While browsing through the local Sears, I caught a glimpse of the new 2009-2010 Craftsman tool catalog. Well, I did more than glimpse — I snagged a couple of copies for myself. I’ve been getting these since the mid 1980’s, and I still have most of ’em stored away. If I could have back all the time I’ve spent looking at those books, it’d probably add another year or two onto my life.
The first thing you notice from page one is the addition of a few characters: Ed, the Catalog Marketing Manager and Buyer; Tony, the Associate Marketing Manager and Buyer; and Janet, the Senior Creative Manager. Janet turns Ed and Tony into these Mario-looking cartoon people who recommend tools throughout the catalog. At least I know that Ed and Tony do the buying, so I know who to blame if any of the tools suck.
The cover features the 181-piece Mechanics tool set, and the new multi-color hex T-handle wrenches give it a splash of color. The catalog is 196 pages full of tools, with no major changes: storage, then sets, then hand, electronic, and power tools. The Evolv brand made the nook this year along with some work wear. The catalog actually has a spine and glued pages this year; no more staples for this big boy.
It’s free at your local Sears — grab two, just because.
Craftsman Catalog [Sears]