When you need to do some heavy duty work, you need a heavy duty socket set, like this one from Princess Auto at $100 off, for $199.99.
I’m not an overly handy person. I guess it’s not a lack of skill, but rather a lack of confidence. I didn’t redo my bathroom on my own because I didn’t want to screw it up and have the bathtub fall through the floor. When it comes to cars, though, I have confidence. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s that a car is set in a certain state and, as long as you leave it in that state, it should be fine. I know that’s over-simplifying it, but that’s how I think of it. If I put down new tile, I’m starting from bare wood and I need to make tiles appear from scratch. If I need to replace a battery in my car I can look at it, see how the battery was in, and put in a new one. That, my dear friends, is my round about way of saying that even though I’m kind of a dummy when it comes to traditional manly-man worky-work stuff, I think everyone needs a ratchet set. There is always something you can use it for. Actually, when I painted the bathroom (all on my own!) I used my ratchet set to take off a light fixture. Even if you aren’t a car person, there is something you will eventually need a ratchet set for.
Admittedly this specific ratchet set is a bit extreme, so if you don’t already have a smaller set, you’ll probably want to start with something a bit more universally useful. Of course if you already have a bunch of tools, this could be a great addition to your set for a great price. It’s normally $299.99, but you’re saving $100. You get it for $199.99. I checked the competition (Canadian Tire) and a similar but smaller (3/4 inch) 20 piece set is $249.99. I suspect if they had the same set, it would be at the very least $299.99 but probably $349.99. We’ll come back to that, though. This thing weighs about 80 pounds so shipping is expensive at around $35. If you have a Princess Auto nearby, look for the deal there. If not, $35 isn’t that bad when you consider you’re saving $100 off the regular price.
The socket set itself has 16 sockets from 1-5/8 inch to 3-1/8 inch. It also has a one inch drive ratchet, an eight and sixteen inch extension bar, and a 1/2 Inch Drive sliding t-bar. It comes in a metal case. No plastic cases falling apart here.
So, getting back to Canadian Tire, the set would likely be more around $349.99 if they had it. Canadian Tire absolutely gets their lunch eaten by Princess Auto when it comes to, well, pretty much anything that they sell. It’s really kind of sad. Princess Auto is opening up locally and you could spit on Canadian Tire from the parking lot of Princess Auto. They are even up on a hill looking down upon the pitiful Canadian Tire store. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the competition tries to compensate within the local store when Princess Auto finally opens up.
(Expires: 8th September 2013)