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Craftsman 216 pc. Mechanic's Tool Set - $99.99 plus $31 in SYWP Back

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Decent set, I have a older version of it that has lasted me 10 years now. Has some "filler" screw driver bits but not as bad as bigger sets (34 bits compared to 116 actual sockets).

Coupon code thankYOU gets you 10% off of the $111.10 sale price making it $99.99 even. Sears also has a bonus 100% back in points for the first $30 so you'll also get $30 to use on something else.


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I bought the 165 pc set for $59.99... I feel like that set has the most useful parts for the money. The 165 pc offers sockets that fit 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 inch wrenches, has both metric and SAE sockets, and also includes deep sockets.
https://m.sears.com/craftsman-165...A014491227

It looks like the main differences between the 215 pc set for $100 and the 165 pc set for $60, is the inclusion of a 1/2" socket wrench and also some 12 point universal sockets.

Can't go wrong with either set, both offer good value.
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Has some "filler" screw driver bits but not as bad as bigger sets (34 bits compared to 116 actual sockets).
Nice deal. If someone doesn't want the drive bits or allen wrenches that are included in general use mechanic's sets like this, they should be looking for plain old socket sets instead.

Otherwise, having such a variety of tools in a compact, portable case without having to supplement with another bag of screwdrivers and what not may be desirable.
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Not bad, but the selection is slightly idiotic. It is as if the people designing the set had no idea about the actual utility of the tools.

Examples, from a very quick look (I'm sure I could find a dozen more if it was worth looking):

They do include metric wrenches. Probably so they can say they did and take a selfie. But only 3 wrenches, so you had better be lucky. And one of them is 11mm, which is such a rarely used size that the most common use of these is as a fishing lure (yes, seriously, it is).

They do include the 1/2" drive, which might make you think the set has more range than a smaller set. But the biggest metric size included is 21mm, not so big for 1/2" drive.

But to get the count up, they give you THREE 21mm sockets:
- 3/8" drive = 6 point
- 3/8" drive = 12 point
- 1/2" drive = 12 point

No deep 21mm. Nothing bigger than 21mm. Either of those would have been far more useful than having 3 things baically providing the same functionality.

So the basic message is when looking at these Craftsman sets, realize that they are very often terribly selected. Don't be fooled by the tool count. And also, packing 2x the crap, plus all the bits, etc. in the same case, just to get the count up, means you'll be lugging all that useless crap around even though you will never ever need it.

They have made a few well put-together 6-point sets out there, so look carefully.

The sears.com website always has the content list in PDF on the item page.
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Not bad, but the selection is slightly idiotic. [...]
Good info there. It can not be stressed enough that you need to look at what is included in a set and how that meets your particular needs, while generally ignoring the piece count.

I would personally suggest putting together your own set by buying individual socket sets, wrench sets, driver sets, allen sets, etc., with the big caveat that doing this won't get you everything you need in a nice compact portable case.
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Good info there. It can not be stressed enough that you need to look at what is included in a set and how that meets your particular needs, while generally ignoring the piece count.

I would personally suggest putting together your own set by buying individual socket sets, wrench sets, driver sets, allen sets, etc., with the big caveat that doing this won't get you everything you need in a nice compact portable case.
Glad you liked the info. BTW, here's more on the fishing lure:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/...-a-400-lb/

"Someone finally found a use for the 11 mm wrench."

Still waiting for an article where someone used an 11mm wrench to remove a nut. I've actually done it, but on very obscure applications.
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Glad you liked the info. BTW, here's more on the fishing lure:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/...-a-400-lb/ [popularmechanics.com]

"Someone finally found a use for the 11 mm wrench."

Still waiting for an article where someone used an 11mm wrench to remove a nut. I've actually done it, but on very obscure applications.
Well, that's one use for an 11mm and I thought those were called Jewfish...what happened?

Here are some mechanical uses for that 11mm, from Garage Journal discussion boards: https://www.garagejournal.com/for...61987.html

One of the main reasons I assemble my own portable kit is to not carry around tools that I won't need for the job, like an 11mm.
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Glad you liked the info. BTW, here's more on the fishing lure:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/...-a-400-lb/

"Someone finally found a use for the 11 mm wrench."

Still waiting for an article where someone used an 11mm wrench to remove a nut. I've actually done it, but on very obscure applications.

i use it at work any time we have a metric product we need to do... but they are rare like maybe 6 products out of a normal year ?? i think we do about roughly 6000 in our factory

kinda hard to gauge total yearly number as we are the custom jobs factory that varies from a product weighing like 500lbs with a motor to a maximum of 10 tons
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No thanks. I bought the $37 'deal' set. Same crappy ratchets, sockets. Ratchets feel like they have 25 teeth. Feel cheap too. Sockets came off without even pressing release button. I'll stay away from crapsman and sets in general. Will buy better quality sockets and tools as needed.
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I have 165 pc set I'll take $50 bucks if anyone's interested
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I have 165 pc set I'll take $50 bucks if anyone's interested
I'd be in for $40 shipped 😁
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