructions and check and let you know.
was Craftsman engineering or user error to blame?
The engineering is to blame, not because it is flawed, but because it redesigns something so you are forced to buy their products. This is something unethical. They should make it clear from the beginning that nails from other manufacturers can’t be used in the Craftsman nailer. It’s good design from Sears point of view, but a bad design from the consumer’s point of view. Overall, Sears is the loser because they just lost another customer. I know Sears philosophy. They lose an occasional customer, but they gain two more unwary customers. Is this any way to do business. Sears thinks so. Their day will come. Remember the saying “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time”.

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