What can we say? We’re big Foose fans, both for his incredible work and his incredible art. Some people can draw pretty pictures of cars, but how many of them can actually build the car such that it looks just as crazy as the illustration? Foose. That’s about it.
So when we heard about MAC’s Foose-branded special edition tool kit, we had to see it. And see it we did. Wow. We’re totally blown away. So many celebrity collectors’ kits are just completely impractical; They’re either designed in such a way that the prettiness wears off if you use them or they’re full of tools for which you have no need whatsoever. While it’d have been so easy for MAC to just slap Foose’s hot-item name and graphics on a kit and shove it out the door, they really put some time into selecting the tools.
Let’s get that out of the way right up front: The selection of tools in this kit is so well thought out that it’d make a killer starter kit for anyone looking to get into automotive work. The tools themselves are absolutely first class quality, too. This is the ultimate Christmas present for your tool-loving spouse or friend.
Update: Some readers asked where exactly these tools are manufactured. They’re manufactured overseas to the same spec as the MAC tools manufactured here in the US, and the ones we saw at the facility were there for quality control checks, which are performed here. We’re speaking with the actual engineer in charge in the next day or so, but the early word seems to be that they were sent out mainly because they didn’t want to tool up for the one-off special finish. My take? This is a helluva deal for some great tools. They look and feel just like the other MAC tools we’ve used, and we can attest that they’re quite durable. More soon.
Unboxing & Tool Selection
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The Foose kit comes in two separate boxes, one contains the box and the other contains the tools. The tools ship right in their orange foam organizers, so all you have to do to stow them is unwrap the filled-up organizer and drop it into the appropriate drawer.
Right away we were impressed with the tool selection. Let’s run it down:
The top drawer serves as home to screwdrivers and pliers, and MAC isn’t stingy with them. You get large, medium, and stubby screwdrivers in Phillips and common plus quite a variety of pliers: standard, linesman’s, needle-nose, slip-joint, locking, and wire cutting. The screwdrivers are orange and black, featuring the Foose logo in offset colors. The logo’s laser cut into the pliers.
The second drawer houses 3/8″ sockets and accessories. The kit includes standard 6-point 3/8″ sockets in metric from 7mm to 19mm and in SAE from 1/4″ to 7/8″. You also get 6-point deep 3/8″ sockets from 11mm to 23mm and in SAE from 3/8″ to 7/8″. As any foose fan’ll want to work on cars, MAC includes two deep spark-plug sockets — they include the rubber insert for grabbing plugs — in 21mm and 5/8″. Power comes from both a breaker bar and ratchet driver, and 3″, 6″, 10″ extensions help you get the exact reach you need. In case you need to cross drive sizes, there’s a 3/8″ to 1/4″ drive adapter and a 3/8″ to 1/2″ drive adapter. There’s even a 3/8″ universal joint for the really tough-to-reach jobs.
Read on to page 2 for more.