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We’ve seen this before: Craftsman will etch names, slogans or whatever else on the side of each piece for a super-customized set of special “heirloom” tools. You know, like M&Ms, but a crap-ton more expensive. But every time I see these, I get a different vibe. Sometimes I love the idea, and sometimes not so much.

Admittedly, I could write “now quit borrowing mine, jackhole!” on the wrenches, leaving my future kids to wonder what uncle Sean meant by that when they inherit the tools 40 years from now. But then again, you could snag another whole plain-Jane kit for the difference in price. (So theoretically at least, the jackholes could steal a set.)

I’d risk a quarter on one thing, though: I bet sales of these skyrocket around the holidays. What do you think? Do you own any? Do you wish you did?

Street pricing runs around $200.

Personalized 187 pc. Tool Set [Craftsman]

 

12 Responses to Hot Or Not? Craftsman Personalized Tools

  1. Old Donn says:

    Not. 1) Disclaimer is, Sears won’t exchange/replace a damaged or faulty personalized tool. 2) Despite the extra dough, these don’t work any better than standard issue Craftsman tools.

  2. Brew says:

    Not.

    1) Disclaimer is, Sears won’t exchange/replace a damaged or faulty personalized tool.

    Which pretty much the ONLY reason to buy craftsman tools.

    2) Despite the extra dough, these don’t work any better than standard issue Craftsman tools.

    Which generally isn’t very good.

  3. ambush says:

    1. It’s obvious that they won’t engrave just one piece again for a warranty.
    2. Craftsman hand tools are some of the best bang for your buck in the hand tool world, certainly the least expensive you can get without getting crap.
    3. I know many people who have engraved every tool they own manually this would save a ton of time.

  4. heywood j says:

    I like engraving my own tools. Usually is done ugly enough that not many guys would want to steal them.

  5. Cameron says:

    Engraved tools carry the same warranty as their non-personalized counterpart.

    From the item’s description:
    General Warranty: Guaranteed forever

  6. Bob says:

    I like the tools and the price is good

  7. Shopmonger says:

    Brew? I have discerning questions about your remark about Craftsman tools? What is it SPECIFICALLY you don’t like. I have yet to hear any issues with them that were legitimate. Can you expound upon this statement :
    “2) Despite the extra dough, these don’t work any better than standard issue Craftsman tools.

    Which generally isn’t very good.”

    ShopMonger

  8. Old Donn says:

    Aside to Cameron, try it. Seriously, if the Sears near you will exchange them, you’re lucky. Most won’t.

  9. Brice says:

    I’ve got a lot of craftsman tools, they work just fine. As a matter of fact, they’ve saved me a lot of money when I choose to abuse a tool and break it. Mostly I buy pro tools now, because the company pays for them. But I’m perfectly happy with my craftsmans for everything I do around the house, from motorcycle maint. to hanging siding.

    Old Donn, I asked my local Sears, they’ll replace the tool, but they won’t engrave it again unless you pay for it.

  10. Chris says:

    Yeah, I don’t understand why Sears wouldn’t do a straight-up replacement. Obviously you’d end up with a non-personalized tool, but unless the engraving process damages the structural integrity of the tool, I don’t see why Sears wouldn’t accept returns on them.

    Maybe our resident Sears employee will pop in here and enlighten us.

    cl

  11. bob says:

    Supposedly Sears won’t return owner-engraved tools. But, if you don’t get an @$$hole clerk, or if you don’t act like an @$$hole yourself, you can usually get a tool exchanged even if it has a big old ugly heywood j. engraving!

  12. Turbobrick says:

    Not. It’s a good idea from Sears’ point of view though, I think most of these get purchased around the holidays as a gift to someone.

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