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Quote from: gerleatherberman on July 28, 2018, 06:21:31 AMRight column close-ups.The craftsman version sure looks nicer than the Henstrong's version.
Nice! More! How is that Craftsman? Smooth? Well formed tools? Decent pliers?
Thanks! I was interested in this, but the Henstrong version, and that one came with a blunt blade. This version is much better!
I'm curious about that HB Smith tool. I bought an HB Smith pruner MT from Farm Bureau a couple days ago, and it seems quite well made for a twelve dollar tool (provided, this was probably a 1998 price, the packaging looked old, as it was yellowed). Even a halfway decent, reinforced (though still that same floppy thin nylon) sheath. Even though I'm much opposed to Craftsman's Chinese offerings, I can't wait to try one of those with sliding pliers. Might just order one with some rewards points. Kobalt and Husky I expect to be low-end imported stuff for people who, for the most part, just need a tool to do a quick fix once, or "just in case" but not rely on it every single day. Craftsman, for years, were industrial grade, heirloom quality tools that would last for decades (Grandad's got some power tools from them going on 45 years) but still be affordable to a workingman. . Sears, and now Black and Decker are viewing them as a cheap junk "value" brand. However, I'm not saying because they're cheap, they're bad. The gentleman that works on the gas fireplaces has been carrying the first gen Kobalt MT for the past 12 years or so, and it's still going strong. Those, I feel were really well built (and I never bought one, as at the time , I was going through a "Nothing made in China at all" phase) even though many had the problem of brittle, over-hardened backsprings. Same with many Kobalt products, I have a few precision pliers, and their "Double Drive" screwdriver that get used hard, and have since I was a teen, and they still work great. Still, I hope someone gets the franchise, and opens up a Sears/Hometown store so that I can walk into a store, peruse, and buy USA made Craftsman tools once again (not that there's anything wrong with the used ones at the flea market, which I try to search hard for). Still, I've been looking for who made Craftsman's stuff, and have been buying from those companies. I've been buying Vaughan hammers and plan to get some Wilde pliers.