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Stanley Incorporates Revolutionary Design and Performance Features into New Ratchets and Sockets for the Automotive Aftermarket

SUMMARY: Stanley proudly introduces an assortment of innovative ratchets and sockets designed to help the “weekend warrior” mechanic or home improvement do-it-yourselfer better tackle a wide range of chores in the garage or around the house from removing bolts located in tight places to properly seating spark plugs on lawnmowers. Available in various sizes and models, each ratchet and socket is designed with performance-driven, time-saving features to help complete weekend projects quickly and effortlessly. Each tool is forged from high-quality steel and features a professional-grade finish for corrosion resistance and easy cleaning.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 5, 2005 –Stanley (NYSE: SWK) proudly introduces an assortment of innovative ratchets and sockets designed to help the “weekend warrior” mechanic or home improvement do-it-yourselfer better tackle a wide range of chores around the house or in the garage from removing bolts located in tight places to properly seating spark plugs on lawnmowers. Available in various sizes and models, each ratchet and socket is designed with performance-driven, time-saving features derived from Stanley’s rich heritage of professional grade Mac® and Proto® mechanics tools. The forward-thinking design of these ratchets and sockets will help users complete weekend projects quickly and effortlessly. Each tool is forged from high-quality steel and features a professional-grade finish for corrosion resistance and easy cleaning.

Stanley’s assortment of innovative new ratchets and sockets includes:

STANLEY® FastChange Ratchet
The STANLEY® FastChange Ratchet features a locking flex head that allows users to flex its head 180 degrees for better access to tight spaces while protecting knuckles from harm. For versatility around the home or garage, the interchangeable heads allow users to use the ratchet as a 3/8” socket wrench, a ratcheting box end wrench, or a bit driver tool. Whatever the application, the spinner handle enables the user to spin the drive arm by pushing the grip forward for quick insertion or removal fasteners. The tri-lobular grip is designed for comfort and applying additional torque.

The STANLEY® FastChange Ratchet will be available at auto parts stores or other retailers where STANLEY® products are sold in late 2005 with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

STANLEY® TorqueSafe™ Socket
To help users properly set spark plugs without an investment in an expensive torque wrench, Stanley proudly introduces the STANLEY® TorqueSafe™ Socket. Proper torque setting for spark plugs is critical. An under-torqued spark plug will not seal and transfer heat effectively, while an over torqued spark plug can cause damage to the engine. Users can rely on the STANLEY® TorqueSafe™ Socket properly seating the spark plug every time because it will only apply the preset torque.

The STANLEY® TorqueSafe Socket will be available in the three most common spark plug sizes: 5/8”, 3/4” and 13/16”. It will be available at auto parts stores or other retailers where STANLEY® products are sold in late 2005 with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

STANLEY® Rotator™ Ratchet
Whether removing a bolt from an engine or installing a sink fixture, the STANLEY® Rotator™ Ratchet gives users the ability to swing the ratchet arm or spin the handle for removing or threading fasteners, nuts and bolts in tight areas. When using the alternate rotating handle feature, the ratchet arm spins in the forward or reverse direction it is set. It is ideal for many additional projects around the home where fasteners, nuts and bolts are located in hard to access places such as engine compartments, grill assembly or small engine repair.

The STANLEY® Rotator™ Ratchet is available in 3/8” and 1/4” sizes. It is available at auto parts stores or other retailers where STANLEY® products are sold with a suggested retail price of $24.99-$29.99.

STANLEY® Microtough™ Ratchet
The STANLEY® Microtough™ ratchet features the smallest 3/8” and 1/2” ratchet heads in the marketplace. In addition to featuring small heads, the Microtough™ Ratchet has 72 teeth with a very tight five degree arc swing for access to fasteners located in areas with minimal maneuverability.

The STANLEY® Microtough™ Ratchet is available at auto parts stores or other retailers where STANLEY® products are sold with a suggested retail price of $14.99-$19.99.

STANLEY® Indexible 360º Ratchet
The STANLEY® Indexible 360º Ratchet features a patented drive arm allowing users to generate torque on fasteners located where direct access is difficult, such as in an engine compartment or on lawn equipment. With an indexible head the tool offers the ability to change the head’s position to maneuver around obstructions. When left in the unlocked position, the ratchet can be used as a spinner wrench for removing fasteners quickly.

The STANLEY® Indexable 360º Ratchet will be available in late 2005 at auto parts stores or other retailers where STANLEY® products are sold with a suggested retail price of $17.99-$19.99.

The Stanley Works (NYSE: "SWK") is a worldwide supplier of consumer products, industrial tools and security solutions. Consumer products include hand tools, mechanics tools, tool storage, and hardware. Industrial tools include fastening systems, industrial mechanics tools and tool storage, auto assembly tools, storage systems, professional laser measuring and leveling tools and hydraulic attachments. Security Solutions includes the integration and supplying of security systems and access control solutions, including automatic door and locking systems for commercial applications. The Stanley Works utilizes the Stanley Fulfillment System, its proprietary comprehensive continuous improvement program, to achieve total satisfaction wherever our processes touch our customers.

Our innovative Consumer and Industrial products help people utilize their skills, express their creativity and realize their visions on work sites around the globe. Brand names include Stanley®, Husky®, Goldblatt®, Bostitch®, Jensen®, Mac®, Proto®, La Bounty®, Vidmar®, CST®, David White® and ZAG®. Our Security Solutions brands include Stanley®, Best®, Blick® and Frisco Bay®.

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