Pet Peeves-air 'em out!! (#3)

Johnny b

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Is it just me or has Craftsman taken a drop in quality?

My experiences with Craftsman branding haven't been good lately.
I recently saw a review on a cheap Harbor Freight electric chainsaw, selling for about 20% less than the saw I bought, also made in China, that used a metal reduction gear.

I've 'burned up' 2 Craftsman 71/4 inch circle saw blade in a matter of a few weeks when I used to get more than a years use out of 1. The carbide teeth broke off way too easily :mad:

Oddly, recently I was able to easily order parts for a 10+ year old Craftsman brush cutter from a Sears parts outlet, but had to go to an independent parts house for parts to repair my 4 month old Craftsman electric chainsaw. ( And the postage cost more than the part :cool: )
Never did find out where to send it for the 3 year warranty, but the postage on the saw would likely have cost way more that fixing it myself.
 

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Is it just me or has Craftsman taken a drop in quality?
I was kinda wondering the same thing.
My experiences with Craftsman branding haven't been good lately.
I have some older Craftsman mechanical tools that seem to be holding up well, such as the "croisant" wrench and some sockets.
Unfortunately the bulk of my tools were stolen and have not yet replaced all of them.
Also unfortunate. if you "lend" them to a relative or friend, you might not see them again...
kinda the same thing as "stolen"... :rolleyes:

Recently broke a Craftsman screwdriver, but using it for a purpose for which was it wasn't designed for (pry bar.)

Doesn't the Craftsman line still come with a life time warranty?
 

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I believe it does, but you gotta jump through a ridiculous amount of hoops. Dad was Craftsman forever until about 10 years ago, a story very similar to Jonny's; small electric chainsaw crapped out less than a year into warranty, never was able to get it replaced. Hasnt bought Craftsman since.
 

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I believe it does, but you gotta jump through a ridiculous amount of hoops.
Yup!
That always been the hassle of a "lifetime" deal....

And btw, I have a kitchen knife that claimed lifetime use,never dulls, etc. so it dulled and then broke, and of course that company no longer exists. :rolleyes:
 

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Yup!
That always been the hassle of a "lifetime" deal....

And btw, I have a kitchen knife that claimed lifetime use,never dulls, etc. so it dulled and then broke, and of course that company no longer exists. :rolleyes:
Yeah lifetime is weird. I always thought it was MY lifetime (and mind you, I got some tools my granddad had) but instead its the COMPANY'S lifetime lol.
 
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Or the tool's lifetime, which kinda makes the warranty totally useless in the first place ...
 

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And I thought today was going to be my lucky day.

With Craftsman on my poop list, what could go wrong after finally getting my Poulan gas powered chainsaw running?
I removed the apparently clogged air filter and it started right up.
Put the filter back on while running and the engine runs so rich it stalls out.
It's not a foam filter.
It's only 1/8th thick, fibrous and almost looks like some kind of densely compressed fine poly fiber material. I don't think thin foam cut to fit would give decent filtration, so that's out of consideration.
.

Here it comes.
Can't find a local Poulan dealer or local supplier that stocks Poulan parts in my area.
And I need a new air filter.
I bought the saw at................Lowes.
Well....10 years ago.
Actually, it was a replacement for a Stihl chainsaw I bought there than only ran for 15 minutes before something in the carb went wrong. It would only idle or stall out.
And of course, Lowes having no repair facilities, refunded my money and I bought the last chainsaw they had in stock at the time. ( it was the year a weak tornado took down trees all through my area and there was a run on chainsaws )


Looks like I'll be buying an air filter off the Internet.

Nix on Craftsman.
Nix on future Poulan products, too.

If Lowes wasn't within a half mile, I'd nix them too :cool:



( today wasn't a total loss. I went to Krogers for one of my blood pressure meds ( go figure the need :rolleyes: )and they gave me a free goodie bag that included 2 washable face masks, 3 8oz bottles of hand sanitizer and a bag of Redi Wipes, 75 sheets.)
 

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( today wasn't a total loss. I went to Krogers for one of my blood pressure meds ( go figure the need :rolleyes: )and they gave me a free goodie bag that included 2 washable face masks, 3 8oz bottles of hand sanitizer and a bag of Redi Wipes, 75 sheets.)
Not bad for free!
Were I a leprechaun rather than a scarecrow, I'd say that was a sneak peek at the end of the rainbow ;D
 

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Sigh!

Robocalls again.

Now I have a woman calling ( a recording of course ) claiming my Social Security account has been hacked and is being used illegally. If I don't press '1', my Windows computer will be disabled.

Jokes on her :D (read my signature ;) )

Maybe I'll let her duke it out for attention, with the Amazon scammer that keeps calling.
 
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Big companies can't provide the units... Microsoft looking at you! Xbox series X still Out of stock or more than the £450 price they are meant to be!?

So frustrating! It can't still be related to Covid can it?

Tesco is not advertising anymore

Currys is out of stock

this site is try to sell at £649!

and Game is out of stock also
 
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Yeah lifetime is weird. I always thought it was MY lifetime (and mind you, I got some tools my granddad had) but instead its the COMPANY'S lifetime lol.
@RT


You saying that I wonder if...

1. there is a legal loop hole to allow for this and..
2. if it be cheaper for a company to sell say 10k of products with lifetime warranty then after a year 'close' and reopen under another name to void all the warranties?
 

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Gasoline got a sudden bump in price over the weekend.

Local Shell reg went from $2.90 to $3.20 a gal.
 

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Construction slowdowns that last for miles, and NOBODY is there working!! Making our trip last much longer than it should ...
 

Johnny b

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Walmart.

I seem to be going there for the exercise.

Big improvements were being made this summer.
Floor tile ripped up.
Shelving moved around.
Isles widened considerably.
And less variety in the food sections.
There has been a noticeable absence of many kinds of food on their shelves, especially low sodium.
It's almost like a going out of business auction scenario.

About the shelving being moved.....in produce, the only products still in their same location were paper, like paper towels and toilet paper,
Some of the old banners are still up, of course, totally incorrect and even the clerks have a hard time finding some of the new locations.

The worst......vitamins and supplements were moved into the lawn and garden department but pain relief meds were now where the protein drinks and powders used to be, in front of their pharmacy.
Shaving stuff now occupies where the Antacids used to be, the antacid banner still up and the antacids now several isles over with no banner.

But I did find toothpaste on my own.

Sometimes I think I don't complain enough lol.


Oh yeah....and everything costs more.
 

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Sounds like you got a good workout there John. :)

So yesterday I had a medical appointment and the place is about a 35-40 minute drive from home. I always give myself an hour in case of a delay somewhere along the way and thank goodness I did. They were paving the road one side at a time and we had to sit and wait nearly 20 minutes for the transport pickup that we had to follow when it was our turn to go. Meanwhile cars are coming from the other direction and another road that turns onto it. I don't mind a short delay of 5 or 10 minutes but I don't think that long is reasonable. I made it just a few minutes before my appointment.

On the way home, same thing. I timed it and it was 18 minutes sitting there to the point where most of us put our cars in park and I actually turned mine off at one point but it was a very hot and humid day so we needed the air conditioning to be on. At least I didn't have a time I had to be home by but I was getting concerned about the car overheating because it's 7 years old now so I kept an eye on the temperature gauge but it was fine. People were turning around to find an alternate route that was probably much longer but at least you're moving.
 

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