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154-Piece Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set EXPIRED

Corwin 32,574 February 18, 2013 at 08:32 AM in Home & Home Improvement (4) More Sears Deals
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Promoted 03-03-2013 at 08:59 AM View Original Post
UPDATE: Lower price now with new promo code listed below.

Sears.com has 154-piece Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set (35154) for $70.99 when you apply promo code TOOLSMEGA at checkout. Select free in-store pick up, or get Free Shipping with your Shop Your Way Max (Free Trial). Thanks Corwin76

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Sears has the Craftsman 154 pc. Mechanics Tool Set for $71 after applying code TOOLSMEGA. Store pickup is free, or have it shipped free with SYWM. Signup for the free 90 day trial here [sears.com].

Craftsman 154 pc. Mechanics Tool Set $70.99 (reg.$149.99)
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Product Description

154 pc Mechanics Tool Set Helps You Repair
Nothing is more exasperating than finding yourself in the middle of fixing your car and discovering you don't have one or more of the required tools--but with the Craftsman 154 pc Mechanics Tool Set, you'll always be equipped to finish the job on time. The heavy duty tools include screwdrivers, 12-point combination wrenches, nut drivers and dozens of sockets that work in tandem with three quick release ratchets. From simple tasks like spark plug replacement and basic tune-ups to rebuilding engines and replacing brakes, you can rely on this tool set to always meet your needs.
154 pc Mechanics Tool Set, you'll never have to bother neighbors or friends to ask for a tool you don't have; they'll be coming to you for tools! And you'll never have to worry about the tools breaking because all Craftsman tools come with a lifetime guarantee. If they ever break--which rarely happens--your local Kmart store will gladly give you new ones, no questions ever asked. You'll likely own many cars and trucks in a lifetime but these tools will last so long you can pass them on to your kids.
The Craftsman 154 pc Mechanics Tool Set includes:
93 metric and inch, standard and deep-well sockets
12 12-point combination wrenches
2 extension bars
21 nut and screw driver bits
1 magnetic bit handle
22 hex keys
and a blow molded carrying case
All tools are cast from the highest quality steel
Tool kits come ready to use right out of the box for projects that need immediate attention
Backed by Craftsman's famous Forever Warranty
Compatible with all types of mechanics' tool boxes

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#46
Quote from barginbin View Post :
Tools made in China?
Yes, Craftsman tools are now made in China. The quality is crap compared to what it once was. About on par with Harbor Freight, at a higher price.
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#47
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Yes, Craftsman tools are now made in China. The quality is crap compared to what it once was. About on par with Harbor Freight, at a higher price.
To be fair, not all Craftsman tools are made in China now. This set and the one I purchased prior were both made in the USA, but probably the majority are made in China.

Don't let Home Depot's Husky brand or Stanley off the hook either. If this Craftsman set weren't made in the USA I probably would have went cheap and got Harbor Freight or just bought the Husky brand. I had a Husky ratchet with some nice teeth on it that felt much better in my hand than the Craftsman ratchets in this set that seemed to have larger gaps between the teeth.
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#48
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Sears has got to be the most poorly run business I have ever dealt with. This is ridiculous.

So I had mentioned earlier that I purchased the 118 piece tool set last week and wanted to upgrade to this one.

I placed my order at 6:15 PM and didn't get a e-mail until 8:05. This is not because the store was busy, it is because the order didn't reach the store until 8:00 PM. They can't do anything with the order until it comes through.

So I tell them that I want to return the 118 piece and pick up the 154 that I just ordered. They tell me that since I paid with PAYPAL that they can only offer me store credit. The system wouldn't let them offer any type of refund otherwise.

So I call Sears.Com and they say that in order for me to get a refund, I will have to mail the item (on my own dollar) back to the corresponding factory. They did offer to reimburse me the shipping fees, but that is ridiculous. I'm already at the store with the item.

So I ask the cashier, can you give me the gift card and just sell me the 154 off the shelf for $74.99? Take the one that I ordered online and pretend that never happened. He said no, the item cannot be canceled at the store. So I was like what if I don't pick it up for a month? He said then we will keep calling you to pick it up, it never gets canceled. He also said that he can't modify the price of the item to $74.99 because I used coupons on it.

So after much thought, I decided that since I refuse to mail it back, that the only way for me to get this done is to refund it for store credit. I then come home and wait on the phone for 10-15 mins for the operator to come on and cancel my order. She finally does.

I then go back online to purchase the tool set with the gift card, and now they aren't letting me use the EARN10 promotion. Presumably because it is gonna take 24-48 hours for them to cancel my order and I had already used it once.

Lesson: Sears will never survive if this is their policy. I mean, you're going to reimburse me shipping fees on a pretty heavy tool box rather than me just return it to the store.

If you are purchasing from sears, DO NOT USE PAYPAL. Otherwise, you won't be able to get a refund if you end up returning something.

Now I have to wait until my order gets canceled because I want that $10 SYWR credit that I already had. I just hope that my order gets canceled before Thursday on top of having to drive back to the store to get the item. I wanted to get this done today because it's a holiday and there was no traffic.

/end rant
lenovo took 5 months of weekly calls to refund my paypal amount. never use paypal, it scams the merchant and the buyer.
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Quote from aznnp77 View Post :
To be fair, not all Craftsman tools are made in China now. This set and the one I purchased prior were both made in the USA, but probably the majority are made in China.

Don't let Home Depot's Husky brand or Stanley off the hook either. If this Craftsman set weren't made in the USA I probably would have went cheap and got Harbor Freight or just bought the Husky brand. I had a Husky ratchet with some nice teeth on it that felt much better in my hand than the Craftsman ratchets in this set that seemed to have larger gaps between the teeth.
Ya, apparently the Craftsman Industrial line is still made in the USA by W. W. Grainger. There are still some American-made non-Industrial line Craftsman hand tools, but they're the exception.

Agreed on Husky and Stanley. Might as well get the tool that works best for the price, since the companies have totally de-valued their brands. Like everything else in China, they make these tools in various random contract factories to customer-spec. Can't trust generic tools.

Luckily for me, I have multiple sets of US made Craftsman/Proto/SK tools that I inherited, plus a bunch of defunct brands from the 30s/40s/50s. They really don't make 'em like they used to!
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I've had this set for probably 10 years or so. The problem isn't when you open the case as there's already a big picture on the up side, it's when you pick it up (yes, while it's closed). The sockets fall out and are all over the place. I use thin pieces of foam to 'seal' the case better and keep the sockets from flopping around when I need to move it from one location to another. This is just a poorly designed case as other sets do not seem to have this problem.
Wow...never had that problem w/the case closed but your case is 10yrs...mine is only 2yrs or so....maybe a redesigned case throughout the years?
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Yes, Craftsman tools are now made in China. The quality is crap compared to what it once was. About on par with Harbor Freight, at a higher price.
[QUOTE=aznnp77;57680026]To be fair, not all Craftsman tools are made in China now. This set and the one I purchased prior were both made in the USA, but probably the majority are made in China.

Do either of you think it's the quality of the workmanship, quality of the material or both?
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I own this set and it is good...just one drawback...the case...when you open it...the tools often fall out of place....its a drag.
That is a drag, you are right. Before you close it, put a piece of over size foam in the box Wink I have used this technique in other situations, hopefully it will work in this one.
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#53
this is actually a great deal come to think of it.

is this set Made in USA though? (the 192 pc one is)


side note - anyone know the standard size of those toilet flange bolts at the bottom of the toilet? for that i guess i could just use an adjustable wrench i guess...no need to worry about if one of the wrenches in this kit would fit that
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#54
Even made in USA, the steel is from China now, maybe only the package is made in USA! Smilie
"Made in China" is supposed to meet the specs from Craftsman. it should be have same quality. If not the Craftman's inspector/buyer is bribed by Chinese!
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Do either of you think it's the quality of the workmanship, quality of the material or both?
Honestly, I don't have as much experience with tools as your average male. I have worked on my car for various things from brakes to suspension. I've actually never had a wrench or a socket break on me until I snapped 3 sockets and the adapter on one of those cheap Wal Mart sets.

If you work on stuff enough though, you'll probably notice the difference in quality. I'm now pretty convinced that those cheap sockets are a big reason why I rounded off some bolts in the past. The craftsman sockets had a nice snug fit compared to the cheap stuff.

If you're working on a car and one of your tools fails, you've gotta get into another car (assuming you have more than 1) and go to the store. At least you know with Craftsman you can exchange it for free. I'm not buying Snap On quality, but I would like a decent tool that I wouldn't run into that situation too often.

If you're a shade tree mechanic doing side jobs, I'm sure you wouldn't want to leave a customer hanging to go to the store because of your poor quality tools.
Last edited by aznnp77 February 19, 2013 at 09:42 AM
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#56
in for 1 of these. i am returning the 192pc set that i got for $115 and the other sets that i was going to keep instead of the 192 pc. this saved me a ton of money, a TON of money

this set can't be beat for $78.32 then i got 5% CB from Mr Rebates and then another 1% back from Chase


Corwin - how can i rep you more than once??? let me know lol
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#57
I just cancelled my order of this set and two additional items. It said all items were in stock (5 or more in stock of all items) when I ordered, but when I got my confirmation to pick up my order, it said this tool set was out of stock and it could be shipped to me free with standard shipping. That does me no good. I could have just gotten free two day shipping by selecting to use my free trial of SYWR max had they not lied and said it was in stock. Waste of time.....

+1 rep for OP regardless.
Last edited by rabidcabbage February 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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#58
Just picked mine up and it is a really nice set. The tools in the top lid have a locking cover that prevent them from falling out and they are stamped USA. Thumbs up and repped, thank you op!
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Honestly, I don't have as much experience with tools as your average male.
Your average male doesn't know which end of the socket goes on the nut. Big Grin
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Do either of you think it's the quality of the workmanship, quality of the material or both?
It's OK for the average person, who is just going to use it to change the occasional brake pad or alternator.

Sounds like there are still some Made in USA sets in the supply chain. You could order it and see what you get. If it's stamped "Made in USA," then this is a no brainer. Great deal! If not, you can decide for yourself if you want to keep it or return it.
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