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eabeukes
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:41 pm    Post subject: Tools and spanners - what is best? Reply with quote

I'm after buying some tools to look after my 996. My ex took pretty much everyting I used to have, and I replaced them ad-hoc with cheap crap from Wilko etc.

What tools would you reccomend I buy, and are there any brands of tool that are more bias towards a semi-pro setting (so they last longer than 2 years and are not made of chocolate)?
 
  
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DRZ911
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of excellent makes of tools out there, some being very expensive and designed to last a life-time of daily use.

Like me, if you are only an occasional user, have found this Halford's Advanced set of tools to be very handy indeed - even better, it is frequently discounted in sales to around the £200 mark and has a life-time guarantee :-

www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-advanced-200-piece-socket-and-ratchet-spanner-set
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I use them for most of my tools. If any have failed they have been swapped no questions asked. The sets still include a load of useless imperial stuff though.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can also say the Halfords Adv stuff is good, I have given mine a hard time and have had it for about 5 years and only recently I had to take two items back.

The large extension bar had an issue and a torx bit broke, both replaced no questions asked.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless you want to pay quite a bit more, the Halfords tools are still the benchmark. Other than the odd ratchet, nothing has gone wrong for me.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had my Halfords advanced set for over 20 years now and like others have said I never had problems with replacement parts if they break. It's a bit like Triggers brush but still going strong.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with all above.

If you have a workshop franchise with say, Scania, then yes- set up an account with Snap-On or similar. But for the home garage enthusiast Halfords stuff is perfectly adequate.
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eabeukes
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thumbsup Thanks everyone - I'll keep an eye out for the sale version in that case!
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for Halfords Advanced stuff (don’t pay full price, it’s frequently discounted). Broke an extension and the changed it no problem even without proof of purchase.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a mixed bag (box) of tools and buy expensive for ones that will get some real hammer but I mostly like Teng tools, mine have stood the test of time and have a lifetime guarantee (although this has never been needed) and one of my most heavily used plastic ratchets I have had for nearly 30 years without even a single service.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Britool
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Draper
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All good tools .. what you dont need are Snap-on .. thats aimed more at people like me than the general user .

I would also include Mac and Facom in the not needed list .

Something that is in use many times a day then snap-on is justified .. the occasional use and its not .



Your question should also be .. what tools do i actually need Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of my stuff is Halfords Advanced/Professional and I`m an engineer by trade Thumb

The only issue I have with the Halfords socket sets is that you have to place a bit of foam between the top and bottom of the case to stop the small stuff falling out of their places frustrated

I used to have some Teng stuff too, which is really good but doesn`t seem to be readily available these days. nooo
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started building up a set of tools from Teng a few years ago, very good quality for the enthusiast
I have 3/8 and 1/4 socket sets, metric spanners, screw drivers, ratchet drives and they have been very reliable and durable
 
  
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kas750
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of teng in my collection and I am engineer by trade.
The only exception are my snap on 18v impact gun and 12v test light.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Years ago I realised I needed a smaller socket set to work on my jet ski, I literally couldn’t understand how people actually did jobs because no sockets fitted in the space ! Sad

In the end I discovered quarter inch set - What a divvy Floor

Anyway, bought a Halfords Pro ratchet, set of extension bars and about 8 sockets in sizes to meet my needs plus a socket holder.

25 years on, I still love that set and use it weekly, talk about value for money !
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Counter Of Beans
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recent tool purchases that I'd recommend:
Facom flare spanners (actually used for plumbing jobs in my house, great with pipework)
Bahco reversible ratchet spanners
Britool torx bits & sockets
Bahco socket set
DeWalt impact wrench for those seized nuts
DeWalt workshop lamp, absolutely brilliant - if you can't see what you're doing it doesn't matter how good your tools are

As Iain (DeMort) says, you don't need Snap On unless you're a pro, or have unlimited cash. Equally I wouldn't waste money on cheap Chinese tools made from cheese.
 
  
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Kingb4
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Joined: 20 Jan 2018
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread is dangerous, I love tools (I always justify them by the saving I make doing things myself....)
Counter Of Beans wrote:

Facom flare spanners (actually used for plumbing jobs in my house, great with pipework)

I had to google Flare Spanners, and have convinced myself I need these....plus I also want a set of crowfeet spanners (that attach to a 1/2" socket drive)

I have the Makita 18v impact wrenches (both the light and heavy-duty versions) - they are great. Also have the fluorescent and LED lamps that use the same batteries - these are really good. If you already have any Makita LXT tools (I had cordless drills and saws etc) then its really cheap to buy just the bare bodies (but also highly addictive).
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=125581 Very Happy
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