Saturday, December 4, 2010

Three Certainties in Life

1. Death.
2. Taxes.
3. The Sears Craftsman Hand Tool Warranty.

Handy Man recently split the handle on his hatchet.  It was an OLD hatchet.  Darn, I should have taken a picture of it.  

Anyway, he said that Sears has a Lifetime Warranty on their hand tools.  

The warranty states: If for any reason your Craftsman hand tool ever fails to provide complete satisfaction, return it to any Sears store or other Craftsman outlet in the United States for free repair or replacement. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state."

He took his old hatchet to a Sears, and got this shiny new one:
Remember to keep the cover on for safety, when you aren't using it.  Just in case.  So you know, if you have it on a table top, and it falls over, it won't chop into your shoe and cut your toe.  
Not that Handy Man's ever done that before.  Just sayin'.

Anyway, this purty new Craftsman hatchet retails for $29.99 if you need to buy a new one. 

Handy Man had the hatchet for 30 (!!) years.  Handy Man is 39 years old.  Yes, he got a hatchet when he was 9.  Things were different then (that's what we say).  Would I give Handy Boy a hatchet at age 9?  Ummmm, let me get back to you on that one. 

Here are some of the things Handy man does with his hatchet:
  • digging up roots
  • splitting wood
  • chopping up wood for a campfire
  • drive in tent pegs
Of course, those last two items actually infer that we sometimes go camping.  Which we do not.  We used to, before Handy Boy...but, the thought of bringing a baby who didn't sleep very well at night camping sent shivers down our spines, so we never tried it.  And now he's older, and we still haven't tried it.  Huh.  I'll have to think about trying that next summer.
Rob really likes that these tools are Made in the Good Old USA.

Do you own any Craftsman hand tools?  Have you ever had to have them replaced?


The Saved Quarter said...

Gotta love the Craftsman warranty! Do you know about Sears' KidVantage program? Similar to Craftsman's warranty, they'll take back clothes if your kid wears it out before outgrowing it.

(I did a marketing project about Sears recently and was surprised to learn about this, even though I knew about the Craftsman warranty. Sears used to take returns on anything for any reason!)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Yes, I did know about the KidVantage program. I used it to replace Handy Boy's jeans when they wore out...however, I can't use it anymore.

Handy Boy has outgrown the sizes you can use it for, it only goes up to about a boy's size 8. :-( He just grew like a weed recently!!

Elaine said...

What is the notch in the bottom of the blade for?

Guess how much I know about hatchets and such. I was going to call it an ax, but I'll bet that's not correct.

I used to work at Dremel, and we made the Craftsman rotary hand tools.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...


Answering you here, I hope you come back and read this, as you didn't leave an email address or link.

Handy Man says that the notch is for pulling out nails.

Elaine said...

Aha! As soon as I clicked on the comments today, I thought it might be that. How handy!

I'm looking all over my house for my needle-nose pliers. I have to replace the door latch on my front loading washer, and I need that tool. I can't imagine where it went!

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