Sears Craftsman 102pc Tool Set $49.99 11/20-11/22

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  1. AngryDomo

    AngryDomo Junior Member

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  2. Kreggo

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    Thanks! Need one of those for a Christmas present.
     
  3. creektech

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    Are you sure the regular price is $99.99? I've seen this set for $49.99 often--I thought that was the regular price.
     
  4. AngryDomo

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    the regular price i took from the email sears sent me. i was going to pick up one of these sets last weekend instore and the price as I remember was $99.99, but online there is a 122 piece set for the same price, so it could have been that one. i'm going to sears later today, so i'll double check.
     
  5. mdetz

    mdetz Senior member

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    How's this compare to the stanley $38.99 150 pc mechanics set at Costco?
     
  6. swifty

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    Craftsman is one of the best brands for tools

    have a kit from them and never had a problem

    great great quality
    you get what you pay for
     
  7. PartialRecall

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    The Stanley kit at Costco is a MUCH better deal. That's not to say Stanley tools are better than Craftsman, definetly not the case, but in this case the kit offered at Costco (which was soldout at my local one last time I looked) is a much better deal.

    The Costco kit has 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" ratchets, tons of sockets, up to 1" sizes, extentions, deep sockets, seriously it's a really good kit! I bought one for a friend, who is sending it to his brother in CA, I was looking through it before he sent it, couldn't believe all the stuff in it, infact if I find another one I'm buying one for myself.

    You can tell how great of deal a kit is by how much it weighs, the Stanley weighted just over 22 lbs (we weighed it to ship it)...so you know you're atleast getting alot of steel in there... :)

    Out...

     
  9. Scoop01

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    With the Craftsman tools you can return them to any Sears if they break, chip, bend, etc. anytime. The other tools usually have you deal directly with the manufacturer and they have to send you a new tool. Especially if you buy from a warehouse store like COSTCO or SAMS. Stores usually have a two week period you can exchange or return stuff. Other than going to Snap-On, Craftsman are about the best.
     
  10. amdskip

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    Right on, its super easy to exchange out defective tools.

     
  11. swifty

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    True that - my friend damaged some of his tools (one of them on purpose) and got them replaced at sears - no questions asked

    definately a plus if you do use them for work - or hard work, not just to sit there and have a set of tools for the sake of having them

    craftman - definately worth it - if your use is light i guess the cosco brand will do

     
  12. FlapJack

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    I own alot of tools..... Lots of them are Craftsman. Scoop is correct for the average homeowner Craftsman is fine in fact probably more than you'll ever need and the convivence of returning it at the store is great... However this set has alot of trinket type tools like bits and those socket heads for the screw driver.... Those make this deal warm at best in my opinion..... Also those ratchets in this set have a tendancy to go bad.... I've returned alot of them to Sears....

    I would wait and see if i could score a set of tools from Lowe's or The home Depot... Both offer nice toolds nowdays and are also located just about evrywhere and will honor their life time policy easily with no hassles....

    of course this is just MHOf

     
  13. Cheese78CA

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    Are receipts required for defective exchanges? Just curious if I should keep my Craftsman receipts.
     
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    Are receipts required for defective exchanges? Just curious if I should keep my Craftsman receipts.
     
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    Are receipts required for defective exchanges? Just curious if I should keep my Craftsman receipts.
     
  16. ams30gts

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    no need for receipts. just take in the broken piece and they will give you a new one. i have done this in the past many times very easily.

    if im not buying snap-on or mac tools, i go craftsman all the way.


     
  17. SafetyDance

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    Keep in mind that to "pad" the number of tools in this set, there are 24 allen keys. I figure that these are pretty much useless and your set really only has 74 pieces. There are other comparable Craftsman sets to this when on sale that are a better deal.

    Mike
     
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    Yeah I agree, I have about 95% Craftsman tools, replacing is cake. However, most tools don't break, there are certain tools that are prone to have problems, screwdrivers, small sockets, things like that. A normal wrench won't break, they just don't, no matter who you buy it from. I've had the cheapest tools from Harbor Freight (central something...) beat on those and still never broken them. I have lots of extentions and such from Harbor Freight, because you can't really hurt a extention and lots of times you end up beating on it and you don't feel bad since it wasn't expensive. I would never waste my money on screwdrivers that aren't Craftsman though, or any 3/8" sockets, since those take the most abuse. I've broken a few ratchets but try to use a breaker bar whereever I can, have broken some sockets, had others fly into pieces and fly so far I never found the pieces to take back to Sears...argh...

    That Stanley kit was really nice though, I looked at it, everything felt good and solid, sure if you break something it'll be harder to fix that Craftsman but you also got 3 times the kit for the price...

    By the way Stanley makes MAC tools also...and MAC are arguably some of the best out there.

    Out...

     
  19. dleiss

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    I've replaced nicked screw drivers, sockets, ratchets, a shovel with a broken handle, no questions asked. Its stamped Craftman.

    Cheaper tools may not go bad, but when a socket or screw driver does go bad it takes the bolt or screw-head with it and that is a royal pain.
     
  20. Grizybaer

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    craftsman is quality, no question there and their warranty is one of the best out there. Is this deal hot?, naa.. i would wait for the sears deals like 10 piece 3/8 metric plus free ratchet for $10. Those are the ones you'll be using the most. I have a 15 piece 3/8" metric set that i got for ~14. It's plenty adequate for common repairs on cars, of course my dad has enough big 1/2" & whatever size is larger than that in case you want to change an axle or strut.

    The costco deal sounds really hot, i haven't seen it yet but will prolly buy it if its as good as you all say it is.

    BTW, none of my craftsman sockets/ratchets have ever broken, i have breaker bars and large drive sockets to get out the hard ones. you could get a cheap set of large drive, 1/2"+ at harbor freight for not too much. Its likely you'll only use them once or twice anyway.
     
  21. Grizybaer

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    after looking at the picture, its not hot at all, well, if you're using it for automotive stuff. The 1/4" ratchet is pretty much useless, and most cars these days use exclusively metric sockets, our 2003 impala is all metric so far.

    so pretty much all they give you is about 15 useful pieces, and all the rest are ones you'll rarely, if ever use.

     
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    The Craftman set isnt that good. I got it last year for Xmas. Lots of useless bits for the spinner, and the wrenches are a joke. 3 SAE and 3 Metric. I had to buy wrenches at Harbor Freight. Everything else was good, but then I had to lug that big case (the case is huge) around and carry around a set of wrenches. I picked up the Stanley set, and its much more useful. I actually got two, the second one as a present.
     
  23. AngryDomo

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    anyone have more info on the costco stanley set? i've been to three local costcos and none have them in stock. it sounds like a great deal, just want to know where I can get it and what's included in the set. thanks!
     
  24. Grizybaer

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    Just wondering, how many times have you used your SAE sized tools/sockets in the past year or so.

    AND, what did you use them for?
     
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    No, almost always use the metric since I got a Nissan.