In addition to their new line of affordably priced power tools, Bostitch is coming out with a new assortment of mechanics tools – including ratchets, sockets, wrenches, and drive accessories – and automotive air tools as well.
At the surface, the new Bostitch mechanics tools look a lot like the Sears-exclusive Dewalt mechanics tool sets and wrench sets that came out a few months ago. Both lines could be derived from existing Stanley or Stanley FatMax products, but it’s hard to tell and nobody at Stanley Black & Decker is talking.
The new mechanics and automotive tools will be launching at Walmart, and will presumably be available at online distributors afterwards.
I know what you’re thinking, and I’m thinking it too. Professionals don’t do their heavy tool shopping at Walmart. They might pick up a few items here and there, but Walmart stores typically have a single tool aisle with paltry product selection focused around low pricing.
Walmart is also typically considered Black & Decker territory. This suggests that the Bostitch tools will be marketed towards DIYers and consumers, rather than professional users. Plus, in a lot of areas around the country, Walmart’s anti-union policies will keep a lot of unionized tradesmen from even considering these new tools.
With this being back to school season, there are a lot of department store commercials on TV about how kids make or break their reputations with how they dress the first day of school. Similarly, show up to a new union job with some of these Walmart-sourced Bostitch tools, and you’re not going to make a lot of friends. (That’s if your union allows for your own choice of tools in the first place.)
This of course only holds true if the tools are exclusive to Walmart for more than a couple of weeks
That all said, some of the new mechanics tools don’t look half bad. You can see the full selection over at Bostitch’s website.
My limited experience with Bostitch hand tools has not been positive, but I’m trying to be optimistic and open minded.
New Mechanics and Air Tools Product Listing
- Standard pear head ratchets – 1/4″, 3/8″, 3/8″ flex head, 1/2″
- Wrench sets – combination, ratcheting combination, ratcheting flex combination
- Socket sets – spline (1/4″, 3/8″), pass-thru (3/8″), large pass-thru (3/8″, 1/2″)
- Drive accessories – universal joint and size adapter sets, locking extension bars, ratcheting breaker bar (1/2″)
- Screwdriver bit driver sets
- Mechanics tool sets – 105pc, 174pc, 246pc, 318pc, 398pc
- 1/2″ air impact wrench
- 3/8″ air ratchet
- HVLP spray gun
- Air chisel hammer
- 11pc SAE and 11pc metric impact socket sets (1/2″?)