Cory Doctorow at 2:23 pm Wed, May 7, 2008
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
(More than 1000 pieces, $7253)
(More than 175 pieces, $6259)
Plus, you need somewhere to store all that stuff
$18,395 (but it’s a whole truck, basically)
(wow. And though I believe that Snap-On is definitely superior, Mac Tools are an acceptable, less expensive alternative. Craftsman are… um, available at Sears … their only real advantage.)
When I was a mechanic, a very experienced, older mechanic mentor gave sage advice: Buy good tools, you’ll soon forget how much you paid for them, they’re a joy every time you use them, and they’ll last forever. Buy cheap tools, and you’ll soon forget how much you paid for them, hate them every time you use them, and you’ll re-buy them frequently.
I would SO lose half of these in 3 weeks, tops. I’m more of the bargain crappy tools for $20 guy.
I thought that picture would make a nice wallpaper so I reverse-engineered the URL to get a 2000×1817 version of the image:
Three wrenches and 1467 hacksaw blades if Craftsman is true to form…
Feel bad for the cat from UPS that has to deliver it.
If my career was in construction by all means would I get the best stuff
My best friend is a contractor. He probably replaces all of his tools every six months because the workers and subs disappear with them.
When I worked on construction equipment, I owned wrenches that were three times bigger than the biggest ones in this set. Trust me: no matter how many tools you own, you’ll never have exactly the right one for the job you have to do right now.
1470 tools and not one hammer?
There’s no shame in buying Craftman tools. Their main-line tools are priced right and are perfectly acceptable for damn near any job. And, of course, there is the lifetime guarantee on the handtools.
They’re an especially good choice for someone just starting out and needs a viable box full of tools but hasn’t the cash flow yet to go the MAC or Matco route. Most of the guys I know who have big sets of Matco tools have accumulated them piece-by-piece over many years. They started with Craftman tools and always advise new guys to do the same.
One caveat…Sears recently introduced a budget line of tools that gets stocked along-side the regular tools. Made in China. Avoid.
Compare to MAC’s automotive svc set (MS500) for similar price:
I cant’ find anything comparable from Snap-On, but it’s likely that you’d be able to get about 1/4 as many tools for the same price.
Back when I was a mechanic, MAC tools was the best alternative to snap-on. With snap-on, you tend to buy tools as you need them, instead of all at one time.
We usually would have a lot of old craftsman stuff that we could modify for specific tasks. Snap-on and MAC tools are too expensive to grind into new shapes. And craftsman are usually easier to shape, since they are generally made from lower quality steel.
This set looks pretty high quality though. Seems like a lot of stuff for the price.
So awesome looking. Thanks for the images, Sorghum and Horsepunchkid.
I call ‘Rule 34′
The pic also reminds of why I always loved doing table-top shots in the photo studio. It’s so darn fun arranging a bazillion items like that, while taking into account the keystone effect of the camera angle.
I had the same idea as Sorghum above. Their image server maxes out at 2000px in either dimension, but the original is 2400×2192 or thereabouts. So I got the necessary quadrants and stitched them together. If only I’d had this earlier today when I was trying to change my bike pedals…
@ #23 – I count six hammers (top left)
That’s some serious tool porn right there.
Nice pic, imagine the poor bastard(s) that had to unwrap and lay that out just so.
u call that a tool kit and u ain’t got a punch press, rivet squeeze or taps?
This just makes me think I’d be spending an hour and a half trying to find the (*&%&*^$# No. 2 Philips head screwdriver.
I so wish I could afford to buy this as a Christmas gift for a friend or relative. Watching the shear bewilderment of the individual receiving the gift and then trying to figure out where to store the tools would be a riot.
What a bunch of tools.
@ #8: A tool orgy, even. This is the kinda thing a guy with a five-car garage would own (and probably never use.)
Is there such thing as a toolgasm?
@-#25 ah, but where’s waldo?
If you are going to buy that then you need the $7599 Tool Chest: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_009H0006000B?keyword=tool+chest
Oh #2 & #7, thanks for the new wallpaper!!
Oh, Nick you’re such a tool!
Er, seven adjustable wrenches? What for?
Unless of course, it includes both metric and imperial…
Perhaps the most impressive thing is that the tools are laid out in such a way that they form a square from exactly where the picture was taken!
Matco and Craftsman hand tools are all made by the same manufacturer (Danaher tool) using the same steel. They are essentially the same tools with a different forging shape and name on them.
You oughta see the huge custom tool sets they will deliver for a price well beyond this – frightenin’. MAC, Snap-on and Craftsman among others will even customize the roll-aways with color-coded foam that’s precision cut to match the shape of each tool and attachment – that’s a tool porn threeway. I always liked Craftsman’s quick-release ratchets; sometimes the shiny, shiny, Snap-ons can be hard to grip when you’re wrenching on a greasy old un-restored engine.
#16 – Betty Joe Bialowsky?
Wow, that has got to be worth 50 steaks and blow jobs.
…Betty Joe Bialowsky…
I hadn’t heard that name since college.
(everyone knew her as Nancy)
Then it all came rushing back to me like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist…
Craftsman gets no respect from most tool nerds, but they have a lifetime warranty (or at least they used to, I believe they modified that warranty in recent years) — I had a friend whose Craftsman tools were literally fused into a mass of molten crap when his car caught on fire. There was enough recognizable as Craftsman product that he got a new set from them for free.
If this is tool porn, it’s the kind of porn you’d find at Sears. Sorry guys call me a snob, but I just can’t get that excited over Craftsman.
Can you imagine dragging 1,470 defective tools back to the store for an exchange?
I’ll take the old “made in USA” Craftsman tools over this cheap Chinese garbage any day.
Back in the early 90′s I used to think my dad was weird when he’d buy old Craftsman tools at yard sales and flea markets. Now that I’ve bought the Chinese-made ones, it looks like I’ll be doing the same.
who would want 1400 craftsman tools?
I know the guy that shot this. Tom Eipert. He’s a photographer in Chicago.
It depends on what you use the tools for. If my career was in construction by all means would I get the best stuff, but for my occasional use I have been very happy with this brand.
Craftsman is no longer (never was!) the greatest tool manufacturer in the world. Matco, Snap-On, Mac, S-K, etc all make undeniably better stuff. For critical things like torque wrenches and other ‘precision’ equipment, you buy the premium brands or you’ll regret it eventually…
However, I’ve got a big craftsman socket wrench set that has been through the wars. In twelve years of doing all my own car repairs, I have broken exactly one socket (17mm, 1/2″ drive being beaten to death in an impact wrench) and it was replaced for free. Their basic tools are _completely_ adequate for anyone who is not using hand tools to make their living.
Plus, their stuff is cheap enough that you don’t feel too bad using it in off-label applications. :)
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