Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 43
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jayeif A nice set; know what you are getting
I know a tool set like this is an important investment for most people, so I want to give some good info here (also to make up for all the product reviews I never write), but I also wanted to comment on some complaints from another review.
First, the wrong photo is posted for the set being advertised here, which is model # ending in TSN. The photo Home Depot has posted is probably of the older discontinued 185-piece set. I have included photos of the actual set you would be getting. Notice that the ratchets are different, and the screwdriver is shaped and colored differently. However I’m pretty sure you are getting all the same functioning pieces, albeit with some cosmetic differences. If you buy at the store, the photo on the outside of the case is correct. My biggest issue with the set that I can tell so far is that you get no holders/organizers for the allen wrenches, like the grey ones you see in the old photo. They just come loose in 2 Velcro pouches.
As far as the tool quality, I’m no expert, but it seems fine to me. Having not used the tools yet, my assessment is obviously limited, but really I think quality is virtually a non-issue for most tool sets these days (of all brands) since competition has made the lifetime warranty quite standard. I will say that the ratcheting action of the ratchets seems very smooth and tight. And speaking of, one of the other reviewers mentioned the release button on them. Yes, on the ¼ inch ratchet, when a socket is attached, the button surface drops to flush with the ratchet head surface, and on the 3/8 and ½ inch ones it actually drops to below flush. I personally don’t consider this an issue, but I suppose if you have abnormally large finger-tips it may be. But remember, a release button that sinks to at least flush cannot possibly catch or grind on anything when the ratchet is used in a tight area.
What I really love about this set is the case. You are getting a 185-piece set in the size of a briefcase. If you are carrying it long distances, it will hang normally at your side and you don’t have to kill your delts like you will when carrying a fatter box with drawers or whatever. The pieces are consolidated very tightly in the case so that very little space is wasted, yet there is no organizational sacrifice (withstanding the allen wrenches), and the size of every single socket/wrench is labeled on the case. The above mentioned reviewer also says that none of the pieces snap into the case. I can assure you that this is not true. What’s happening is that the tools in the top half of the case all firmly snap into place, while most of the sockets and the 3 ratchets in the bottom half do not. So, unless you open up the case backwards, you will never have a problem; with the way the case latches together on the outside you will always know top from bottom unless you have a serious attention deficit disorder. Would you open up your briefcase upside down?
Is this set perfect? No, it could use some minor improvements concerning detailed conveniences, but considering the market as a whole, and the number of tools you are getting in such a small space, I think you are getting nice bang for your buck.
August 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rusty Quality at a much lower price
185 pieces is more then enough to get the job done. I can grab this case and go not spending a lot of time looking for the right socket. The star pattern is pretty standard in the industry on the sockets but I wouldn't be with out them. The socket wrench has 72 teeth so no matter how tight the site is you are working you should be able to crank down on the bolt. The chrome is easy to clean and actually looks great. But the most important feature is the lifetime warranty. You can take these back forever to get a replacement. That used to be only on the more expensive sockets sold by their competition. I had some problems with the sockets falling out of the plastic holders in the case but no big deal. All in all worth the money for all the tools you get.
October 4, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Nvjake Incomplete Mechanics Tool Set
Almost everything you need except a 13/16" spark plug socket, they still are needed for mowers and the like...nice oversight, must have saved them a bundle!!!!!
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jammer1963 What's not to love?
I think every man wants and NEEDS a good, solid, reliable socket set. It must also have a way of organizing the set so it's easy to find the exact socket your looking for. This socket set fit the bill very nicely for me. It has 1/4", 3/8" and the 1/2" ratchets and sockets I was looking for in all the popular sizes, along with some added pieces that come in handy. I like the carrying case. It holds everything in place but also organizes everything. I don't think there is anything more frustrating than looking for one particular size socket in a pile.
July 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Trufashionaddict Easy decor upgrade
Although these were a bit pricey in my opinion, I really love how these particular light plates gives my home a fancier look. I was disappointed in how the light plates were packaged or I should say lack there of. I ordered 3 light plates which should have been individually wrapped for protection, but because they weren't, 1 of them was broken in half when I received it. Now I will have to return it to the store and re-order it online again when this could have been avoided.
July 28, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by vicguyMN very useful
First thing I noticed was how all the torx, hex, and smaller sockets fall out of their spots EVERY time you move this case, which seems to be the same with all cased sets. It would be nice if you didn't have to sort out the set before each use. The ratchets are a little heavy, but feel very strong, and all of the tools in the box are marked VERY well, and are easy to read. This is a great set for the average Joe looking to do general repairs around the house, or small jobs on the car.
October 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Be Good set
This is a good set for the DIY mechanic especially if you can get it on sale. But the case is not sturdy enough.
August 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MT2790 Soild Purchase
I have purchased several of these units and placed them inside of the vehicles that I own as part of my Vehicle Emergency Kits.
They contain the most common tools used to address most automotive needs.
August 4, 2015