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Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:52:46 PM »
Welcome to the Craftsman Tool  Manufacturer and Date Range Summary Table,

This table containes the Series Codes (manufacturers ID), the Manufacturers Names (if known), and the Date Ranges (years, if known) that the series codes apply to.

This table includes only mechanics hand tools, general hand tools, and some machinest tools specifically identified with series codes.

This table excludes power tools, wood working tools, yard and garden tools, and any hand tools not specifically identified with series codes.

This table represents the combined efforts of numerous members of the Garage Journal, The Garage Gazette, and the Craftsman Club websites. It is considered a work in progress and is subject to change as new information becomes available.

The sources of information used to compile this table include, but are not limited to the following:
1) Members personal tool collections, observations, and purchase recollections,
2) Sears and Craftsman Tool catalogs,
3) Alloy Artifacts Website (a most excellent resource),
4) Patent filings, Trade Mark filings, and FTC filings,
5) Assorted News Service articles, and
6) Various Tool Manufacturers websites and catalogs.


Last Updated: 6/26/14



Early Craftsman Series (generally pre-1947, with some exceptions):

A-circle = Empire, ca. 1935 - 1973, maybe a bit later

AC = J.P. Danielson, ca. 1930's - 1960's

B-circle = Wilde, ca. 1949-1958

BB = possibly Vlchek, ca. 1939 - 1950 (This code only found on amber handled flat blade style screwdrivers; phillips screwdrivers of this same style and time period were found to have the I-circle code) 

BC = Vlcheck, ca. 1935 - 1941 (based on striking tools only)

BE = New Britain, ca. 1931 - 1947

BM = S-K, ca. 1939 - 1951

BT = Vlchek/New Britain, ca. 1936 - 1938

C-nn = Snap-on, ca. 1932 - 1936

CI = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1935 - 1944 (currently applies to Craftsman underline Vanadium wrenches only)

CF or C-F = Herbrand, ca. 1934 - 1939

CK = unknown U.S. manu., ca. 1939 -1943

Craftsman Vanadium = Hinsdale, ca. 1933 - 1934

C-circle = Unknown U.S. manu, ca ? - ?

C8 = JP Danielson, ca. 1930 -1936

F-circle = Miller Falls, ca. 1949 - 1964

G-circle = possibly Lectrolite, ca. 1949 - 1964

H-circle = New Britain, ca. 1931 - 1947

J-circle = Reed Manu., 1939 - 1982 (note- pipe tools)

JW = J.H. Williams, ca. 1960's - 1970's

K-circle = SK, ca. 1939 - 1951 perhaps later

N-square = unknown U.S. manu., ca ? - ?

P-circle = Wilde, ca. 1945 - 1973 and probably later

S-circle = Kastar, ca. 1960 - 2008, perhaps earlier

V-circle = unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - 1985

U-circle = Plomb/Penens, ca. 1944 - 1948

Z-circle = Mayhew, ca. 1957 - 1969


Modern Craftsman Series (generally 1947 and later, with some exceptions):

AZ-circle = J. H. Williams & Co., ca. 1955 - 1967

BF = probably Daido, possibly KTC, some USA made but predominantly Japanese made, ca. 1969 - 1987

C = likely Crescent division of Cooper Industries, ca. 1964 - 1973, probably later

C = Stanley Works, Taiwanese made, ca. ? - ?
(note--this is a Canadian Craftsman series code)

CG = unknown U.S. manu., ca. 2001 - 2005

D = Kington, Chinese made, ca. 1992 - 2008

DAA = Danaher, Chinese made, ca. 2010 (Ratchet only)

DAC = Danaher, Chinese made, ca. 2012 (Ratchet only)

DD = Stanley, ca. 1971 - 1988 (note- found on push drill)

DJ = Mitutoyo, Japanese made, ca. 1968 perhaps earlier & later

E/EE = National Hand Tools/later Stanley Works-NHT division, some USA made, most Taiwanese made, ca. 1982 - 1991

EEE/EEC/EE7 = Stanley Works, Taiwanese made, ca. 1988 - 2009

F = Danaher/possibly K-D division, ca. ? - 2008

G = Easco, ca. 1980 - 1989 perhaps as early as 1979 when Easco acquired the Gastonia plant

G continued = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2011

G1 = Danaher, ca. 2000 - 2004

G2 = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2008

G2D = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2011

GD = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2009

GK = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 2003 - 2011

GK-A = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 1999 - 2003

GK-F = Danaher/Kinsley Tools Division, ca. 2007 - 2008

GK-G = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 2007 - 2008

GK-X = Danaher/Kinsley Tools Division, ca. ? - 2008

H = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 1994 - 2011

HZ = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. ? - 2008

HZ O = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 2009-2009

HZ OO = Danaher/Holo-Krome, ca. 2008 - 2009

I-circle = Parker Mfg Co, ca. 1939 - 1950 & 1957 - 1986 (note- the earlier period represents amber handled phillips screwdrivers; the later period represents locking pliers)

J SD = Simonds International, ca. 1995 - 2006 (Files only)

JW = J.H. Williams & Co, ca. 1954 - 1972

K = SK division of Facom, ca. 1985 - 2004, could still be NOS

K = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

K0AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012 (Ratchets only)

K1AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012(Ratchets only)

K1W = Danaher, ca. 2007 (Ratchets only)

K2AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012 (Ratchets only)

K3AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012 (Ratchets only)

K3V = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008 (Ratchets only)

K3X = Danaher, ca. 2007 -2008 (Ratchets only)

K0Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011(Ratchets only)

K2Z = Danaher, ca. ? (Ratchets only)

K4AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012 (Ratchets only)

K6AA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - 2012 (Ratchets only)

K6Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011 (Ratchets only)

K7Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ? (Ratchets only)

K4W = Danaher, ca. 2007 - ? (Ratchets only)

K9W = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2009 (Ratchets only)

KAA = Danaher, ca. 2011 - ? (Ratchets only)

KR = Danaher, ca. 2005 - 2008 (Ratchets only)

KU = Danaher, ca. 1992 - 2005 (Ratchets only)

KV = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008 (Ratchets only)

KW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier (Ratchets only)

KX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier (Ratchets only)

KY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2010 (Ratchets only)

KZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011 (Ratchets only)

LC = J.P. Danielson, ca. 1930's - 1960's

L1X = Danaher, ca. 2008 - ?

L1Y = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

LAA = Danaher, Taiwanese made, ca. 2011 - ?

L SI = Simonds International, ca. 2001 - 2006, perhaps as late as 2012 as NOS in stores. (Files only)

LZ = Danaher, made in Taiwan, ca. 2010 - ?

M = Vaughan, ca. ? - 2012 (note- found on striking & prying tools)

M6W = Dahaher, ca. 2007 - 2008

M6Y = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2010

M7Y = Danaher, ca. ?

MG = MG Spa, Italy, ca. 1970-1973 (found on vernier calipars)

N = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2009

OA = Unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - ?

P = Wilde, ca. 2008 - 2011, perhaps earlier

Q = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2006

R = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2006

PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2009

Q PR = Pratt Read, ca. ? - ?

S PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

T PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

U PR1-3 = Pratt Read, ca. 2008

V PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008

W PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2009

X PR = Pratt Reed, ca. 2009 - 2009

S-AA = likely Danaher, ca. 2012 - ?, China made, Impact Sockets

ST = Stanley Works, likely Taiwanese made, ca. 2007 - 2009
(note- this is a Canadian Craftsman series code)

T-hex = Milbar, ca. 2010 - 2013 (perhaps earlier)

T1X = Danaher, ca. ?- 2007 (Ratchets only)

T2X = Danaher, ca. ? - 2007 (Ratchets only)

T1V = Danaher, ca. 2006 - 2007 (Ratchets only)

T1W = Danaher, ca. 2007 (Ratchets only)

T2W = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

T3W = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

T3Y = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2009 (Ratchets only)

T4Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011 (Ratchets only)

T4W= Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

T5V = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

T5W = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)
 
T5X = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

V = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1946 - 1967

V (continued) = Easco, ca. 1968 - 1986 perhaps as late as 1991 as NOS

VE = Danaher, ca. ? - ?

VF = Danaher, ca. likely early 1990's

VG = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1995

VH = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1997

VJ = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 2008

VK = Danaher, ca. 1996 - ?

VL = Danaher, ca. 1995

VM = Vermont American, 1990 - 2003 (found on tap & die sets)

VM = Danaher, ca. 1998 - ?

VN = Danaher, ca. 1999 - 2001

VP = Danaher, ca. 2000 - ?

VQ = Danaher, ca. 2001 - 2004

VR = Danaher, ca. 2002

VS = Danaher, ca. 1995 - 2003 (Ratchets only)

VT = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2006

VU = Danaher, ca. 2005 (Ratchets only)

VV = Easco, ca. 1974 - 1989

VV continued = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2011

VW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2009

V^(2nd V inverted) = Danaher, Armstrong Division, ca. 1992 - 2012

^V(1st V inverted) = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

VVH = Danaher, ca. 1997 - ?

VVL = Danaher, ca. 2000 - ?

VVM = Danaher, ca. ? - ? (Ratchets only)

VVN = Danaher, ca. 2005

VVS = Danaher, ca. 2003

VVT = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2005

VVV = Danaher, ca. 2008 (Ratchets only)

VVW = Danaher, ca. 2008

VVX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, possibly earlier

VVY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2009

VVZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - 2011

VVAA = Danaher, ca. 2011 -2012

VVAC = Apex Group, ca. 2010 - ? (Ratchet only)

W = SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2005 - 2008

WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2011

WF ll = Western Forge, ca. 1969

WF D = Western Forge, ca. ?

WF J = Western Forge, ca. 1991 - ?

WF K = Western Forge, ca. ?

WF L = Western Forge, ca. ? - 2009

WF R = Western Forge, ca. ?

WF T = Western Forge, ca. 2005-2005 (note, this applies to screwdriver set 41412 only)

WF U = Western Forge, ca. 2008

WF V = Western Forge, ca. 2008 - 2011

WF W = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

WF X = Western Forge, ca. 2008 - 2009

WF Y = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2011

WF Z = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - 2011

WF AA = Western Forge/Ideal, ca. 2011 - 2012

A WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

B WF = Western Forge, ca. 1989 - 1991

C WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

D WF = Western Forge, ca. 1993 - 2000

E WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

F WF = Western Forge, ca. 2003

G WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

H WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

J WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995

K WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995

L WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

M WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

N WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

O WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

P WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

Q WF = Western Forge, ca. 1990 - 1995

R WF = Western Forge, ca. ? - ?

S WF = Western Forge, ca. 2009

T WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

U WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

V WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

W WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2009

X WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2009

Y WF = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2011

Z WF = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - 2011

+ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

* WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

> WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

|| WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

∆ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1966 - ?

□ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?

7 WF = Western Forge, ca. ?

X = SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2008 - 2009

X = Mayhew, ca. 2010 - 2011

-X- = Danaher, Made in China, ca. 2011 - ?

-Y- = Danaher, Made in China, ca. 2009 -2010

Y-circle = Unk. U.S Manu., ca. 1950's-1960's

Z = Mayhew, ca. 1957 - 2011

-Z- = Danaher, Made in China, ca. 2011 - ?

3 = Kastar, ca. 1991

4 = Kastar, ca. 1992

7 = Easco, ca. 1987 - 1991 (SS & Lifetime ratchets)

8 = Kaster, ca. 1994 - ?

Hex-Line = Kastar, ca 2009 - 2009

[ = Kastar, ca. 2002 - 2009 possibly earlier

.(Dot) = SK, ca. 2008 - 2009


If you have Craftsman tools with series codes not shown above, and/or with known purchase dates outside the date ranges shown above, and/or you believe you know the manufacturer for a series code with a currently unknown manufacturer, please post your examples and evidence on this thread.  And it goes without saying, photographic evidence is highly appreciated and very useful on this thread.

Post away....

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 01:07:39 PM »
Hey Guys,

Just did an update to the table above;

Added the following series codes:

AZ-circle = unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - ?

KY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - ?

LC = Probably Lectrolite Corp., ca. ? - 1964

M6Y = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2009

VVH = Danaher, ca. 2000 - ?

VVY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - ?

Y = Danaher, made in China, ca. 2009 -2010

7 = Easco, ca. 1987 - 1988 perhaps a little later

8 = Kastar, ca. 1994

Hex-line = Kastar, ca. 2009 - 2009


Updated the following information:

BF = Probably Daido, possibly KTC, Japanese made, ca. 1969 - 1987

C = unknown U.S. manu. ca. 1985 - 1991

I-circle = Parker Mfg Co, ca. 1962 - 1986

V = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1946 - 1967

VM = Danaher, ca. 1998 - ?


Let me know if any of you run across any Crafty tool manufacturer or date information.  I need help with this stuff.  I'm always on the lookout, but I've only got two aging eyes!
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 06:22:15 PM »
Gang,

I made a field trip to Sears a few weeks ago and inspected all the major tools for series codes. Here's a summary of the series code additions and date range changes from this little exercise. As usual, these changes have been updated in the summary table above. One last note, some of the date range changes were not the result of my field trip, but were batched in with the field trip changes for my convenience.

New series code additions

K = Danaher, ca. 2009 -2010

K7Z = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

KZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

T-hex = unknown U.S. manu, ca. 2010 -? (found on lock ring plier)

^V (1st V inverted) = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

VVZ = Danaher, ca. 2010 - ?

WF Z = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - ?

Y WF = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2010

Z WF = Western Forge, ca. 2010 - ?

X = Mayhew, ca. 2010 - ?


Date Range Changes

G continued = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2010

G2D = Danaher, ca. 2008 - 2010

GK = Danaher, ca. 2003 - 2010

H = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 2010

L SI = Simmonds International, ca 2008 - 2010

P = Wilde, ca. 2008 - 2010

V = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1946 - 1967 (Previously 1938 - 1967, this change was made to correct some confusion about the inception date. MDF won the Sears contract in 1938, but did not make Craftsman branded tools until 1946. Between 1938 and 1945 MDF made Dunlop tools, and possibly some of the other value brand Sears tools. Hope this clears things up.)

VM = Danaher, ca. 1998 - ?

VV = Easco, ca. 1974 - 1989

VVY = Danaher, ca. 2009 - 2009

WF Y = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2010

Y WF = Western Forge, ca. 2009 - 2010

Y = Danaher, Made in China, ca. 2009 - 2010

Z = Mayhew, ca. 1957 - 2010

As usual if you have any series code additions or changes of date ranges or manufacturers, post away.
 I need help with this stuff.
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 07:41:22 PM »
Over the course of the last several years, I have been exploring and cataloging the fine details of Crafty ratchets, in particular the classic long lever teardrop ratchets.  Today I was out looking for some 1/2 drive tools and SAE sockets for my son who has recently acquired a 1972 Dodge pickup that needs lots of work. 

Well, I picked up a Crafty model no. 44985 that was in very nice condition. All it needed was a good cleaning and lubing.  It works SWEEEEET now, better than new.  I'm going to post some photos of this ratchet because it has some interesting details that some of you might find useful when trying to date one of these cool vintage ratchets. I would also add that this ratchet is bone stock... no rebuild kit parts or transplanted parts off a newer or older model. It is, as it was made at the Easco plant.

First let's start with the top view of the ratchet; note the Quick Release (QR) button and Long Lever shifter:


Next, let's check out the bottom view; note it has a V series code and model number stamped on the handle, and there are no patent notices (i.e. Patent Applied, Patent Pending, Patent #nnnnnnn, or Patented):


Here's a close up of the handle details:


Next, Lets look at the end view of the head;  note the absence of an oil hole:


Next, a close up view of the bottom of the head; note the "T" stamped into the spring clip cavity:


OK enough of the photos. What is all of this stuff telling us about the approximate date of my sons new ratchet?

Let's start with the V series code.  If you have been following this thread you would know that this code was used between about 1946 and 1986, maybe a little later as NOS. That's a 40+ year date range; not a whole lot of help in dating my sons new ratchet.

Next, let's consider the presence of the QR button and Long Lever shift mechanism.  These two features were introduced together about 1966.  So that narrows the possible date range from about 1966 to 1986, or about 20 years.
 
Next, let's consider the presence of a model number stamping on the handle. We have been chasing this detail for a long time, and our best guess is that this feature occured about 1975. So now we can be relatively certain my sons ratchet was made about 1975 or later. This narrows our possible date range from about 1975 to 1986, or about 11 years. Now we're getting somewhere. But, could we tweek it a little more? I think so, let's move on to the next interesting feature.

Remember we noted the missing oiler on the head of the ratchet? Well, I have it on good authority that the oiler disappeared about 1980.  So now we can narrow the date range for my sons ratchet from about 1980 to 1986, or 6 years.  And consequently, we now know the OEM was Easco (1968-1989), and not Moore Drop Forge (1946-1967).

So, what about the "T" code stamped in the snap ring cavity? Unfortunately, we do not know enough about this code yet to help us in our efforts to date long lever ratchets.  But I suspect this code reflects production revisions, and in our present case, I suspect it has to do with the disappearance of the oiler.

If any of you have questions, concerns, alternate theories, etc , please feel free to post away.

LG-- I'm curious how you would date this ratchet given the photo evidence and your own personal knowledge of these ratchets.
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 02:23:10 PM »
I came across a Tri-Wing 1/4" C-man rat that had a KU- number on the handle, made in USA. Your list says KU is Danaher c. 2008 - Wasn't Danaher totally outsourcing by 2008?

If I could have gotten it alone, I probably would have. But it was part of a tool box full of junk, and they wanted to sell everything as a lot.

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2010, 03:08:06 PM »
This is a lot of reaserch and work. Very helpful and much appreciated. Thank You and I'll see if I have anything to contribute.? shrugx
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2010, 08:53:12 PM »
I came across a Tri-Wing 1/4" C-man rat that had a KU- number on the handle, made in USA. Your list says KU is Danaher c. 2008 - Wasn't Danaher totally outsourcing by 2008?

If I could have gotten it alone, I probably would have. But it was part of a tool box full of junk, and they wanted to sell everything as a lot.

tankerG,

Do me a favor and post some photo's of your 1/4" drive Tri-Wing ratchet.  Make sure to include close ups of all the stampings, a top view of the ratchet head, and an overall view.  I have seen hundreds of examples of these ratchets in all the drive sizes and handle options, and all had EE, EEE, EEC, or EE7 series codes.  Something sounds fishy here. 

I suspect your ratchet is not a Tri-wing (i.e. not made by Stanley/NHT for Sears between about 1982 and 1991). What I suspect you have is a newer ratchet made by Danaher (this is also a round head but has a black reverse disk with 3 lobes on it and a Torx fastener in the middle of the disk.  The torx fastener holding the reverse disk on is the key identifier of this ratchet.  I supect you'll also find your ratchet does not have quick release, another clue that your ratchet is not a Tri-wing. And last but not least, if your ratchet is a model number 43174 it is most definitely not a Tri-wing.

Regarding Danaher and foreign sourcing. I suspect Danaher may have been dabbling in China/Taiwan in 2008, but the vast majority of their production was US based. 

So, post some photos and let's get to the bottom of this mystery (or case of mistaken identity).
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2010, 09:41:03 PM »
Is there any difference suggested between -v- and =v=?

The Craftsman sockets I picked up a couple days back are a mix of both, with a couple of g's in there.

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2010, 09:56:30 PM »
The ratchet was in a tool box that the place wanted to sell the whole thing. No picking and choosing. So I didn't get it.
But it was as you described - a tri-wing looking selector with a torx bolt in the center. Nice feel, nice looking, just didn't want to buy a box of cheap junk to get one little rat.

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2010, 11:31:01 PM »
Is there any difference suggested between -v- and =v=?

The Craftsman sockets I picked up a couple days back are a mix of both, with a couple of g's in there.

Der bug,

It's not uncommon to run into mixed series codes in tools sets. I don't think there is any noticable difference between the -V-, =V=, or G series sockets.  And, for all practical purposes, they're all made by the same company and all made in U.S. facilities. I wouldn't loose any sleep over it.
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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2010, 11:35:09 PM »
Trust me, no sleep being lost here ;-)

Was just curiousity, and adding to the knowledge bank.

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2010, 10:21:34 AM »
Trust me, no sleep being lost here ;-)

Was just curiousity, and adding to the knowledge bank.

Der Bug,

The -V- markings seemed to be temporary and short lived.  The -V- tools appeared about 1970 and then disappeared about 1975.  After that, the =V= marked tools reappeared. Who knows why. It's possible Easco was experimenting with some new tooling or facility. More likely, it's possible  that Easco had to outsource some tool production to meet Craftsman tool demand. At any rate, we'll probably never know why this happened or what it meant...
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2010, 06:53:25 AM »
I want to thank you for your info and research on the 1/2 inch Craftsman ratchet wrench with the black reverse disc with 3 little wings on it.
I just found one at a pawn shop and now it's mine. Mine has the VS mark on it.
Exactly U.S.A. -VS- 43176
I love the feel of the tapered handle, and it will go into my box of tools that I use
Now I know how old it is, and who made it in the USA.
Again, thanks for you doing the research.
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2010, 10:40:29 AM »
mrchuck,

You're welcome, and I'm glad you found a ratchet you like. Now get crankin with it!
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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2010, 12:23:15 AM »
Someone needs to come up with a fancy name for that style.  I asked Adam and he just calls it a round head.

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Re: Craftsman Hand Tool Manufacturers & Date Ranges
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