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03-22-2004, 11:02 PM
I am looking to buy a toolset. How many pieces would you get? I am basically looking for a good set of drivers, wrenches, and sockets to be able to do moderate level work on my car. Walmart has this Stanley 125 pc set for $60 bux. Pretty damn good deal.

03-23-2004, 07:45 AM
First of all, congrats on your potential purchase. I'm sure you'll find that the tools will pay for themselves after a couple of repairs.

I usually buy Craftsman, but I can't say I've heard bad things about Stanley. I would recommend making sure that you have a complete set of 1/2" and 3/8" drive sockets (english & metric), the ratchets for both those, a full set of english and metric wrenches, a couple of extensions, and some universal joints. I'd also buy a breaker bar for both the 1/2" and 3/8" drive, a nice set of pliers (regular, needlenose, channel lock, visegrip), and a full set of screwdrivers. It's not a bad idea to have a set of unusual driver sockets too (allen, torques, ....). Anything you need after that, you can buy as you need it. I also have a full set of 1/4" drive sockets, but that is more of a convience than a must have. It's really nice to have a set of deepwell sockets to compliment your standard ones too. I prefer 6 point sockets, but 12 points work just as well unless the bolt is rusted. At some point in time, you're going to need a torque wrench too.

Hope this helps. Tools rock, and the more car stuff you do, the more reason you have to buy more!

03-23-2004, 07:57 AM
Hit it down to home depot, they have a 1million (well 100 something) piece huskie set in case with bonus 3 drawer cabinet (18hx30w) for something like $100. I've attached some of the sockets to my 3' breaker bar and haven't been able to break them yet! I'd say they're some quality pieces!

03-23-2004, 08:11 AM
i used stanley sockets before and they were hella strong..just FYI :)

03-28-2004, 08:58 AM
i am also planning to buy a new set of tools very soon. i have decided to go with craftsman. my dad is a master mechaninc and he uses MAC tools and Craftsman. the reason i think craftsman is a good choice is that they have a lifetime warranty, if you break one for any reason, bring it in and they will replace it that same day no questions asked. craftsman is mostly sold at sears.

03-29-2004, 09:59 AM
FYI at advance they have 2 nice sets onsale lifetime warrinty...really good stuff. i work there and the only ones ive seen break were under trumedious* stress you can look on the website under should be there. good luck