Craftsman 12 pc deep impact sockets

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  1. Louie70Dart

    Louie70Dart Southern IL. Complete opposite of k-town FABO Gold Member

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    Been watching these for some time. Had to buy today at 64% off. Paid $30.31 with tax.
    Have a picture available. Found I am unable to pull up the file from my android phone that had picture. Enjoy.

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    • MOPARMITCH

      MOPARMITCH Mekong Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      Niiice !!
       
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      Good deal.. :thumbsup:
       
    • Joe Dokes

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      Good score,

      By any chance US made?

      I have a set of Taiwann made Craftsman Sockets that have served me well, but I 'm dubious of their Chinese tools. (Yes, I know that Taiwann is considered to be China by many, but in my experience tools stamped Taiwann tend to be of better quality than those stamped China.)
       
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      • Louie70Dart

        Louie70Dart Southern IL. Complete opposite of k-town FABO Gold Member

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        Yeah Chinese. But I don't make my living with them. Just a shade tree wannabe. And I agree with Taiwan being better.
         
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        • Princess Valiant

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          I really don't believe the china stampings are any worse or better than the U.S. stamped ones......the technology has really gone up in china and the U.S. quality has slipped hard.

          But it's still a pride issue and I still tend to look for only U.S. made stuff. However I feel if I am loyal to crasftsman, maybe they will come back someday. I took advantage of a sale and got a wrench set as well.
           
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          • Louie70Dart

            Louie70Dart Southern IL. Complete opposite of k-town FABO Gold Member

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            We can hope they'll bring GOOD manufacturing back Rani.
             
          • jos51700

            jos51700 Green Bearing thread connoisseur

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            The problem with Chinese stuff is you never NEVER know what the quality will be from one to the next.

            Lots of times they make decent stuff.... until the roundeye qc man goes home.

            And I've seen plenty of compromises in the craftsman tool design in the name of compensating for inferior materials. no thanks.

            Congrats on your purchase. I hope they serve you well.
             
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            Good score. For weekend guys like us should serve you well. It is hard to decipher Craftsman quality these days since they use so many tool companies and manufacturers and just slap their name on it.

            Brands like Husky, Kobalt, CM are constantly balancing their bottom line and value. At this point in time I noticed the Husky stuff is pretty decent but who knows how long it will last.
             
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            I won't buy the Craftsman stuff made outside the US unless I have to. Sorry, but if it's going to be made in China I'll buy it at Harbor Freight. They have a lifetime warranty on most of their tools now, and it's like what Craftsman's warranty used to be like- no questions asked, they replace everything with a new tool. Bring in the tool and they exchange it. You can buy a set of the Pittsburgh HF deep well impact sockets for $25, and use one of their weekly 20% off coupons on top of it.

            I bought a Craftsman floor jack and jack stands kit, was probable 8 or 9 years ago now. Just the cheap one, nothing fancy. Made in China. I few weeks later I was at HF and just took a look at the floor jack with similar specs. Not only was it similar, it was THE SAME JACK. Just orange. Probably made in the same factory on a separate line. And of course the HF version cost half as much. If it's the same tool I'm buying the cheaper one, at least there's no illusions about where the HF stuff is made. If Craftsman can't figure that out, well, good luck with the business.

            I'll happily pay more for the US made Craftsman tools, but I'm not going to support them outsourcing their production. I'm definitely not going to pay US-made tool prices for tools made in China.
             
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            • toolmanmike

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              So much manufacturing has switched to China for many reasons. Cheap labor for one. No union to fight with, no benefits to pay, and no retirement to fund. Those people work for a buck or two an hour and love it. #2 on my list is no government regulations. No labor laws, no safety divisions, and no EPA. Blow the smoke in the air and dump the waste in the river. No one cares. Most of what I just described was killed here in the US. The steel mills in the east could n't afford to rebuild and follow our government's new rules so the production got moved overseas. Heck there is huge ships in the ocean, out in International waters, where there are no regulations, and they melt down our scrap and sell it back to us. It's all about skirting the rules and making money. Rant over.
               
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              • mopowers

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                What sucks is that if you have any older Craftsman, Husky, Kobalt, etc tools made in the USA break, they now replace them with the chinese crap the currently sell with those names on them. I'm just hoping none of my USA made tools ever break. If I know I'm gonna beat hard on a tool for a particular job, I'll grab one of the cheapie tools.
                 
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                • krazykuda

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                  Not to mention after WWII we rebuilt the steel mills in Japan to the latest technology, better than ours....

                  So if we could get the US gov't to declare war on the steel mills here, and destroy them... When the war is over, they will rebuild them with the latest and greatest...
                   
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                  • justinp61

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                    I'm in the same boat, if I'm buying china made stuff I want to pay china made prices.
                     
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