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Stanley 109piece Mechanic Ratchet set - Deal or Not??

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by t-frax, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Dec 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    t-frax

    t-frax [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the market for a new ratchet. I originally had a really nice mechanic 200 piece set made by Husky. But some idiot(s) stole it. All i have left of it is my 1/2 ratchet which luckily i forgot to put back in its case. So i need a new set but after spending so much on chirstmas gifts i don't have much to spend. I'm thinking of this set by Stanley:
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    its only $50 at Walmart. Here is the descriptions
    Each piece of the Stanley 109-Piece Mechanics Tool Set features an attractive black-chrome finish over its chrome-vanadium body that keeps it protected against corrosion. Laser-etched size markings and a quick-release switch make the Stanley 109-Piece Mechanics Tool Set quick and easy-to-use.
    Stanley 109-Piece Mechanics Tool Set, Black Chrome:
    • Contains metric and ASE sizes
    • Includes durable carry case for easy storage and mobility
    • Chrome-vanadium forged body for torque, strength and durability
    • Black-chrome finish for anti-corrosion protection and attractive appearance
    • Laser-etched size markings for better visibility
    • Quick-release switch and reversible mechanism for easy operation and quick changeover
    • Knurled handle for increased slip resistance
    • Stanley Mechanics Tool Set meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
    • Lifetime warranty
    • Model # 70-159
    Also there is this one as well for roughly the same price:
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    Containing 122 tools, including assorted pliers and screwdrivers, this Stanley 3-Drawer Tool Box in metal is perfect for anyone wanting to start a serious tool collection or add to an existing one. The Stanley 3-Drawer Tool Box is a sturdy tool box with ball-bearing drawers that includes tools forged from chrome vanadium for strength and durability.
    Stanley 3-Drawer Tool Box with 122 Tools:
    • Includes metal tool box with assorted pliers and screwdrivers in metric and ASE sizes
    • Tool box features ball-bearing drawer system for secure storage
    • Storage pouches and socket clip-rails provide convenient storage solution in the tool box
    • Tools have chrome-vanadium forged body for torque, strength and durability
    • Full-polished chrome finish for anti-corrosion protection on the tools
    • Included ratchets contain quick release switch and reversible mechanism for easy operation and quick changeover
    • Pliers and screwdrivers have bi-material grips to ensure firm and comfortable grip
    • 3-drawer tool box meets or exceeds ANSI specifications
    • Model # 70-158




    So my question is, are these a good deal? How decent is Stanley Ratchets? I'm no pro so i don't need to spend a fortune. just want it for basic duties around the home and car. which would you choose?...or would you even choose either? remember i'm strapped for cash and just need a decent set and get the best bang for my buck.

    any input is appreciated.
     
  2. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    coffeesnob

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    what is the warranty? thats why I buy craftsman they have a good warranty but i doubt their tools are much better than a lot of other name brands.
     
  3. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Thor

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    Stanley tools are decent. I have a set, and they havent been any trouble for the 15 years I have had them.......
     
  4. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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    xJuice My spoon is too Big!

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    If you're looking for a ratchet set, I like the first one. The second one looks more like just a starter tool set.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    rbeezy

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    i have the same set from walmart, no problems for the 4 years ive been having them. i believe i got mine for $50 also, and im sure its a good deal since its from walmart
     
  6. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    thanks for the input guys.


    which one do you have?...the black chrome ratchet set or the red tool box set? if its the black chrome, how is the case?...heard alot about the sockets keep falling out.
     
  7. Dec 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM
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    Lifetime warranty.
     
  8. Dec 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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    Honestly, unless you are using them daily, you probably don't need the lifetime waranty. I agree the red tool box set is a starter set while the other is primarily all different types of ratchets. I have almost all Stanley's and have never had a problem.

    note: Stanley does have a large range of qualities of tools, they have cheap ones and pretty darn good ones, depends on the tool.
     
  9. Dec 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM
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    jjew18 the Nightman cometh!

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    Added extra awesomeness to its original awesomeness.
    If this is an addition to what you already have, I would go with the mechanics set. If you don't have a basic wrench and pliers set, then go with the other.
     
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    mainly just need a good ratchet set. but might end up getting both...even though i already have other tools and boxes, the stanley box would be nice to keep in the bed of my truck to hold other tools i may need on the road. again not pro, but would be nice to have it there. and since its only $50, it it gets stolen like my husky set, it won't be so hard on my wallet.
    but i still don't know. i mean if i get both its only $100 for basically two ratchet sets and a nice box and some basic hand tools.
     
  11. Dec 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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    X2, if not replace it, I'd have an extra on hand incase it did fail.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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    ^ This... not till it breaks though. I would go after the top set if it were me though.
     
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    Go with Craftsmen. more expensive but you'll only buy it once. Anything breaks, take it back to SEARS for free replacement!!
     
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    i have the black chrome set. sockets in my set stay in their place pretty tight

    harbor freight tools give the same warranty
     
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    Added extra awesomeness to its original awesomeness.
    Yeah, if you buy it only to replace it doesn't make much sense. If you have an extra on hand then that might be more reasonable. I would think the cost of buying one Craftsman ratchet, you could probably get a whole set for not much more, relatively speaking.
     
  16. Dec 29, 2010 at 6:23 AM
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    Trouble with most of the tools today is they are made in China.
    Even Craftsman!
    I refuse to buy them.

    Rather go to an auction and buy the old tools.
     
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    Craftsman are made in China too? I thought they were made in America. Gee whizzzzzz
     
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    Just check the labels.
    I was really disappointed in those power tools wih "Made in China" on the tags.
     
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    Depends on the tool from them. If you look at the packaging it will tell you where its made. Most of the ones I have are made in the USA.

    As for Stanley tools. I have a few and have never had an issue with them. I will say that the Stanley "Dental Pick" set is AWESOME! Great handles and the pick ends don't bend
     
  20. Dec 29, 2010 at 2:55 PM
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    For the most part, Craftsman hand tools ARE made in USA. Exeptions are, Tape measures, hand garden tools (Rakes, shovels, etc.). Their garden tools are made in China, while from what I gathered, their tape measures are made in the Dominican Republic. Craftsman hand tools are made by a number of USA manufactures, such as Danaher Tool Group, New Britain, Moore, and Easco. All US companies.
     
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