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I was out today on a “shopping trip” (read: drooling on tools that aren’t in the budget right now) and I came across this “complete home tool set” from Allied. Now, before everyone cranks up the email campaign let me first say that I know this isn’t anywhere close to “complete” by any Toolmonger’s definition. 

Why do companies put the word “complete” on tool kits anyway?  It’s like throwing down the gauntlet in front of tool guys everywhere?  What’d they forget? 

Ok, for the record this kit does offer some useful items.  It starts out with a 9v drill that looks suspiciously like the Drill Master, a driver set, Allen wrenches, assorted fasteners, a razor blade, needle nosed pliers, and a stud finder.  All of the items are cheap Chinese tools, but then again we’re only talking $29 for the whole shootin’ match here.

Even if all you plan to do is strip the motor out of the drill to use in a robot and pitch the tools in the misc. pile, this might be worth a few bucks.  The sad thing, of course, is that some people are going to pick this up thinking that they’ll be set for life homeowner-tool-wise.  Ouch!

Complete Home Tool Set [Allied]
Street Pricing [Froogle]



4 Responses to Finds: Yet Another “Complete” Home Tool Set

  1. Counter-argument: The folks who pick this up thinking it’s all the tools they’ll ever need probably shouldn’t be attempting serious home repairs anyway. Discuss. 😉

  2. eschoendorff says:

    What’s to discuss? Nate’s spot-on!

  3. Ivan says:

    Long time ago, I picked one of an Allied home toolset up at my local Tractor Supply. While it looked very cheap, it did come with a lifetime warranty. So far I have used that 2 times, the first time the ratchet, the second the hammer. Therefore, even they were very cheap, it has served the purpose more than once.

  4. Rob says:

    I like to think of these as “introductory” sets of tools. If they end up being everything the person needs, then great. If they find out they need more or better tools, then they have a better idea of what to look for.

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