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I saw this kit Saturday at our local Costco, marked down to $80 from $100. While I didn’t look super close because I have more hand tools than I know what to do with, it did occur to me that this might make a pretty decent gift for a friend that doesn’t have any tools at all. It looks like a surprisingly good selection, and I’m particularly happy they chose to include an adjustable wrench. You’d be surprised how many basic sets forget one, leaving poor buyers screwed if they run across a nut or bolt outside the range of the included sockets and wrenches.

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At quick glance I can see some pliers, a pretty reasonable selection of sockets, some hex wrenches, a multi-bit screwdriver, and (of course) the standard tool-count increasers, like what looks to be a simple light-bulb-type test probe and lots of driver bits.

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All in all, I’ve seen a lot worse for $80. I’m not sure if Costco is selling these around the country or just in Plano, TX — or how long the deal will last, but if you’re interested you might want to swing by soon. I see this stuff change every week.

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16 Responses to Costco’s $80 Crescent Toolkit

  1. numb3rsix says:

    It’s made my Crescent, the name that is synonymous with the adjustable wrench.. they pretty much had to include one!

  2. Steve says:

    I bought a $20 Durabuilt tool kit like this from Target a few years ago, and have been extremely surprised by how well it has held up. You’d think at that price, they would all be crap, but they’re a really good quality.

    $80 seems a little expensive to me, but if the quality holds up for the Crescent kit, it might be worth it.

  3. Matt says:

    My dad got me a similar set (probably from Costco) about 7 years ago and has been a good starting set to start building my tool collection.

    I would recommend it for the beginning Toolmonger who doesn’t have many tools yet.

  4. MikeT says:

    As long as they’re drop forged, they’re worth it, but I’ve ended up with enough busted knuckles when a cast wrench busts to not allow them in my shop.

  5. PutnamEco says:

    I’ll second that recommendation, great for stuffing under the seat of your truck. Way better than no tools at all, and surprising how often they come in handy.

  6. Rembreto says:

    I’ve had this set under the back seat of my Silverado for two years now. The ratchet’s are kind of bulky, but otherwise it has been a great kit. btw — the molded plastic case encourages me to put everything back in its place — something I can’t say I always do with my garage tools ;-\

  7. Shopmonger says:

    My friend has one of these, and we have done many projects on his car using nothing but this set…. Very strong and i ahve been overly impressed….

    ShopMonger

  8. laz says:

    A friend of mine has this set. The carrying case makes the set worthwhile owning. At the end of a session wrenching on cars, he can look for holes in the case and get all of his tools back. Ah, and it helps when cleaning up that I have Craftsman and SK brand, and he has Crescent.

  9. BadBob says:

    I have two of these. An older version and one of these. One I keep behind the seat in my truck and the other in the trunk of the car.

  10. bob says:

    Amazon has a 30 piece crescent wrench set without an adjustable.

  11. serge says:

    the tools are made in ….?

    I’m guessing China?

  12. fred says:

    @ serge

    Probably – but looking at some recent Cooper Tools (Crescent et. al) purchases – I note that some Weller items were manufactured in: Bosnia, Germany and Mexico
    Some Nicoloson items came from Colombia – but others were USA made
    Some Xcellite items – come from Pakistan

  13. Brau says:

    “..gift for a friend that doesn’t have any tools at all”

    Uh no. Let sleeping dogs lie, as they say. Those who own no tools at all will likely just find a way to hurt themselves, or worse, someone else.

  14. Jasony says:

    My dad bought me this set not long after my wife and I bought our first house (thanks, Dad!). That was 8 years ago and so far I’ve managed to do everything I need to do around the house and car and have yet to run into a problem. I don’t do extensive car work, but the basic stuff (and basic home stuff) is totally covered.

    I think he paid $60 back then. It’s a strong kit and definitely worth it, especially if it’s a “first kit”.

  15. bidwell says:

    They’ve had this set for years at costco. I’ve always said to myself that if someone steals my craftsman sockets this would make a good replacement…. with a much better case.

  16. Paul says:

    I have this set in my truck, have had it for 3-4 years, basically the same set by cresent very good set, and quite comprehensive for a small set.

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