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Best time for Sears hand tool sales?

RUsum1 9,544 1,696 March 28, 2014 at 10:17 PM
What time of the year does Sears normally give the biggest discounts on hand tools? I'm looking to get some Craftsman Professional screwdrivers but can wait until they go on sale. Is it Father's Day, July 4, Labor Day?

(I know Craftsman has gone down in quality but Sears seems to have the easiest trade-in policy for screwdrivers and they are at least USA made still even though not everything else Craftsman is)

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What time of the year does Sears normally give the biggest discounts on hand tools? I'm looking to get some Craftsman Professional screwdrivers but can wait until they go on sale. Is it Father's Day, July 4, Labor Day?

(I know Craftsman has gone down in quality but Sears seems to have the easiest trade-in policy for screwdrivers and they are at least USA made still even though not everything else Craftsman is)

The Craftsman Professional 6pc screwdriver set is the lowest it has ever been at $19.99:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...P?prdNo=17

same with the 51pc magnetic driver:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...0P?prdNo=7

or there's the 4pc slotted set for $11.89:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...ockType=G1


Father's Day and the Thanksgiving/Holiday season usually have some good deals, but really, those "sale" prices can be found a few times a year as well, and often with additional discounts that aren't available during the holiday sale periods.

As for Craftsman screwdrivers, you might want to stick with the regular ones, as the Professional line of screwdrivers isn't that great (word is they are kind of soft, although this works ok if you don't want to gouge/damage screws), and when they are no longer around, all you are going to get for a replacement is a regular Craftsman screwdriver anyway.

You might also consider getting some German-made ones like Wiha or Wera.

The smaller sets of the Wiha 3K screwdrivers are top notch even though they are "base" models, and if you take care of your tools, you're not likely to ever need to use a warranty on them. Wera makes a few different models as well. You may even consider getting the smaller sets of each along with the Craftsman and seeing what you like best.
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The Craftsman Professional 6pc screwdriver set is the lowest it has ever been at $19.99:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...P?prdNo=17

same with the 51pc magnetic driver:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...0P?prdNo=7

or there's the 4pc slotted set for $11.89:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...ockType=G1


Father's Day and the Thanksgiving/Holiday season usually have some good deals, but really, those "sale" prices can be found a few times a year as well, and often with additional discounts that aren't available during the holiday sale periods.

As for Craftsman screwdrivers, you might want to stick with the regular ones, as the Professional line of screwdrivers isn't that great (word is they are kind of soft, although this works ok if you don't want to gouge/damage screws), and when they are no longer around, all you are going to get for a replacement is a regular Craftsman screwdriver anyway.

You might also consider getting some German-made ones like Wiha or Wera.

The smaller sets of the Wiha 3K screwdrivers are top notch even though they are "base" models, and if you take care of your tools, you're not likely to ever need to use a warranty on them. Wera makes a few different models as well. You may even consider getting the smaller sets of each along with the Craftsman and seeing what you like best.
Thank you. I did see that 6-piece set for $20 but it doesn't quite have the sizes I need. I was wanting a 5/16 slotted and a p3 phillips in the set (instead of 1/8 and p0). I was also considering the 4-piece slotted set since it came with not only a 5/16 but also a larger 3/8, but then I would need to find a phillips set to compliment it. (I can't even seem to find a Professional p3 screwdriver).

My other option I was considering was the Klein Journeyman 7-screwdriver set [homedepot.com] which looks to have all of what I need. It almost looks like a pricing error since the comparable 'regular' Klein screwdriver set is nearly twice as expensive. Why is that? All other Journeyman series things are more expensive than their regular counterpart

You're saying that the Craftsman Professional line has softer tips than the regular screwdrivers? Does that mean the tips are more prone to warping?
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Well once I saw that I had $9 in points for some reason I was going to jump on the 4-piece set. Of course it doesn't tell me that it's out of stock until I try to place my order. Probably been out of stock for days but Sears doesn't like an updated website.
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Thank you. I did see that 6-piece set for $20 but it doesn't quite have the sizes I need. I was wanting a 5/16 slotted and a p3 phillips in the set (instead of 1/8 and p0). I was also considering the 4-piece slotted set since it came with not only a 5/16 but also a larger 3/8, but then I would need to find a phillips set to compliment it. (I can't even seem to find a Professional p3 screwdriver).

My other option I was considering was the Klein Journeyman 7-screwdriver set [homedepot.com] which looks to have all of what I need. It almost looks like a pricing error since the comparable 'regular' Klein screwdriver set is nearly twice as expensive. Why is that? All other Journeyman series things are more expensive than their regular counterpart

You're saying that the Craftsman Professional line has softer tips than the regular screwdrivers? Does that mean the tips are more prone to warping?
You'd need to buy the 5/16 and P3 seperate as open stock, though they are fairly expensive as individual pieces.

That Klein Journeyman set looks like a decent set at an ok price if it's what you want. I would guess the Journeyman set is usually more expensive, so perhaps it's a sale price or just lower at your particular store.

The tips aren't prone to warping, just that the screwdrivers will get gouged up from hardened screws rather than the other way around. This works fine if you are working on stuff where you don't want to risk messing up the screws, but when the screwdrivers are no longer around to be replaced under warranty, Sears is likely to just give you a regular screwdriver in exchange.
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You'd need to buy the 5/16 and P3 seperate as open stock, though they are fairly expensive as individual pieces.

That Klein Journeyman set looks like a decent set at an ok price if it's what you want. I would guess the Journeyman set is usually more expensive, so perhaps it's a sale price or just lower at your particular store.

The tips aren't prone to warping, just that the screwdrivers will get gouged up from hardened screws rather than the other way around. This works fine if you are working on stuff where you don't want to risk messing up the screws, but when the screwdrivers are no longer around to be replaced under warranty, Sears is likely to just give you a regular screwdriver in exchange.
I ordered that $20 Craftsman set since I had $9 in points that are about to expire. If anything I'll return those to recycle my points until that 4-piece slotted comes back in stock.

I also ordered the Klein set because an online rep manually added a 20% competitor coupon to my order. I'll decide which I want to keep when they both arrive.

I really wish I could have gotten the Klein set as a Craftsman Professional instead simply because Sears handles their exchanges much easier than HD.
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I ordered that $20 Craftsman set since I had $9 in points that are about to expire. If anything I'll return those to recycle my points until that 4-piece slotted comes back in stock.

I also ordered the Klein set because an online rep manually added a 20% competitor coupon to my order. I'll decide which I want to keep when they both arrive.

I really wish I could have gotten the Klein set as a Craftsman Professional instead simply because Sears handles their exchanges much easier than HD.
Sears sells a cushion grip screwdriver set that is a re-color of the more traditional Klein cushion grip screwdrivers:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-8-...ockType=G5

Although be warned the new cushion grips don't look like the ones in the picture, and the cushioning is much larger, though I like it since it lets you get a good grip. The shafts seem to be the same as the Craftsman Professional drivers, and you get a lot of slotted drivers in the set.

I'd say having multiple screwdriver sets is a good idea, some cheapos or basic Craftsmans for everyday use, and nicer drivers for more specialized work.
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Sears sells a cushion grip screwdriver set that is a re-color of the more traditional Klein cushion grip screwdrivers:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-8-...ockType=G5

Although be warned the new cushion grips don't look like the ones in the picture, and the cushioning is much larger, though I like it since it lets you get a good grip. The shafts seem to be the same as the Craftsman Professional drivers, and you get a lot of slotted drivers in the set.

I'd say having multiple screwdriver sets is a good idea, some cheapos or basic Craftsmans for everyday use, and nicer drivers for more specialized work.
Thanks for the tip. I'll keep an eye on them however they don't appear to be on any kind of sale at the moment.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll keep an eye on them however they don't appear to be on any kind of sale at the moment.
I've only ever seen them on sale once, and it was only a few bucks off. Best way to get the set for a good price is to use a coupon and stack SYWR points, like most other things through Sears.

I've also found some of the individual cushion grip screwdrivers for ~50% off at some Sears stores that still have open stock, or there are also people selling larger and partial sets on ebay.
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I've only ever seen them on sale once, and it was only a few bucks off. Best way to get the set for a good price is to use a coupon and stack SYWR points, like most other things through Sears.

I've also found some of the individual cushion grip screwdrivers for ~50% off at some Sears stores that still have open stock, or there are also people selling larger and partial sets on ebay.
I just went ahead and ordered the four-piece slotted set as well. It finally said it was in stock once in the cart after about a week of being out of stock.

How lenient is Sears about returns without receipts though? I would like to replace one of the 1/8" x 3" slotted screwdrivers for a 1/4" x 6" if possible. I will have two of the 1/8" ones since the six-pack also has it.

And I'm so disappointed that there doesn't seem to be a Craftsman Professional P3 Phillips. That would make my set complete.

edit: seems I will also have two of the 3/16" x 4" slotted as well. I guess I can just go in and ask to exchange and pay the difference if there is any.
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I just went ahead and ordered the four-piece slotted set as well. It finally said it was in stock once in the cart after about a week of being out of stock.

How lenient is Sears about returns without receipts though? I would like to replace one of the 1/8" x 3" slotted screwdrivers for a 1/4" x 6" if possible. I will have two of the 1/8" ones since the six-pack also has it.

And I'm so disappointed that there doesn't seem to be a Craftsman Professional P3 Phillips. That would make my set complete.

edit: seems I will also have two of the 3/16" x 4" slotted as well. I guess I can just go in and ask to exchange and pay the difference if there is any.
Sears only does returns without receipts on certain items. You'd need to return the sets though, not the individual screwdrivers, since they won't have the proper stickers or hangtags to indicate they were sold as open stock.

You can't typically "trade in" one type of screwdriver for another and pay the difference like that. Some store managers might do that, especially if you want to give them a screwdriver they have zero of and haven't been able to get in stock for months, and buy one they have a lot of, but it's rare these days to have a Sears associate that is that customer-focused and will bend over backwards like that to get you what you want and make you happy.

There is/was a Craftsman Professional P3, you might have to get it in-store instead of online.
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Sears only does returns without receipts on certain items. You'd need to return the sets though, not the individual screwdrivers, since they won't have the proper stickers or hangtags to indicate they were sold as open stock.

You can't typically "trade in" one type of screwdriver for another and pay the difference like that. Some store managers might do that, especially if you want to give them a screwdriver they have zero of and haven't been able to get in stock for months, and buy one they have a lot of, but it's rare these days to have a Sears associate that is that customer-focused and will bend over backwards like that to get you what you want and make you happy.

There is/was a Craftsman Professional P3, you might have to get it in-store instead of online.
There doesn't seem to be a P3 online and I figured the online inventory was more expansive than in-store inventory. I'll have to make a Sears run once my slotted set comes in.
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There doesn't seem to be a P3 online and I figured the online inventory was more expansive than in-store inventory. I'll have to make a Sears run once my slotted set comes in.
Online usually is, but in certain cases, there are stores that have harder to get items and sizes that are either sold out online or no longer available. Some Sears stores have lots of the Professional screwdrivers, some just have uncommon sizes left.
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Check your local area for stores closing. The next town over from me is closing a kmart and a sears. Last I saw it was like 20-25% off tools.
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