I like to buy tools, but as long as they are Craftsman, because it is the best quality and guarantee
I am NOT a "Made in USA" fanatic. I've got tools from Canada, Germany, Austria, Japan and Taiwan. I also have my father's 1/4" drive Craftsman SAE socket set from the late 1970's. It's essentially the same set with SAE sockets instead of metric, packaged in a similar gray blow molded box, albeit thicker. It is presumably a 12 piece set as it has a breaker bar in addition to the extension. Comparing the two is like going from the light to the complete and utterly frozen void of the dark side of the moon. The old one reflects the quality Sears Craftsman had pursued and attained with their hand tools. The sockets are nicely finished with even depth markings rolled into them. The ratchet works smoothly as does its reversing switch and its grainy finish gives a decent hand grip without feeling rough. By comparison, this pile of Chinese scrap metal demonstrates how bad their manufacturing can be. Reminds me of the 1950's post-war junk coming out of Japan through most of the 1960's, until Juran and Deming turned them around. The finish on the ratchet isn't a satin or grain finish, it's more like coarse emery cloth that will quickly abrade the epidermis off your hands leaving them raw. Guaranteed to give new and very literal meaning to working your fingers to the bone. The ratchet mechanism is stiff. It feels very rough and sounds like a coffee grinder when it turns. Tried some light penetrating machine oil and it didn't help, even after sitting for a couple hours. I'd be afraid of what I'd see inside if I took the circlip out and disassembled the head (I've rebuilt ratchet mechanisms). The reversing switch has to be coaxed into the RH and LH positions as it doesn't move freely into the other position, and its detent is worthless. More often than not it cannot be switched quickly using the thumb while using the wrench to move a stuck, rusted or corroded screw or bolt back and forth to help free its threads. Sears has completely and utterly ruined the Craftsman trademark that was respected for good quality, well made, and very durable tools with this Chinesium junk and flushed it down the commode into the sewer. Sears was the first place my father would go when he needed another tool to buy a Craftsman. He's rolling over in his grave. If this is the kind of abysmal quality Sears is importing from China now, it's little wonder Sears is rapidly going under.
Very handy to have, just grab the box and access my sockets. The sockets are all labeled and so is the recessed areas in the box to put them in their proper spot.
There was a10 piece 3/8 set with breaker bar and No ratchet was 12.79 . A 13 piece 3/8 drive set with spark plug socket 2 extensions and u joint was 26.49 . The metric set was 21 pc for 29.99
In 1975 a Camaro cost 4 grand. Today 30 grand
So on sale today the price is the same as the set without the ratchet. The 1975 sets in the pictures are all 12 point sockets which rounds off the bolt corners much more than 6 points. These sockets are the same thick wall as the laser etched socket sets.
They are not pot metal like the well know seller of China tools where a 12 point socket set with no ratchet is 10 bucks
These are 6 point sockets not the 12 points that will strip out rusty bolts. Most of the ratchets are marked AG as well as some of the sockets. This is Taiwan which is much better than China. If you want to pay 10 times as much there are companies that begin with W that are made in US and cost $160 Or you can go back in a time machine to the 1970’s and buy V series Craftsman tools new or The online E for used ones
Ratchet was very stiff, hard to operate. Disassembled and added good lubricant. Much better but still not one of their best ratchets. Rest of tools are good.