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WE’RE MAKING HISTORY. ONE TOOL TO THE NEXT.

1920's

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1927

 

The CRAFTSMAN® brand makes its debut.

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1929

CRAFTSMAN electric drills are introduced, described as powerful, of rugged construction, well-balanced and easily handled.

1930's

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1932

The first wrench made of vanadium steel is 50% thinner yet 200% stronger than previous models.

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1934

Lawnmowers are launched at a significant cost advantage over competitive models.

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1935

Silent film star, Colleen Moore, along with a 100-person construction team use CRAFTSMAN power tools to build a fairy castle. Completion takes seven years and costs nearly $500,000.

1930's

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1940

CRAFTSMAN power tool sales increase 1550% since their introduction.

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1941

Several aircraft schools are exclusively using CRAFTSMAN hand tools when training technicians.

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1942

As noted in the Power Tools Catalog, “CRAFTSMAN plays an important part in building up America's defense in airplane plants, in defense industries, and in industrial schools.”

1950's

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1950

Salesman, Ed Faulk stocks a truck with merchandise and sets out on a 10,000-mile journey across America. The mobile tool store is so successful that another truck rolls out the following year.

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1952

In the second phase of America's largest housing construction project, Levitt & Sons begins building 17,000 homes in Levittown, Pa. Site foreman Leonard Calderwood relies on his CRAFTSMAN 6.25-inch circular saw for his lumber-cutting chores.

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1953

The suburbs continue their rapid growth, and the lawns are more extensive. CRAFTSMAN riding mowers hit the market at $350.

1955

CRAFTSMAN rotary mowers sales achieve the 1½ million unit mark.

1959

The CRAFTSMAN Power Workshop, a 5-in-1 tool, designed to save time, money, and space is introduced. The tool is a combination tilting arbor bench saw, jointer-planer, jig saw, saber saw, and disc sander.

1960's

1961

CRAFTSMAN rolls out the first mower with a wholly enclosed engine, key-lock self-starter, an automatic blade clutch to prevent stalling, and a hand-controlled blade brake.

1965

CRAFTSMAN rolls out a fleet of tool trucks to call on mechanics shops. Each truck is stocked with more than $5,000 worth of tools.

1966

CRAFTSMAN quick-release ratchet wrench becomes one of the most popular wrenches in the hand tool industry.

1970's

1974

CRAFTSMAN goes green with cordless electric rotary and riding mowers.

1976

The 100 millionth CRAFTSMAN screwdriver rolls off the assembly line.

1977


The CRAFTSMAN brand celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1978

The 2 millionth CRAFTSMAN radial saw and 1 millionth WeedWacker™ are sold.

1980's

1981

President Jimmy Carter’s staff present him with a CRAFTSMAN woodworking set as his farewell gift.

1984

The CRAFTSMAN brand introduces the first electronic portable and bench power tools.

1986

Using consumer feedback, CRAFTSMAN completely redesigns modular power tools.

1989

400 million screwdrivers, 44 million pliers, and 23 million adjustable wrenches are sold between 1965 and 1989.

1989

U.S. Army infantry officer Kenneth Carrick uses a CRAFTSMAN hammer and two CRAFTSMAN screwdrivers to chip off portions of the Berlin Wall. Despite the pounding, the tools were "still in excellent shape," according to Carrick.

1990's

1991

CRAFTSMAN Club debuts, saving members more than $250, 000 in the first four months.

1994

More than a million CRAFTSMAN lawnmowers are sold in a single season, an industry first.

1995

Mike Skinner wins the first CRAFTSMAN sponsored NASCAR SuperTruck Series race.

1997


Debut of a new CRAFTSMAN logo.

2000's

2000

CRAFTSMAN tools are available at more than 150 Army and Air Force Base Exchanges and Post Exchanges worldwide.

2001

The CRAFTSMAN laser miter saw adds a new wrinkle to an old tool. The Laser Trac™ system projects a line on the wood that users can align with their cutting line, permitting accurate cuts.

2001

Consumers rank CRAFTSMAN number one in quality among all American brands, according to a Harris Poll Equitrend® survey.

2002

CRAFTSMAN celebrates 75 years with a catalog featuring more than 4,000 items, including 739 new products. Customers purchasing a CRAFTSMAN 212-piece mechanic's tool set receive a 22-karat, gold-plated 3/8-inch quick-release ratchet as a free anniversary keepsake.

2007

A Harris Interactive poll gives CRAFTSMAN the highest score for both "Brand Expectations" and "Trust."

2009

The readers of Popular Mechanics name CRAFTSMAN their favorite brand of hand tools in their Reader's Choice Awards.

2010's

2010

The CRAFTSMAN brand launches its first concept showroom called the CRAFTSMAN Experience.

2011

CRAFTSMAN products are available through Ace Hardware® and Costco®.

2012


CRAFTSMAN brand celebrates its 85th anniversary.

2017

CRAFTSMAN wins prestigious Edison awards for innovation. The Flex Claw™ Hammer wins Gold in the Tools category and the Sidewinder™ Tape Measure wins Bronze in the Home and Lawn Maintenance group.

2017


Stanley Black & Decker purchases CRAFTSMAN.

2018

CRAFTSMAN revives long-established pride in superior quality with re-engineered products, bringing back historically reliable, high-performance tools and making them more accessible to purchase.

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