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Old 04-15-2008, 09:49 AM   #11
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I use my tools weekly. I have all my sockets in their original plastic case and nothing has ever fallen out. The latches are all still there and work great. Stanley
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Stanley tools actually aren't as bad as people think. They may be sold at Wal-Mart but they used to be a subsidiary of quality tool maker Proto. Proto has since gone overseas though. The older Stanley tools were a good value.
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Yeah, my Dad has a bunch of older Stanley tools, and they all seem to be as strong or stronger than the Craftsman stuff. He has one old 1/2" ratchet that has a rocker-style switch instead of the Craftsman-style switch or the older style where you have to turn the back of the mechanism. The thing is a beast! I've had five foot long helper pipes on it and it doesn't even feel like the mechanism is worn. And it'* older than I am!
His older box-ends and open-ends have seen a lot of use, and they bearly show any wear at all.
I'll grant that their new stuff is nowhere near as good though...I busted one of their ratcheting screwdrivers clean apart unscrewing a wood screw holding up a hook in the garage. Damned thing just blew up at the mechanism.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:10 PM   #14
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Default Re: I HATE Craftsman!

Originally Posted by samueljackson
well, their tool box anyway. i have the 140 (ish) piece tool set. the box it comes in is the black folding, with the 1/4 inch section on the top. i love the tools. held up very well so far. but the damn top 1/4 in section has a HORRIBLE design for a latch. it randomnly opens, and dumps 1/4in sockets and bits all over the place . i was at the JY over the weekend getting some trim pieces for the se. when out of the blue, i go to close my box, and CRASH, sockets everywhere. that was the last straw. i am goin to search for a better solution. any suggestions?

anyone else have the same experiance with these?
I came to the conclusion the box is just a vessel for the tools, and there is no way to actually use it to hold anything. It'* a bitch to close without everything falling apart, and nothing "snaps" in, it just sits. Stupid, you'd think they could at least make it fitted. I have the 154 pc mechanics set (tools are amazing by the way, just the box that sucks).
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