Stanley 150 chisel set any good at all?

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Forum topic by demetri0us posted 12-09-2011 11:40 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2011 11:40 PM

My local Ace hardware has a set of 3 Stanley chisels (16-150) for $1.99 after a $5 rebate…

Now, I don’t need them, I have some good chisels, but I was thinking if they aren’t terrible maybe I’d buy a couple of sets to have like, in the car, at my mothers… etc… so I don’t have to pack mine up… you know.

Or, am I better off buying mismatched garage sale tools?

As a follow up, on the same sale (for the same price) Ace has a Stanley screwdriver set. Thinking again of using them as a backup set to stash…

Anybody own any of these? Are they worth $2 and postage (and sharpening…)

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 05:20 AM

I have some similar to those from Ace. I am not unhappy with them. They might not be as good as some of the more expensive chisels but they beat a dull pocket knife if you need a chisel. They work for me.

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 06:51 AM

Look to see where they are made. I bought a bunch of Stanley handtools for my son last Christmas. I assumed that since they were Stanley that they were all made in USA. NOT EVEN CLOSE! Everyone of them was made in CHINA. As a Result I will not be buying any more Stanley tools without checking where they’re made first!

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 07:16 AM

Heck with where they’re made, I’ll never buy another new stanley tool again. Nothing but crap in my experience. I had the screwdriver set, might still have one of them left; the rest were destroyed doing automotive work. Three of them were snapped in half. That was using them in the manner the Haynes repair manual suggested.
I bought one of their chisels and the edge of it bent around the first time I tried to use it after making sure it was sharp.
Their hammer that my father bought had the head of it so rounded that it slipped sideways off the head of the nail and got the side of my finger. I’ve laid down a half dozen roofs in the last 2 years without once touching a finger and have done plenty of framing besides. I hadn’t hit a finger in well over a decade till that stupid hammer.
Not to mention the recent handplane I bought of theirs. Maybe if I was given the newest, best stuff I’d try it but I’ve had better luck with harbor freight.

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