Originally Posted by Automender12345
It's the specs and most importantly quality control and inspections. Sears sold the name Craftsman to Stanley and everything changed to reduce price. I have a set of Bench Top wrenches and sockets from 25 years ago from Kmart. They are holding up just like the old Craftsman sets I have and feel better in the hand. I use the tools that look and feel of good quality and that does not always come with the name. Best thing I ever bought was a slightly damaged stainless tool chest from Sams Club. Organization in tools saves time over the old tool box with every thing dumped in it.
When I was younger I bought tools as an investment for a life time and have collected many over the 40 years of working on my own cars. Now at 60 years old and retired I have slacked off because I can't say I will use then for the next 40 years.
Craftsman any age may be good, may be useless. I picked up a tool box with SnapOn and craftsman ratchets, 3 extensions, breaker bar, speed wrench, and set of sockets up though 1 1/4" very old Craftsman. Sockets useless, and I put them on a wire and gave them to Salvation Army store.
Pic, one on right is the very old socket. Two issues. No lead in for the ball on any extension/tool and you can't get them on. Second is the closed center limiting their use. One on left is a good useful socket.
I have a set of Craftsman sockets wife gave me in 1965 and they have taken a beating and still in great shape.
And a pic of Craftsman vs SnapOn from the same buy. Difference is clear. SnapOn double engage dog and finer teeth for less index of ratchet click, and thicker star wheel.
I keep both of course as they show little to no use, just dirty and I took them apart, cleaned and oiled for regular use.
Got lots of orphan tools but I can't let any go. Most from my father's shop when he passed.