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    Cool impulse buy

    Was over at my local Ace Hardware a few minutes ago.

    And while I almost always cruise the tool isle I hardly ever buy anything, partly because they don't usually have anything I need, but mostly because most of the stuff they sell is made offshore.

    Today a Made in USA label caught my eye. It was a small set of picks from Craftsman. It's been a long time since I've seen anything I don't already have from Craftsman that's made in the US.

    It's something I could use and they were cheap. So I had to buy them.


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    Re: impulse buy

    Excellent!

    I bought a brand new Bridgeport milling machine a few weeks ago (for work). It was actually pretty hard to find. And it cost a lot more than an import mill, but it will last a lot longer too (we have 3 other 1969 Bridgeports.....all work perfect).

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    Re: impulse buy

    https://www.generaltools.com/707865-...et_p_293.html#

    Went to Lowes this weekend needed some bolts also need a hook and pick set. Saw the above but with changeable hook and picks but also with jeweler screw driver bits.

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    Cool Re: impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by aeronca65t View Post
    ....I bought a brand new Bridgeport milling machine a few weeks ago (for work). It was actually pretty hard to find. And it cost a lot more than an import mill, but it will last a lot longer too (we have 3 other 1969 Bridgeports.....all work perfect).

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    Re: impulse buy

    I always buy American when possible, but when in Lowes a few weeks ago, I needed a set of screw drivers for working on instruments and saw this mini ratchet screw driver with multiple heads. You could say it was an impulse buy, but it worked out great as I've used it a dozen times already. They even have a larger version. American made, I don't think so, but for 12 bucks you can't beat it.

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    Re: impulse buy

    I presume Kobalt, like Craftsman to Sears, is basically a marketing division for their parent Company, Lowes.

    Maybe they have some internal product development but I'm sure all production is outsourced.

    Craftsman still sources some tools from US manufacturers. Last time I looked at Kobalt packaging in my local Lowes I didn't see a single US made tool. (But I didn't check every package of every tool on every isle, either.)


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    Re: impulse buy

    A good, American tool brand is ~Klein~.

    Almost all their tools are made in America.

    This week at work we set up and ran our two new Haas ST-10 CNC lathes. Also made in USA. I had to fuss a bit with our purchasing dept. to get these, due to price. But everyone I work with knows not to argue with me on this subject.

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    Re: impulse buy

    Good for you. I might have done the same but already have a set of Chinese picks. Sad part is that you probably couldn't fill a shopping basket with everything else that's made in America in that store. I think much of the rest of the Craftsman line is now imported. Here is a list of made in USA tools from google search: https://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html
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    Cool Re: impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by aeronca65t View Post
    A good, American tool brand is ~Klein~.

    Almost all their tools are made in America....
    Yup, definitely good stuff. They're well represented in the electronics biz. So I've used a lot of their crimpers, strippers, pliers and drivers over the years.

    I might even have one of their bottle openers in the tool chest. I'll have to check. I know I have a couple (US made) Craftsman bottle openers. If I don't have the Klein I should probably get one.


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    Hmm, just perusing Klein's website and found that for some reason they have a cycling jersey. Which I find odd since they don't make bike specific tools and I've never seen their general purpose tools marketed through bikie distribution channels.

    Might have to get one for the upcoming riding season. (Of course, every season is riding season in SoCal )

    I mostly buy Park Tools' bike tools, which are also all US made.

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    Re: impulse buy

    I love that bottle opener.....must get one!

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    Cool Re: impulse buy

    I guess I'm not impulsive enough. I still haven't picked up that Klein bottle opener. But it is on my Amazon "filler" list so I'll get it one of these days.

    I did get the Klein bike jersey and I've worn it on a number of rides.

    Of course the US doesn't have a corner on the high quality tool market. The Germans know a thing or two about tools, especially beer tools.
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    Re: impulse buy

    Saw a boroscope (sp?) at COSTCO for a mere $58. Might be fun to poke my nose into small spaces. Might get it.
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    Re: impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Hmm, just perusing Klein's website and found that for some reason they have a cycling jersey. Which I find odd since they don't make bike specific tools and I've never seen their general purpose tools marketed through bikie distribution channels.

    Might have to get one for the upcoming riding season. (Of course, every season is riding season in SoCal )

    I mostly buy Park Tools' bike tools, which are also all US made.
    Maybe they sponsor a bike team? Or perhaps they like the coincidence that there was a bicycle company of the same name. I still have a '98 Klein Pulse Comp mountain bike in my garage. It's sporting slick tires these days and I use it as my rain bike/commuter/trailer tug. I prefer using it on hiker/biker trails to the road bike - better riding position to see what's going on around you. 17 years old, still on the original derailleurs, but I've upgraded almost everything else. Klein road bikes were supposed to be really good, too.

    Like you, I almost always turn to Park Tools first for my bicycle tools. It's amazing how the right tool can cut a job that would be a ball buster otherwise down to size.

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    Cool Re: impulse buy

    If they sponsored a team it was either very local or entirely internal to the company. I haven't seen any signs of any pro or amateur race team sponsored by them. Googling only gave me hits related to Klein bikes and their team sponsorship.

    My guess is either they had them made up for a group of employees, maybe doing a charity ride or something, or they found jerseys on a list of swag that a brand logo supplier could produce and just thought it was a cool idea.

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    Re: impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Yup, definitely good stuff. They're well represented in the electronics biz. So I've used a lot of their crimpers, strippers, pliers and drivers over the years.

    I might even have one of their bottle openers in the tool chest. I'll have to check. I know I have a couple (US made) Craftsman bottle openers. If I don't have the Klein I should probably get one.


    They have a BBQ set too.



    Hmm, just perusing Klein's website and found that for some reason they have a cycling jersey. Which I find odd since they don't make bike specific tools and I've never seen their general purpose tools marketed through bikie distribution channels.

    Might have to get one for the upcoming riding season. (Of course, every season is riding season in SoCal )

    I mostly buy Park Tools' bike tools, which are also all US made.
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    Re: impulse buy

    looks great! - and great name!
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    Re: impulse buy

    I like that. Kinda fun to know you made it yourself.
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    Cool Re: impulse buy

    Finally pulled the trigger. Looking forward to putting it to work.


    Love the details on the packaging:


    "Professionally designed and rigorously tested by an expert team to handle both foreign and domestic applications"


    And of course,


    "Made in USA"




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