Over at Lowe’s, they came out with a new Craftsman homeowner tool set, model CMCLWSKITQ419.
The “V20 Holiday Tool Set” is said to include “a variety of products to help you get the job done.”
The set comes with:
- Craftsman V20 cordless drill/driver kit
- Craftsman 19pc screwdriver bit set
- Craftsman 14pc drill bit set,
- Craftsman 25′ tape measure
- Craftsman folding utility knife
- Craftsman 6pc mini pliers and cutters set with case
- Craftsman 9″ torpedo level
- Craftsman 20oz hammer
Price: $199 – the set will DEFINITELY be reduced for the holidays
Update 12/5/19: The price of this Craftsman tool set has dropped to $99. How do you feel about this set now?
Okay, so as far as “household tool sets” go, how’d you rate this one?
If you ask me, it has a decent selection of must-have tools. Add in a multi-bit screwdriver, a mini bit screwdriver, an adjustable wrench, and maybe a 2pc pliers set, and you’ve got a great start.
Price-wise, $199 isn’t good, I know I can build a better selection of tools for less. But, let’s wait and see what the holiday season or Black Friday price will be. With a $199 starting point, maybe it’ll be on sale for $149?
On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “you’ve given me nothing!” and 5 being “a perfect start for the absolute beginner,” I’d rank this a solid 3.5. It packs in some must-haves, and gives you the freedom to pick your own screwdriver, adjustable wrench, and full-size pliers.
It doesn’t look to come with a tool box though. That’s a small bummer. Budget in some money for a VersaStack, tool box.
So, your thoughts on this “household tool set?”
Alternative Combo (Added 12/6/19)
Vards had a great suggestion in comments:
With these two kits you get a Craftsman drill and a better selection of hand tools. You’ll need drill and screwdriver bit starter sets as well, but special buys can be found at any home center this time of year for ~$10 each.
This combo sets you back ~$101, which isn’t too far off from the now-$99 kit discussed above, but you’ll need to factor in another $20-25 for drill and driver sets. Or buy what you need a la carte, but that’s not the best approach.