"Made in USA" labels go a long way in selling a product. A well-known brand name assures consumer interest. Combine the two and you have a sure seller. Craftsman, sold by Sears, is one such product. However, "Made in USA" is used in a very broad sense, often meaning manufactured elsewhere and assembled in the United States.
Rest assured, most of your Craftsman hand tools (those tools powered by hand) are made in America.
A full 80 percent of the Craftsman line is produced in the United States. The exceptions are tape measures, which come from the Dominican Republic, while Craftsman shovels and rakes are often made in China or Taiwan. Close inspection of the packaging often indicates country of origin.
Your Craftsman mechanic tools (designed specifically for automotive work) have been made by other companies over the years. After the tools are manufactured, Craftsman puts its label on the products. The variety of companies include Moore Drop Forge, Stanley, Easco and New Britain. The most recent supplier is the Danaher Corp.
Power tools are considered to be any tool that receives its power from a gasoline engine, an electric motor or a compressed air motor. These can be portable or stationary and include common tools such as saws, sanders and lathes. The Craftsman power tools you own were manufactured in China, but labeled stateside. Packaging will indicate "Made in USA with imported material" or other similar terminology.
Where Is It From?
Whether curious or loyal to "Made in the USA," there is a way to determine where your Craftsman tool came from by the model number. Most model numbers will start out with three digits followed by a decimal point. Those three digits are the code for the manufacturer. To determine the manufacturer, compare those numbers to the Product Code List.
Who Is Craftsman?
You would think the Craftsman name would be an entity onto itself and owned by Craftsman. In reality, the full company name is KCD IP, LLC. It is a limited liability company. The owners include Kenmore (K), Craftsman (C) and DieHard (D). The IP, which stands for intellectual property, is a legal term for protection of creative ideas, images and designs. So, in actuality, Craftsman is not made by Craftsman, but by several other companies under agreement with Craftsman. Craftsman is a brand name, not a manufacturer.
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