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 Post subject: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Tue 14, 2020 12:16 am 
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Arrived today, has different colored light bars for each band, a clear blue lucite panel that shows the radios internals when you lift the rear cover, a ganged tuner capacitor, which I surmise means a tuned r.f. section, a.m., f.m., s.w., and very wide vhf coverage.

The thing has a HUGE antenna, and is built like a tank.

Only problem is bad scratchiness on all push button switches, volume cuts in and out when adjusting, and same with the tuning.

I see deoxit and q-tips in my future, from everything I've seen in here, most push button switches are a pain to clean.

Anyone have any experience working on this set?

It was made in Japan, looks VERY high quality workmanship.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Tue 14, 2020 2:23 pm 
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sears had nothing to do with that set.
i dont recall sears ever using the craftsman name on anything but tools and ope.
its a generic set with typical old radio issues.
deoxit and caps.
do not spray the tuning cap!
its either bent,off center,or the ground wiper is dirty.
a tiny bit of deoxit on the ground wiper is fine.
some were real good performers esp ones with tuned rf.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 12:01 am 
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kc8adu wrote:
sears had nothing to do with that set.
i dont recall sears ever using the craftsman name on anything but tools and ope.
its a generic set with typical old radio issues.
deoxit and caps.
do not spray the tuning cap!
its either bent,off center,or the ground wiper is dirty.
a tiny bit of deoxit on the ground wiper is fine.
some were real good performers esp ones with tuned rf.


Thanks!
I believe this is a tuned rf set, it has a sectional ganged tuning capacitor that is fairly large, not the cheap plastic wafer setup.

Early afternoon it was pulling many a.m. stations in a very heavy emi environment.

If you have, or could tell me where to find the service manual, this would be a huge help.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 5:14 am 
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Sears Craftsman is a line of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear.
LMAO... :)

You radio was probably imported and sold through the likes of Kmart or Woolworths.
Unknown Japanese manufacturer. It is highly unlikely that any service information was ever published.

There were many of these off brand multi-band radios around in the 1970s


Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 6:55 am 
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egg wrote:
Sears Craftsman is a line of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear.
LMAO[

There were many of these off brand multi-band radios around in the 1970s


Greg.


+1 - Touche'.

Pretty much the same radio, Candle badged. Just about all but the dial illumination switch are identical:
https://hangarnineteen.com/product/cand ... dio-1960s/

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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 15, 2020 10:58 am 
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Occasionally a three digit Japan MITI number can be found, which at times can be pointed to a specific Japanese manufacturer.

Japanese Radio Manufacturers Codes.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/japan_757.html

Example: Japan 217 can be seen on this Masterworks radio.
Rear: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/cf82 ... G_2447.jpg
Front: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/ec9b ... G_2444.jpg
 

Greg.
oh... it can also be stamped to the rear or bottom of leather "cabinets".


Edit: The catchy English/American names were most likely pulled out of a hat by many of these manufacturers.
Winston (cigarettes) first appeared in the US in 1954 (sold world wide).
Sir Winston Churchill. WW2 British prime Minister, 1940 - 1945

The Sears Craftsman brand name was around from the late 1920s or early 30s


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 12:12 am 
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egg wrote:
Sears Craftsman is a line of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear.
LMAO... :)

You radio was probably imported and sold through the likes of Kmart or Woolworths.
Unknown Japanese manufacturer. It is highly unlikely that any service information was ever published.

There were many of these off brand multi-band radios around in the 1970s


Greg.

It is a hot receiver, regardless of who made it.
Early afternoon the a.m. dial was wall to wall stations.

I love this set, and IT HAS COLORED LIGHTS FOR EVERY BAND!

AND A CLEAR BLUE LUCITE PANEL THAT SHOWS THE INTERNALS!

I SAVED IT'S LIFE!


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 12:12 am 
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Findm-Keepm wrote:
egg wrote:
Sears Craftsman is a line of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear.
LMAO[

There were many of these off brand multi-band radios around in the 1970s


Greg.


+1 - Touche'.

Pretty much the same radio, Candle badged. Just about all but the dial illumination switch are identical:
https://hangarnineteen.com/product/cand ... dio-1960s/


Thanks, Brian!


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 12:15 am 
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egg wrote:
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Occasionally a three digit Japan MITI number can be found, which at times can be pointed to a specific Japanese manufacturer.

Japanese Radio Manufacturers Codes.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/japan_757.html

Example: Japan 217 can be seen on this Masterworks radio.
Rear: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/cf82 ... G_2447.jpg
Front: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/ec9b ... G_2444.jpg
 

Greg.
oh... it can also be stamped to the rear or bottom of leather "cabinets".


Edit: The catchy English/American names were most likely pulled out of a hat by many of these manufacturers.
Winston (cigarettes) first appeared in the US in 1954 (sold world wide).
Sir Winston Churchill. WW2 British prime Minister, 1940 - 1945

The Sears Craftsman brand name was around from the late 1920s or early 30s


Thank you much for this glimmer of hope! :D

I am very surprised they didn't run into trademark violation problems by using the Craftsman name!

:D


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Thu 16, 2020 12:22 am 
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egg wrote:
Image
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Occasionally a three digit Japan MITI number can be found, which at times can be pointed to a specific Japanese manufacturer.

Japanese Radio Manufacturers Codes.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/forum/japan_757.html

Example: Japan 217 can be seen on this Masterworks radio.
Rear: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/cf82 ... G_2447.jpg
Front: https://static.imgzeit.com/reduced/ec9b ... G_2444.jpg
 

Greg.
oh... it can also be stamped to the rear or bottom of leather "cabinets".


Edit: The catchy English/American names were most likely pulled out of a hat by many of these manufacturers.
Winston (cigarettes) first appeared in the US in 1954 (sold world wide).
Sir Winston Churchill. WW2 British prime Minister, 1940 - 1945

The Sears Craftsman brand name was around from the late 1920s or early 30s


I will post more after I check for the #, not with the radio now.

It has the crisp, clear audio that I loved in 70's radios, it goes up VERY LOUD with great tone, and the receiver seems quite hot.
The controls have a nice tight feel to them, I believe this set may need nothing more than a good switches cleaning.

The antenna is in great shape also, and is HUGE!

The chromework is in excellent condition, and visually appealing.

When I can, I will show a few pics, perhaps you will see what I see in this piece.

RADIO LOVE IS STRANGE!

:D


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Sat 18, 2020 12:36 am 
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Got one of those Craftsman radio last year for 10 bucks. Nice performing radio....a keeper.

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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Sat 18, 2020 3:08 am 
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ke4nu wrote:
Got one of those Craftsman radio last year for 10 bucks. Nice performing radio....a keeper.


18 transistors, trf, made in 1964.

It has a nice, solid feel to it.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/candle_tk_1848tk184.html


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Sun 19, 2020 4:34 am 
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I bought the Candle TK-1848 that was on Sarah Lowrey's website, but later sold it on:
http://www.transistor.org/collection/ca ... dle11.html

Nice radio, the switches were very scratchy, took several cleanings to get it quieted down. Good construction, quite heavy.
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In the Craftsman line, I have their 5-bander Model 1969. Decent radio, it's been in the shop as a daily driver for several years.
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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Jan Wed 22, 2020 12:27 am 
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
I bought the Candle TK-1848 that was on Sarah Lowrey's website, but later sold it on:
http://www.transistor.org/collection/ca ... dle11.html

Nice radio, the switches were very scratchy, took several cleanings to get it quieted down. Good construction, quite heavy.
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In the Craftsman line, I have their 5-bander Model 1969. Decent radio, it's been in the shop as a daily driver for several years.
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Thanks for sharing the pics, Ed!
The radio looks identical to mine.
First impression is a hot performer on a.m., has similar coverage to my Transoceanic without weighing a ton, small enough to be truly portable, and has a rock solid handle that you don't have to worry about breaking on you if you pick it up wrong.

This radio is going to Vlado the repair tech, whom was featured in SWL Post.

I think I may have found the sleeper dx set of my dreams.


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 Post subject: 1962 Craftsman hum when turning tone knob above 50s%
PostPosted: Feb Tue 25, 2020 12:42 am 
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Had this radio restored, tech (a very good one) says that when you turn the tone knob up toward treble over 50%, it causes a hum.

He thought it was voltage related and added a resistor somewhere, but it didn't solve the problem.

He said ... "I have completed the repair. Everything works great, except one small issue: when you turn the high/low knob below the volume, if it is more than 50%, one hears a hum. I thought it is a voltage related so I added a voltage regulator from input DC voltage down to 6V. "


Anyone know what the problem is, or a possible fix?


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Feb Tue 25, 2020 12:45 pm 
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He thought it was voltage related and added a resistor somewhere, but it didn't solve the problem.
I will assume this problem happens when powered with AC, not batteries. Sounds like the audio section is taking off into supersonic oscillation when the treble control is advanced which puts an extra load on the power supply. Did your "tech" replace all electrolytic caps? If not, he did not complete the repair. The radio should not need to be modified to correct the problem.

If left in this "humming" condition for any length of time, the radio's output transistors could be damaged.

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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 12:59 am 
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Dave Doughty wrote:
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He thought it was voltage related and added a resistor somewhere, but it didn't solve the problem.
I will assume this problem happens when powered with AC, not batteries. Sounds like the audio section is taking off into supersonic oscillation when the treble control is advanced which puts an extra load on the power supply. Did your "tech" replace all electrolytic caps? If not, he did not complete the repair. The radio should not need to be modified to correct the problem.

If left in this "humming" condition for any length of time, the radio's output transistors could be damaged.

Dave


Thank you, Dave!

I think you nailed it.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 1:20 am 
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Dave Doughty wrote:
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He thought it was voltage related and added a resistor somewhere, but it didn't solve the problem.
I will assume this problem happens when powered with AC, not batteries. Sounds like the audio section is taking off into supersonic oscillation when the treble control is advanced which puts an extra load on the power supply. Did your "tech" replace all electrolytic caps? If not, he did not complete the repair. The radio should not need to be modified to correct the problem.

If left in this "humming" condition for any length of time, the radio's output transistors could be damaged.

Dave


Dave,
Follow up question.
If I use this radio strictly with batteries, will I avoid damaging it?

When I sent the radio, it was unusable, now it is performing beautifully on all bands, amazingly so for what the radio is.

I think he said he replaced MOST of the caps, this might have been because of lack of schematic/service manual.

Thanks,

Tim


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Feb Wed 26, 2020 1:49 am 
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It may or may not go into oscillation with battery power but it probably won't hum. Looking at the audio with a scope will tell the full story.

Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Sears Craftsman 9333 multiband!
PostPosted: Feb Thu 27, 2020 2:59 pm 
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Dave Doughty wrote:
It may or may not go into oscillation with battery power but it probably won't hum. Looking at the audio with a scope will tell the full story.

Dave

Thanks!


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