Recently we did a few reviews on tool boxes and needed to fill those tool boxes.  I wanted to come up with a budget tool set up for just about anyone including those who are fresh out of tech school.  You probably have student loans to pay off so the last thing you need is to get in debt with a tool truck.  You want to start out with the basics and work your way into the high-end tools.

After giving some TEKTON tools to the local marina and getting good feedback, I decided this was the route to go.  The features that stood out for me was quality, price and warranty. TEKTON has all this with a lifetime warranty.  For a tool box, you are on your own but you can get great deals especially at big box stores. We used a $279 Husky Mobile Work Bench for this project.  Below is a list of the tools we got.  The links are to Amazon and the prices are current as of this posting.  They may vary.

5866 12 in. Oil Filter Pliers $ 13.12

30709 3 pc. Dead Blow Hammer Set $ 31.99

30812 Double-Faced Soft Mallet (35 mm) $12.08

7063 5-pc. Detail Brush Set $5.25

7068 3-pc. Wire Brush Set $3.99

37523 7 in. Groove Joint Pliers $9.00

37524 10 in. Groove Joint Pliers $12.99

37525 12-3/4 in. Groove Joint Pliers $14.99

37124 10 in. Slip Joint Pliers $9.99

3350 5-pc. Mechanic Pry Bar Set $24.98

3361 36 in. Jumbo Bent Tip Pry Bar $34.30

2841 135-pc. Everybit ™ Ratchet Screwdriver and Bit Set $34.99

27042 16-pc. Screwdriver Set $24.99

24320 1/4 in. Drive Click Torque Wrench (20-200 in./lb.) $38.98

24330 3/8 in. Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-80 ft./lb.) $38.53

24340 1/2 in. Drive Click Torque Wrench (25-250 ft./lb.) $59.00

25253 30-pc. Hex Key Wrench Set $13.98

25282 26-pc. Long Arm Ball Hex Key Wrench Set (Inch/Metric) $16.99

2529 19-pc. Star Key Set (T10-T50) $8.99

90191 30-pc. Polished Combination Wrench Set (Inch/Metric) $99.99

1457 3/8 in. Drive x 8 in. Composite Ratchet $14.80

1458 1/2 in. Drive x 10 in. Composite Ratchet $17.98

14967 3/8 in. Drive Flex Head Bent Handle Ratchet $24.56

15353 3/8 in. Drive x 12 in. Breaker Bar $11.52

15356 1/2 in. Drive x 25 in. Breaker Bar $24.99

1606 3-pc. 1/2 in. Drive Extension Bar Set, Cr-V $15.98

14385 4-pc. Adapter and Reducer Set $8.67

13001 51-pc. 1/4 in. Drive Socket Set (Inch/Metric) $44.99

13101 45-pc. 3/8 in. Drive Socket Set (Inch/Metric) $48.99

1255 1/2 in. Drive Deep Socket Set (1/2in.-15/15 in.), Cr-V $23.98

1260 1/2 in. Drive Deep Socket Set (13-22mm), Cr-V $24.05

4950 4-pc. 1/2 in. Drive Impact Flip Socket Set $25.99

47920 3/8 in. Drive Deep Impact Socket Set (5/16 in.-1 in.), 6 pt., Cr-V $28.98

47925 3/8 in. Drive Deep Impact Socket Set (7-19 mm), 6 pt., Cr-V $30.72

4880 1/2 in. Drive Deep Impact Socket Set (3/8 in.-1-1/4 in.), 6 pt., Cr-V $48.69

4885 1/2 in. Drive Deep Impact Socket Set (11-32 mm), 6 pt., Cr-V $49.99

We came in just shy of $1,000.  Now you might want to change some things like add needle nose pliers, drill bits etc. But we basically covered a broad range of basic hand tools that will work for just about anyone from the DIY type to the professional.