A huge new contest - Booooo!

There is a brilliant new contest - thousands of dollar's-worth of prizes, an outstanding opportunity to upgrade your whole Making capability.

But only if you're American!

Don't Craftsman sell tools to other countries?

That's it - just a short rant.

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Lftndbt9 years ago
I'll stick with my Japanese made Makita gear thanks Craftsman. So.... is this Craftsman gear any good? I haven't heard of it being sold over here in AU. That would normally suggest something.
I have a few power tools by Craftsman, compound mitersaw, sanders, routers, cordless drill/driver, electric staplers/nailers, shop vac. But like any American corporate entity, you do see the same business model as our automobile makers, so you know what that means. They are not as refined or innovative as foreign makes. The cordless drill/driver stuff purportedly has the guts of Ryobi and some other things are assimilated from various other makers. I have these because they were in my affordability range. I too would prefer to have Bosch, Makita, Fein, Milwaukee, Porter Cable but for the average person that doesn't need industrial heavy duty stuff, we have to pick from Ryobi, heavy-duty Dewalt and lesser brands. Their bench top stuff use to be highly rated but there is just better quality stuff out there. Hand tools, are well, hand tools. Personal preference on what to use since everyone has their own house brand that compares well on quality.
Bosch is very good,and it's German,which automatically means high quality.
I saw some documentary on German machinists and they have an apprenticeship that they go through to learn their skills. They take a metal bar and throughout the year they learn to shape it by hand to learn and appreciate fine tolerances. They spends countless hours filing and filing the metal bar down. Seems like a senseless task but that ingrains in them how to do things right to perfection the first time. BTW, I knew Mercedes-Benz was ruined when they went ahead with a merger with a US automaker.
Sure makes sense. I think Craftsman would do well in the Aussy marketplace. We are certainly looking for products in that catagory. The Australian Makita stuff is not bad. The chinese made Makita gear is very affordable. The Japanese models are still the preferred units though. I recently attended a Makita training session on their full Aus available range. T'was a great oppotunity to try and destroy Makita tools. The makita techs showing us were awesome, at every chance they told us to try and burn out/kill their equipment. 30 people trying to kill circ saws, impact wrenchs, drivers, rotary hammer drills,demo breakers ,screw guns, routers and sanders. No one succeeded, even with the Chinese made budget range. Believe me I tried!!
I love my old 9.6v stick battery keyed chuck drill/driver. I don't know how many times I've dropped it. Only reason I really went for a new 18volt nicad stuff was that replacement batteries cost as much as just getting a new kit. It's a little better now that batteries will fit a range of tools but you have to place your bets on one brand. I'll wait until they "standardize" or settle on one Li-ion voltage size before I get a new set of tools.
I haven't a clue about their power tools, but I DO know about their hand tools, especially the wrenches and socket sets. Lifetime guarantee is hard to beat :-)
Lifetime guarantee on ? The complete unit for just defects and faulty manufacture or a complete no questions asked policy? Yes Stanley has a lifetime warranty in AU. I had a tradesman bring back a rivet gun from about 10 years ago. Rivets were slipping. Stanley repaired the unit promptly and I returned it to the customer.
Yeah I got a lot of Stanley spanners and ratchets when I was in and around OZ. That was 15 years ago, and they're still getting heavy use. Craftsman is similar, but I don't know about their power-tools.
I remember the differences though....my partner misplaced my good Craftsman phillops screwdriver, and I have gone through a whole gaggle of them since, including 2 Stanley's (the first one was a normal phillips head, and the first project I used it for ruined the screwdriver. The second one I got had reinforced molybdenum steel or something and has served me much better. Now that I have found my Craftsman again....I normally use it for heavy duty jobs ;-)
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