This Gearwrench Upgrade Tool Set – technically a stubborn fastener-removal starter kit – is on sale at the fantastically low price of $52.99.
This is a great price! If I didn’t already have a couple of sets, I’d buy more at this price!
Update 11/10 – It’s back on sale for $52.99!
Update 9/19 – The price has gone back up to $80.60.
This set was first published on 9/16/22, and updated on 11/10/2022.
You might be thinking “but I don’t need all that.” Sure – buy it for just the ratchet and pliers, and use the rest if you can. I use the ratchet and pliers regularly, and tossed the other tools into my “in case of a problem” tool box.
I bought a set for personal use last October, when it was $90.62 on Amazon. I bought a set for a reader giveaway last March, when it was $79.78 on Amazon.
Last April, it went on sale for $69.20, dropped to $49.99 for a few hours, and then went back to $69.20.
This is a great kit, and $53 is a fantastic price. Going by what we’ve seen happen in the past, it might not stay at this price for very long.
Pricing Analysis (Updated 11/10)
The 90T ratchet is valued at roughly $43 (Home Depot) and up. The PitBull AutoBite pliers (8″ and 10″) are valued at $16 and $22 respectively (Amazon). The 2pc impact extraction screwdrivers are valued at ~$24 (Amazon). The Bolt Biter extraction sockets (8pc set) are valued at around $28 (Amazon).
I wanted the ratchet, the pliers, and the extraction screwdrivers, and felt that $90 was a decent price. At the time, $99 seemed to have been the set holiday season price, and so I snagged it when it temporarily dipped on Amazon.
$53 is a great price, and I’d buy it again without hesitation.
What You Get
Gearwrench markets this as a screw and bolt extraction starter kit, but I see it as more of a general upgrade kit with some extra extraction goodies I might or might not need.
The first sockets I bought were good to have. After that? Bonuses on top of getting additional ratchets and pliers at a nice discount.
The ratchet is 3/8″, 90T, and cushion-gripped, and the AutoBite pliers have a neat self-adjustment mechanism that’s simply but very effective.
I don’t think that this set has very good visibility, which is a shame, and would explain the periodic super-low pricing. At just under $53, you get a lot more than what you pay in value, making it easy for me to very enthusiastically encourage you to get in on this deal.
Amazon says the price “was $64.99.” (They say this is based on the “90-day median price paid by customers for the product on Amazon.”) That may be, but it was a lot higher than that.
A couple of readers got in on this deal the last time I posted about it, but so far I don’t think anybody has had a negative thing to say. (Please chime in about your experiences with this kit so far!)