Did you know that Sears and the Craftsman Club offer a hefty discount on Craftsman tools and storage products for tech students? Vocational students and qualifying Sears team members can enjoy 50% savings on regularly priced mechanics’ tool sets and tool storage products, as well as 20% savings on ALL other regularly priced tools, on their first in-store purchase. For one year, eligible tech students and educational program members can also enjoy an extra 20% off regular tool prices and an extra 5% off sale prices. The signup page says that the program is sponsored by the Sears Blue Tool Crew, so there is a chance the discount could apply to tools outside the Craftsman brand as well. Sears Vocational Educational Program initial savings offer applies to in-store purchases only with a VALID student ID.
Normally this wouldn’t be such a huge deal, since select toolboxes and mechanics tool sets go on sale at 50% off once or twice a year anyways. But this student discount works on Craftsman’s huge 540pc tool set, which is almost never found below $1000. Best part is Western Forge still makes a majority of the 540pc set here in the States, so this is one way to get a lot of USA-made hand tools on the cheap.
I asked for fine print, and my Craftsman contact sent me back to the same page with no added details. It’s hard to get managers to give you the discount even if you show them the info on the program. I did it once or twice but the wait for them to check on it was sooo long it wasn’t worth the savings. I just went and tried to get this at my local Sears and first the kid didn’t know what i was talking about.
We tend to use top quality tools in the shop, but use cheaper stuff that goes to the fields.
Depending on longer term plans, if mobile use is expected, consider a good sized top box that can go, and the bottom box for items that will not go.
I would suggest buying used though, even if you can get 50% off as a student discount you can generally do even better used.
The Automotive Technology department at Pratt Community College is a hands-on program that is fully certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc.


Students will also have the chance to participate in a race car project, car shows and several other activities. On February 23, the Pratt Community College Automotive Department will host their annual Car Show. I recently started with GM's ASEP program and while in school (2 Years) I can purchase up to $4600 retail in snap on for 50-66% off retail prices.
I'm really thinking about going craftsman for the tool set and using my $4600 Snap on limit to buy important tools like ratchets & other specialty tools. For those professional techs out there, what snap on tools do you recommend I buy with my discount over whats included in the craftsman set? Once you get to work, start up an account with your truck, most of them will work with you on prices. You know that whole “Made to Make” marketing campaign you launched last Summer, where you promoted Craftsman tools as being perfect for hobbyists and makers? The first time I was in Sears to make tool purchases for school, I asked if they had a tech. Then i talked to somebody else and the best they would do is a measly 15% because the set and box i wanted were on sale. There doesn’t seem to be any contact info for anyone at Sears who could help with this.
All these experiences prepare students to test to become ASE certified prior to graduation, enhancing the students' earning potential and career opportunities. I bought a 40 inch ball bearing top and bottom box for $250 off since the store didn't have the one I wanted adn the salesman wanted to make a sale. It would be great if this tech student discount program could be extended to hobbyists and makers as well, maybe even if just once or twice a year. For me it's the most convienient because the store is 15 min away and I can run in and pick up replacements or additional items over the counter very easily rather than chasing down a Snap-On or Mac truck.
The automotive technology students work in a shop environment with state of the art equipment that they will find in the auto industry.
Then I bought a 3 piece prybar set, an 8 piece screwdriver set, an IR 2135Ti and craftsman professional air ratchet part number 0919919.


They told me that I was eligible for a 20% discount for Craftsman tools at full price and 5% off sale priced items.
I reluctantly put down a layaway deposit and decided i would talk to somebody to get this discrepancy resolved. The qualified faculty are all ASE certified master technicians and are constantly learning the latest technology by interning in the auto industry both locally and nationally during the summers. A 275 piece socket set catalog number 0944075 I can't find it online right now but it costs $479.97. I was never informed that the first purchase was eligible for 50% off of tool sets and tool boxes. After talking to the customer service reps on the phone i was told it had to be done online.
I also got the auto specialty set that was 94 piece but they've changed it to 98 and it has some stuff in it that it didn't have before and is a better set now than it was #0934007.I bought a set of metric gear wrenches. I bought a 4 pound sledge and 20 piece chisel punch and alignment set from craftsman later as well as some other tools I found I needed which have not been too many. I think I have about $4000 dollars in tools including my tool box, roll around cart and stuff i've got off the snap on truck about $200 worth so far and don't run into very many situations where I need anything I don't have. Your son made a wise choice going to a vo-tech, very very up close and personal schools that actually care about a kids training and will place them in the job force very easily.
Its funny I'm the youngest tech in the shop have as many tools as everyone else and have less invested and never have had need for warranty on anything. They give some pretty sweet deals to students, figuring that if they can hook them early on, they'll likely stay loyal for life.



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