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Stanley 96-011 170-Piece Mechanics Tool Set review

Stanley 96-011 170-Piece Mechanics Tool Set

Stanley has a wide variety of tool sets which are matched up to just about any need that would force you into buying one in the first place. The Stanley 96-011 170-Piece Mechanics Tool Set is one of the more complete portable kits they make. A specialized plastic carrying case allows it to be taken along anywhere you find yourself with a need for a good tool.

Chrome vanadium forged steel makes up the bulk of what Stanley uses to create the 96-011 170-piece mechanic’s tool set. It also allows them to hold this set to a very high standard - meeting or exceeding ANSI - and give it a lifetime warranty. Each of the components polishes up very well, too, as the chrome is well-done and very durable. Included are the usual culprits in such kits, with a slightly increased variety of sizes being the most noticeable difference. There are our favorite ¼ and 3/8” pear-head ratchets, plus a ½” cousin to join in the fun; next are the 28 ¼” sockets both standard and deep welled, 24 3/8” sockets both standard and deep welled, and 10 ½” sockets, with those being evenly divided between SAE and Metric sizes. Add to that the bit holder, over 70 bits of various types, eight combination wrenches, extensions, hex keys, a spark plug socket and that finely molded plastic case. For the mechanic on the go, or the handy van or truck owner, the Stanley 96-011 170-piece mechanic’s tool set is what the manufacturer recommends.

The full list of what sits in the Stanley 96-011 mechanic’s tool set package:

(1x) 1/4" Dr. Pear Head Ratchet, (1x) 3/8" Dr. Pear Head Ratchet, (1x) 1/2" Dr. Pear Head Ratchet, (16x) 1/4" Sockets – 6 pt., (12x) 1/4" Deep Sockets – 6 pt., (18x) 3/8" Dr. Sockets – 6 pt., (6x) 3/8" Dr. Deep Sockets – 6 pt., (10x) 12" Dr. Sockets – 6 pt. (1x) 3/8" Dr. Spark Plug Sockets – 5/8" (1x) 1/4" Dr. Bit Holder, (1) 1/4" Dr. Extension Bar – 3", (1x) 3/8" Dr. Extension Bar – 3", (8x) Combination Wrenches, (55x) Specialty Bits, (26x) Hex Keys, (12x) Nut Bits, & (1x) Blow Molded Carry Case.

Though it seems cliché, with Stanley’s hand tools you almost always know what you are getting, and it is usually well-made. The Stanley 96-011 170-piece mechanic’s tool set does this reputation justice. The tools are well styled to make using them easy and dropping them more difficult. Since the idea here is for the semi-professional, Stanley has managed to craft them in a way to make them easy to use, quick to change when needed, and their ratchet heads operate smoothly and without difficulty. The variety of this set is already evidenced by the list above, so all one need worry about if the Stanley 96-011 mechanic’s tool set is the solution for the need is the cost…and that is fairly reasonable.

Suggested retail for the Stanley 96-011 170-piece mechanic’s tool set is around US$112, but finding it for half that amount is not difficult. If it has what you need, Stanley will make sure you get one wherever you are.

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