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 Post subject: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:04 pm 
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I'm in the market for a decent tool chest, trouble is those that have the stuff I want have loads I dont need or already have.
Or more to the point a comprehensive 1/4" drive ratchet, bit, allen, torx, socket extentions set metric and imperial.
1/2" torque wrench 1 for upto 240ftlb and 1 about half that & adapter and some deep sockets.
Full set of combo ring / open spanners imperial and metric.
I'm fed up of tools that are supposedly good, damaging parts.
I cant afford snap on but want the best quality poss.
My dad gave me a decent load of imperial 1/2" drive old britool stuff and thats been great.
Any advice or links to good suppliers welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:15 am 
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The general consensus seems to be Halfords Professional range. I buy Craftsman stuff in Sears when I'm in the USA.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 12:29 am 
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Most of my stuff is Teng and always been very happy with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:43 am 
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My experiences with Rahsol torque wrenches (cheapo brand from Gedore) are excellent.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:52 am 
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Like mick say halfords pro .......sign up for there card and you might get goooood dicounts on there own stuff.....worth a try mate :yup: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:16 am 
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I went the Halfords pro route a few years back, they exchanged a short extension bar that did not lock properly with sockets, no fuss. If you are working on a bike in the open at a track without a lift, invest in a rolling stool with a tray under (about £20) not only will it save your knees, your tools and parts will be to hand and not laying in the dirt.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:55 am 
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I've got a halford pro tool roll cab and tool chest.

My tools are a mix of snap on, teng - both of which are excellent - and halfords (normal range) star and hex stuff. Recently, I've bought the Halfords ratchet spanners and can't fault them - or the halfords service when I broke the 10mm ratchet.

My dad and grandad were both mechanics and encouraged me to always buy the most expensive tools I could afford. Was good advice and ratchets i bought when I was 16 are still going strong now (and have a lifetime guarantee in any event).

BUT in the event that anything now breaks that doesn't have a liftime guarantee, i will buy Halfords pro - it's everything you need at a decent price (especially if you wait for the deals)


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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:23 pm 
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Fireblade mates have recomended beta tool or blue point, anybody had experience of these.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:53 pm 
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Not sure if brand is more important than comfort and ease of use...

1/4" stuff is great cos it is small and easy to work with for all the smaller fasteners. This is my favourite and very good it is too with the flexi head:
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With a 1/4" bit socket (you only need the bits then instead of loads of sockets):
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You will need longer allen sockets for doing things like removing the damper from a pair of forks.

And my favourites for exhaust flange nuts:
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Also useful for speed (and pretty awesome cos you can push down on the knob):
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Of course, 3/8" drive stuff is useful for all the bigger stuff including spark plugs. I really only use 1/2" for front sprocket nuts and tuber rear axles.

As for spanners, the shiny stuff is really nice, but the svelte Stahlwille is really nice to work with:
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T Bars are great in use too, as there is nothing to them, you don't need to be concerned with brand. Some examples here (I have the second one plus one similar to the first that takes 1/4" hex bits):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-4-Inch-Sock ... 5d49edf85c

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/T-Bar-1-4-Sq- ... 4ad0b16000

As for allen keys, a set of T bar ones with a ball end are useful (don't go doing stuff up too tight with them) but look for ones with a comfortable handle. I have some Teng ones which I found to be the most comfortable:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Kart-Teng-Too ... 4ad0f7c486

And screwdrivers? I always find myself using a set of Stanley ones that I think I got from B&Q. Choose something comfortable.

Your tools don't need to be Snap On or Halfords professional, but they need to be functional, good fitting and you need to enjoy using them...

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:01 pm 
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Your tools don't need to be Snap On


:shock: :roll: .......yes, they REALLY do !

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:18 pm 
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Facom make the best Allen keys in sub 10mm sizes :D

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:55 pm 
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Thanks for all that info nick :yup:
As Maz can confirm I can tighten things with my finger tips that require blow torch and mega wrench to remove.
So a set of long and short allen sockets metric and imperial that I could put on a small torque wrench would ensure correct tighness.

My hands shape and lift rocks and large timbers all week and climb rocks all weekend.......it doesn't lend itself to delicacey and finesse. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 12:23 pm 
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Over the years I had destroyed every brand of Allen key I could get my hands on (mostly removing the front brake disc), including snap on/ blue point. Nearly all rounded off (snap on twisted). I asked guidance from the tool suppliers that supply where I work and they came back with a highly recommended - Bondhus L-wrenches (sorry American made). Not the most expensive, and also not available in Halfords, but find-able over here. Over the years the two sets I bought (metric and...) have been used for every job under the sun, even with a 2 foot extension for leverage and have not rounded/ distorted or twisted. So they have survived my heavy handed abuse. :yup:

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:06 pm 
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We've started buying a lot of wera stuff at my work and I'm really impressed its expensive but good quality.
The 'joker' spanners they make are a godsend.
They do a torque screwdriver that you can change bits on can't remember what the torque ramble is on it but if your doing allen head bolts up it could be worth looking at.

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 Post subject: Re: Tool Advice needed
PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:42 pm 
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I use Bondhus Allen keys every single day for work. Never broken one yet.

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