Unlike toasters, blenders, lawnmowers, and garage door openers, there’s a special bond that exists between a man and his set of wheels. A car or motorcycle is a literal ticket to freedom, independence, and geographical autonomy. Be good to your vehicle and take care of it, and in turn, your vehicle will be good to you. If you grew up wrenching in a garage, spinning a spanner is likely second nature, though to the uninitiated, knowing where to start when assembling a mechanics tool kit can be a more-than-daunting task.
For this reason, we’ve compiled this diverse list of the best tool sets currently on the market. This eight-item collection includes everything from basic roadside tool rolls, to full-on, professional-grade kits comprised of vehicle lifts and diagnostic equipment. Whether you’re just learning how to change your oil, or you’re a seasoned hand, one of these recommended kits is guaranteed to get your home garage firing on all cylinders.
Our Top 5 Best Tool Brands
- Made in USA
- 90-day full refund
- 3-year limited warranty
- Owned by Black and Decker (notorious among craftsmen for poor quality parts)
During our research into the best tool brands we found it was always a close contest in preferences of tool users between our #1 pick DeWalt and the occupant of the #2 slot, Makita. That said, DeWalt earned the edge just ever so slightly thanks to its better warranty programs and more extensive network of approved repair shops, making it easier for owners of DeWalt tools to easily get their equipment repaired and back in action quicker no matter where their worksite is in the world. What more can you ask of the best tools?
Our #2 Pick is MakitaA great warranty plan on cordless power tools earned Makita top marksCheck Price
- 3-year warranty on lithium-ion battery powered tools
- Majority of tools made in USA
- Limited one-year warranty on general products
- Pricier than most brands
Makita power tool brand earned some #1 spots in certain lists, trouncing DeWalt, while taking #2 or #3 in other tool comparisons which led us to giving it a (still respectable) #2 finish here. As mentioned above, the one factor that dipped it down below a first place slot was its wonky warranty program, under which most tools are only covered for one year from defects, while specific tools like their pneumatic nailer and battery-powered tools get the privilege of being covered for three times as long.
And as a Japanese-based company we won’t fault Makita for not having all its tools made in the good ol’ USA, however a significant portion of its manufactured power tools do still come straight out of its production facility located in Buford, Georgia. That is why it’s our 2nd best power tool brand.
Our #3 Pick is MilwaukeeFree repair in the first year makes Milwaukee tools a must haveCheck Price
- Free repair and replacement within 1-year warranty period
- Nearly $50 million in new plants opened in US over past five years
- Some tools made in China
Despite being one of the few companies on this list which essentially manufacturers the majority overseas in China, Milwaukee still earned a number of accolades from tool buyers who consider the company to produce some of the best tools (for the price) in the business.
This may be due to the company’s recent efforts to bring jobs back stateside, with a $47 million investment in local production facilities over the last five years. This has led to new and more technologically advanced plants being opened in states like Mississippi and Wisconsin.
Our #4 Pick is BoschBosch’s MaxVantagePro repair program is one of a kindCheck Price
- 3-year tool/2-year battery warranties
- MaxVantagePRO repair program
- Cheaper than most brands
- Primarily manufactured in China and Mexico
When it comes to the fine balance of price to quality, Bosch seems to have managed to walk that line expertly by offering tools which generally skew toward the cheaper side of the spectrum (thereby opening themselves up to a much wider spectrum of the home buyer market), without sacrificing the quality that most professionals have come to associate the brand with.
Although many of their tools do come from production facilities located either in China or Mexico, the company also maintains strict guidelines on quality, which seems to have paid off in spades to make them one of the most widely purchased tool brands operating in the market today.
Our #5 Pick is RidgidRidgid’s lifetime warranty on all their tools puts them head and shoulders above the restCheck Price
- Lifetime defect warranty
- Plumbing tools made in USA
- Some power tools manufactured overseas
Finally, we come to Ridgid. Ridgid is one of the oldest brands on this list, and actually has the distinct claim to the patent for inventing what everyone knows as the modern-day pipe wrench.
The company has topped several lists among professional construction workers for their power tools, though their primary focus (and expertise) is in manufacturing just about everything a plumber would need to do their job effectively.
Ridgid has taken some flak in recent years for leasing the brand out to another Hong Kong-based company called TTI, which also manufactures products for the likes of previously American-made brands like Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Homelight.
That said, with so many accolades under their belt it doesn’t seem as though Ridgid has let the quality of their tools suffer as a result of this rebranding, which is why although not the best brand out there, has still earned a respectable #5 slot on our list of the best tool brands for 2019.
Other Tool Brands to Consider
Stanley: Stanley is another highly-regarded brand in the tool space that’s known for creating quality tools that can stand the test of time. The options with Stanley can be a bit pricier than some other brands on this list, but the brand is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for” when it comes to long-lasting reliability and strength.
Husky: Husky covers every area of the market with its tool lines, catering to the demands of professional craftsmen and home builders alike. There are a large range of Husky tools to choose from along with about a dozen well-supplied pre-selected toolkits you can buy, so if you’re on the hunt for variety and want the all-in-one experience, Husky might be the right choice for you.