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post #1 of 31 Old 01-05-2017, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sold to Black and Decker....

Just heard on the news that Sears is selling its Craftsman line to Stanley/Black and Decker....considering how cheaply made their tools are, I'm sure Craftsman snow blowers are doomed to become even cheaper made then they are now.

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Sears is 1 step away from total liquidation. They just announced closure of a bunch of Sears and K-Mart stores.
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It was at least six or seven years ago when I heard an analyst on the radio state that Sears was "a corpse". By now I guess it qualifies as a zombie.

It's sad to see Craftsman go like this, but you can't say nobody saw it coming. They've been backing off on the guarantee for quite some time now... It used to apply to everything and they meant it. Lately it's just been hand tools.
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Do you/we think B&D et al will offer lifetime warranty on the tools?
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I really have no idea what they're going to do. All I know for sure is that the Black and Decker of today is not anything like the company they were when I was growing up.
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jmo...but it wont much matter...mtd made sub par machines now.

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so if B&D buys the craftsmans line will B&D replace free of charge all the tools sold before the buyout

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Knew it was going to happen last summer in a Sears store there were no tools and next to nothing for lawn mowers etc.

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Shame to hear it. I was at the Sears Outlet near me this past weekend and they had a slew of tractors and a couple zero turns corralled in the former Sears Hardware greenhouse. Two Yard Machines 2 stagers in the store and a number of Craftsman blowers on their website including a recon Husqvarna.

I never bought much from Sears but I did like their tool selection-much better than the box home centers as far as more specialized hand tools goes, I noticed their wrenches are no longer stamped "Made In USA" just "Craftsman" and word is that's mostly made in China. The department store here closed a few years ago leaving the nearest one about a 1/2 hr to 35 minutes away and the nearest Hardware store is about the same in the opposite direction.

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jmo...but it wont much matter...mtd made sub par machines now.
Sears are Murray products. Below MTD.
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