Conductor562

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    Railroad Conductor, Tool Junkie, Stud Muffin (lol)

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  1. You probably won't find a better quality-price ratio on a 3/4" set than Williams. Their imported 3/4" impact sets are a sweet deal too. Here's a set on Amazon for $255 shipped https://www.amazon.com/Williams-33901-21-Piece-4-Inch-Socket/dp/B002LCRB98
  2. JC Penny had a couple different lines of tools. They sold JC Penny brand as a budget line and a line called PennCraft that was their better stuff and competed with Craftsman. Your ratcheting wrenches were made by Lang, the company that invented them, and they actually still sell them today.
  3. Yep. Dewalt began assembly operations in Maryland a couple years back. It's not a true US Made tool, but it's sure as hell a step in the right direction
  4. Nice spread Sterco. Now you'll need to track down a set of Proto Big Dawgs!
  5. Congrats to the winners!
  6. Yep, the current guts will match up all the way back to before WWII. I am a little skeptical about this whole "Proto frowns on lube" thing though. Lube is pretty essential and I've gotten plenty of Proto ratchets lubed from the factory. You notice shit like this when you're the kind of guy that the first thing you do with a new ratchet is tear it apart 😆
  7. Looks like the S. Carolina facility was itself harboring production from 2 others that were shut down in 2015. "APEX Tool Group has made the difficult decision to close our manufacturing facilities in Dallas, Texas and Springdale, Ark., by the end of 2015, and to consolidate production of our Made in the USA brands to an existing facility we own in Sumter, S.C.,” the APEX Tool Group noted in a statement. “We plan to add 150 to 200 jobs in Sumter to handle this additional capacity, and our associates in Dallas and Springdale whose jobs are impacted will have the first opportunity to apply for these positions.All three of these facilities are operating substantially below capacity so we need to consolidate these manufacturing operations in order to be competitive and serve our customers efficiently.” The plot thickens 🤔
  8. I'm a little curious as to how Apex would be guaranteed to keep a Craftsman contract with SBD owning the brand. I agree that the timing of this Apex announcement (whatever it actually means) and the Craftsman sale, are pretty hard to chalk up to coincidence. Then again, off the top of my head, the only USA Craftsman products left at the time of the sale were sourced from Western Forge (Ideal) anyway. I can't think of a single USA made Apex sourced Craftsman tool still in existence unless it would be something from their Industrial line. That would match up with an Armstrong contract, but do they even have an industrial line in production currently? I guess I just haven't kept up with either brand well enough to say, but I am looking forward to seeing where all this leads.
  9. Are some kind of Kobalt shill or something?
  10. I think this report was written as it pertains to the plant being shut rather than the entire brand. There's a hell of a lot more people than that working for Armstrong company wide. Plus, Armstrong is the only thing that keeps them in the lucrative government contract business. I've made it no secret over the years that I dispise Apex and you'll find VERY few Apex made tools in my box as a result. Apex has ruined every brand they've touched over the years with the exception of gearwrench. Crescent, Cooper, Weller, and on and on. That's what happens when a hedge fund is calling the shots.
  11. I'd say OPE has a great deal to do with it. IIRC in the info that was floating around they listed it as 25% of annual sales.
  12. Congrats! Mrs. Conductor would love to have another, but I told her I wouldn't even consider it unless something changed with work.
  13. I get your logic, but there is a -500% chance of that happening. Hand tools are just too big a part of the Craftsman brand to simply do away with.
  14. Sunex are pretty nice impact sockets and have a good reputation. I dunno what you drive or the extent of your use, but many trucks and SUV's have 21mm and 7/8 lugs. 19mm isn't going to cover all your potential lug nut applications.
  15. Is it a valve seal installation tool?