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Old 08-07-2013, 06:11 PM
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Nothing is more irritating than having a tool fail in the middle of a job.
A lifetime warranty is nice, but is marginalized when you're constantly
having to stop work, clean up, jump in the car and drive to the store to
get a replacement for a tool that shouldn't have broken in the first place.

For years I was a loyal Craftsman customer, but the above rant along with
the fact that replacements were increasingly being made in China, sealed
the deal and I switched to one of "truck" brands. Of course that switch
comes with a hefty price increase - you get what you pay for... sometimes.

Recently, I purchased a new Craftsman Premium Series 3/8" drive ratchet.
Now, I admit I'm a bit of a tool snob, but this new ratchet is every bit as
good (maybe better), than my Snap-On Dual 80, and at half the price.
You get 84 vs 80 teeth, sealed head, less than 4.5 degree arc and a sweet
ratchet action with 25% fewer parts. And to top it off, it's made in the
USA - Nice move Sears.

The bulk of the Craftsman line is still crap, but this ratchet is a well designed
tool that is built to last. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a ratchet
replacement.

My two cents.

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Old 08-07-2013, 07:53 PM
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I also like the KOKEN range for ratchets, they aren't flash but they are well made. AND still Japanese.
I like snapon and the like but the price tag doesn't always justify, a tool half the price that does the job. I have to say some tools arent worth chancing, I use name brand for torque and measuring tools along with sockets which are my everyday users.
We get a very limited and crappy line of craftsman junk that sell like hot cakes because of the price. My bulk kit is made in Taiwan with lifetime, called TTI they have a decent range and the great thing is that I feel at ease leaving them in my garage...as for my expensive tools, they live life safely hidden in doors
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I too appreciated good tools. I going to check out that ratchet as I'm in the market for a garage 3/8 set-up. It kills me to pay good money to be brand loyal just to find out the item was made in China and/or it's junk. American companies created the niche for Harbor Freight to prosper in. It's good to hear someone may want to turn things around.
If they build it, we will come.
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:16 AM
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My Brother inlaw got me this Ratchet about 5 years ago for my birthday. He is a bit of a too snob as well. At first I didn't know what I had, but after keeping it clean and oiled the last few years I have to saw its the best ratchet i've ever owned. The swivel head makes it a snap for tweaking on bikes and getting into odd places.


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I have a snapon ratchet that I feel like throwing at the truck it came off of currently.
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I have a snapon ratchet that I feel like throwing at the truck it came off of currently.
careful you don't throw your arm out...then you'll have a crappy overrated ratchet AND a bum shoulder.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:26 AM
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got them both NOW!!
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I also like the KOKEN range for ratchets, they aren't flash but they are well made. AND still Japanese.
Koken IS a good line of tools. The Japanese brands go largely under the
radar, but there are many good ones. I use quite a few myself and they
rival any of the best in the business, IMO.
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I going to check out that ratchet as I'm in the market for a garage 3/8 set-up.
I think you'll be pleased. It's obvious that there are still some folks at
Craftsman that want to put out a quality product. As far as Horrible
Freight, don't get me started. At least the closest one to me just closed.
Things are looking up.

Nice Swivel head, Frodad. That's a keeper - how come I never get anything
like that from my brother-in-law?

I recently added a couple of Snap-on Flex head torque wrenches to my stash.
The 3/8" covers 5-100 lbft and the 1/2" goes from 25-250 lbft. The 3/8" is
good enough for 99% of all of my bike wrenching. The only thing I miss is
the clicker. Here's a picture of the 1/2" from the Snap-On site:

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I have a snapon ratchet that I feel like throwing at the truck it came off
Yes, any manufacturer can produce duds. I didn't want to sound like I'm
down on everything Craftsman. I still have a ton of it and all the older stuff
is still going strong for the most part. I still use my Craftsman Digitork
torque wrenches. They are delicate and need to be re-calibrated more often
then others, but they work great, they click and they didn't cost an arm and
a leg like some others. I also really like Craftsman tool chest and cabinets.
You just can't beat them from a quality vs cost standpoint. If this Premium
line catches on and they start marketing other tools of equal quality that are
made in the USA, to paraphrase Tracker, "people will come", I know I'll be
there.

dogger
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:36 PM
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thats what happened to our economy and quality . shipping everything to china and some company s in Inda more goods are made for us in US .dose the name made in AMERICA really mean anything. so few goods are made in AMERICA BUMMER drag long live AMERICA. and hope our government can do something to brings those company s back to AMERICA . i dont think they ever will. long live the /UNITED STATES /
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