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Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

I have spent the last 20 years of my life building my tool box. When I was first starting out buying tools, tool sets were the place I started. Getting 200+ tools all together is a great place to start. Today we are going to look at the Husky 268  Mechanic’s Tool Set with storage box.

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Husky 268  Mechanic's Tool Set with storage box

The world of entry level tools has changed so much since I started buying tools. Years ago the stuff at this price point was absolute junk. Today you can get some good quality tools, and the best part, they have a lifetime warranty. You can just run them by The Home Depot and they will swap it out for ya, no questions asked. Unlike some other stores that would give you a crazy hard time about exchanges. I guess there is a reason that store is no longer in business. To me service after the purchase is very important. That holds true for the tools I make a living with, the tools I enjoy my hobby with, and the ones I use to fix the house.

Let’s get into the tools! I mean that is why we are all here right. This set comes with 268 tools. A selection of 1/2 drive, 3/8 drive, and 1/4 drive. As a VW tech my goto drive was always 1/4 due to the tight spaces we have to work in. You get 39 deep well sockets, 129 standard depth sockets, 30 wrenches 3 ratchets, and about 60 bits and Hex Keys. They all come nicely set in a molded case with storage on the lid, and two drawers. The different drives are separated into different drawers. The drawers are also removable so you can take them out and bring them to the work site if you don’t need the whole box.

Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

The Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) also comes with some specialty sockets like Torx and Allen. Today it’s not just funky German cars with that type of fastener, even many deck screws are T25 Torx. There is also a mix of metric and standard sockets in each drive. The set also comes with 4 extensions, 2 spark plug sockets, a bit driver, and 22 screwdriver and nut driver bits. Finally a set that comes with a 10mm nut driver bit! You can see the full list of tools included in Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

Now if you are a mechanic that works on all makes and models, and does every repair on all lines of cars, this tool box is not going to be everything you need. I have yet to find a “tool set” that is. But this can be a great place to start. I snapped this picture at a local dealership where the service express guy had the exact box. After a quick chat he said this gets done 85% of what he needed and he supplements the rest. I’d much rather new techs start out with this than a $5,000 tool truck bill.

The tools themselves are a good value and have held up to some abuse by me. I am not easy on the tools that I own, no matter the price. I have yet to break any Husky hand tool now that I think about it. I see this set being a great place to start building your tool collection, or for a second set of tools to keep in the truck tool box. For me this set will be going out to the shed so I don’t have to run back and forth to the shop for a socket. As with anything, it’s worth running by your local Home Depot aka HomeDepot Motorsports and putting the tools in your had. The $15 ratchet from Husky may not feel the same, or give you “tool box cred” like the $150 tool truck brand. But It can get the job done and save a TON of money.

Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

Pros of the Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

  • Includes a lot of tools for the price
  • No questions lifetime warranty
  • Selection of tools beyond basic sockets
  • Portable set will get a lot done

Cons of the Husky Mechanics Tool Set (268-Piece) with Tool Box

  • 40 of the 268 pieces are Hex Keys
  • The labels for socket locations can be hard to read
  • Drawers can be tricky to open and close
  • If you are moving the tools around, they can get out of place causing the drawers to not open
  • Drawers don’t lock, this may be an issue when moving the box

Overall this is a solid kit and a good value. It’s hard to go wrong with a set of tools and a lifetime warranty. The main concern I have about this set, is what I have about all sets, the filler tools. I don’t really need 40 hex keys, and a bunch of bits. Even with that, I still think this is a good set of tools for the money. It’s not going to cover every repair or project you will ever do, but I see them as a great starting point for your tool collection. This type of set is almost exactly what I started buying when I was first buying mechanics tools.

Top 5 favorite Mechanics tools

Hey everyone. Today we step out a little from the standard tool reviews. A viewer asked me what some of my favorite tools are. So I figured I would do a quick video of my Top 5 auto mechanic’s tools. I actually did sneak an extra one in there 😉

For a tool to make my list, it either needs to save me time, or save me money. So these 5 are at the top of the list for that reason. They are also in no particular order.

Top 5 auto mechanic’s tools:

  1. Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit, 2-Piece
  2. Klein Tools Tools Diagonal Cutting Pliers
  3. Power Probe PP3LS01 Power Probe III Circuit Tester with PPLS01 Lead Set Kit
  4. Magnetic Tools Tray, Stainless Steel, Rectangular, Chrome
  5. Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight with Holster

If you are having trouble viewing, You can see Top 5 Favorite Auto Mechanic’s Tools on YouTube

What are your top 5 favorite? If there is a tool you would like for me to review, use the contact me form, or email Charles(at)humblemechanic(dot)com

Here are some more of the tool reviews that I have done.

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Happy Friday everyone.Humble Mechanic Tool Box

Today on the Automotive Podcast, we are talking about tools. It is a subject we have talked about on the blog before, but is always fun to revisit. Today’s view comes from all the years and dollars that I have spent on buying mechanic’s tools, as well as tools for the house.

Today we look at:

  • Tool Brands, Snap-on Tools, Matco Tools, Craftsman tools, Harbor Freight, Makita, and more
  • When to spend the big bucks on Mechanic’s Tools
  • When to save some money on Mechanic’s Tools
  • The tools that are my favorite both in the shop and at home.
  • Questions to ask yourself when trying to decide on which tool to buy
  • Toolbox advice

Thanks for watching. As always, post your comments below. If you have an idea for a shop topic, please post them in the comment section as well. Or you can use the contact me form.

For more information on Mechanic’s Tools, just click that link.

Today I give my initial thoughts on the Milwaukee M12 Screwdriver kit. This is a great little screw gun.

I have been thinking about picking up another small gun like this for a while. I really like this type of tool for removing interior parts. I like the fact that you can adjust the power setting. I don’t think that this could ever replace my Matika impact(review coming soon), but this is a great little drill.

Like I mentioned, this is my initial thoughts. I feel like I need to really give a tool a good run before I can give my honest opinion on it. Well, unless it is a piece of junk.

If you want the specs for this screw gun, you can see that here. If you have a tool that you would like me to review, please contact me.

Also, I want to thank you all for watching, reading, listening to the show. I also appreciate you guys sharing the blog. That is the fastest way for me to grow the community. 🙂


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Happy Thursday everybody. I have a really cool tool for you guys today. We are looking at the “Get Sorted Socket Organizer” from the great folks at Sky Leap LLC. You may remember that I did a review of their wrench holder. You can check that out here. They also have some other really neat organizers. The tray for pliers seems really cool.

Again, overall I think this is a good product. You can find their stuff on Amazon. If you pick one of these babies up, let me know. I want to see how you set it up.

If you have a product you would like me to review, please let me know. I have a ton of tools. 😉 If you or your company want me to review a tool for you, please contact me. Just know that I will always give my very honest opinion. That I promise you.

Get Sorted Socket Organizer Video Review