Find the manufacturer of your tool. Google the maker to see if they are still in business www.google.com and contact them directly.
Still no luck?
My next stop is eBay: www.ebay.com They have a tool section and often you can find the same model of your tool for sale. It does not matter if it works. I have combined several of my old tools to make one working model. That is of course if you are trying to use the tool and not just collect antiques.
Still no luck?
Try local flea markets and garage sales, many will state, “tools” in their ads. This is a last resort and if you have made it this far you may want to look into having your tool serviced by a professional. They may have access to parts that are replacements for your original or they can replace a couple parts down the line and make your tool like new.
Often people ask if Sears or Craftsman manufactures the tools they sell. The answer is simply, no. Sears owns the brand name Craftsman and contracts out the manufacture to tool producers. Sears picks the features they want on their models and specifies the quality specifications. Then brands these tools. Sears may also own some of the patents to produce exclusive tools.
Why should you buy Craftsman?
They are decent tools at a decent price. And they go on sale.
The hand tools also have a great guarantee.
On a side note: I could not figure out why the tool department wanted to fix my ratchet instead of replace it until I got home and the new one did not fit in my plastic case. I should have listened more closely to the teenager behind the counter.
Where did the name Craftsman come from?
This is from the Sears website:
"Historians do know the origin of the Craftsman brand name. In 1927, Sears hired Arthur Barrows to head the company's Hardware Department. Barrows knew hardware and wanted to create a brand name for Sears hardware that distinguished it from other manufacturers. Barrows liked the name Craftsman used by the Marion-Craftsman Tool Company and offered Marion-Craftsman a reported $500.00 for the rights to use the Craftsman name on Sears products.
"When Sears promoted Barrows to West Coast Manager, he hired Tom Dunlap to take over the hardware department. Dunlap immediately upgraded the quality of the tools. He threw out all the big, clumsy, cheap, cast-iron hammers and wrenches, and the soft screwdrivers that were hangovers from the days when farmers were the company's biggest customers. Dunlap recognized that America had moved into the automobile age and that Sears needed a line of high quality tools to meet this new demand.
"Tom Dunlap understood the pride a good mechanic had in their tools and how most mechanics meticulously cleaned their tools at the end of each day. He decided to improve the look of Craftsman tools by adding chrome plate to improve the finish, color, and trim on wrenches and sockets, and high impact plastic handles on screwdrivers. Dunlap's old boss, Arthur Barrows did not think it made sense to chrome plate a tool that someone would "slug the hell out of" when using, but Dunlap's persistence paid off and sales of chrome plated tools increased six times the next year. Craftsman full polish wrenches quickly became popular with mechanics because they were reliable, looked good, and were easy to clean."
AMT 5300 lathe. The only info given was that AMT was not making wood working equipment any longer. That is true but AMT did not make that lathe, it came from China and AMT put their name on it. Les Stewart of Rock Hill, SC found a source for parts for this lathe and "This lathe is an older version of a Harbor Freight model 34706 lathe. The biggest difference is that the HF lathe has the spindles bored for #2 Morse tapers. Other than that it is the same."