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Old 01-05-2017, 12:05 PM
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Default Stanley Black & Decker will buy Sears’ Craftsman tools division

Stanley Black & Decker will buy Sears’ Craftsman tools division in a deal worth about $900 million.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ut-900-million

Not long ago, they made a deal to buy Irwin and Lenox from Newell Brands.
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Time will tell how the quality will be affected by Stanley. They say they plan on keeping manufacturing in the USA. Wonder if Stanley will bring the vice grips back to USA Manufacturing and getting the quality back up?
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Wonder if Stanley will bring the vice grips back to USA Manufacturing and getting the quality back up?
I've seen old, ratty sets of Vise-Grips go at auction for NEW pricing! And times 6 or 8 because that is the number of pliers in the lot!
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IIRC, Stanley made craftsman for decades prior to the gearwrench brothers ( Danaher ? ) getting the contract. Not sure who makes them today.

Sears has legally divorced the Craftsman brand from the Sears umbrella, several years ago, for this reason ( sale of craftsman name ).
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Home Depot used to take broken Craftsman tools.
Not sure if they still do?
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They say they plan on keeping manufacturing in the USA.


They need to bring the Craftsman stuff back from China before they keep it here...
I have a LOT of Craftsman mechanic hand tools from the early 90's, and have no real complaints about it. New stuff has been crap of epic proportions. It is sad when I'd rather drive to Peoria and buy HF stuff because it is better quality and cheaper.
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Time will tell how the quality will be affected by Stanley. They say they plan on keeping manufacturing in the USA. Wonder if Stanley will bring the vice grips back to USA Manufacturing and getting the quality back up?
Crapsman has not been made in the USA in a while, when that occurred I quit buying their products.
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slightly off topic, but a heads up,

SK went bankrupt, several years ago, and was purchased by the Ideal corp of Sycamrore, IL.

Anywhoo, they built a brand new factory, about 15 miles north of me. I dont know if they build the whole product line there, but Ideal, makes most of their products locally, and I was told most of the SK line is made locally as well ( by one of their engineers I stumbled across, he used to be a snap on tool engineer ) I was also told, only the name was purchased, and basically that was it, all new everything. Apparently SK had been literally run into the ground.

While I have a mention-able amount of SK tools, they are all from the former ownership, when they where made in Chicago. I cant say first hand the quality of the present tool line, other than I go by the plant regularly. Ive thought about dumpster diving their, but Im pretty sure their blems get recycled or sold, and not pitched.
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It makes me wonder where on the price/quality/warranty matrix the will put them.
If too high they are saying we have been selling junk all these years.
If too low they are saying why but his when we have better.
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From the S-K catalog:

"As most of the US based professional
hand tool manufacturers have done S•K
had already moved down the path of
adding products to the line that were
not made in the USA. S•K had never
substituted imported product in core tool
categories like some competitors have but, S•K had drifted.
That trend has been stamped out. The strategy at the new
S•K is for all of our tools to be made in America. And today we
have accomplished that goal. We can now proudly state that
S•K tools are 100% made in the USA
. Not only are all of our
tools manufactured in the USA, all of the components and raw
materials are of USA origin as well. "
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