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post #1 of 6 Old 03-15-2018, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Are old Craftsman HSS lathe tools any good?

Been seeing some Craftsman lathe tools for sale, but don't know how good they are compared to other brands? From 1 to 10, where do they fall on the scale? 1 being HF tools and 10 being whatever awesome brand of lathe tools is out there that I don't know the name of yet. Thanks, cause wondering if they are worth getting or should I shoot for better.
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John, I don't think Craftsman tools are any better than Harbor Freight and maybe not as good. I had a 30 year old Craftsman 1/2" drive ratchet that broke and I took it back. It had a lifetime warranty. They gave me another one but said this one is warranted for only a year. I haven't bought anything from Sears in a lot of years.
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Unless you are going to compare them with carbide tipped tools the craftsman tools should be as good as any other HSS tools.
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Steve is spot on. I have an old set of Craftsman tools (1950 vintage), and they perform just fine. I suspect they are truly high speed steel (above Rockwell 60) because they take an edge fairly easily and hold that edge quite well. If you are looking at older tools, they are almost certainly the real deal.

But, as with anything from Horrible Freight to the upper mid line tools, the geometry may not be perfect. In other words, ANY tool except the very highest end may need a little bit of re-shaping or re-sharpening; or both. A little time and a little effort can cure that issue. So...

If the edges don't have any obvious chunks gone, if they don't look like they were sharpened with a blow torch, and the price is right, you'll probably be fine.
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Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,
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Duplicate thread. Can a Mod. do a merge?
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Duplicate thread. Can a Mod. do a merge?
Thanks. Made this thread then remembered there was a turning section so asked there. Was needing an answer pretty quick cause auction was getting close to ending.
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