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I've torn my house, my shed, and my shop apart and cannot find my 1/4" or 3/8" wrenches. This is an old set of real Craftsman (30+ years old now), and it really ticks me off that my "vintage" set is now incomplete. Entirely my fault as nobody uses my tools but me, but still...I'm ticked at myself.

Went online to replace them and found the only Craftsman now made are cheap Chinese junk that I like to avoid like the plague.

Are there any real American made wrenches that are good quality anymore?


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If you do ebay you should be able to find the wrenches you are missing.
 
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If you are going after a set, check to see if the 1/4 and 3/8 wrenches can be found on eBay, etc...

If you are going for broke, Snap-on will get you there. Wink



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If you are going for broke, Snap-on will get you there. Wink

Google says Snap-ons are Chinese now.


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Best way to find them is to order a new set..
Depends on their use. If you don.t earn a living with them, Husky Pro might be an option.


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Ive had good luck with Wright in the shop.

https://www.harryepstein.com/i...?q=wright+wrench+set
 
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Best way to find them is to order a new set..

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Google says Snap-ons are Chinese now.

Some are, but not wrenches. They have a factory making them right here in Elizabethton, TN.
 
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Gustofer, try eBay. I recently looked there for a missing older Craftsman item and had good luck finding what I was looking for.
 
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A very common problem. I bought a complete set of Husky wrenches on sale at HD; I believe they are made in Taiwan but not sure.
Now that I am going through box after box of stored stuff from several moves, I found my old complete set of Made in USA Craftsman combination wrenches, and they are replacing the Huskies in pride of place in the tool box.

However: it was recently announced that Craftsman (whoever owns it) is going to be making some tools in the US, and is building a plant for doing that. Sometimes it’s the little things that make me glad Donald Trump is our President.


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Pawn shops always had tools by the piece or by the set.


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The tool nerd websites tend to like GearWrench for moderately-priced (still not cheap!) import wrenches.

Proto, SK, Wright, and Williams usually come up as good Made in USA wrenches.

I have a mix of cheap Craftsman, Kobalt, and Husky and they've all been fine. A combination wrench is not complicated.

I would be inclined to be more careful about selecting a quality product if I was buying ratcheting combination wrenches, which have small moving parts under stress.
 
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Chinese Craftsman is why I really don't want my USA made Craftsman to break. I don't want it replaced by something made in China.


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Pawn shops always had tools by the piece or by the set.

^^^This

I find Craftsman tools in loose tool bins at pawn shops all the time. As others pointed out, they are easily had on ebay too.

I might have some extra 1/4" and 3/8" made-in-USA Craftsman combo wrenches. Are yours the basic raised rectangle panel model?
 
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Was already posted about American made Craftsman tools in Fort Worth in 2020. All manner of quality American brands posted here. You can find loads of American made Craftsman wrenches if you got a Flea Market near you. Even many which are still new marked USA.
 
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Since I dabble in buying and selling tools I went out to the garage the 3/8" Craftsman was easy, 1/4" I've got an S-K. Email is in my profile.I'll be happy to send them out no charge. Instant Karma. If you are looking to buy, new Wright Wrenches are fantastic,excellent customer service and if you watch Zoro,you can get some 20-25% off coupons that make them ..ahem..affordable....HJE is a great seller as well.



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Originally posted by Gustofer:
I've torn my house, my shed, and my shop apart and cannot find my 1/4" or 3/8" wrenches. This is an old set of real Craftsman (30+ years old now), and it really ticks me off that my "vintage" set is now incomplete. Entirely my fault as nobody uses my tools but me, but still...I'm ticked at myself.

Went online to replace them and found the only Craftsman now made are cheap Chinese junk that I like to avoid like the plague.

Are there any real American made wrenches that are good quality anymore?


You can replace the same wrenches; try ebay.

Snap-on are good. Mac are chinese. Snap-on hand tools are made in the US. Some air tools, compressors, welding helmets, and other products sold under the snap-on brand are made in China, and elsewhere.

Williams tools are made in the US, identical to snapon, and also sold under snap-on. They're often about half the price, too.

Gearwrench products are good.

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I go to estate sales and head for the garage or the basement shop. At least once a month I see plenty of quality old tools from the 50s/60s. The really good made in USA steel Craftsman stuff. And you can get wrenches for a buck or two each, that will outperform anything you can buy today. Or complete sets for 20-30 bucks. Dirt cheap. I like them so much I keep buying them and give them to friends, as I have about 3 of everything already. Go to estate sales in old established neighborhoods. You'll find a lot of nice stuff made in the USA.
 
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Check out Harry J. Epstein American Made Tools. You'll find several American made brands there, but not all are great. I personally like SK and Wright.



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