I’ve had Craftsman’s 2008 Holiday Tool Preview catalog on my desk for a few months now, but have not quite found the right time to talk about it. Actually, I don’t think that there will ever be a good time to talk about it – it’s not exactly a simple or straightforward issue.
The thing that’s been nagging at me is a small blurb repeated on pages 19, 20, and 23: All Craftsman sockets and wrenches are proudly made in the USA.
Well, that’s no longer true. Currently, Craftsman’s DogBone wrenches, universal spline wrenches, and new ratcheting wrenches are NOT made in the USA. It does not look like the production of existing made-in-the-USA products will be shifted away from USA suppliers any time soon, but will this always be true? The possibility of this happening is what is really bothering me.
We’re currently reviewing some of the new Craftsman Professional (made in PRC) ratcheting wrench offerings. It’s too soon to talk about them in detail, but I can already tell that the reviews will be accompanied by a very lengthy editorial.