Weight: [Set 1] 13 pounds (5.90 kilograms) [Set 2] 32 pounds (14.52 kilograms)
Cost: [Set 1] 30 gold [Set 2] 64 gold
Set of 12 Bits of Varying Sizes
Steal Carpenter's Square
Kirwyn wrote: "So I guess that linking to oh man! I used to agree with your assessment of Craftsman tools. No longer. Stanley may be your best bet as the tools I've bought from them continue to be of a good quality and have a solid feel (though not as good as the old Craftsman tools once felt). They have mostly moved away from their lifetime warranties which were as good as Craftsman's once was and have shifted to limited warranties. I have recently exchanged a tool with them (a wrench that wouldn't stay in position) and had no troubles as they handled my return in an excellent way.
"A) They're no longer all made in the USA. A few might but I've seen made in Taiwan and made in China on them now.
"B) Still primo price but nowhere near primo quality. The finishes have gone to crap, they no longer have that "feels just right" quality in the hand that they once did.
"C) Their famous return policy is crap. I took back a 1/4" drive ratchet (the pawls gave out) and the guy at customer service asked "well, are you sure you want to bring it back? It has seen some use." I said yes, he goes and pulls out a hand full of other ratchets from the back and says "ok, choose one." The ratchets he brought out we're all returns that had been cobbled together. They were scratched, banged up, dented and one has a piece of the handle ground off, all while being condescending and abrupt.
"I told him that I expected better, I had spent $38 bucks on a good ratchet to be offered this was ridiculous. He shrugged and I still haven't forgotten what he said "get with the times or get out. Your choice." I needed a ratchet that worked so I grabbed one, against my better judgement.
"D) Then I heard about this: http://abcnews.go.com/US/MadeInAmerica/wrench-inventor-claims-sears-stole-idea-china/story?id=17720122
"I will not darken sears doorways again nor will I buy another craftsman tool.
"Fuck sears. They don't even get a capital S from me. I'll save the effort of using the shift key for something worthwhile."