I dunno if they're workshop good but I've got stanley tools that are 20yrs+ old and still tip top.
as per the title really.
they've got a cheapo socket set on amazon atm, and i need one.
hmm. weirdly machinemart do a virtually identical set for similar money, sans Stanley logo.
They are suitable for general and DIY use,the sort of set you'd buy from B&Q. Good enough for most basic jobs but not really up to heavy or busy workshop use.
<edit>I bought the following from machine mart a couple years ago, quite impressed with them for the price plus you get the lifetime guarentee.
these, there is a machinemart 200 yards down the road from work and i don't like waiting for stuff
if it's shit, i'll be coming for you
I have a rack of 5 or 6 Stanley sockets someone gave me, they're made of cheese..
To answer the specific question, I don't know about their sockets but some of their stuff is very good, their old american Bedrock planes are top quality, I have one of their Fat Max six foot levels which is lasting rather better than the six foot Stabilla levels (three of them so far) that I have owned.
Their wood chisels with the metal striker button on the end are pretty good but theres also some tat they make, the Handyman range of handplanes isn't worth a carrot, some of their tape measures are rather poor which is a pain as its often the only choice in a building suppliers, I went through three in a row that wouldn't go back into the body fully after owning them for about a month then changed the type I buy (still Stanley though) and the one I have now is doing well.
Some are good, some are tat.
From experience thats totally contestable. Years ago my father was service manager of a large chemical firm with about 400 to 500 vehicles from landrovers to locomotives largely maintained with Stanley tools. Likewise I worked for the civil service of the Rhodesian Government and the local government vehicles workshop had loads of Stanley tools. Stanley also make (or maybe made) tools for the aerospace industry.
Unfortunately it is the biggest victim of fakes in the tools business, so I'd guess the cheese ones are the fakes