Ed in Tampa wrote:Glad to see them being made in the USA however I am a little concerned on how they fall into the line. Seems like there is a lot of overlap in Stanley/Black and Decker line up. I think the line includes Dewalt, Porter Cable, Black and Decker and now Craftsman. In the cordless tool world it just adds another battery platform which already is a mess.
Also since Lowe’s seems to be highlighting the Craftsman line I see the Kobalt line decreasing which is sad since they offered some of the lowest prices on cordless tool batteries.
Yeah, I was thinking more of the Craftsman hand tools (non powered) like wrenches, etc, but you make a good point. I don't know which tool lines they'll manufacture here versus those made overseas. I bought a Craftsman tool cabinet about 2 decades ago and have used it and loved it this entire time. I had intended to fill it with Craftsman tools in the intervening years, but by the time I got around to it they were making more stuff overseas and the quality had gone down based on what I heard from friends that bought them. Of course with the Craftsman lifetime guarantee you could always take an item in for replacement if you broke it. I really liked the Kobalt line at Lowes and was hoping to go that direction for sockets, etc but then I heard recently that Lowes is supplanting it with the Craftsman tools as well. I hate to see Kobalt disappear. Guess I am still in a holding pattern on upgrading my hand tools (sockets, etc.). For cordless tools I been a Milwaukee Fuel fanatic for a few years now, but DeWalt is also a great brand. A lot of my corded woodworking tools are Porter Cable (because of Norm Abrams influence) and I still use them...although it seems like Porter Cable has kind of fallen behind, i.e. not kept up with adding new features and improving their tools like Festool and a lot of other brands.