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Posted: 1/20/2013 9:54:24 AM EDT
Are there and hand tools that are left that are made in the USA? I am not talking about SNAPON or MATCO. I am not a sheik of Arabia and cannot afford those tools. What I want is to be able to walk into a hardware store and buy a tool that is made here in the good ol US. Does anyone know of a brand name and store that cares such a mystical beast? I use to walk into SEARS and get my hand tools from crasftman but they sold out. So you is left?
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 9:59:55 AM EDT
Nothing that's cheap. I do buy usa tools when I can and they are expensive.

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Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:01:28 AM EDT
Buy used on e-bay.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:01:51 AM EDT
Sold out? Or heard too many complaints from non-Sheiks of Arabia that their prices were higher than Lowes and Home Depot?
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:02:33 AM EDT
Cornwell,Wright,Armstrong
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:04:35 AM EDT
Channel Lock

Just ordered some plain slip joint pliers this morning as not a single hardware store around here carries such an odd beast.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:05:47 AM EDT
Proto?
I buy Snap-on or proto.. made in USA or not Proto is the shit.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:08:32 AM EDT
S-K Tools are US made.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:10:51 AM EDT
I buy Channellock and the Craftsman stuff that's still marked U.S.A.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:12:05 AM EDT
Lie-Nielsen.

Bring your wallet.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:12:49 AM EDT
Some of craftsman tools are still USA, they label everything, just look at the package. I worked there a while selling tools, right after I left they switched to Chinese ratchets. You could visibly see the difference in quality...
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:13:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By helmutlent:
Buy used on e-bay.


What I do. Smoking deals can be found on old Craftsman and SnapOn.

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:13:42 AM EDT
What has happened to Craftsman?
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:15:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MaddMan:
What has happened to Craftsman?


Offshored.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:15:19 AM EDT
S-K
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:16:19 AM EDT
If it does the job, why doescit have to be made in the USA?
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:16:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MaddMan:
What has happened to Craftsman?


Has to compete with Kobalt. Most people do not give a damn about quality. Those that needed professional tools used Snap On or MAC anyway. Now the average buyer sees nothing but the price tag and if it's Chinese garbage, so what? They don't care.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:17:39 AM EDT
Estwing.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:19:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By zepp:
Cornwell,Wright,Armstrong


Only some of cornwells tools are US made.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:20:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JVD:
S-K Tools are US made.

I've got a ton of SK stuff and I really like it.

If you have any auctions in your area you can pick up tools for really cheap. There is a guy around who goes to all the auctions and will give ~$2 for a Snap-on wench and then sell it in his flea market stand for $5.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:21:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DisplayName:
Estwing.

I've met enough guys swinging their grandfather's Estwing that when I bought my place I picked one up. It'll be around for a long time.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:23:57 AM EDT
Klein tools
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:27:15 AM EDT
I have an obsessions with channel lock tools!

Made in the good 'ol US of A!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:30:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 10:30:40 AM EDT by Brian86992]
Originally Posted By RedRyder21:
I have an obsessions with channel lock tools!

Made in the good 'ol US of A!!!!!!!!



Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:31:01 AM EDT
NAPA has their pro series, not the cheap stuff in the $5 bin.

Pawn shops usually have a great assortment of tools to look through.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:32:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RedRyder21:
I have an obsessions with channel lock tools!

Made in the good 'ol US of A!!!!!!!!


Not all of them.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:35:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TaylorWSO:
Nothing that's cheap. I do buy usa tools when I can and they are expensive.

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Garage sales. I've seen 5 gallon buckets of tools for $10. Some had minor surface rust, but cleaned up great.

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:35:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KalihiJack:
Klein tools


Came in here to post this. I worked at their Chicago factory for 4 years. Great hand tools. May be a little hard to find. I think Home Depot &Sears carry a limited selection.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:36:52 AM EDT
Why oh why do I even click on these threads? This is going to cost me some money. Off to the ebay, brb...
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:37:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:39:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:41:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KalihiJack:
Klein tools


+1
Stilletto and Dead On also if you need a hammer
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:42:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By oresti:
If it does the job, why doescit have to be made in the USA?


Because I want a tool to keep doing the job as long as I own it.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:43:11 AM EDT
Originally Posted By KalihiJack:
Klein tools


This
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:43:34 AM EDT
Craftsman sets are still made in the US. Open stock tools are mostly overseas now, but you can still luck into NOS depending on how old and abandoned your local Sears store is...

Menards has a large selection of US made tools. Their house brand, Master Force, has a lot of tools made in the US, and they carry some Allen stuff as well.

Most of lowes is outsourced, but they are quality Taiwan tools for the most part. HD is completely outsourced, and the last place I go for hand tools
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:45:39 AM EDT
I buy Craftsman tools exclusively because they rarely fail. When they do, Sears does honor the replacement warranty. They don't even ask how I broke the tools.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:49:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 10:50:27 AM EDT by Burntrubber87]
Channel locks are great quality, great price too.

I love my Snap-on stuff even though its outrageously expensive but when the truck pulls in the parking lot its like a moth to a flame and then i'm short rent money.
Mac makes some nice tools but no where near Snap quality..matco and mac are both offshore.

If you're lookin for deals on US made tools..ebay and garage sales.

Since we're on the topic I bought one of these a few months ago and I haven't stopped using it since..made by Mayhew in France.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:50:35 AM EDT
At Menard's, I've found some USA made Stanley products, and tin snips carrying the, "Midwest" label.

At HD, I found a DeWalt razor knife, with a flag on the package. Really a good knife, too.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:51:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By oresti:
If it does the job, why doescit have to be made in the USA?


As a general rule the stuff that isn't made in the USA doesnt last if you use them for a living. Ive broken a dozen DeWalt & Stanley Fat Max hammers in the last 3 years as a Union Carpenter building concrete forms, the claws snap off usually from rolling the claws to pull nails.

My Stilletto Ti-Bone is a US made 15 oz. titantium framing hammer (has a steel replaceable face) I've had for nearly 10 years. Works great for nails and wood, but it's a little light for beating steel bolts and forms. Ive cracked the side nail puller beating on steel pole shores at work and it's still going strong, but I save it for donig decks mostly these days when I drive a lot of nails and not beating wing nuts and taper ties out of walls.

Ive got a $40 pair of Klein Journeman side cut linemans pliers , US made, that Ive used for 5 years now. I use them for cutting everything, 16 penny nails on a regular basis (quicker to cut them off then pull them sometimes when you're stripping forms and they're all bent up and wont come out easy) /tie wire/ 9 wire (5/16" wire used for securing wall forms and rebar bundles for transport) etc and have no problems with it getting dull or seizing up, unlike the $20 ChannelLocks, which don't last long after cutting a few nails or rusting shut after a week of rain.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:53:59 AM EDT
Harry J. Epstein

I like shopping for tools at Epstein. Not everything is made in the US but they make it very easy to see what is or isn't.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:59:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 10:59:49 AM EDT by ARMALITE-FAN]
Originally Posted By M3A1:
Craftsman sets are still made in the US. Open stock tools are mostly overseas now, but you can still luck into NOS depending on how old and abandoned your local Sears store is...

Menards has a large selection of US made tools. Their house brand, Master Force, has a lot of tools made in the US, and they carry some Allen stuff as well.

Most of lowes is outsourced, but they are quality Taiwan tools for the most part. HD is completely outsourced, and the last place I go for hand tools


You better hurry. I do IT work. I closed 3 up a month or 2 before Christmas.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:11:23 AM EDT
we get a visit ever few weeks at work from our kimball midwest dealer... according to her their handtools are made in the same plant as snapon... who knows i still have my own OLD craftsman, ridgid and a few assorted husky

https://www.kimballmidwest.com/KMDefault.aspx
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:11:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By oresti:
If it does the job, why doescit have to be made in the USA?

.
Have YOU looked around lately ?
Do YOU have a radio, TV set ?
When YOU buy American made products, YOU help YOUR country.
Just go away, I was having a great day in the reloading room, then I read this crap.

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:19:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Use_the_2nd:
Originally Posted By zepp:
Cornwell,Wright,Armstrong


Only some of cornwells tools are US made.


Pry bars, chisels, sockets, ratchets, extensions, non ratcheting wrenches are made in the USA.

They do have a import line of sockets and ratcheting wrenches like everyone else.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:25:51 AM EDT
Wright
SK
Proto
Stanley (partnered with proto)

A couple others as well.
Estwing hammers


Http://www.stillmadeinusa.com
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 11:26:13 AM EDT
you guys are listing all my favorites
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 2:40:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Use_the_2nd:
Originally Posted By zepp:
Cornwell,Wright,Armstrong


Only some of cornwells tools are US made.


same goes for snap on, matco, mac etc etc
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 2:48:44 PM EDT
Some Stanley stuff is still USA made.

I inherited a large collection of hand tools from my late step-father, there's a lot of older Stanley stuff that says made in USA.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 3:00:06 PM EDT
I know I'm getting smarter when I look more at the label for a "Made in USA/America" tag than the price.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 3:06:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LostX:
I know I'm getting smarter poorer when I look more at the label for a "Made in USA/America" tag than the price.




I try to buy US made when I can, but sometimes it just doesn't make financial sense.

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 3:15:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By winddummy82:
Originally Posted By Use_the_2nd:
Originally Posted By zepp:
Cornwell,Wright,Armstrong


Only some of cornwells tools are US made.


same goes for snap on, matco, mac etc etc


Yep.
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