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In the “who’s licensing Gearwrench now” file we came across this “new” product from Craftsman: the Cross-Force wrench.  Astute Toolmongers will recognize these as the GearWrench X-Beam, which we looked at last September.  On the upside: these wrenches are great — a truly new idea that instantly makes you think, “Why didn’t I think of this years ago?”

The Craftsman-licensed versions are currently available in fully-polished 12-point sets starting at $70 for the 8-piece inch and metric sets or $160 for the 16-piece set — priced especially for the gullible. 

The Gearwrench versions are available largelt in 9-piece and 12-piece sets.  The 9-piece set is slighty more expensive than the Craftsman 8-piece set, but the 12-piece sets smoke the 16.  YMMV.

Craftsman Cross-Force Wrenches [Sears]
Street Pricing (Gearwrench X-Beam) [Froogle]

 

11 Responses to Finds: Craftsman’s Cross-Force Wrenches

  1. Harry says:

    Unlike the Gearwrench X Beam, these Craftsman Cross Force wrenches have fixed non ratcheting 12 point boxed ends. They were in the club flyer for $62.99 recently. I picked up the metric set and they’re ok. I like them for holding the head of a bolt when taking the nut off with an impact wrench. They don’t vibrate into your hand as much. They’re also handy when using a power steering pulley remover too.

  2. Roscoe says:

    I don’t know about Gear Wrench support, but if the Craftsman Lifetime warranty applies, the ease and convenience of swapping them out at any Sears makes the Craftsman brand an easy call for me.

  3. Christian Weagle says:

    A minor point for some, a major problem for others – the 90 deg twist means that you can’t use these in the open-end-locked-into-box-end torque multiplication technique. So maybe these shouldn’t be your _only_ set of combo wrenches.

  4. kythri says:

    Danaher owns GearWrench, and makes most all of the Craftsman tools…

    I like these – I’ve got some GearWrench Reversibles, but these, being non-ratcheting, seriously interest me.

  5. Old Donn says:

    I doubt seriously these would be anyone’s only set of combos. Because of that, they also fall into the category of want instead of need.

  6. Chris says:

    K, KD, SK, Armstrong, Allen, Gearwrench, Matco and Sears are all made by the same company. Sears charges more for thier wrenches because they will exchange anything. All the brands that I can name have a replacemet program. Sears over charges so why not go on the web and buy them from Toolsource.com or one of the other compnays that sell them cheap. Sears sells the KD brand at full list. You can get everything for 2 thirds the price on Ebay. Do not take this wrong. SK and the company make great tools. Many of their tools are as good as Snap-On. They also make hundreds of mecical tools for surgery. Pox on Sears for charging so much. Their wrenches and socket are great. Their power tools and machines are pure crap!

  7. kythri says:

    Bah, Chris.

    First off, SK is NOT made by the same company. Other than being sold in Sears stores, there’s no connection. SK is an independent business. Prior to that, it was owned by Facom. Zero connection with Danaher or Sears.

    Second, Sears and the Craftsman brand aren’t THAT much more expensive than any of the brands you named above – quite often, they’re cheaper.

    While most or all of those other brands have a lifetime replacement program, how many are as easy to replace as Craftsman at Sears?

    You can buy SK at Sears, sure, but you can’t replace it there.

    You can buy GearWrench-branded products at Sears, but you have to call GearWrench/Danaher and have them ship you a replacement.

    As far as power tools and machines, again, bah.

    Some aren’t great, but some of them are just as good as competing brand products – and quite often, they’re the exact same product.

    Sears doesn’t make any of it’s own power tools or machinery – that’s all licensed out to another manufacturer.

    In the case of Craftsman 19.2V cordless power tools, that’s TTI – the manufacturer of Ryobi and RIDGID power tools, neither of which are “pure crap”. (As I’ve mentioned before, the Craftsman 19.2V stuff is the exact same as the Ryobi 18V stuff, other than the color and the extra cell in the battery pack.)

    Before you repeat the last Sears/Craftsman bash you heard someone else repeat, get some firsthand experience with the merchandise (or experience with more than one piece of merchandise) before condemning the entire brand.

  8. Old Donn says:

    Whoa! Let’s not get carried away here. Quality and spec-wise, Craftsman and SK are too close to call, but neither match up to Snap-on. Not even close.

  9. Steve O says:

    No, Craftsman doesn’t match up to Snap-on – in many cases it’s better!

  10. MT says:

    I think it should be mentioned that the Gearwrench “XL X-Beam” wrenches are available in a non-ratcheting version, and from what I can tell are higher quality than the Craftsman Cross-force. (Although the Craftsman may have a wider handle (does it matter, here?), and they are both made by Danaher (owner of Gearwrench brand, primary manufacturer for Craftsman wrenches). I believe the non-ratcheting Gearwrenches have the same 15 degree box offset as the Craftsman, but I’m waiting to hear back from them to confirm.)

  11. AggieMike says:

    I think these would have been great to use while pulling the suspension on my friends ’68 camaro. All those years of road crud makes those things hard to take off. I never thought much of it until standard wrenches were digging into my hand. It would have been nice to have that flat surface to hold.

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