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O/T socket sets halfords v tengtools v machine mart

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O/T socket sets halfords v tengtools v machine mart

ok need a set with AF/ metric for presonal motorbike maintenance.
was looking around today

1. halfords pro 50pc for £70 looked ideal, but for the same money there is
2. tengtools set - lifetime guarantee (less sockets though) OR
3. cheaper machine mart set, still CrV but around £30

would a cheaper set be appropriate/ last me or is it defo worth going
for expensive quality?

cheers

What the hell do you want AF for?I got a Snapon set, had them forever & they cost a fortune - but I didnt pay for them. lolI have other ones as well.... The only problems I had with the cheaper ones are (& only a couple of times) the sockets exploding when your getting some serious torque on them, & the ratchets falling to bit (when used as a handy hammer lol)The Halfords pro ones look the business, I would prob buy those if I were looking for a set again.

I would go with the teng-tools.......LIFETIME GUARENTEE.Most of my own tools are Snap-On, Mac Tools, Britool and Beta tools, but as previously mentioned, they cost a fortune, but if anything wears, sockets split etc, then its replaced FOC with a brand new piece.www.beta-tools.com/default.asp?lang=enWill Halfords do this?

Get 6 Wall not 12 point - why AF? (so you can sort of fit a socket on a chewed up nut/bolt head!)Dont use the ratchet for 'load', use the T bar then ratchet (un-do's) / ratchet then T bar (do-up's)Machine Mart had some good Clark sets - M&P got a good draper Torque wrench for bout £20 but 3/8" DriveCheck out your local Motorfactors Laser are quite a good 'Home Mech' Make

Bonzo. wrote

I would go with the teng-tools.......LIFETIME GUARENTEE.Most of my own tools are Snap-On, Mac Tools or Britool, but as previously mentioned, they cost a fortune, but if anything wears, sockets split etc, then its replaced FOC with a brand new piece.Will Halfords do this?

Errrrrr, yes!Their "pro" range also comes with a lifetime guarantee....HTH

Bonzo. wrote

I would go with the teng-tools.......LIFETIME GUARENTEE.Most of my own tools are Snap-On, Mac Tools or Britool, but as previously mentioned, they cost a fortune, but if anything wears, sockets split etc, then its replaced FOC with a brand new piece.Will Halfords do this?

Yep, the Halfords stuff is also guaranteed but you will only break them if you abuse them, you can buy individual items if you lose them and ratchet repair kits. Snap on stuff is over priced and not as good as it was 15 years ago.

maddog wrote

Yep, the Halfords stuff is also guaranteed but you will only break them if you abuse them, you can buy individual items if you lose them and ratchet repair kits. Snap on stuff is over priced and not as good as it was 15 years ago.

Sweet my set is about 15 years old..... I had them from new

Lipster wrote

Errrrrr, yes!Their "pro" range also comes with a lifetime guarantee....HTH

Well, you learn something new every day. :smoke: I havent bought tools for nearly 12yrs, so didnt know the script with Halfords, initially bought a teng 1/4" socket set, which i still have.Then went on to pay mad money for Snap On because i was using them 6 days a week.Everyone will have their own preferences & choices.

I use Halfords Pro sets (1/4 socket set, spanners to 20mm and sockets to 28mm with various breaker bars). No complaints so far, and no breakages.hth

I think halfords have there usual christmas offer on at the moment on ther 150pc professional socket set for £99 from £150. Def worth the money I bought a second one last year.

I use Halford proline, around xmas they have a sale... i got 150pc set was £200 for £100 in sale ...Lifetime garantee as said

I think Teng make Halfords tools, well some name does anyway.Daz

Snap-Off tools are well overpriced. I'd recommend Facom tools as best value and quality.

tarmacsurfer wrote

Snap-Off tools are well overpriced. I'd recommend Facom tools as best value and quality.

Facom screwdrivers are the best imo

maddog wrote

Facom screwdrivers are the best imo

Have you tried the new Snap-on softgrip handle?I never seen ANYTHING get close to the turning power and some 'cheaper' screwdrivers snapped!!.

Pipmoff wrote

I think halfords have there usual christmas offer on at the moment on ther 150pc professional socket set for £99 from £150. Def worth the money I bought a second one last year.

Yep,www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&productId=173083&categoryId=33931&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=33931&crumb=33958-31562-33931&varient=&CarSelectorCatalogId=

https://powertoolstore.net

71244 Draper Tools Socket Set Draper 71244 71pce 1/4" & 3/8" sq drive MM/AF Combined Vortex Socket SetBoth metric and AF, rated top in RiDE. I got one without knowing what AF is lol, Ill only use the metric bit I think but its still a very nice bit and only:£ 43.67www.powertoolsuk.co.uk/webcat/details.asp?ProductCode=71244&ID=2020

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https://powertoolstore.net

jody wrote

Have you tried the new Snap-on softgrip handle?I never seen ANYTHING get close to the turning power and some 'cheaper' screwdrivers snapped!!.

i wont buy snap on tools

I'd agree with the previous comment about 6 point sockets. I totally love my Proxxon socket set from Hein Gericke, if mine went missing, I'd find another one immediately and probably not even consider anything else. It's superb, the build is fantastic and I don't recall ever rounding off a healthy nut or bolt with it.

i was debating the 6/12 point with the shop mechanic, and was tending to the 12 for those tight access bolts - are you 6 point fans because the 12 round off bolt heads more, or for another reason?and are pretty much all bikes metric now then? ive thought an AF encounter likely at some point. . Halfords seems good value for money from comments

zanx wrote

I'd agree with the previous comment about 6 point sockets. I totally love my Proxxon socket set from Hein Gericke, if mine went missing, I'd find another one immediately and probably not even consider anything else. It's superb, the build is fantastic and I don't recall ever rounding off a healthy nut or bolt with it.

I've got a 1/4 drive Proxxon socket set...Nice bit of kit I'd have to agree...I'm a bit of a tool junkie tho'... Tell yer what I have got from the Snap-on man that are cool.... A set of metric elbows, 12 point at one end, six point at the other, great for loads of little odds and sods around the bike... 8mm thro' to 17mm Fookin' ace, use 'em all the time.. Got some nice 6 sided t-handles from a company in Germany (can't remember the name), that are a bit smaller than my trick 6 sided Motion Pro ones from the States...Good for spinning up bolts/nuts in tighter spaces...Talking of Motion Pro tools, they do a lovely sparkplug spanner for 2t's (got one of them too).. and, and.... www.motionpro.com/

And another top bit of kit from Halfords is the open/bending ratchet ended spanners, being able to bend the ratchet 90 degrees is a lifesaver sometimes.

I've got a mix of snap-on, teng and halfords pro stuff (amongst others) in my toolboxes, and haven't had any problems with any of it.Snap-on is great for bling factor, but not worth the extra expense unless you're using it all day every day and need to depend on it. That said - you'll muller any tools if you abuse them - ratchets won't last long if you use them as hammers, and screwdrivers won't last long if you use them as chisels etc...If I buy any stuff now it tends to be Halfrauds stuff, but mostly out of convenience than anything else.

halfords for the cost are the dogs i have used them on my transit's,4+4,caravan and all the bikes, with no breakages.

Another vote for Teng stuff here...I've had my gear years....1/2 inch drive, and 3/8 and 1/4, I've yet to break a ratchet.... (carbon jobbies which mean I dont chip paint if I'm clumsy !) and all the socket inc my impact stuff is jst the bizz..... Lots of peeps reckon the Halfrauds stuff is Ok as well....so they cant ALL be wrong...

Buy Snap-On use mine everyday working on trucks and they never let me down full stop

Motard-Maniac04 wrote

Buy Snap-On use mine everyday working on trucks and they never let me down full stop

But you have the power of the ginger lord.And not much weight to push behind them.Daz

I used to buy snap on not i buy sealy.The realy cheap stuff is ok for putting furniture together but i want sockets manufactured to tight tollerences when i an working on my bike .Theres nothing worse than a rounded cylinder head bolt.

I have an extensive Snap-On toolkit, I love the stuff and will continue to buy it as needed for my main toolkit. For everything else, I buy Halfords Professonal, its good stuff with the aforementioned lifetime guarantee. It's made by Sykes-Pickavent I'm told, to a very high standard.Wherever possible, use a 6 point socket. Much less likely to eat the cheese nuts and bolts we seem to get on our bikes....

I once heard that they way to do it was to buy cheap (ish) sockets then replace the ones that break (the ones that you use more often) with expensive stuff.On the other hand you could get a girlfriend to buy you a set of Sykes Pickervant wall drive sockets (in my case anyway) that have held up for the last 14 years with no problems which is FAR longer than the relationship (ta muchly Karen wherever you are ).One thing that I would say though, it's worth paying the extra for the ratchets with more points (clicks) cos they can be used in tighter spaces.I have never used the "Gearless" ratchets yet but am interested in hearing what people think of them.Oh and AF sizes My bikes use Metric I have never used an AF tool on a bike yet as far as I can remember (unless you count using the sockets with a threaded bar as a bearing puller).

demographic wrote

........Oh and AF sizes My bikes use Metric I have never used an AF tool on a bike yet as far as I can remember (unless you count using the sockets with a threaded bar as a bearing puller).

My Fecking CCM had AF shit all over it....

dazzarilla wrote

But you have the power of the ginger lord.And not much weight to push behind them.Daz

rearrange this; fuck go yourself

best advice is to buy what you need.. and buy good stuff.I've got a roll cab full of tools , ammassed from years of a 'Lipster ' style tool fetish.. most of them never see the light of day , mainly because the vert will come to bits with two T-Bars , a couple of sockets , and three spanners, i can go racing with everything i need in a box of man size tissues.I dont though, i bought a set from Halfords, for £70, that comes in a nice 4 drawer small box, just for the box, all the tools got hoofed in a plastic box and are used as my 'house tools' ... ( ones that the kids have access to ) and thats about it.I carry two of everything, mostly Snap-On , but some other stuff as well, mainly because you can buy it and pay later , and they come to us ... i'd only buy odds & sods now, like the T-Bar spinners & the like & a top pair of lockwire pliers ..

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