There was once a time when Craftsman tools – the line carried by Sears – was the gold standard in workshops. As the years passed, some of the brand’s luster was allowed to wear off. However, recently the brand has made huge steps to improve its offerings, and now they are working to improve their education as well.
Sears recently asked nearly 40 woodworkers from many different disciplines (they also asked me) about the most important tools they have in their arsenals. The results are on this interactive page, which can provide a little guidance on which tools might be the best place to start.