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Early Craftsman Series (generally pre-1946, some exceptions):


 


BC = unknown U.S. manufacturer, ca. ? - ?


 


BE = New Britain and some Hinsdale, ca. 1931 - 1947


 


BT = unknown U.S. manufacturer, ca. 1936 - 1938


 


Cxx = New Britain and probably Hinsdale and Fulton, ca. 1930 - 1936


 


CI = probably Fulton, ca. 1930 - 1945


 


CF = Herbrand, ca. 1930 - 1936


 


C8 = JP Danielson, ca. 1930 -1936


 


F-circle = possibly Lectrolite, Miller Falls, or KD, ca. 1949 - 1964


 


G-circle = possibly Lectrolite, ca. 1949 - 1959 perhaps as late as 1964


 


H-circle = New Britain and some Hinsdale, ca. 1931 - 1947


 


K-circle = SK, ca. 1935 - 1949 perhaps as late as 1984


 


N-square = unknown U.S. manu., ca ? - ?


 


P-circle = Wilde, ca. 1945 - 1960


 


S-circle = Kastar, ca. 1960 - 2008, perhaps earlier


 


V-circle = unknown U.S. manu., ca. ? - 1985


 


U-circle = Plomb, ca. 1944-1948


 


 


The following section details what we currently know about the modern series codes. Much of the information for this section was taken from the personal tool inventory of Mr. Gary Lauver, consisting of approximately 450 Craftsman tools which were purchased between 1960 and 2008. As you can see, there is still much that we do not currently know.


 


Modern Craftsman Series (generally 1946 and later, some exceptions):


 


BF = probably Daido, possibly Hozan, Japanese made, ca 1969 - 1987


 


C = unknown U.S. manu., ca. 1991


 


D = unknown Chinese manu., ca. 2002-2008


 


DJ = Mitutoyo, Japanese made, ca. 1968


 


E & EE = Stanley Works, some U.S. made, some Taiwanese made, ca. 1982 - 1991


 


F = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


G = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2008


 


G1 = Danaher, ca. 2000


 


G2 = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


GD2 = Danaher, ca. 2008 - ?


 


GK = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 2003 - 2008


 


GK-A = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 1999 - 2003


 


GK-F = Danaher/Kinsley Tools Division, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


GK-G = Danaher/Kingsley Tools Division, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


GK-X = Danaher/Kinsley Tools Division, ca. ? - 2008


 


H = Danaher/Holo-Krome Division, ca. 1994 - 2008


 


HZ = likely Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


I-circle = Parker Mfg Co, ca. 1985 - 1986


 


K = SK division of Facom, ca. 1985 - 2004, could still be NOS on the shelves


 


K1W = Danaher, ca. 2007


 


K3V = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


K3X = Danaher, ca. 2007 -2008


 


KR = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


KU = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


KV = Danaher, ca. ? - 2008


 


KW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier


 


KX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, probably earlier


 


L1X = Danaher, ca. 2008 - ?


 


M6W = Dahaher, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


P = Wilde, ca. ? - 2008


 


PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


Q PR = Pratt Read, ca. ? 


 


S PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


T PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


U PR1-3 = Pratt Read, ca. 2008


 


V PR = Pratt Read, ca. 2007 - 2008


 


W PR = Pratt Read, ca 2007 - 2008


 


T1V = Danaher, ca. 2006 - 2007


 


T2W = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


T3W = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


T5V = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


T5W = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


T5X = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


V = Moore Drop Forge, ca. 1945 - 1968 perhaps earlier


 


V (continued) = Easco, ca. 1969 - 1989, perhaps as late as 1991


 


VA = Armstrong division of Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, perhaps earlier


 


VF = Danaher, ca. likely early 1990's


 


VG = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1995


 


VH = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 1997


 


VJ = Danaher, ca. 1994 - 2008


 


VK = Danaher, ca. 1996 - ?


 


VL = Danaher, ca. ? - ?


 


VM = Danaher, ca. ? - ?


 


VN = Danaher, ca. 1999 - 2001


 


VP = Danaher, ca. ? - ?


 


VQ = Danaher, ca. 2001 - 2004


 


VR = Danaher, ca. 2002


 


VS = Danaher, ca. 1995 - 2003


 


VT = Danaher, ca. 2006


 


VU = Danaher, ca. 2005


 


VV = Danaher, ca. 1990 - 2007, perhaps later


 


VW = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


V^(2nd V inverted) = Danaher, ca. 1992 - 2008


 


VVN = Danaher, ca. 2005


 


VVS = Danaher, ca. 2003


 


VVT = Danaher, ca. 2004 - 2005


 


VVV = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


VVW = Danaher, ca. 2008


 


VVX = Danaher, ca. 2002 - 2008, possibly earlier


 


W = probably SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2005 - 2008


 


WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2008


 


WF ll = Western Forge, ca. 1969


 


WF K = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


WF L = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


WF R = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


WF U = Western Forge, ca. 2008


 


WF V = Western Forge, ca. 2008


 


WF W = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


B WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


C WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


D WF = Western Forge, ca. 1993 - 2000


 


E WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


F WF = Western Forge, ca. 2003


 


J WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995


 


K WF = Western Forge, ca. 1995


 


L WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


M WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


N WF = Western Forge, ca. ?


 


Q WF = Western Forge, ca. 1990 - 1995


 


 


T WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


V WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


W WF = Western Forge, ca. 2002 - 2008


 


X WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - 2008


 


+ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?


 


* WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?


 


∆ WF = Western Forge, ca. 1966 - ?


 


WF = Western Forge, ca. 1965 - ?


 


X = probably SK Hand tools, post-Facom , ca. 2008 - ? 


 


Z = Mayhew, ca. 1966 - 2008


 


3 = Kastar, ca. 1991


 


4 = Kastar, ca. 1992


 


[ = Kastar, ca. 2002 - 2008 possibly earlier


 


.(Dot) = SK, ca. 2008


 


" " (Tools with no series code) = multiple U.S. manufacturer's including Allied Tool, American Tool, Danaher, Greenfield, Jore Corp, JS Technology, Kastar, KD, Lisle, Mayhew Steel, Midwest Snips, Milbar, Stanley Works, Stride Tool, Sturtevant Richmond, Ullman Devices, Vermont American, Western Forge, and Facom and other unknown foreign manufacturer's, ca. 1986 - 2008


 


 


Feel free to review, comment, and provide evidence of series codes, manufacturers, and/or dates not shown above. Post away!


 


 


* Note-- items in red are recent updates.




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Compiled by Gary Lauver


 

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Hi folks,

 I’m assuming that this conversation is about Craftsman date codes. I’ve been all over the net just looking at these forums. I believe that some are correct and some are wrong when they date their machines. My Craftsman table saw is a 113.298761, so it’s made by Emerson. The date code is 92211.0470. I have 5 numbers in front as opposed to only having 4. The number 9 is not for “89” or “99” as some would believe. The first 2 digits ate for the year “1992”. The next three digits are probably for “Feb. 11”. How did I deduce this? Because I bought the saw brand new in October of 1992 and I still have the original owner’s manual with the original receipt stapled inside. Also, the date on the owner’s manual (part no. SP5396) is 01/91. The date on the manual is the date the manual was printed not necessarily the model year of the saw. Think like it’s a car. They start putting out model 2020 cars in 2019. Probably the same for tools. 

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