Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
At its sale price, this Crescent tool kit is a very good value. However, because the price point is so low, there are some portions of the kit that are clearly better than others.

Great:
-The case. I know a lot of people complain about these plastic cases (mostly because they would open it only for a million sockets to fall out of place), but this particular case is actually one of the better ones I've seen where the tools are retained quite well. In fact, I would almost say too well, because the first few times I tried to pull various tools out, I had to jam my fingers down and forcefully lift the tool up. The case also comes with a foam insert- most people treat this like packing material but I would highly recommend keeping it (or replacing with a similar tool shelf liner) because it acts as a secondary barrier to keeping tools from jostling out of place. Plastic cases are also notorious for variable performance depending on humidity and temperature, and it's early days yet, so I will update if the case decides to fail on me, but so far I'm actually quite impressed. The hinges are 'real' and not living hinges, so it's less probably that you will break up the toolbox accidentally.

-Combo wrenches are of really nice quality. Slender bodied but also able to tolerate at least moderate amounts of torque. Repeated drops and being covered in hydraulic oil doesn't actually appear to affect the finish all that much.

-Sockets. There's actually not much to say about them except that they are well finished. I have yet to have one break on me but I haven't exactly gone 500 lb. gorilla on a tiny 1/4" socket yet.

-Ratchets. Smooth detents and nice pear shaped head. They are not quite as compact or long reaching heads as the top brands, but they feel sturdy and up for years of use.

-Screwdrivers. This one is a bit surprising but I do like how well finished the screwdrivers are. I can't completely say I'm a fan of the grips because they do get slippery in oil (due to being almost completely round), but with clean hands they are a real treat to use.

Meh:
-The bits are bits. They aren't exceptional and are of the kind you find in most toolkits to fill out the parts count in advertisements. They hold up well enough under moderate torque but they aren't exactly jewel like in finishing.
-Hex keys. Similar to the bits, they are just there and they work.
-Adjustable wrench. This is similar in quality to Pittsburgh stuff. Useable, not entirely pretty.

Bleh:
-Needle nose pliers. They are kind of garbage. They look OK from a distance, with textured handles and a retention spring, but the reality is that using them sucks. The spring makes itself known as a crunchy grindy feel every time you close the pliers. But the worst part is that I still significant amounts of space between the jaws when I close them all the way. Almost kind of embarassing that Crescent actually emblazons their name on the tool.
-Tongue and Groove Pliers. The tongue and groove "action" feels extremely chintzy, and the tool loses position very easily if you need to open the jaws wider than a minimal amount.

Overall, I really like the set, but I find it interesting that the two pieces I would most often associate with Crescent Tools (the pliers) actually turned out rather poor, and the adjustable wrench is just kind of generic. I cannot fault this toolkit from a useability standpoint however, because it has a good mix of tools and many of the other components are of actually pretty high quality. That it comes in a compact box that actually works is an exceptional bonus, so I can easily recommend this if you're looking for an all-in-one mechanics toolset.
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