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    What tools and toolbox??

    Right, decided to do a few jobs on my car myself; would like to invest in a set of tools.

    What tool box and general tools are recommended? Buying Budget; budget - mid-range

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    I have this tool kit which comes with lifetime warranty, and invest in a breaker bar aswell. Can probably get a few more quid off is you know someone with a Halfords discount card.

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    id get the halfords big socket set when its in the sales at 99 ish think its 150 piece with spanners and is a good starting block for a good setup
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    bah u bet me to it Jojo
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    tools

    I sell tools and toolboxes...

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    excellent replies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeley View Post
    bahco socket sets are brilliant, iv got a few.

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    I would just buy as you go along. As you need something, buy it, but buy the very best you can afford at the time. It doesn't take long for them to accumulate and if you do it this way you will have a spanking good set without splatting a huge amount of cash in one go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossbrownlee View Post
    I would just buy as you go along. As you need something, buy it, but buy the very best you can afford at the time. It doesn't take long for them to accumulate and if you do it this way you will have a spanking good set without splatting a huge amount of cash in one go.
    Whilst I don't disagree with your method of accumulating tools, finesse has asked for budget/midrange tools so he can get his hands dirty on the odd occasion. Surely buying a complete set that comes with lifetime warranty makes good sense? Especially with my recommendation of the Halford's kit, everyone has a Halford's round the corner, and they swop broken bits on the spot no questions asked, unless they don't have it in stock of course.

    I would only go for top end tools, if they are getting used week in week out, like in the motortrade, but that's me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Whilst I don't disagree with your method of accumulating tools, finesse has asked for budget/midrange tools so he can get his hands dirty on the odd occasion. Surely buying a complete set that comes with lifetime warranty makes good sense? Especially with my recommendation of the Halford's kit, everyone has a Halford's round the corner, and they swop broken bits on the spot no questions asked, unless they don't have it in stock of course.
    ...And I am not disagreeing with you either. That looks a very very good set for the money. Merely offering an alternative to the OP.


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    I would only go for top end tools, if they are getting used week in week out, like in the motortrade, but that's me.
    I regularly use tools passed down from my Grandfather (bought tools and the odd home-made RAF radio engineer tool). Lesser quality tools simply would not have lasted this long with regular use IMHO.

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    IMO you cant go wrong with Britool, quality and lasts,

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    which for spark plug change, don't know anything about tool sizes

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    As much as the halfords stuff is good,.,, just be careful when it comes to returnin faulty stuff.. They can be very funny about it...

    As i have a toolvan i can provide facom, britool, beta, sykes, draper, sealey, pretty much anything.. I do get your PM mate, Gearwrench used to do a kit very similar to the link you sent but dont do it anymore..

    Facom, britool ftw

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    Tools are not a problem when your in the trade and been collecting them for over 20 years! always buy the best quality you can afford.....

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    A work of warning with the halfords kit, i have one of their older 150piece sets, and its pretty awesome, however my brother baught a kit recently, which was the same 150piece one that they always reduce to 99, and its completely **** in comparison. The sockets are really crappy, the "deep reach" ones only have the same depth as the normal ones, making them next to useless, and they've removed stuff like a lot of the torx and hex bits, and replaced them with a ****ty box of 1/4" drive parts.

    As far as i can tell, Signet made the original tools, and still sell a very similar socket set to the original halfords kit. I can only imagine their prices went up, so halfords went elsewhere and are now selling ****e.

    Tool Kit 127pc Set by: Signet - UKtools Limited - Sealey Tools | Britool |

    Thats more or less identical to my halfords kit, and its a good starting point for a toolkit.

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    What drive or size for spark plug

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    Quote Originally Posted by finesse View Post
    What drive or size for spark plug
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    Yes Facom are very good too...






















    i will check the size of the plugs in ten mins........lol

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    i have three spark plug sockets,one of which i'll happily lend you John..... dont know the size though as i am at work
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    16mm.....

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    Tim, that would be great!

    Dave, thanks for that, 16mm socket!

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    I have both halfords and signet myself but... i have the keys to over 3k of snap on kit ! haha.
    That said, for me it would be pointless buying snap on and such as the once a month or so they would see day light... just makes it silly dead money.
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    I've been collecting tools as and when needed (halfords pro stuff mainly - can't fault it very good kit), just make sure you get a tool box, mine are in shoe boxes all over the garage and can never find the right one and thus have duplicated some items, lol.
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    i buy bit by bit and usually buy snap-on, bluepoint and mac tools but would buy loads of others like britool, halfords pro, facom, bahco or sealey. i suppose it all depends on the tool though, ie you would be better of spending the money on tools that take a bashing (impact sockets) or tools used more often.

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    little bump im in the market for a toolbox for my garage ive got a crapp halfords 3 draw one form about 6 years ago thats gone rusty and faded, got most of the tools i need mosly halfords professional what would you guys recomend sort of 100 quid ish?

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    I bought this when it was reduced to about 79 recently and am very pleased with it. Also bought their lifting kit (trolley jack, 2 axle stands, chocks & creeper) when it was reduced. Good stuff for the occasional use it gets. No point in paying more unless it's going to get daily use in my opinion.

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