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Online Jim C.

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2019, 06:42:46 PM »
Hey Don, I’m not sure about the combos, but that 13mm x 15mm DBE wrench definitely has a pointed “A.”  That’s a collectible tool.  Like I said earlier, I paid good money for mine.  I’d offer to buy it from you but I don’t think I can afford it twice.

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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2019, 10:22:16 PM »
Jim,
I’d be happy to let them all go. Just send me a PM and we’ll discuss them.
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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2019, 10:35:21 AM »
Only have 2 that fit this post

12mm combo and 13/15 DOE

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2019, 03:14:10 AM »
An old friend passed these combos along to me a few days ago. He had them for a while but is getting rid of his tools in anticipation of a move to New York City.
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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 03:51:57 PM »
Wow Don!  Those are definitely early Craftsman metric combos!  Notice the pointed letter “A” in the CR”A”FTSM”A”N stamp.   Nice!   I’m envious....

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2019, 06:37:12 AM »
Jim,
If you’d like to add them to your collection, we could do something similar to our deal on the metric DBE wrenches. Just send me an email or PM.
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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2019, 06:27:43 AM »
Hey Don,

PM sent. Thanks.

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2019, 01:19:28 PM »
I found a carry box and some metric =v= wrenches at a recent estate sale. I threw the rest of my =v= metric tools in the box to keep them all together and added a few drive tools. If anyone needs one to complete a set they are available for trade.
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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2019, 07:43:09 PM »
Hey Don,

Looks like some good stuff in that box!

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2019, 09:03:40 AM »
Nice stuff, guys!

I have also found metric tools to be hard to find before the 1970's. My Bonney search to find metric wrenches was also a long and wearying journey, with the 13 x 15 very elusive. I guess being two of the most used sizes those tools wore out sooner than others and that's maybe why they are so hard to find. Just my guess though.
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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2019, 10:56:18 AM »
The 13mm yes, in the '70 15mm was an odd ball.

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2019, 08:44:13 AM »
Nice stuff, guys!

I have also found metric tools to be hard to find before the 1970's. My Bonney search to find metric wrenches was also a long and wearying journey, with the 13 x 15 very elusive. I guess being two of the most used sizes those tools wore out sooner than others and that's maybe why they are so hard to find. Just my guess though.

Hey bonneyman,

I had a similar experience.  After I finished the first Craftsman metric set shown above, I started looking for the Craftsman 13mm and 15mm sockets and wrenches.  They weren’t initially offered in 1960 and didn’t make it into the Sears catalog until a couple years later.  I had some trouble finding the earliest 13mm and 15mm tools.  In particular, the 13mm x 15mm DBE wrench was the hardest to find. 

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2019, 09:35:28 AM »
Very interesting.  By the time I started working on cars myself (1969), Sears had a pretty comprehensive selection of metric tools, individually and in sets.  I got by for years with a 3/8" flex handle and a set of sockets, plus, when I could afford it, a set of combination wrenches.  Craftsman were my standard tools: affordable, high quality, and, back then, they took their lifetime warranty seriously.  I can't tell you how many flex handles and sockets I replaced, broken trying to remove the lug bolts on a VW bus.

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2019, 02:39:55 PM »
Very interesting.  By the time I started working on cars myself (1969), Sears had a pretty comprehensive selection of metric tools, individually and in sets.  I got by for years with a 3/8" flex handle and a set of sockets, plus, when I could afford it, a set of combination wrenches.  Craftsman were my standard tools: affordable, high quality, and, back then, they took their lifetime warranty seriously.  I can't tell you how many flex handles and sockets I replaced, broken trying to remove the lug bolts on a VW bus.

My dad told similar stories of replacing ratchets and sockets at the Sears store. They were all broken removing lug nuts.
You might say I have a tool collecting problem....

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Re: Sears/Craftsman Metric Tool Set
« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2020, 11:07:27 AM »
I think the two foot length of pipe I used as a cheater, combined with my standing on the pipe and bouncing to loosen the bolts, could maybe have contributed to the breakage.  Just maybe.  A little bit.