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Old 01-23-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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Question J.C. Penny tools

Anybody else got any? I bought a 15/16 X 1 inch box end wrench waaaaaaay back in the late 60's from J.C. Penny. It was branded Penncraft is made like the old Craftsman. It has been put through the wringer many times over and has never let me down. I guess the same folks that made Craftsman made these also.

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Old 01-23-2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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Yea, I have some Penncraft stuff. It's lasted this long, so I can't complain. I still reach for the 3/8 breaker bar all the time... i love the grip.
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:45 PM   #3
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Yes, these are from an era long gone. Dont know the brand specifics (its hard when they went out of buisness before you were born hahaha) but if your interested, I could of course ask around.

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Old 01-23-2006, 07:20 PM   #4
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Yeah Jim.......just for fun , see what you can find out.
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:24 PM   #5
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I have a few of their sockets they work well, these tools did carry a lifetime warrenty.
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Old 01-23-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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I've got several sockets stamped "JCPenney". I still use them and they have held up well.
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I've got several sockets stamped "JCPenney". I still use them and they have held up well.
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Cmon, I know YOU know more about them?!?!


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Old 01-23-2006, 08:23 PM   #8
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Supposedly if you bring a broken Penncraft tool back to JC Penny they will refund the cash value of the tool.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:00 PM   #9
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Yeah they were lifetime warranty. I know they are some tough tools. I wouldn't mind having a few more.....( hmmmmm.......gotta start hittin the yard sales.....LOL )
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:09 PM   #10
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I've got a full set of 1/4 and 3/8 sockets + a 1/4 ratchet handle. When I lived in Alaska back in the 70s the JCP store was just like Sears.
I still use the tools and none have broken.
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:21 AM   #11
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I have never heard of those but My dad had a set of "PowerKraft" 1/2" sockets which you could buy at Mongomery Wards. I "had" a smaller 3/8" set.
Does any one know how long or the time period in which these were sold?
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:11 AM   #12
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PowerKraft tools were sold from way back till the late 1970's or possibly very early 80's. I think they were gone by around 1985. PowerKraft tools were every bit as good a tool line as Craftsman. My dad has quite a few PK tools from back in the day. My first set of box ends, (still have them) were Montgomery Ward branded, not even PK! I would guess my box ends came from prolly the 1940's cause they were already old when I got them. I do recall that for the last 8-10 years that MW sold hand tools the ratchets,sockets and wrenches looked identical to the old Thorson line while it was still USA made, so that is who I think made the line for the last few years of MW while it was still a decent store. I seem to recall that at the very end before MW went tits up they just threw in the towel and quit selling tools alltogeather! Who can add more to the MW story?
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:06 PM   #13
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I have a set of the jc penny ones my dad bought them when I was a kid at the Jc penny store they used in filming the Blues brothers ( the part where they drive thru the mall ) Dixie square in harvey Illinois , am missing some of the pieces like a the 5/16 socket and the breaker bar as long as my dad doesn't get rid of his stang I know right where there at ( in the body )
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Old 01-25-2006, 10:00 PM   #14
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Jim,

I wish I knew more about them, but I really don't. I just went out to the garage and got one of them. It's a 5/8 spark plug socket. The ratchet end is hex shaped. The body has "USA 3045" on it plus "JCPenney".


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Old 06-26-2010, 12:50 PM   #15
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I have a JCPenny impact drill model #0002B that my father got back in 1972 or 73. It has 3 settings, impact, rotary impact and rotary. You turn the collar just behind the chuck to set. It's still going strong and I use it all the time, although the reversing switch just broke the other day. I'm going to see if I can contact JCPenny and find out who made them.
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:30 PM   #16
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I have to go look, I have a drill very similar to that. Hand-me-down from my dad who worked at JCPenney doing maintenance.
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:46 PM   #17
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I think JC Penny tools were contracted to the same company as Craftsman as were 50 other brands.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:11 PM   #18
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Default Re: J.C. Penny tools

i have multiple penncraft tools and the ratchets are very similar to SK w. the knurled handles. they are very strong, but does anyone know if they were made in the USA? I cannot find any COO on them.
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Default Re: J.C. Penny tools

Some Penncraft ratchets I have are the New Britain style and my JC Penney torque wrench is a KD style.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:33 PM   #20
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The Penncraft tools were made by New Britain, the JcPenney was made by SK. I have both, great quality.
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