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These Tools Could Save Your House (and Your Wallet)


Keeping your home in tiptop shape is easy if you've got the right tools for the job. Over the years, we've written lots and lots of tool-buying guides, and recently we've seen many of our favorite DIY essentials go on sale. There's never a bad time to upgrade your toolbox, so read on for this week's best tool deals.

TKRidgid 18V Drill and Impact Driver Kit
Store: Home Depot
Price: $139 with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Expires: March 31

Is It Worth It?: This Ridgid driver and drill combo is a one-two punch of home repair. The impact driver features 1,750 in. lbs. of torque, while its drill companion offers 535 in. lbs. of torque, all in a compact package. You'll also get two Lithium-ion batteries, an auxiliary handle, and a charger. Best of all, this kit is a $40 price low.

Hitachi Driver KitRefurbished Hitachi 18V Driver Drill Kit
Store: Big Sky Tool
Price: $34.97 via coupon code "DS18SDN" with free shipping
Lowest By: $51

Is It Worth It?: If you don't mind a refurb, this factory-refurbished Hitachi cordless driver drill kit offers excellent value on a power tool everyone will use. Coupon code "DS18SDN" knocks it down to $35, which is a full $51 below the price of a new unit. This Editors' Choice kit includes a cordless drill with 1/2" keyless chuck, a 35-minute charger, two batteries, driver bit, flashlight, and carrying case.

A 1-year Hitachi warranty applies.

Stanley Tool SetStanley 252-Piece Mechanic's Tool Set
Store: Walmart
Price: $39.97 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $30

Is It Worth It?: Savvy DIY-ers know that a mechanic's tool set, like this one from Stanley, is full of toys that are useful for a car and a house. A $30 price low, this 252-piece kit includes a 3/8" drive extension bar, 3/8" drive sockets, 3/8" drive deep sockets, 1/4" drive specialty bits, 38 hex keys, a 3/8" drive pear head ratchet, and more.

Sponsored by Sears
Sears Tool SaleSears Tool Mega Sale
Store: Sears
Discount: Up to 50% off tools and accessories, coupons
Shipping: In-store pickup
Expires: February 28

Is It Worth It?: This massive Sears tool sale is a great chance to pick up all kinds of DIY must-haves, with prices slashed by up to 50%. For instance, you can grab the Craftsman 100-Piece Drill / Driver Accessory Kit for $14.99, a $15 savings off list price. Plus, take an extra $5 off most orders of $50 or more with coupon code "SEARS5OFF50", or $35 off orders of $300 or more via "SEARS35OFF300". (These coupons don't stack.) Purchases made on a Sears Card qualify for an additional 5% off. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid shipping fees, which start at around $6. Some exclusions apply.

HomCom Tool CartHomCom Rolling Tool Cart
Store: MHCorp via eBay
Price: $149.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $10

Is It Worth It?: When your tool shopping spree is done, you're gonna need a place to properly store your finds. This HomCom rolling tool cart has plenty of room to stash all your tools and accessories, with lots of sliding drawers and lockable compartments. At $150, it's a $10 price low and a very good price for such a tool cart.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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I, on the other hand, think this Stanley set is a great value as an emergency tool kit to keep in the trunk of your car. I actually have Stanley sets in my cars for this purpose and they have served their purpose very well. The spark plug sockets have come in handy being that they hold the plug while you lower it down in place. Yes they are cheap but they do have a lifetime warranty that I have used for a locked up ratchet but it was a no hassle phone call to them and they sent me a new one. My Stanley's are no replacement for my craftsman, snap-on and nepros but they are worth this sale price. Buy it and if you like them, keep 'em, if not just return them. FYI, most craftsman, kobalt and husky hand tools are made in China and Taiwan so quality has dropped in some of these brands.
I agree with everything on this list with the exception of the Stanley mechanics set. Stanley tools sold through Walmart are incredibly cheap and your at risk for snapping those. Especially when working on automotive where you encounter very rusted parts. You're better off buying Husky from THD or Kobalt from Lowes. Likewise Craftsman when it's on sale. Also you do not need 252pcs, go with a good wrench set, and a metric and standard ratchet set - and some band aids for when you bust up your knuckles!