Power Kraft Hand Tools

by Wesley Tucker; Updated September 26, 2017
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Power Kraft tools were the house brand for the now-defunct Montgomery Ward Company, a once-major department store and mail-order catalog retailer that closed its doors in 2001. The line was assembled and packaged by some of the most prominent tool manufacturing companies in America, including Delta, Porter-Cable, Mikasa and Stanley. Power Kraft tools were touted as having all the reliability and durability of better-known name brands at a discounted price.

Hand Tools Basics

The house brand included a full line of hand tools including hammers, saws, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and cutters. For most of the time Power Kraft was available these basics, warrantied against parts failure, were also manufactured and remarketed under the brands Stanley, Coleman and S+K.

Power Tool Pioneer

Over the course of 69 years, from 1932 until 2001, several different manufacturers supplied the line. For example, Delta, Rockwell and Stanley were leading suppliers of power drills. And Black & Decker in the 1960s supplied circular, jig and reciprocating saws. In the 1930s, Power Kraft was one of the earliest retailers to encase tools in the popular Bakelite plastic housings, both reducing weight and electrical conductivity. This added to the product line's appeal to customers wary of newfangled electrical appliances and tools.

Tools for Bigger Projects

Power Kraft offered a full line of shop tools, larger table tools for undertaking major wood- and metal-working projects. Table, chop and radial arm saws were sold both as retail and direct mail offerings. The early Delta and Grainger drill presses were relabeled for Power Kraft. So were table sanders and band saws.

Repairs and Replacements Today

Because so many manufacturers used identical parts for different brands parts may still be located. The older the equipment the tougher the task. Tool parts dealers can cross reference the Power Kraft model number with the associated brand name model to determine what might work. For example, some parts for the Delta, Grainger and Mikasa floor stand drill press cross reference and can be applied to the Power Kraft model.

About the Author

Wesley Tucker is a lifelong southerner whose politics are objective, whose sports are many and whose avocations range from aviation to anthropology to history and all forms of media. With a master's degree in mass communications from the University of South Carolina College of Journalism, Tucker has been a writer for more than 30 years, with work ranging from news reports to feature stories.

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