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3-Piece Craftsman Professional Curved Blade Pry Bar Set EXPIRED

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Sears.com has 3-Piece Craftsman Professional Curved Blade Pry Bar Set (61355-998) on sale for $29.99. Shipping is free, otherwise select in-store pickup where available. Thanks mrspeed

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  • Craftsman 12" Pry Bar
  • Craftsman 17" Pry Bar
  • Craftsman 25" Pry Bar
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This set has a 5 out of 5 star overall rating on Sears.com based on 45 reviews and features end caps designed to channel more force to the tip without damaging the handle, black oxide coating for corrosion resistance, tempered / hardened bars and ergonomic composite handles. -Corwin

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These have been posted a few times before. The other Craftsman pry bar set with strike-through caps [sears.com], made in USA by Wilde, are also really good and sometimes go on sale for as cheap as $20. These, also made in USA but by Mayhew, are just slightly higher quality. The cheapest these have ever gone on sale (according to the SlickDeals search) is $25, but that was back in 2013. They've been $30 a hand full of times since then, and now again.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-pr...ckType=G2#

Was a popular deal for the same price over a year ago.

Was $25 back in 2013.
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A lot of people are asking questions about these and getting them confused with the other pry bar set with strike caps [sears.com]. I had included some info in my original post, but of course that gets hidden when the deal goes to the front page, so I'll reiterate and expand. There are actually 3 different sets that people have mentioned in this thread.

1. These are the Craftsman Professional version, which are made in the USA by Mayhew (a well-respected brand for pry bars). These are normally $52. I've been watching them for a couple months, and that's the price they've been until this week. They have gone on sell for $30 before, and maybe once or twice ever, they've been as low as $26, but it's been a few years since they hit that price that I know of.

2. The regular (non-Professional) Craftsman pry bars also have strike caps, and are also made in the USA, but by Wilde Tool (another respectable brand). They are regularly priced $40 (versus $52), but they go on sale much more often than these, so they're usually around $30, and occasionally go on sale for $18-$20.

3. There is an older set of the regular (non-Professional) Craftsman pry bars that had hard, shiny plastic handles and _no_ strike caps, which were also made in the USA by Wilde Tool. They were replaced by the current Wilde-made set with strike caps.

I have all three sets, as I had originally bought the old Wilde set with no strike caps, but then upgraded to the newer Wilde set with strike caps when they went on sale. And finally, I just now upgraded to the Mayhew set, since they went on sale.

The original Wilde set had polished red plastic handles. The current Wilde set have a matte, textured red plastic handle with a flat circular strike cap on the end, and the sides of the handle are flatter with sharper corners; so while the handle feels more substantial and higher quality than the older Wilde set, it's a little less comfortable to hold, but easier to grip. Other than that, the metal used in these two pry bar sets looks identical.

These Mayhews definitely look and feel nicer than either Wilde set. Instead of a solid, plastic, square handle, it has a two-piece round handle with red plastic and black grips. They feel like they're almost identical in weight though to the strike-cap Wildes. And the end of the pry bar that curves up, is a bit flatter and less curved in the Mayhews than the Wildes.

Other than the shape, I can't tell if there is a substantial difference in the quality of metal or not, nor do I have the time to test it out right now. Maybe the quality of the finish of the metal looks slightly better in the Mayhews, but I could be imagining it.

At the end of the day, I'd say if you don't already have a set, and you like nice tools, I'd probably spend the $10 more between the sale price of these and the sale price of the Wildes to get these nicer looking and feeling pry bars. If you already have the Wildes with the strike caps, I'm not sure I'd bother upgrading (unless you want to do a head-to-head comparison between them, like me). On the other hand, if you bought the Wildes when they were on sale for $20 like I did, you could probably upgrade to these and sell the old ones without losing much money on them.
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I got these a few years ago for $26, but I've never seen them below $30 again. Really great quality. The tray they come in is cheap and flimsy, but whatever.
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Have this set plus I ordered the 31 inch few years ago. Awesome set. Haven't bent or broke one. In for another pair for a gift.
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Says free shipping over $25 for me. Any recommendations on something cheaper pricewise? TIA
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Says free shipping over $25 for me. Any recommendations on something cheaper pricewise? TIA
Good catch! I'll update the post.
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Can someone educate me on why pry bars are so pricey? $30 for 3 steel rods seems expensive to me.
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Can someone educate me on why pry bars are so pricey? $30 for 3 steel rods seems expensive to me.
You think these are pricey? Try looking at other USA made options.
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I got these a while back for around $17-18. They saved my butt more than once. http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-...943278000P
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What is the difference between these and the regular version of the same set?
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was $19.99 several months ago
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was $19.99 several months ago
These weren't. The other set that I mentioned and linked to in the OP (the ones I said they go on sale for as cheap as $20) are the ones that were $19.99 several months ago.
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Excellent set. I have had mine for several years now.
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These come in very handy in the ER.
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Had $27 in freecash so it came out to $3.26 after tax. Cool!
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