Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2009
This is an excellent kit.
It provides everything you need to do drum brakes with ease and effectiveness. The tools are high quality, as is the molded plastic case.
When learning to do drum brakes one ought to have a good tool kit like this, watch on-line videos that will give you general knowledge, and then read the service manual (I like Chiltons or Haynes) for vehicle specific directions. When you combine those knowledge tools with these physical tools you ought to be all set.
The sales literature also markets this for disk brakes. I do not see why one would need the specialized tools in the this kit for most disk brake applications (a good C clamp and a good ratchet set ought to be all one needs for disks). However, having all these specialized tools (and the color coded tester for seeing if your disc brakes need to be replaced) really does help.
In my opinion if one services their own drum brakes once with this excellent kit, one will save the money necessary to justify the purchase, and be equipped to do it again and again.
One tip: hard experience has taught me that it is great to have second car when doing a brake job. Lets say you get the drum brakes off and you see they need to go to the store to be resurfaced. It helps to have a vehicle that can then take the drums down for resurfacing. I have always taken my spouses car (or my car if I am working on my spouses car) down to the auto-parts store once when doing a project like this. If you don't have a spouse, consider inviting a buddy over to help you (or watch you) do the brakes just in case you need his ride.
Excellent tools. Good buy.