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    Posted: 01 February 2021 at 1:58pm
Most of my hand tools are either SK or Craftsman.  I bought a 1/2" ratchet set at Lowes the other day expecting it to be similar to Craftsman tools I had bought in the past.  Wrong.  It was pure chinese crap.  Even the engraving/markings on the sockets was pathetic.  I could have got better at HF.  There goes another American brand down the drain.
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Unfortunately your right. This happened slowly while sears still owned the brand. It didn't get any better when sears sold it to lowes. 

On a different note, SK is back to being all USA made last time I looked. 
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I looked at an SK 1/2 ratchet.   It was $85 plus shipping.  I have a nice 40 year old craftsman somewhere, but I can't find it.
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I thought Craftsman was moving back to the US but it looks like just some tools are made in the USA (screwdrivers, adjustable wrenches..) but not sockets or ratchets.
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Brad, 

Did you buy the $85 sk ratchet? If that seems to expensive, check out snap on's website for USA made ratchets. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of Wright brand tools. Good solid industrial tools that are USA made and reasonable.
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No, I'm still looking for that old craftsman rachet I have misplaced..   I will take a look at snap-on and wright.
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Gearwrench seems to have some pretty good stuff at lower price point.  Be careful, though, there are several Gear[something] brands popping up to ghost the brand.  I have bought a couple of Gearwrench sets (ratchet wrenches, flare nut wrenches)  etc.  The ratchet wrenches seem to be pretty good stuff so far, I have had them for probably 5 years.  They are not up to Snapon or professional everyday use, but they are plenty good for a hobbyist.  So far....

I have also bought some Grey Pneumatic and Sunex, and they seem pretty good as well.
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Originally posted by 83K10 83K10 wrote:

Brad, 

Did you buy the $85 sk ratchet? If that seems to expensive, check out snap on's website for USA made ratchets. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of Wright brand tools. Good solid industrial tools that are USA made and reasonable.

Snapon was $175.

I found a Wright 1/2" ratchet at NT for $60.  So Wright is are US made?  Unless I only plan on using something one time, I'm done buying chinese junk.

Found a bunch of old craftsman 1/2" ratchets on ebay for $30, but I don't know if they are just old (good) or old and wore out (bad).

I'm going to keep looking for my old craftsman 1/2", but it may be gone.  I'm starting to think I might have left it on the bumper of my truck and drove off with it.  That would be totally appropriate since I originally found it at a hare scramble in Chattanooga about 30 years ago.




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Ive found some old Craftsmen tools at pawn shops.
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I have the 3/8" version of the wright ratchet you posted. It operates very well and feels good in the hands. They also have very little back drag. I'd buy another one.
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