I wanted to point this out to everyone on here......
Danaher the company who makes Craftsman mechanics tools has been slowly outsourcing the Craftsman line to China and Taiwan for over two years.
A simple Google search will yield the economic answer. Danaher cut jobs in their plants in 2008 and 2009 due to an acquisition. They weren't making the profit they wanted. So they cut American jobs and started outsourcing parts of the Craftsman line to China and Taiwan, so they could acquire other more profitable companies. Danaher recently paid 6.8 Billion for a medical technology company, so expect more Craftsman tools to be outsourced!
Danaher also makes GearWrench and Matco tools.
I first noticed Craftsman tools not being made in the US in 2009, with the lower end Craftsman Evolv line. Then gradually I noticed new tool designs by Craftsman, like the Dogbone wrench and new ratcheting wrenches not being made in the US.
Yesterday I went to Sears to take advantage of this SUPER SALE. Sears was selling the 7pc locking flexhead ratcheting wrench for $61.74, this set normally costs $124.99!
I went to the case, and low and behold the metric set said made in Taiwan on the back. So I ended up getting the standard set, which had been made in America.
Expect more of Craftsman tools we use for our Subies to be outsourced as time goes on.
If you are looking to tell the difference between the American made and Foreign made, it's easy... if it's American made, it says so right on the front of the package/box and on the tool. Foreign made tools say nothing of origin on the front of the packaging/box and tools, but do say made in Taiwan or China in small print on the back of the packaging/box.
The Warranty is still the same on Foreign made Craftsman mechanics tools as it is on American made, guaranteed for life.
Prices are still the same for Foreign made Craftsman hand tools vs American made, which is BS. Why pay the same for a tool that costs less to make, and is inferior to its American counterpart!
For me, buying a Craftsman tool meant getting a higher quality tool, and supporting the US economy, while having the best warranty in the industry. I have used Kobalt, Husky and GearWrench, and found them inferior to Craftsman. Also Lowe's and Home Depot can be picky with their warranties, while GearWrench was not.
I always told friends the day Sears stops their lifetime warranty on Craftsman tools, or they outsource, is the day Sears goes out of business.
I think this is the beginning of the end for Sears. If the Craftsman name turns to garbage, then Sears is just another hardware/appliance store competing against BestBuy, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Ace.
Thoughts or comments....