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Stanley Tape, Knife and Spirit level Argos - £7.99
Stanley Tape, Knife and Spirit level Argos - £7.99

Stanley Tape, Knife and Spirit level Argos - £7.99

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Very good price for quality tools. Plenty of stock near me (Nottingham)

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It's not in the description, but the bubbles light up.

I fear you may be equating 'Stanley' and 'quality'. It's just another brand name slapped on all sorts of Chinese stuff these days. May be better than Poundland tools (?) but don't just rely on the brand!

'Stanley' is rarely quality these days, most of it is rather poor. I think ~£8 is too much for this tbh. Can get each for ~£2 or less, and probably better quality as well. A short spirit level is next to useless to construct something flat.

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Besford

I fear you may be equating 'Stanley' and 'quality'. It's just another … I fear you may be equating 'Stanley' and 'quality'. It's just another brand name slapped on all sorts of Chinese stuff these days. May be better than Poundland tools (?) but don't just rely on the brand!


Been using Stanley gear for over 30 years , it is quality in my opinion. Trust me I know good tools when I use them

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Stud

'Stanley' is rarely quality these days, most of it is rather poor. I … 'Stanley' is rarely quality these days, most of it is rather poor. I think ~£8 is too much for this tbh. Can get each for ~£2 or less, and probably better quality as well. A short spirit level is next to useless to construct something flat.


Please feel free to post where I can get these for £2 or less , A short spirit level is invaluable if you know what to use it for! Evidently you do not know

thomasleep

Been using Stanley gear for over 30 years , it is quality in my opinion. … Been using Stanley gear for over 30 years , it is quality in my opinion. Trust me I know good tools when I use them


30 years ago, 20 even, it was top quality stuff. Now you can't rely on the brand name. That's all I'm saying; no need to be so defensive of your post. Argos aren't exactly famous for selling best quality 'professional' kit so best to check this over before committing. It's probably still worth £7.99 but you did call it 'quality tools' which may be misleading for some?

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Besford

30 years ago, 20 even, it was top quality stuff. Now you can't rely on … 30 years ago, 20 even, it was top quality stuff. Now you can't rely on the brand name. That's all I'm saying; no need to be so defensive of your post. Argos aren't exactly famous for selling best quality 'professional' kit so best to check this over before committing. It's probably still worth £7.99 but you did call it 'quality tools' which may be misleading for some?


I stand by what I have said the tools are quality and will last for years and the price is very good. argos on the other hand a different matter.

thomasleep

Been using Stanley gear for over 30 years , it is quality in my opinion. … Been using Stanley gear for over 30 years , it is quality in my opinion. Trust me I know good tools when I use them



agree with what others are saying - same as most things that used to be made of steel are now cheap, mass-produced brittle disposable (but recyclable!) plastic from China.

Shpock is pretty good for finding old quality tools

The tape measures are £2 in Sainsbury's, the stanley knife is a very cheap version now and knives of comparable quality can be picked up for a £1 in poundland, the Level I don't know of but I think the overall package is rather expensive for what you get..
I have some Stanley tools and its right that Stanley stuff over 10 year old is quality but tools made since then are under license to the highest bidder and most are now cheap Chinese branded tat!

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crazylegs

The tape measures are £2 in Sainsbury's, the stanley knife is a very … The tape measures are £2 in Sainsbury's, the stanley knife is a very cheap version now and knives of comparable quality can be picked up for a £1 in poundland, the Level I don't know of but I think the overall package is rather expensive for what you get..I have some Stanley tools and its right that Stanley stuff over 10 year old is quality but tools made since then are under license to the highest bidder and most are now cheap Chinese branded tat!


If you buy your tools in a £1 shop good luck to you

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thomasleep

If you buy your tools in a £1 shop good luck to you


Please add a link for the 5mtr Stanley tape measure in sainsburys for £2

thomasleep

If you buy your tools in a £1 shop good luck to you


Thomas stop getting all defensive over your post its embarrassing
I don't buy any tools at poundland infact I only ever now buy the best available because I have had too many nasty tools over the years..
I like others are just highlighting that Stanley the brand used to make some good tools but they don't anymore as the brand is leased out to other companies.
Even at your deal price these tools are still only a couple a quid each, that doesn't equate to quality does it, cheap never does stop with the silly defensive posts, you are making yourself look really foolish here!

The price is about right. The Stanley knives are around £4 and then £2ish for 5m tape measure & £2 spirit level if you time it right on Amazon.

I agree that the quality of Stanley products has dropped significantly, when comparing my 'modern' (ie last 5 years) Stanley purchases against my father's Stanley tools there's no comparison! However I've picked the tools up off amazon for low prices and they're about the same quality as others in the same price range. I don't trust the brand name, but go by reviews these days as some products they produce seem excellent and others utter rubbish - probably due to whichever factory they came out of!

Another DIY brand which is hit and miss is Rolson. I've had some shocking quality stuff from them but my Rolson stubby hammer is excellent and probably my favourite tool in my DIY kit box.

thomasleep

A short spirit level is invaluable if you know what to use it for! … A short spirit level is invaluable if you know what to use it for! Evidently you do not know



Easy now. I think I understand how to use a spirit level.

Here's an example. Just finished building my second full height (2.65m) fitted wardrobe, built from scratch from solid timber. These stubby spirit levels are just inaccurate for such jobs - I could shift the side panel to either side on a pivot by ~2-3cm either way and over such a long distance it made an indiscernible difference to the bubble (I'd even factor in the bubble tube not sitting perfectly level in a cheaply mass produced plastic moulding, as it has hardly been factory calibrated). So, I've ruled out using a spirit level, as it was inaccurate when my eye told me otherwise.

The first wardrobe I built using a plumb line. Incredibly accurate when used right, but what a pain to use.

This last wardrobe? - I used a self levelling cube laser meter. The ironic thing is that laser level is indeed made by Stanley, but after a lot of research I decided it was far better than the Bosch equivalent and slightly less in cost, so that supports the idea that the quality of Stanley is highly variable (from great, to cheap tat).

So, I'm a very competent DIYer who uses laser meters to get things pedantically level. But it also seems by your swift presumption I don't know how to use a £1 tat spirit level. Oh well.

Edited by: "Stud" 5th Aug 2016

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Stud

Easy now. I think I understand how to use a spirit level.Here's an … Easy now. I think I understand how to use a spirit level.Here's an example. Just finished building my second full height (2.65m) fitted wardrobe, built from scratch from solid timber. These stubby spirit levels are just inaccurate for such jobs - I could shift the side panel to either side on a pivot by ~2-3cm either way and over such a long distance it made an indiscernible difference to the bubble (I'd even factor in the bubble tube not sitting perfectly level in a cheaply mass produced plastic moulding, as it has hardly been factory calibrated). So, I've ruled out using a spirit level, as it was inaccurate when my eye told me otherwise.The first wardrobe I built using a plumb line. Incredibly accurate when used right, but what a pain to use.This last wardrobe? - I used a self levelling cube laser meter. The ironic thing is that laser level is indeed made by Stanley, but after a lot of research I decided it was far better than the Bosch equivalent and slightly less in cost, so that supports the idea that the quality of Stanley is highly variable (from great, to cheap tat).So, I'm a very competent DIYer who uses laser meters to get things pedantically level. But it also seems by your swift presumption I don't know how to use a £1 tat spirit level. Oh well.


I think you would be better employed using a laser level rather than a laser meter. Better still get someone who knows what one is

thomasleep

I think you would be better employed using a laser level rather than a … I think you would be better employed using a laser level rather than a laser meter. Better still get someone who knows what one is


Some good advice: when in a hole, stop digging!

bought these yesterday, bang on for £7. hot from me.

good deal

thomasleep

I think you would be better employed using a laser level rather than a … I think you would be better employed using a laser level rather than a laser meter. Better still get someone who knows what one is



Oh dear, this is where it really starts to get embarrassing.

My writing of a laser meter was merely a typo (what was I thinking, mea culpa!) as I often work with a Leica Disto D2 by my side. Being someone who likes quality tools, you will know those things can measure mm accuracy over 10m+. On the chance you might not know what one is, or how to use one, all is not lost; I know what one is and I'll be more than happy to show you how it works.

Unless of course you'd just like to stick with that £1 tape measure.
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