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Sears has the Craftsman 34553 10 pc., 6 pt. 3/8" Dr. Standard Socket Wrench Set (also Metric) for $8.49 with free in-store pickup or $7 shipping. Includes tray and sizes: 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16 and 7/8".
Retail: $20

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    cheapbastage Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 10:33 am PDT 03/15/14

    Unless you happen to luck into a US-made set at a "hometown hardware" Sears, both SAE and metric are the Chinese Crapsman sets. Sad

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3424
    Posted 10:50 am PDT 03/15/14

    ^ Still better quality than generics and still lifetime warranty.

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    cheapbastage Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 11:31 am PDT 03/15/14

    I disagree.
    I have some older Craftsman hand tools that have given me no trouble.
    The newer Chinese stuff has been severely cheapened, especially the ratchets. (the cheapening started before moving to China, however)

    You can get a lifetime warranty on many tool brands and Sears' "warranty" is now to give you a refurbished POS from a bin under the counter. Even the blatantly cheap Harbor Freight stuff has a warranty.
    Menards MasterForce line has mostly US-made pieces and lifetime warranty.
    Menards Tool Shop line has a lifetime warranty, but I know I'm buying a piece of crap, so I only get for one-time use jobs.
    If I have the inconvenience of needing to use the warranty repeatedly, a warranty doesn't mean much.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3424
    Posted 12:04 pm PDT 03/15/14

    ^ There is no reason to give a new tool, the rebuild kits fix the entire internal mechanism, are exactly how I'd repair it if I was doing it myself.

    To throw in Harbor Freight is a joke. For every Craftsman piece I own I would need at least two HF pieces so when the first one broke I'd have a backup. That's the difference, not just a warranty but what price you pay for a tool that is not likely to fail in the middle of a job.

    By all means buy Menards' tools if you prefer them but that does not somehow magically make Craftsman tools worse. What exactly where you doing to break these tools?

    I do a lot of work with tools and am not breaking them often enough to remember much about the last time I took anything back for warranty replacement. It might have been a 1/4" ratchet a few years ago, doing a job where I probably should have been using a 3/8" due to the amount of torque needed.

    I've even put a 6' piece of fence pipe on their 1/2" ratchets and applied over 1000 leveraged ft lbs to expand tail pipes without any problems. I don't own Sears stock, have no reason to pimp their tools but they give me no problems. I think you may be stuck on the misconception that everything made in China is junk.

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    Solow Ben's cred: 532
    Posted 1:19 pm PDT 03/15/14

    You do not have to accept the refurb, just ask for the manager. And yes, the quality has suffered, but so has virtually every other brand.

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    JediKnight Ben's cred: 559
    Posted 3:33 pm PDT 03/15/14

    #3 Being a cheap bastard, I can't afford Matco or Snap-on tools.

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    cheapbastage Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 5:57 pm PDT 03/15/14

    I'm saying, if I'm going to buy Chinese stuff, there's little reason to pay more for a name brand that earned its reputation making quality goods and expects me to continue paying more for so-so goods likely made in the same slave-wage factory as a no-name.

    Regarding ratchets, I do wear them out. I have multiple ratchets of each size, which all get lots of use. I perform all my own maintenance and upgrades on my vehicles. (upgrades, because I have a Jeep that isn't just a gussied-up mall crawler)

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3424
    Posted 10:00 pm PDT 03/15/14

    ^ There you go again trying to lump everything from China together. China is a fairly large country with more than one tool factory (I know, it's hard to believe but true!). It's also true that they don't all make the same quality tools.

    What's not so hard to believe is that tools that look different and perform different, really are different tools besides the branding on them. Certainly there is a lot of junk coming from China but that doesn't make everything coming from China junk.

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