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Has anybody else noted that some Klein tools are not as good as they once  
where?

I have had two or three recently disappoint me.

My new needle nose don't seem to cut crisply, the jaws are not the same size  
at the tip (thickness), the side of one jaw folded back a little already,  
and the back jaws don't close as nicely on a beanie as my old ones.

I also tried a new hole saw from them that is supposed to drill, and cut for  
standard size knockouts, and then a spring is supposed to eject the plug.  
Their drill bit just snapped off the first time I used it before the teeth  
even really started to bite into the steel.

A long reach screw driver I bought for adjusting sliding doors, seems to  
have pre rounded edges on the blades of the philips form.  Its very hard to  
move a stiff screw without it popping out constantly.

They still say Made in USA on them, but this is more like I would expect  
from older cheap Chinese tools.  On the other hand they may not actually be  
Made in USA.  Klein has been known to make other things out of country, do a  
final process in the US, and label them Made in USA in the past.





  


Re: Klein Tools
On Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:23:11 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Have noticed as well quality is not there anymore

Re: Klein Tools
"NickMark"  wrote in message  

On Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:23:11 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Xlite,  Cresent Tools.    I've been using the same Phillips Drivers for over  
15 years...

But like you have noticed,  Klien Tools have begun to slip.....

RTS



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Re: Klein Tools
On 6/29/2014 7:26 PM, RTS wrote:
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Don't let the BS on their website fool you. They have sourced out some  
of their tool production to Japan & Taiwan for years. They have closed  
and relocated factories for the past 15-20 years. I suspect it is a  
union busting move. I believe their newest forging facility is in  
Texas...alot closer to Mexico, if you get my drift...

Jim Rojas


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I was in their facility in San Luis, Az many years ago (closed now).  From  
what I could see they were importing leather goods made in San Luis, Mexico,  
putting the final rivet in at the top of the stitching in Az, and stamping  
them Made In USA.  Those were actually pretty good leather goods though back  
then though.  (22-23 years ago???)




  


Re: Klein Tools
On 6/30/2014 1:31 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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When a company definitely crosses the line, the Federal Trade Commission  
is supposed to stop this type of behavior, and punishment them for it.  
If a company refuses to comply, it then faces civil penalties. To date,  
the FTC has brought only one civil penalty case since the late 1990s,  
slapping Stanley Tools with a $200,000 fine back in 2006 to settle  
charges involving the origin of one of its ratchet brands. Stanley  
insisted that the ratchets were 100% made in America, but the FTC noted  
that much of their content was obviously foreign made. Klein Tools is  
taking full advantage of this lack of oversight concerning these  
matters, and chooses to profit from it until such time a fine is imposed  
on them.

Jim Rojas


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I take pretty good care of my tools. I sharpen, bend, cut, file etc, them u
ntil they wear away or fall apart. I even sharpen my Miller stripers.  Craf
tsman used to be my choice but switched to Kline and yes they are getting p
oorer in quality. Try to sharpen a flat blade screwdriver and the metal is  
so cheap it heats up so fast you have to barely touch it to the wheel. Even
 screwdrivers with replacement tips the Philips tips never seem to be consi
stently the same size. Some are good some aren't. Today, using stainless st
eel screws putting up outdoor speakers, new Philips tip keeps slipping out  
of the screws. Up on a ladder can't get good pressure on the screw. Probabl
y cheap screws because I changed the tip and still couldn't get good turns  
on them.  

Yeah, just one more aggravating thing to contend with along with the heat.

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