In this article, I’ve chosen products from the most popular brands available in the market – Crescent, Dewalt, Craftsman, and Stanley. I’m pretty sure almost all the mechanics have heard the name and fame of these brands.
Regarding the price tag – all these five products can be categorized as low budget mechanic products. In general, these are the products that most of the mechanics will hopefully find affordable.
1.CRESCENT 170 PC. GENERAL PURPOSE TOOL SET
A HEAVY-DUTY PLASTIC STORAGE CASE THAT KEEPS ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE INSIDE IN PERFECT ORDER
A craftsman doesn’t have much time to keep things organized and nor should he have to!
Crescent 170 Pc. General Purpose Tool Set features a heavy-duty plastic case that keeps all the things that are inside in perfect order so that you waste no time while organizing them!
Once you open this little beauty, you will be greeted with all sorts of instruments. All necessary tools that you might need for screwing, fastening, rotating or spinning any kind of application.
Installing a new doorbell in your home?
You will need a T5 driver bit which comes with this toolset. It contains a total number of 40 driver bits including Hex, Torx, Slotted, and Phillips driver types.
The all-in-one package also contains around 67 sockets which come in varying sizes like, ¼-inch, 3/8-inch, ½-inch 6-point, and 3/8-inch 12-point.
To tighten up the occasional nuts and screws you’ll have 3 quick-release ratchet variations which help you work on small sockets with its ¼-inch drive, the 3/8-inch is mostly used on cars and the ½-inch socket helps work on bolts that are larger than 10 mm on average.
Every tool on this set is made with the utmost precision to meet your expectations. The 72-tooth ratchet that comes with this case needs only a 5-degree swing arc and works considerably faster to complete tightening any given application.
Having car trouble all of a sudden?
You have all the things that you might need including an 8-inch adjustable wrench, 10-inch tongue and groove pliers, 4 magnetic screwdrivers and 24 Hex keys to get access to all the tight spaces like the center console, under the seat and even behind the glove department!
Many more surprises like these are waiting for you once you purchase this product and the greatest part is, the tools meet the ANSI and ASME specifications to provide you with an overall good experience!
- The instruments come with a flawless chrome finish.
- All the tools are neatly organized inside a durable storage case.
- The set contains 3, 5 and 6 inches of extension for hard-to-reach places.
- The quick-release ratchet helps more comfortably while switching sizes.
- It comes with the ANSI and ASMI certification.
2. DEWALT MECHANICS TOOL SET, 205-PIECE
A LOT OF OPTIONS FOR BOTH A BEGINNER AND AN INTERMEDIATE LEVEL MECHANIC
DEWALT is always looking for a way to make things extra-special for you!
Anyone who has ever used a DEWALT product would vouch that it’s one of the best mechanic tool sets brands!
The manufacturer has a reputation for introducing high-quality power tools and supplies within a budget that’s affordable for everyone.
The first glance at this 205-piece tool set tells you it has a lot of options for both a beginner and an intermediate level mechanic.
Sockets, Wrenches, Screwdrivers, Ratchets, Adapter, Extension Bar, Hex Keys, Special Bits and many other accessories are all decked up and ready to use at your command.
All the screwdrivers that come with this set are treated with anti-slip technology so that you have a comfortable and safe environment while working. Moving on to the ratchets and spanners offset, they are both well-constructed and shows a promising future with their durable handles and performance.
The ratchets make a nice ‘click’ sound to announce its presence while in operation and help you reach all the tight and narrow spaces with the help of its 72 teeth mechanism.
Did you know choosing a wrong socket size might damage your tool as well as the socket itself?
Well, DEWALT got you covered with its 62 different sizes of variations in terms of socket collection!
On top of that, all the sockets and box end wrenches are treated with DirectTorque Technology, which makes it super easy for you to fasten or unfasten any application.
All these necessary tools and more items come neatly packed in a durable blow mold case, which protects it from getting damaged and allows you to safely carry it around wherever you go. That makes it an ideal travel companion of yours!
- The DEWALT brand is reputed for making products that last long.
- It contains 205 pieces of items to start working right away.
- The 72-teeth ratchet helps you fit it easily into any small space.
- The anti-slip screwdrivers allow you to work comfortably.
- The set comes with a full polish chrome which fights against corrosion
- DEWALT DirectTorque Technology allows easy fastening and loosening.
3CRAFTSMAN 230-PIECE MECHANICS TOOL SET
PROBABLY THE BEST STARTER SET OF TOOLS
According to toolsspecialist.com Craftsman is yet another HIT in the popular mechanic tool sets brand.
People who have used this tool set have expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the tools. Alloy steel makes them durable and a fine silver finish makes it pretty attractive as well. So, quality and design both are ensured.
However, the storage case of the Craftsman set of tools is a crap. At least some of the verified buyers reported so. The case itself is sturdy, but the component grip is really poor. Some users complained that the tools fall apart every time they open or close the case.
The tools include a total of 116 sockets. Don’t worry you’ll get both SAE and metric measurements. And the ½, ¼ and 3/8 inch drives have quick release ratchets. On top of that, two extension bars and universal joints also come with the case. And wrenches of six combinations both in SAE and metric measurements are included.
Weighing around 20.3 lbs, the tool set also includes a total of 40 screwdriver bits and 12 nut drivers with magnetic handle. So, this set is a perfect option for mechanics who need sockets and screwdrivers of different sizes. The sad thing is that some users reported that they found some of the tools missing when they opened the storage case.
I almost forgot to mention one important thing about this amazing set of tools. After a thorough online research, I came to the conclusion that this is probably the best option for people who are just getting into this sector. So, you won’t be disappointed as this is probably the best amongst starter mechanic tool sets.
- The drives feature quick release ratchets.
- The set comes with two extension bars and universal joints.
- Tools are durable as they are made of alloy steel.
- Sockets and wrenches have both SAE and metric measurements.
- The set includes 12 nut drivers with magnetic handle.
4. STANLEY STMT71653 145-PIECE MECHANICS TOOL SET
AS A STARTER TOOL SET, THE STANLEY STMT71653 IS VERY AMAZING
There’s nothing new to brag about Stanley!
They’ve already earned their position in the industry. And if you compare Stanley with other brands, you won’t be disappointed. It’s needless to mention that no company can earn reputation without providing quality tools.
As a starter tool set, the Stanley STMT71653 is very amazing. With selective 145 pieces of tools, the whole set weighs just 12 lbs. So, you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you want. And that too without any hassle!
The tools are made of steel and the body is forged with chrome vanadium. That means they’re made to be strong and durable alongside providing greater torque. On top of that, the tools have fine chrome polish finish. It’ll protect the tools from corrosion.
Selected ratchets have ergonomic handles. And to make your use more comfortable they feature reverse switch mechanism. You can operate the mechanism with just your thumb. Moreover, you’ll find a quick release button to handle the extensions and sockets more comfortably.
Now, let’s have some overview of the downsides of this set of tools. Apart from a poor component grip – it’s a problem with most of the tool sets – the main concern reported by users is about missing tools. Some also complained that they found rusted tools inside the storage case. But the number of such reports is not that high.
- The ratchets feature ergonomically designed handles.
- Ratchets have a reverse switch mechanism.
- Quick release button allows comfortable use of extensions and sockets.
- Chrome polish will ensure anti-corrosion.
- Tools are forged with chrome vanadium.
5. DEWALT (DWMT75049) MECHANICS TOOL SET, 192-PIECE
BY FAR THE BEST QUALITY TOOL SET OF THE ARTICLE
As I’ve already introduced DEWALT as a brand in this article earlier, I won’t waste much time here now.
The first thing you need to know about the DWMT75049 is that it’s heavy as an elephant! And I’m not kidding – it weighs 39.2 lbs! This is no way a portable solution for mechanics.
Apart from this negative side, this is by far the best-quality tool set among the five mentioned in this article.
What users like about this set is that this set has almost everything you need – extensions, bits, sockets, u-joints, and adapters. You might still miss the presence of drivers that can be attached to drill.
Alongside having 72-tooth ratchet for greater torque, the set includes longer extensions. Meaning, the hassle of handling tight space situations is solved. On top of that, the 5-degree swing will ensure even more comfortable use.
Users have given many compliments about this set of tools. Particularly about the sockets and release button – they work perfectly. Besides the handles are also reported to be pretty comfortable. You’ll be able to find the tools quickly and easily as the marks on the storage case and tools are very clear.
What amazed me the most about the DEWALT DWMT75049 is its case. Users expressed their satisfaction as the tools remain in their places while opening or closing the case. One user even reported that he usually opens the case at 90-degree angle and the tools don’t fall apart. So, it’s a great relief, isn’t it?
- The case is sturdy and tools don’t fall apart while opening or closing it.
- Deep leaser marking for easy identification of tools.
- 72-tooth ratchet ensures greater torque.
- 5-degree arc swing makes use comfortable.
- U-joints and adapters are included in the set.
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6. STANLEY STMT73795 MIXED TOOL SET
WITH THE KIT’S 210 TOOL PIECES, YOU GET PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Kicking off our list is the Stanley Stmt73795 Mixed Tool Set, and you know why?
We believe the perfect set of tools for mechanics should have everything you need for all the basic DIY repairs.
With the kit’s 210 tool pieces, you get pretty much everything you need, from screwdrivers to various types of wrenches and ratchets.
Other tools in this set include a utility knife, groove joint, and long nose pliers, and drive bits. In short, this mixed hand tool set is one of the most comprehensive assortment of tools for fundamental tasks that you can get.
When looking for tool sets, a most important factor to consider is the durability. If anything should give you peace of mind, it is the fact that the tools included in the Stanley Stmt73795 Mixed Tool Set feature a chrome vanadium body, making them very strong and able to resist breaking.
Furthermore, the chrome finish actively protects them against corrosion and so the tools last a long time looking good as new.
Lastly, when getting a tool set, it’s a good idea to consider the tools’ house as well; that is, the storage case.
Saying we liked the Stanley Stmt73795 Mixed Tool Set case would be an understatement; darn, we loved it! All the tools fitted in there securely and the organization plan for tools – it’s a high class one. It’s the ultimate solution for someone who wants to get organized.
And most importantly, the hard case it a robust protector for your tools that includes a handy handle, and a design meant for total portability. It’s also got quite the elegant appearance.
- 210 tool pieces
- Chrome finish for protection against corrosion
- Robust, elegant, well-planned, and portable tool storage case
- Chrome-vanadium tool body for durability
- Meets ANSI specifications for safety
- Great support from the manufacturer
7. CRAFTSMAN 165 PC MECHANICS TOOL SET
A FINE SELECTION OF TOOLS FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN CAR DIY TASKS
A set of high-quality tools is one that offers you the greatest functionality.
The more the gears, the more tasks you can accomplish with it. Bearing that in mind, the Craftsman 165 pc Mechanics Tool Set is a fine selection of tools for anyone interested in car DIY tasks.
This set contains a wide variety of tools for accomplishing a broad array of tasks including changing car batteries, replacing the wipers, changing a flat tire, and so on.
And that’s not all.
With the set, you can handle other tasks not related to car repair, like assembling a grill and fixing furniture and plumbing fixtures at home.
All that is made possible by the set’s tools, which include extension bars, adjustable wrenches, screwdriver bits, hex keys, and 92 sockets of varying kinds and sizes.
When buying tool sets, you need to think about their weight.
You see, a tool set is supposed to be portable, and portability means the being able to carry the storage case full of tools without straining too much.
Weighing in at only 19.65 pounds, this Craftsman 165 pc Mechanics Tool Set is a great option for you if you want something you can carry around without spending all your calories.
Finally, with the right maintenance, we believe you will enjoy the Craftsman 165 pc Mechanics Tool Set for decades.
We talked to a few people who’ve had Craftsman tools that long and they said the tools endured hard work just fine. These people were happy with the excellent service the tools gave them and we trust you too will be.
- Long lasting
- Includes a wide selection of tools including sockets, ratchets, extension bars, etc.
- Weighs in at 19.65 pounds
- Elegant storage case
8. WORKPRO W009044A MECHANICS TOOL SET
DURABILITY IS ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT SETS THIS TOOL SET APART
If you’re looking for a great all in one tool set for your DIY needs, the Workpro W009044A Mechanics Tool Set will be a good choice.
It contains an amazing 408 tools.
The tools included here are not just meant for fixing your car.
You can use them for all your DIY needs at home whether we’re talking about garden tasks, furniture, and electronic fixing tasks or even plumbing.
Durability is one of the aspects that sets the Workpro W009044A Mechanics Tool Set apart. For example, the hex key, the sockets, the ratchet handles and the wrenches are all plated with chrome and polished to protect them against rust, which is one of the greatest enemies of durability.
The pliers are plated with nickel, which also helps prevent rusting.
Bending is one of the biggest problems facing hand tool especially hammers, but with this set, you don’t have to worry about that. For instance, the hammer’s handle is enhanced with fiberglass, making it resist bending efficiently.
The tools in this set feature a chrome-vanadium steel body, making them strong and giving them the power to stand the test of time.
Apart from the tools mentioned, other tools in the set include precision screwdrivers, a utility knife, a tape measure, and more.
- All in one selection of tools with 408 tools
- Chrome-vanadium steel tools for strength and durability
- Mirror polished tools for elegance
- Heavy-duty steel storage case
- 3 drawers in the case
9. DEWALT DWMT72165 204 PIECE MECHANICS TOOL SET[
ALL THE TOOLS IN THE SET THAT ARE USED FOR OPENING NUTS ARE REALLY HANDY.
Dewalt happens to be one of the biggest tool brands, and when you buy from them, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the tools for years on end.
Actually, with the right maintenance, like cleaning the tools after use and protecting them from dampness and other agents of rusting, you can use the tools for a lifetime.
Dewalt has confidence in this, and that’s why they even offer you a lifetime warranty.
One issue that usually comes up when people complain about a tool is slipping. You try using a tool to open a nut, but then it keeps slipping off your hands. With this Dewalt mechanics tool set, you don’t have to deal with such a problem.
The tools are designed with knurls on the gripping surface, making it hard for them to slip during use. If you want to accomplish tasks quickly, this will be very beneficial.
When trying to remove bolts from an obstructed part, the task can be quite strenuous and time-consuming if you’re using an ordinary ratchet.
What makes the Dewalt DWMT72165 Mechanics Tool Set superior is that its ratchets have a slim-head design that allows them to reach obstructed bolts and loosen them without much trouble. And it’s not just the ratchet that has a slim-head design.
All the tools in the set that are used for opening nuts are designed that way, making them really handy.
- Non-slip knurls on the gripping surface
- Slim-head design for reaching obstructed parts
- Lifetime warranty
- A wide variety of tools – 204 pieces
- Quality tools, well-known brand
10. KOBALT STANDARD/METRIC MECHANICS TOOL SET
WE LOVED MOST ABOUT THE WAY THE CASE IS DESIGNED.
One of the aspects we loved most about the Kobalt Standard/Metric Mechanics Tool Set is the way the case is designed.
The case, which is constructed kind of like a cooler box, is designed precisely for those who love staying organized.
It has three drawers that are easy to pull, and tools can be arranged in these drawers as well as on the lid.
There’s also a carry handle at the center of the box, making transportation easy.
We can’t emphasize the importance of durability enough when talking about tool sets. Vanadium and steel are known for one thing – hardness; if there’s something that is super hard to break on the face of the earth, it is these two materials.
When tools are made of an alloy of the two and then enhanced with chromium, like the tools in this Kobalt tools set are, that’s when you know they will last a lifetime.
The chromium in the tools not only provides increased hardness but also gives the tools resistance against tarnishing and melting. It also gives them an elegant, glossy appearance.
Ratchets are very handy tools that help you free nuts and fasteners quickly, but there’s something that makes the Kobalt Standard/Metric Mechanics Tool Set’s ratchets even better.
These ratchets feature a quick release button, allowing you to work really fast.
- Lifetime warranty on tools
- Quick release button on the ratchets
- Sturdy, well-organized 3-drawer case
- Steel-vanadium tools enhanced with chromium
- A wide variety of 227 tool pieces