More About Craftsman Tools

Well we’ve seen how the sale of Apex played out in the Craftsman suppliers. Now almost every tool I pick up at Sears is Made in China. The Made in Taiwan are looking better then them now.

SK was bought by Ideal and they have actually gained in the quality of the products. So if you can find them at an affordable price I would recommend purchasing them.

In all honesty I have problems with the oft repeated advice to buy the older Craftsman tools. Yes they have an lifetime warranty, but what will they be replaced with?

Will it be worth while to purchase them?

Dang it’s been a long time!

Wow I lost this site during a server move. Then didn’t have the time to go and redo all of the configurations file that were messed up in the move.

Finally had some extra time and here the site is again. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep updating the site.

Apex

Well the word going around is that Bain Investment Group has purchased Apex from Danaher and Cooper.

How this one will play out is anybodies guess.

SK / Ideal customer service.

The other day I was digging in the trunk of my dads car. In it I found his old SK ratchet he used all of the time before he passed away.

After I cleaned it up I noticed it wasn’t catching right and would slip on occasion. I was on the SK site a couple of days later and decided to ask Customer support if the rebuild kits were still available and how I could order one.

I sent the request form in late Sunday night. At 0845 Monday morning I had a email telling me they were more then happy to send me a new kit under warranty. Wednesday afternoon the new kit was in my mailbox and is now on my desk waiting for me to install it.

This is a refreshing change from the policies of a year ago with the five dollar warranty charges and hassles.

So a definite thumbs up to SK for great service with out even being asked.

This is in stark contrast to Snap On who being asked about warranty for a ratchet that had teeth broken on the pawl gear. Responded with “buy it off of the site.”

Danaher and Cooper to sell Apex?

According to reports in the financial media Danaher and Cooper are looking to sell their joint tool enterprise.

The financial pundits are claiming about 1.5 billion dollars will be realized from the sale.

A big question is, Is this why Craftsman tools are now all being sourced in China. Don’t believe me? Look at the fine print on the back of the packages. Most of the new items say made in China.

What effect if any this will have on the tool buying public remains to be seen. However in my opinion it is another example of a company destroying a once great brand.

Craftsman tools: The beginning of the end?

With even the main hand tools being imported. Where does this leave the Craftsman brand?

One of the big reasons many bought and supported the Craftsman brand for so many years was the fact that they were made on the USA. Now that has largely fallen by the way side.

How many will pay USA tool prices for imported tools? You might as well buy Gearwrenches at least they don’t try to hide where they are made! Trying to find a country of origin on the new packages from Craftsman is a major exercise of your detective abilities.

The new Harbor Freight Pittsburgh line from Taiwan exhibits a better chrome appearance and better machining at a much lower price point.

Now add in the dilution of the brand by the selling of Craftsman tools by every store around.

It all adds up to the end of Craftsman tools as we have known them.

Labor day sales alert

Labor Day is great time to show some love to your favorite car or truck. Here are some great savings on car & truck parts and accessories we have gathered for you from Sears, Tom Tom, Advance Auto Parts, and Performance 4 Trucks.

Sears:

Huge Auto & Truck Parts Labor Day sale. Sales on Michelin tires, all Cobra products, batteries, even service. Plus, use promo code labordayship for free shipping

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/v_10153_12605_Automotive

Advance Auto Parts:

Get 15% off any order, plus get $50 back – use Promo Code AG50

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home___

Performance 4 Trucks

All truck parts on sale, including tires, shocks, exhaust systems, wheels, and more.

http://www.performance4trucks.com

Tom Tom

Exclusive Offer: Get 15% off any all GPS systems, route planners, and speed camera alert systems – use Promo Code TTFALL15

http://www.tomtom.com/

Construction company to break ground on facility in Sycamore

SYCAMORE – Krusinski Construction Company will break ground Oct. 1 on a new facility in the Sycamore Prairie Business Park that will house SK Hand Tools, according to a news release from the construction company.

Ideal Industries purchased SK Hand Tools in August and announced then that it planned to build a 130,000-square-foot building at its corporate headquarters in the Sycamore Prairie Business Park to accommodate its purchase.

Ideal was founded in 1916 and manufactures tools and supplies for the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

SK Hand Tools is a Chicago-based tool company that makes sockets, ratchets, hammers and wrenches.

SK Hand Tools, founded in 1921, had filed for bankruptcy protection June 29, according to a news release from Ideal.

The new 130,000-square-foot manufacturing building will serve as corporate headquarters for SK Hand Tools, according to a news release from the construction company.

The manufacturing area is scheduled to be done in 12 weeks and the entire building by January.

Kwasek Architects is providing the architectural and structural design and Missman Stanley &
Associates is providing civil design and engineering, according to the news release.

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2010/09/20/63153021/index.xml

Is everyone ready for the Spring fixem up time?

It alwaays seems like no matter how much time you spend working of equipment over the winter. The coming of Spring finds new problems to fix and replace.

So are your tools and garages ready for the onset of work coming your way?

Maybe now would be a good time to make sure your stock of fluids is full and your tools are ready. From the small items put off due to weather and ice formations to the parts that fail with the changing seasons. This is the time to prepare youself.

Back with a different look.

After a long hiatus caused by multiple life events we are back with a new look.
I am hoping that things will normalise and I will be able to return to posting on at least a semi regular basis.