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309-piece Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set $166.50, Craftsman 26'' Wide 5-Drawer Quiet Glide Bottom Chest

joendsu 2,552 May 24, 2012 at 07:22 AM in Home & Home Improvement (3) More Sears Deals
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Promoted 05-24-2012 at 04:35 PM View Original Post
Sears has 309-piece Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set for $166.49 when you enter promo code MAYSAVINGS at checkout. Proceed to checkout for final price. Shipping is free. Thanks joendsu

Sears also has Craftsman 26'' Wide 5-Drawer Quiet Glide Bottom Chest for $131.99 - $15 with promo code MAYSAVINGS = $116.99 + free store pick-up. Thanks twleidy & waldo012 [discuss]

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Sears Memorial Day Sale - Use coupon code MAYSAVINGS to get to $166.49!

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#61
Quote from rogeralum View Post :
Just bought a new house. Was wavering if i should buy this, my dad told me they have a life-time guarantee and in 10 years of living in my place I will get the $170 value back from it. Now I have no excuse as far as not having the right bolt or wrench size!
Same thing!! New house and my dad loves Craftsman for home goods (a mechanic of almost 50 years!!)
I hate that it's no longer USA but it's still worth it at this price. Was about $180 for me after taxes.

Is the drawer set def worth it guys?? Unless the coupon doesn't work again...
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#62
Picked up my set tonight in Jackson, MI. I haven't opened everything up yet, but from what I can see so far the ratchets in my set are in fact MADE IN USA as are what looks like all of the sockets, hex keys, even the nut driver handle. The combination ratcheting wrenches are NOT labeled made in USA.

I will say that I use a 24mm GearWrench ratcheting wrench (also made by Danaher in CHINA -who makes craftsman as well according to my Fastenal rep) at work with bolts torqued over 100 lb/ft several times a day in extremely hot and humid conditions(steam chest molding of expanded polypropylene if you're wondering lol) and I haven't had any issues with them as long as you don't abuse them. You're not supposed to use them to break nuts free(any ratcheting tool for that matter) so as long as you don't do that I don't see you ever having a problem. We have had some Gearwrench ratcheting wrenches break(abused -broke stuck nuts loose) but haven't had any trouble replacing them under the lifetime warranty.

I work in an industrial shop and we use most lines from Craftsman, Craftsman Professional, Craftsman Industrial as well as some MAC Tools and even cheaper tools from Jonnesway, MIT/TEKTON(Michigan Industrial Tools -made in china though lol), and even some Harbor Freight crap(Pittsburgh, etc). I will say that you do get what you pay for and the trouble is figuring out how much you yourself should pay for a tool based on your designated use. Craftsman seems to hit a nice price point(only when on sale) and supports American jobs most of the time which is nice. For homeowners I think they're perfect. If you're a professional or serious mechanic they'll be on the low end for you but they get the job done. If you're doing more precise work you'll probably want something a little bit nicer but you'll definitely pay for it.

I haven't had any serious problems with our Craftsman products except their hex keys(they suck - try Bondhus for hex keys and star keys - they handle higher torque better and resist twisting as well as rounding off). Combination wrenches are pretty much comparable across the brands for home-owner use but the tolerances and finishing is obviously better on the higher quality(and priced) products. The Craftsman ratchets DO wear out but you can say that about any tool. Abuse and heavy daily use do take their toll. As long as you take care of your tools, keep them clean, and do not abuse them they will last a lifetime for a home-owner.

I will admit I'm still in search of the perfect screwdriver set as the Craftsman leaves some durability to be desired but the problem lies in finding a higher quality set at the right price point. However, that does not apply to this deal.


One last thing - If you're complaining about 6pt vs 12pt GTFO. 12 pt works fine on bolts in good condition torqued to spec. When rounding occurs you either have an incorrect socket size to begin with or your fastener/bolt is completely junk anyways and you'll be drilling/extracting and re-tapping anyhow. But 6pt does provide a better point of contact for transferring the torque to reduce damage. If you're consistently seeing junk fasteners (auto mechanic, professional whatever) then most likely you'll already know you need 6pts and maybe something a little nicer than Craftsman. The bickering of the peons over this topic drives me nuts. (pun intended)
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#63
Quote from timtim2008 View Post :
this is a good deal... i just dont need it, already have 90% of these. gods why?????
same here...nowadays, it would be a waste of money for me to get this set. over the years, I've collected hundreds of pieces consisting of craftsman, Greatneck (Autozone brand), Husky (HD brand), Kobalt (Lowes brand), and Pittsburgh (HF brand). if there are sizes I need and do not have, I'd just get them from HF, Autozone, or Advance Auto. this deal is good for someone who doesn't already have a good, fairly comprehensive basic tool set.
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#64
Just bought a set for my dad's birthday, that is a friggin deal!
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#65
Got my set, you can never have too many wrenches and ratchets.
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#66
I got up on black friday at 3am for nothing, paid $213 with tax.

Also ordered one @ $212+ tax on there 3 weeks ago. They declined a price-match. Frown
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#67
mine came in a cardboard box. No molded box or metal tool box if anyone was still curious about it
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#68
I hate to say it, but I bought the 309 pc set few weeks back, and the quality just of wrenches is pitiful. Made in USA compared to HF "crap" feels like something I stole from my nephew. The wrenches don't feel as solid as HF. Sockets are not of same quality, stamping is of different depth, finished quality lacks in some sockets. It is still a very good deal for some, but I was shocked how cheap it feels. Thanks to the lifetime warranty I care less, but still disappointed by the hyped up made in USA.
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#69
Any thoughts on http://www.sears.com/shc/s/crafts...SKIP_LEVEL to store the tools?
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Quote from soundmaster31 View Post :
... I haven't opened everything up yet, but from what I can see so far the ratchets in my set are in fact MADE IN USA as are what looks like all of the sockets, hex keys, even the nut driver handle. The combination ratcheting wrenches are NOT labeled made in USA.
I wonder if the reason most of your set was 'Made in the USA' is you just got an 'older' set or is it just the norm for all of these 309 piece kits. I don't think it matters a significant amount for us weekenders but just kind of sad. Thinking about picking up a set because I need some wrenches and sockets and this is not much more $.
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Any thoughts on http://www.sears.com/shc/s/crafts...SKIP_LEVEL to store the tools?
http://slickdeals.net/f/4636024-Craftsman-26-in-Wide-5-Drawer-Heavy-Duty-Ball-Bearing-Top-Chest-Black-106-was-239?v=1

I know it's a good bit more expensive, but I will never understand why people cheap out on tool sets/tool boxes.

It's going to last you forever if you don't lose them.
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Any thoughts on http://www.sears.com/shc/s/crafts...SKIP_LEVEL to store the tools?
You're not gonna have a spot for all your tools and they're just gonna fall all over the place. If you have any OCD it will bother you immensely.
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http://slickdeals.net/f/4636024-Craftsman-26-in-Wide-5-Drawer-Heavy-Duty-Ball-Bearing-Top-Chest-Black-106-was-239?v=1

I know it's a good bit more expensive, but I will never understand why people cheap out on tool sets/tool boxes.

It's going to last you forever if you don't lose them.
Does this have a place foe each tool? I find that boxes that allow you to see what is missing facilitate you keeping you set longer.
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#75
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Any thoughts on http://www.sears.com/shc/s/crafts...SKIP_LEVEL to store the tools?

This particular case was free with my 263pc mechanics tool set that I purchased 2-3 years ago. It is ok for holding the tools, but the trays seem to slide out of the toolbox when you pick it up and carry it. I have had many instances where I pick it up to take it outside and a tray or two falls out and my sockets scatter on the floor. I have remedied this by using a $1 strap from harbor freight to hold the trays in place while I am not using the toolbox and loosen the strap when the toolbox is on the ground and I am ready to use the tools. For the price of $32, I would not recommend it.
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