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Old 11-28-2008, 11:00 AM
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Anybody else use them. I have used them before and I am very satisfied with them. I saw a 201 piece kit in the flyer from wal mart this morning for $50 so I bought it

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:18 AM
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Anybody else use them. I have used them before and I am very satisfied with them. I saw a 201 piece kit in the flyer from wal mart this morning for $50 so I bought it

Wait until you break something in that set...

BE very weary of the "lifetime warranty" that any tool that Wal-Mart carries. I bought into the whole scheme with them too. No receipt, no refund or replacement. And they will not replace any tool (at least not in my state) if they no longer sell that brand. I fell for the "Popular Mechanic's" brand (Early attempt by Stanley to market tools exclusively in Wal-Mart's IIRC) they had years ago. For a bit more money, you could have had a decent Craftsman set that would be easier to get replacements for. Not saying that Sears is the end-all, be-all for easy replacements either.


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Old 11-28-2008, 11:23 AM
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I have a few of the ols popular mechanics wreches and I like them. I like craftsmen but they are twice the price of stanely. I am still in school so I buy what is affordable to me.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:29 AM
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Don't get me wrong, as I do see where you are coming from. I still have my PM set (for the most part--minus the broken stuff). I just would not rely at all on having the warranty behind what you bought if that was the leading reason for the purchase. My old 1/2" drive PM ratchet was beyond a doubt the best ratchet I'd ever used in terms of standing up to abuse, but I bought it knowing that eventually it would break and need replacement, and there was none to be had. Not really burned, but there was ignition of combustibles if you follow....


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I bought a set of them too! They just looked like the perfect set to slip behind the truck seat and with the exception of needing a few larger wrenches it looks like a very useful set, for the price who is going to worry about replacement? My son has quite a few Stanly tools and we have used (abused?) them enough to know they are decent even if not pro quality but for 50 bucks that set will be handy as a shirt pocket! What I liked about it was the fact it actually has some useful items in it while most of the "econo" tool sets will have a few sockets and a few dozen nearly worthless items like screwdriver bits. I would never recommend tools like this for pro use but for week-end work and, in my case, a set to carry behind the seat or in the trunk they are just fine and that set was a bargain.
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Most of those packaged tool sets come from China or Taiwan, even if they carry the Stanley name. We had one of our vendors at the plant one day pushing a nice looking set of Crescent brand tools for $60. They were made in commie China .

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I may be wrong but I think all Stanly hand tools are made in China now. For a long time I tried to buy American when I could but with every dang thing and the bag it comes in all being made in China now I gave up!
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... they are decent even if not pro quality but for 50 bucks that set will be handy as a shirt pocket! I would never recommend tools like this for pro use but for week-end work and, in my case, a set to carry behind the seat or in the trunk they are just fine and that set was a bargain.

Right, that's the point I was trying to make (just didn't come out right--need to work on that I guess...). They are better than nothing, but when I bought mine, I was banking on the warranty that never appeared. Years ago, I also had an Ace Tru-Value set that was on sale for a similar price with a warranty. That set served me well for many years before I loaned it to a buddy. Never seen it or him after....


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T before I loaned it to a buddy. Never seen it or him after....
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Loaning tools to a buddy is a good way to lose both your tools and your friends!
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Loaning tools to a buddy is a good way to lose both your tools and your friends!

No kidding. I'm just waiting now to see cboy come down and raid my tools....

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I have a Stanley Mechanics set. the tools are nice, ratchets are smooth and the sockets fit nice, and the finish holds good.. not professional, but only slightly more than HF branded stuff and the sockets are a lot better than the HF sockets.. ( a cheap HF socket set will get you some pretty odd sizes, only good for rusty bolts )
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I have a couple stanley rachets in my pick and pull box and am very happy with it.I broke one a while ago,called the number on the back of the package and they sent me a new rachet in 5 days.Now,I know its not like running to sears and grabbing a new one but no problems with the warrenty,great tool to throw behind the seat for when you need it(or let your buddy borrow instead of your snap on,s)
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:27 AM
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MAC is owned by Stanley.
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stanley helps you do things right..

Most of my family worked for Stanley when they were in New Britain CT.
(it's but a ghost town now... they moved most operations down south and probably overseas.. ? )

I got more stanley tools than I know what to do with ...

The older stuff was def. better quality.
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