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yee.bo
Aug 18 , 2013
Got The USA made one
I got this in the 260 piece mechanics tool set with the plastic box, It's great and stamped big and bold USA. I've seen That crafstman has started making stuff overseas but its nice to know they still make the products for the sets in the USA. I turned my wrench full circle and heard 44 "clicks", the one at sears marked made in stupid old china only had 36 "clicks" so yes the quality has declined. for those of you out there who want the USA stamp on your tool you could open the ratchet and maybe fix it instead of getting chinese stuff. I would reccomend this to a friend until they made ALL the ratchets in the USA again.
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buyAmerican4561
Aug 16 , 2012
Made in China, really?

It is a sad day when Craftsman tools are made in China.  I drove to sears to pick up a quality American made ratchet instead one of the "made in Taiwan or China" ratchets at most stores.  When I get there I see that craftsman ratchets are now made in China or Taiwan.  Only the thin profile/offset/professional ratchet (~$70) is made in the US.

 

rwmeeks

Bastrop, LA

Mar 24 , 2014
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A Great Ratchet.

I bought the Craftsman 1/2 in. Drive, Quick Release Teardrop Ratchet because of Sears lifetime warranty. If anything happens to break, I can bring it to my nearest Sears store and swap for another. I recommend this wrench to others. Five Star rating from me.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ToolGuy36

Bloomington, IL

Feb 7 , 2014
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nice wrench

I bought the Craftsman 1/2 inch drive quick release wrench since I was going to be removing some heavy duty bolts. Worked great as expected and did not have to worry about anything with the lifetime warranty.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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BIGJOET

Santa Maria, CA

Jan 20 , 2014
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TOP QUALITY

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Sep 27 , 2013
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Poor quality

Bought this ratchet as part of a larger tool kit. Upon first use, ratchet felt and sounded odd. Upon second use, the ratchet mechanism jammed. The direction lever moves freely but the mechanism will not move in either direction. There isn't even any wiggle in the head, it is the equivalent of a fixed tool. Snapon is extremely expensive and SK somewhat less so, but they are quality tools made in the USA. Craftsman is quickly becoming a larger version of **************, where you go to buy pre-broken tools. The current quality level of Craftsman tools is EXTREMELY FAR below those I bought 20 years ago. I will get this replaced free by Sears but my confidence level is very low concerning their lack quality control. In an attempt to be competitive they are doing precisely what quickly will drive customers away...cheapening the product to lower the price. A ratchet is a very simple device internally. In opening the head there is no apparent reason why this should not work. There's only four moving parts: the ratchet head, the direction lever (which appears to be plastic), and a small ball bearing and spring to provide the detent force. Looking at the opened mechanism, it is clear the direction lever is jamming the head (but not apparent why) and not moving as it should to allow the head to click past the lever (as the head turns, the lever mechanism must oscillate slightly to allow the head teeth to slip past the lever teeth). Sad to say, Craftsman is junk these days.


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Harrolde

Sparks Glencoe, MD

Sep 20 , 2013
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Sears quick release ratchet

Handier than any other.(For years)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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yee.bo

Greer, SC

Aug 18 , 2013
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Got The USA made one

I got this in the 260 piece mechanics tool set with the plastic box, It's great and stamped big and bold USA. I've seen That crafstman has started making stuff overseas but its nice to know they still make the products for the sets in the USA. I turned my wrench full circle and heard 44 "clicks", the one at sears marked made in stupid old china only had 36 "clicks" so yes the quality has declined. for those of you out there who want the USA stamp on your tool you could open the ratchet and maybe fix it instead of getting chinese stuff. I would reccomend this to a friend until they made ALL the ratchets in the USA again.


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Jun 21 , 2013
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cheep china ratchet

The tear drop forward reverse lever is cheap not metal. You get what you pay for. My next ratchet wrench will be American made and cost more. I will be gladly to pay more. Craftsman tools are quickly giving themselves a bad name by going cheap and China.


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mgedds

Soddy Daisy, TN

Jun 2 , 2013
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still has lifetime warranty

good ratchet but needs some of the play taken out of the ratchet. nothing bad but my other craftsman ratchets dont have this much play.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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SCRAPMETALMAN86

Gettysburg, PA

Dec 7 , 2012
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NOT THE SAME OL' CRAFTSMAN

I GOT THIS ITEM ON A WARRANTY TRADE IN AS MY OLD ONE THAT I HAD FOR 20 OR SO YEARS THAT GEARS GOT TO WORN DOWN AND DIDN'T WORK NO MORE. THIS IS THE RACHET THAT I GOT IN EXCHANGE. IN THE SCRAP METAL BUSINESS THAT I DO AND WITH AUTOMOTIVE STUFF I NEED SOMETHING THAT WILL LAST. AND THIS IS NOT IT. ITS MADE VERY CHEAPLY AND LOOKS LIKE A ****** CUT IT OUT OF A PIECE OF STEEL! I DONT SEE IT LASTING NEARLY AS LONG AS MY OLD ONE. IT'S DEFINATLEY NOT ONE OF THE OLD CRAFTSMAN TOOLS I'VE HAD BEFORE.


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buyAmerican4561

Raleigh, NC

Aug 16 , 2012
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Made in China, really?

It is a sad day when Craftsman tools are made in China.  I drove to sears to pick up a quality American made ratchet instead one of the "made in Taiwan or China" ratchets at most stores.  When I get there I see that craftsman ratchets are now made in China or Taiwan.  Only the thin profile/offset/professional ratchet (~$70) is made in the US.


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racerdave17

Lenoir City, TN

Jul 3 , 2012
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Quality suffering

As the Oldsmobile commercial use to say ?This is not your father?s Oldsmobile? well ?This is not your father?s Craftsman wrench?. The quality is suffering, you can tell by the feel and sound of it ratcheting, the quality and precision is no longer a priority with the manufacturing. All the metal is of sufficient strength but if you put apply pressure it has a tendency to slip, there is not a tight mesh between the gears so you have to turn the ratchet almost a ¼ turn to get the pawl to catch the next gear, it tight places this can be a problem. Very disappointed that Craftsman will produce something of this quality.


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MoParMan

Sierra Vista, AZ

Jun 15 , 2012
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Sure it's lifetime warantee, but not worth the frustration...

I have always thought Craftsman were good quality tools. But after working with other more expensive tools, I have given up on their ratchets. The only good thing I can say is that they are lifetime warantee, yet even now upon returning it for whatever reason, you are given a remanufactured one. As far as using this ratchet, I won't. There are too few teeth on the drive, the selector handle pops in and out, the mechanism locks up. When the bolt is too loose for the ratchet and too tight for finger loosening, these ratchets are horrendous. It takes so much torque to get the thing to click. And with 30 or so teeth, it has massive arc, so in tight spots it doesn't work at all. I finally was able to afford something better, and went with SK Tuff-1 ratchets. These are awesome.


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raggmopp2001

Oxford, CT

Jun 10 , 2012
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Typical Craftsman Product

I bought this as a replacement for 1 I lost. Just as good as the old one that was made years ago.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MandV

Van Nuys, CA

May 3 , 2012
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Good Rachet

I'd used my dads one of these growing up, so when I finally needed a 1/2" ratchet for work on the truck I went down to Sears to get a Craftsman one. I was disappointed to find that they are now made in China, but did manage to find an older one at a different store that was US made. Both the US and Chinese versions seems to be pretty much the same tool though the socket release mechanism was different on them. The wrench has held up well, feels good in my hands, and for the jobs I use this 1/2 inch ratchet for the 45 teeth vs 60 teeth is not a big deal (different story for my 3/8 inch drive ratchets). Overall great tool, but took off a star as its yet one more Craftsman tool that is now made in the big C.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mosessnchz

Sacramento, CA

May 2 , 2012
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Very durable

I needed to loosen up the wheel lug nuts on my truck and I used a lesser named wrench in combo with a breaker bar and the wrench bombed out an broke. I then picked up my craftsman 1/2 in ratchet and did the same thing. it worked great and continues to work great every time i do this while still performing all it's normal duties.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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missinnocent1208

highland lake, New York

Mar 25 , 2012
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1/2 inch drive

very good product

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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twoo82

Indiana, PA

Mar 24 , 2012
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great

Craftsman ratchets are great. They get the job done, and the lifetime warranty means that you never have to pay to have a ratchet replaced in the unlikely event that one breaks... this is especially true if you're like me, and just use this for light duty home projects and minor mechanic work.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mehrmann62

Saint Charles, MO

Mar 16 , 2012
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Craftsman Quality!

I've owned Craftsman products for over 30yrs. This wrench is just another fine example of Craftsman quality.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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zbhover

Peoria, IL

Mar 11 , 2012
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Great for those larger bolts and nuts, and stubborn ones too!

I have 2 of these, one I bought in a set, and a 2nd I picked up at a garage sale for cheap....... I haven't stripped one out yet even though I've had cheater pipes on them, hit them with hammers and such with those stubborn and stuck bolts and nuts..... A must have as far as I'm concerned along with a set of 1/2" drive sockets of various sizes.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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DonAndretti

las Vegas, NV

Mar 8 , 2012
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Craftsman 1/2 ratchet

I replaced one of mine as it got old. I have used Craftsman for over 30 years. Quality has fallen so low on this one I will now go to Husky or Stanley to replace.


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Jim000000004

Catasauqua, PA

Feb 6 , 2012
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poor casting quality

A picture is worth a thousand words.


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therealcraftsmen

Hilbert, WI

Jan 27 , 2012
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Cheap, Junk

Waste of time and energy, caused two broken knuckles on my dominant hand because the gears rounded off and it started to spin freely


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mechanicstoolsuser

Loveland, CO

Jan 2 , 2012
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If you could own only one craftsman ratchet...

If you are going to buy tools, buy Craftsman. Inferior tools break, continue to be unreliable, and sometimes even result in injury. Yes, I know this. I have never had a craftsman tool fail me and my whole family uses them. This ratchet is the most versitile tool you can have when paired with the right attatchments. This wrench can even handle the lugnuts on my car. A craftsman 1/2'' drive socket wrench is my tool of choice for almost anything.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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pepespad

Mc Cook, NE

Jan 1 , 2012
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Heavy duty and tough.

This has been the only Craftsman tool I have ever had to have replaced. The ratchet system failed the tool didn't break. The replacement is even better than the old one. Ed McCook, Nebraska. 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Buffmechanic1

Warnerville, NY

Dec 28 , 2011
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Craftsman 1/2 in. Drive Quick Release Teardrop Ratchet

Although this is not the ratchet my dad handed down to me, it is quite a bit the same.  The look and feel are the same as my dad's original ratchet, but the quick release is made out of plastic.  It has lasted the three years that I've had it since my wife bought me a new set of sockets that it came with.  The ratchet works just as hard as its predecessor does, and I hope it is around long enough for me to hand it down to my five or seven  year old.  I am sure it will be here for my twenty-one and fifteen  year olds to use around the garage in the mean time.  They have their own tools, Craftsman that my wife and I have bought for them, but they seem to prefer to use my tools for some reason unknown to me.  I guess it is because I like to return them to my tool box and they do not have to look for theirs when they want them.   As a mechanic, I have come to love the feel of a quality tool in my hand.  Craftsman tools provide that, and they have a quality that is of great importance to me.  The price is much easier on the budget than other quality mechanics tools, and the warranty is just as good.  Thank you Sears for both.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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