Mastercraft Warranty

A while back I posted about the Mastercraft Life-time Warranty because I was able to replace a measuring tape with no questions asked. That post has received a number of comments from people who have had problems exercising the Mastercraft warranty.

I decided to contact Canadian Tire, the retailer who sells the Mastercraft  tools brand in Canada, to ask them about their warranty policy. The response I got back from one of their Corporate Customer Relations people was:

Limited lifetime warranty is issued on certain types of Mastercraft tools and can only be exercised with a proof of purchase and/or the visible marking of the Mastercraft name. Without either one of these criteria, the store is unable to honour the replacement of a tool.  The warranty excludes any damage resulting from apparent negligent handling, misuse or lack of maintenance or care.

Based on this policy, we would be able to exchange the tools that meet the above criteria. In the event there is no replacement tool available, the store would then issue a refund.  The stores reserve the right to refuse to credit or exchange the article should a receipt not be available or a defect cannot be found with the product.

From the response above, it would appear that if your tool has an obvious Mastercraft marking, Canadian Tire should replace it with the same tool, as long as it is available, no questions asked. Of course, don’t abuse your tools or they won’t honour the warranty.

Unfortunately, it also sounds like each Canadian Tire store can refuse to honour the warranty if you don’t have a receipt. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where there are multiple stores, you should try a different store if the first one rejects your warranty exchange. If you do get refused, you should contact Canadian Tire and request their help in exchanging the defective Mastercraft tool.

Good Luck!

12 thoughts on “Mastercraft Warranty

  1. Linda fancey

    I am A dissatisfied customer of MASTERCRAFT. I purchased a 1/2 Impact wrench kit for my husband on fathers day as a gift, now the wrench is broke and I have misplaced the reciept. I have the tool in its orignal kit and box showing 3 yr warranty but cannot get this tool replaced.I thouight mastercraft was a good company till now and always purchased this brand for my husband, am so dissatisfied I WILL NEVER PURCHASE MASTERCRAFT AGAIN….

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  2. Spyder

    …DON’T BUY MASTERCRAFT!! As of Nov 2010, their new policy is “no receipt, no return, no exchange” They have effectively voided their own ‘lifetime’ warranty, and nullified all previous warranties on their tools…speaking from my own experience, I don’t have every receipt for every tool I’ve purchased over the last however many years, some of my tools are indeed 8 to 10 years old…but now they have no further coverage if I can’t produce a receipt…so if my 3 year-old ratchet wrench or maybe the socket set I got for Xmas has a problem or failure, I’m completely S.O.L. …nice to see that this company, that used to be proud to be called Canadian, no longer cares about the people that have supported its’ growth for so many years…now it’s grown too big to care anymore…

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  3. Joan

    We also went to Canadian Tire to return a Mastercraft tool. The tools were bought because of the lifetime warranty.

    We too were told we needed a receipt or proof of payment. They would not replace the tool.

    If their is a lifetime warranty, who keeps their bills for years.

    Craftsman, from Sears does has a lifetime warranty, and honors the warranty.

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  4. Robert

    only time they have asked me for a reciept is when there was a limited warranty. my socets and my ratchets are lifetime and i have had no issues to date.

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  5. Irene

    Where in MN can you find a store that I can go to. I too have a Mastercraft Lifetime Warranty tool that needs replacement and cannot find anywhere to take it. Have had it for years. Bought at Montgomery Ward which is not longer in business in MN.

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    1. Jeff Ivany Post author

      Irene, I’m not sure who sells Mastercraft tools in the US. A quick search online suggests that Menards may but I’m not sure.

      Here in Canada, the Mastercraft brand name is owned by Canadian Tire.

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  6. Cody chase

    Here is a little tip from a contractor of 30 years. No brand of tool is 100% reliable. Life time warranty or not. When it comes to tools always keep your receipt or proof of purchase. Keep it as long as you have te tool you will never have an issue with returning a tool and having it replaced

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  7. ken

    i now keep my tool recipts
    the problem now is after awhile they fade
    and you can`t read them
    what now

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  8. donna

    I bought 6 mastercraft rechargeable flashlights in 2015 theres a one year warranty on them,so when they stop working I returned to exchange them,after a few times I was told by the president there that hes changing my 1 year warranty to 3 months with mastercraft and that its the last exchange,i believe that he has no right leagally to change mastercrafts warranty,then I returned a few months later,today again and he refuses to give any of my 6 identical flashlights the warranty garantiee or exchange for anything else,i spoke to a few people in the relationship complaint department and I was told to try to exchange it in another canadian tire store,and another person told me if you exchange too often they can refuse the guarantee,i told them wheres the justice,its written on the biil that a defective item is subject to the manufacturers warranty and will be repaired or replaced.i have aal the bills available too,and the bill does not mention that the president can refuse or rearrange mastercrafts warranty

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  9. Don Wilson

    I purchased a Mastercraft router today and from experience I know the colles wear and are unsafe so as soon as I got home I called Mastercraft to order a replacement to have on hand in the future I was shocked when told parts not available this. 90 minutes after purchasing the item.!!

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  10. Gary

    More than likely they will ask for original receipts and refuse to honor scanned receipts if on the hard drive or reprinted one’s and I have noticed that the receipts printed on thermal paper completely fade into nothing in just A couple of year’s.
    Menards store’s do have MasterCraft tool’s but there are not many Menards store’s out there.

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