Goodbye Kobalt. Welcome Craftsman.

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  1. Detectorist

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    Visited my local Lowe's tonight. To my surprise they were sort of remodelling. One of the employees told me they are replacing the Kobalt name with Craftsman. Surprise to me.
     
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    Is Kobalt just rebranding?
     

  3. Tackle

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    Sears gave them a good deal? Lol. Too bad we don't have a Lowe's around here and Sears closed up shop years ago.
     
  4. Liftedpsd2010

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    If you push hard enough remember if you break your old kobalt tools they will swap them for craftsman.


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    I've seen the Craftsman brand at Lowes.
    Last Friday my Craftsman motor on my Rockwell/Delta wood lathe quit running. I took it to a motor repair shop, and had it back in a couple of days. The shop owner told me he looked it up and my Craftsman motor was built in 1951. Its mounted back up on my lathe and running like a champ. Simply had a bad switch.
     
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    Yeh I would not think Lowes would do away with the Kobalt name.



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  8. mmcbeat

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    Unfortunately Craftsman tools are not what they used to be. Made in china, Craftsman in name only.
     
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  9. Glock1963

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    It’s a crying shame too because their old American made stuff was affordable and perfect for your average homeowner/do it yourselfer guy.
     
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    I’d rather have kobalt than Craftsman.
     
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    Yeah, most of the current Kobalt stuff appears better than the current Craftsman. Craftsman sold out anyway, they are dead to me. I doubt that name has any real value to anyone anymore.
     
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    Long time ago, 80s, 90s, Sears sold Craftsman tools that all said made in the USA. I have complete sets of screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, sockets, chisels, punches, etc like that.

    Somewheres in that time frame, on shelves next to the Craftsman were cheaper tools called "Sears" and they all said "made in China" on them.

    The Craftsman were guaranteed for life, but the Sears were not.

    Thirty years later, I think Sears stores are finished. Not sure if Craftsman is still guaranteed or not. Everything seems made in China.
     
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  14. MrMr1961

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    Both crap made in China and a few other places.

    When the Kobalt line was launched, it was made by Williams. Production was then switch to Danher, so it was basically the same as USA craftsman. Production then switch overseas many years ago. Kobalt sold old stock made in the US for a while.

    If you want quality tools, commercial grade, used in aviation and by top auto manufacturers, buy Hazet, Stahlwille or Wiha.

    https://www.kctoolco.com/Hazet/

    https://www.kctoolco.com/stahlwille/

    https://www.kctoolco.com/wiha/
     
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  15. Geeorge

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    I'm starting buying craftsman 40 years ago for the warranty not where they were made. If someone covers the replacement warranty I will still buy them. Bought a 9 piece wrench set from lowes the other day for 14.99 like I needed more metric wrenches
     
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    I will be passing down my US craftsman tools someday.
     
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    I almost lost my rt thumb when a Crapsman 1 1/4" combo wrench opened up on me and I ran my thumb down the oil pan on a Cadillac Eldorado.

    I had three surgeries to get it sorta fixed. It's back on but restricted motion.

    I've never trusted Crapsman thereafter and I cannot even think of them lowering the bar with Chinese tools now.

    If Crapsman got their wrenches made in India..... that'd be a different story. Indian steel is vastly superior to even a lot of Snap-On tools. Snap-On has been my choice for 60+ years, but they now have dropped their pantaloons for quality.
     
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    Sears sold Craftsman to Stanly years ago.
    I had a ratchet that broke took it to Sears and they never asked a question. Just went to the back and got me a new one.
    Not sure what will happen now that Sears filed for bankruptcy Monday.
     
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    They haven’t been honoring the warranty for some time. At least not my local one. But it’s been closed for a few years now too.
     
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    I'm taking a lot better care of my old Craftsman tools now and won't lend them to anybody....family included.
     
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