Right now my local HD has a set of about 110 screwdrivers for $20.00.
I got a set. Sold the square tipped ones (six) on Ebay for $4 + $4 shipping.
So a usable set of screwdrivers (104) cost me, net, about $13.00.
Perfectly adequate screwdrivers for normal or computer type work. The nice
thing about the set was it didn't have those goddamn "stubby" models.
It also depends on the use. For example, a set of 12 foam brushes from
Harbor Freight ($3) will work just as well as the kind that cost $1 each. A
$4 crowbar from the same place is just as functional as the $30 model at the
For pliers I prefer Klein or Channellock, for wrenches, sockets and such
stick with Craftsman, Kobalt, or Husky (more expensive pro stuff really
is better but more expensive; anything cheaper you'll be disappointed
in.) Screwdrivers - well I really don't have any good ones. I have
Craftsman and I'm really disappointed in them. Lifetime warranty is
nice, but I seem to trade in 2-3 of them every 6 mos. or so. One Torx
driver spun the handle the very first time I tried to use it and no I
was not using a socket on the handle, just turning it with my hand. I'm
not weak but I shouldn't be able to spin the handle on a T-15 torx.
Especially when I'm just popping the top off a carburetor.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
This is the original poster, lots of good answers and knowledgeable
people here I see. I have to admit for the use I will have of them
which is pretty casual when something needs fixing in the house or I
need to get a new battery, I like the craftsman for life warranty
Now some other cheaper ideas are attractive too like harborfreight or
cheaper sets at home depot. I will keep reading here and go in stores
to look around a little bit. Sears has a nice 154 pc set for $99 right
now on sale, I compared with online prices and it's a true sale as I
see that set for $150-$160 everywhere.
Thanks to all who posted and keep typing please I love reading it all.
It's nice to buy tools on sale and I have also got some great deals at
garage sales and contractor going out of business sales. Check Craigslist
periodically. One thing I have realized over the years is to not buy too
many tools until you actually need them. When I was much younger I would
buy tools just in case I might need them or because they were a on sale. I
can't tell you how many socket sets and wrenches I own that I have actually
never used, but it is a lot. You should also think about tool storage and
tool security. Tools disappear quickly when they are out in the open.
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