I’m the kind of person that likes to build a tool kit from separate components, but not everyone is like that. Some guys (and gals) like the one and done approach where they buy an all-in-one set. This approach typically offers better bang for the buck and requires less research effort and fewer purchasing decision.
The Craftsman 250pc mechanics tool set, model 38250, is a set that will definitely appeal to one and done homeowners, hobbyists, and weekend warriors looking to quickly grow their tool kit. It comes with 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ ratchets, inch and metric sockets, drive accessories such as extensions, wrenches, and hex keys. All tools can fit inside the included tool box.
The set includes some overlapping sizes, with 1/4″ and 3/8″ standard inch and metric sockets included in both 6pt and 12pt styles, but that’s not a big deal. I prefer 6pt sockets throughout (the 1/2″ sockets here are 12pt only), but 12pt sockets do come in handy at times, such as when you cannot quite get a 6pt socket seated properly.
Here’s what you get:
- 30 wrenches
- 149 sockets
- 3 quick release ratchets
- 4 extensions
- 1 adapter
- 40 hex keys
- 1 magnetic bit driver
- 22 screwdriver and nutdriver bits
For a full breakdown of what’s included, check out the list of tools (PDF).
This set is currently on sale for $150, which is greatly discounted from the regular price of $300, and using coupon code SAVE15 takes an extra $15 off.
250 tools for $135 is a great deal for anyone looking for a very thorough mechanics tool set to get started with. It’s not the path I would go – I started with a smaller Craftsman set – but it’s hard to you get a lot of bang for the buck.
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