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Craftsman tools become available at more than 150 Army and Air Force Base Exchanges and Post Exchanges worldwide through an agreement between Sears and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

The new 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 own cutting line, permitting accurate cuts with the powerful 15-amp motor saw.

Consumers rank Craftsman number one in quality among all American brands, according to a Harris Interactive/Equitrend survey.  


Craftsman celebrates its 75th anniversary with a catalog that features more than 4,000 items, including 739 new products.  

Customers who purchase 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.             

Since 1980, the maintenance crew of the Golden Gate Bridge has used Craftsman tools in the repair and upkeep of the bridge. Today, their work tools include: wrenches, sockets, ratchets, pliers, toolboxes, hacksaws and blades, propane tanks and pneumatic tools.              

Craftsman introduces a propelled, front-wheel-drive lawn mower, with a 7-HP Briggs & Stratton engine - the most powerful lawn mower engine ever built for use at home. More power means efficient cutting and easier mowing on inclines. The mower is equipped with a 21-inch convertible deck for mulching, dispersing or bagging grass clippings.