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    socket set - advice please

    can anyone recommend a good web-site for a decent 3/8" drive socket set. I won't be using it full-time, but would like a reasonable quality and am looking to pay up to 100 quid.

    After having my finger's burnt buying a "Professional" set from Machine Mart, which looked and felt like a cheap chinese sunday-market special (cost me 48 quid plus 9 quid for sending it back), I've decided to buy on recommendation rather than put trust in some dodgy brochure descriptions.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    ive got the halfrauds large set it covers all 3/8-1/4-1/2 inch and has all sorts of extras in it. It is very good and good quality all for 150 quid. Sometimes they are on offer at around 100 quid used mine loads on the car no problems.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

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    ive got the halfrauds large set it covers all 3/8-1/4-1/2 inch and has all sorts of extras in it. It is very good and good quality all for 150 quid. Sometimes they are on offer at around 100 quid used mine loads on the car no problems.

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    Hate to agree but halfrauds own brand are good quality and guaranteed
    for life! and at a reasonable price!!!

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Yeah.. they are all correct... Halfords won the Top DIY Mechanics tools in the Auto Express.. can't remember if it was Twice or Three times....

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Halford's are the best in my opinion too.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Halfords, definately - my set is three years old, still all good..

    Dont forget they do the same offer as Snap-On - the top Halfords sets are guaranteed for life.. just dont laminate your reciept like i did, ready to to rivet into the box lid.. its thermal.. oops!

    Sometimes they do three for two offers: I bought the large set (150) and two sets of rachet spanners at about 45 each, same range, and got it all for 190

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Yep, Halfords too.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    my 1/2 in set is the big Draper one.

    Its been great for the few outings its had and it was not expensive at all.

    Ive heard good things about the Halfords kit.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    again halfords..

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    I use the halfords stuff too... They are excellent quality and i've used mine LOTS!...still as good as new!

    Rich

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    got a mixed set of TENG and britool. Again, lifetime warranty, but never broken any of it yet.....(yet)....

    i got my stuff before halfords did their 'professional' range, which i'd probably save money and buy now - especially if they have a lifetime warranty.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    i've got halfords socket set - awesome bit of kit.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    i use snap on for work.... but for home i have teng gear....its pretty good stuff...... not to expensive either... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif[/img]

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    i got snap on stuff at work and find it crap.

    ive replaced most of it.

    only thing i do like is the big f off chrome spanners upto 36mm but they dont come out often.




    personal choice for home with spanners/tools etc is Facom.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Anyone used Gedore? How do they compare?

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    work colleagues have Gedore.

    id rather have it over snapon.

    id have no problem spending money on it.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Thanks.

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    Again - Halfords here. I do have a selection of Snap-on, Britool and Sykes Pickevant that I'd purchased prior to the Halfords range being released.

    Top marks to Halfords though with only the 3/4" ratchet giving up onme after about 2 years of abuse. Exchanged under warrenty though [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

    I wasnt jumping up and down on it honest [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif[/img]

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    Re: socket set - advice please

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    I wasnt jumping up and down on it honest [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif[/img]

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    We really do believe you... :-)))

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    Re: socket set - advice please

    I thought snap on was over priced and overrated...until I tried it....Ive not looked back [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/1luvu.gif[/img]
    hey I know they're a bit on the expensive side...just get an account with the dealer then its 20 a week for the rest of ya life! Ive used and abused the tools and not had one break yet.
    I undid a CV joint wheel nut on my last car using a 1/2 drive ratchet handle and a 2m piece of scaffold with jumping on it!! Now thats PROPER [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif[/img] abuse! Did them up that way aswell the torque wrench didnt go up to 130ftlbs!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked2.gif[/img]

 

 

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