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My main socket set is a Halfords Advanced job, it's about 10 years old and still going strong. I've a smaller 3/8 and 1/4 set that I bought when they were stupidly cheap as I wanted the extra ratchet and deep sockets.

I've got some Bahco and Halfords screwdrivers, and some Bondhus Allen keys which are also good.

Aldi flex and regular ratchet spanners have been fine. As has the Rolson 2ft breaker bar. It's at least 14 years old, cost £7 off Preston market and hasn't failed me yet.

Laser sockets in bigger sizes have served me well when I've bought individual ones for one off jobs. I've a Bergen socket that's ok, but not as tighter fit as I'd like.

My torque wrench is an old Britool but I've no clue how accurate it still is.

Aldi pliers and vice grips have done me proud too.

My tool collection is a real mix in quality, I buy stuff based on availability and cost, generally buying the best stuff I can afford.

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I bought a massive metre long breaker bar from Aldi a couple of years ago and that thing is epic, think it was £6. So epic in fact, that when it went missing at work (as tools usually do) I kicked off a shit storm of rage and it eventually turned up behind someone’s toolbox. Strange that. 

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Wera for screwdrivers if you want posh.

Halfords advanced screwdrivers are rubbish IMO, although you can get them for peanuts. Wickes own-brand strike-through screwdrivers are absolutely ace for thuggery.

Red composite Teng ratchet handles are easily my favourite, although they are pricey. Strong, very positive feel and easy to find since they are red.

Impact sockets I've had a few, and yet again too few to mention that have actually broken, regardless of how little I've paid for them and the fact that I use them every day at work. The Chinese £10 3/8  impact socket sets with no branding seem just as good as the (very few) Bahco ones I have for example.

A flex head extendable ratchet (I just snapped the switch of my Sealey one) is the single most useful tool I have. There are other brands, but the Sealey one (and the Wurth on and the Facom one) have buttons to lock the head at angle, which is definitely worth extra money.

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I have a mix - I have some snap on stuff, all secondhand. New you could'nt justify the cost. What I will say is this - my snap on allen keys make my other sets look and feel like they are made out of spanish.

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Just bought a couple of Draper Expert bits from Amazon, mostly because they come on foam trays ready to go in a tool chest.  They arrived today  

Picks and scrapers https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-63500-Scraper-Drawer-Insert/dp/B0001K9YDI/ref=mp_s_a_1_22?keywords=pick+set&qid=1582923029&sr=8-22 - more expensive than the really cheap ones but they look and feel like decent quality 

Precision screwdrivers - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-63399-Precision-Screwdriver-Insert/dp/B078BN1DTY/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc1_0?cv_ct_cx=long+precision+screwdriver+set&keywords=long+precision+screwdriver+set&pd_rd_i=B078BN1DTY&pd_rd_r=8ca61074-6dfe-4333-9929-508c8d39f913&pd_rd_w=Fnh5p&pd_rd_wg=AccnQ&pf_rd_p=d48183c7-428c-411c-af52-ce093f8f1204&pf_rd_r=AJDXAAWBSA3MMETE383W&psc=1&qid=1583168820&sprefix=long+precisi

And a multi- bit screwdriver set (I know I said I didn’t want such a thing but I figure I can replace all similar cheapy stuff I have with this, and still buy a good screwdriver set https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-63514-Screwdriver-Insert-Driver/dp/B0002GUSMM/ref=mp_s_a_1_11?keywords=draper+expert+screwdriver+bit+set+eva&qid=1583168908&sr=8-11

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Most of my stuff is budget or mid-range. My main socket set is Halfords Advance, I have a set of cheap torx sockets (Silverline) which tbh aren't terrible, but it's all I could afford at the time.

Screwdrivers are a mix of Wilko, Draper, I have a random Teng driver and 2 grippy handle with separate bits sets (One Aldi one Amazon basics) which are both reasonable and haven't chewed themselves nor any screw heads up.

I share a lot of the more specialised tools with dad, pullers, calliper rewinders etc and they're a mix of mingebag and decent brand.

 

I also have use of stepdaughter's toolkit from when she wanted to work on cars, I've no idea what brand the tools are but they are very nice feeling and appear to be very well made (which at £150 the college asked for them I should bloody hope they are!)

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My tools are a mishmash of all sorts of crap.

Son wanted a torque wrench so bought a Teng one, while in the shop I replaced the broken ratchet from a 3/8" set I have.

Set was £8 - I didn't ask the price of the ratchet - £38.

I bought a 1/4" ratchet set for me - Bahco.  It's OK for around £30.

One for son - Teng for slightly less but is far better quality than my Bahco set.

Teng are AFAIK designed and assembled in Sweden but manufactured in China.

I lose more tools than I break.

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Wera Yellow handle Chisel tips are awsome, I batter the shit out of them on a regular basis at work.

They have a hard handle with soft inserts, haven't had a problem with the occasional dunking in oily solvents and light oils, the Wera nutrunners are quite good as well.

 

https://www-de.wera.de/en/great-tools/wera-chiseldriver/

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What about air tools? Just had a compressor delivered. 100L and 14.6 CFM so hopefully man enough for light use of heavier tools 

SGS sell some valu looking kits but I’m guessing they might be a bit meh.  Air hammer and impact wrench most of interest. 

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What kind of work are you doing in your workshop? 

I do welding and a bit of bodywork so some airtools  i have for that are the best thing ever.  I bought this the other day and its brilliant.  Proper animal, and breezes apart panels after drilling out spot welds. Or just chiseling straight through them.

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For mechanical work tho, an air impact for stubborn stuff, ive got a clarke and it's a bit wank. But I've got and old draper one that I bought for 4 quid and it will rip most stubborn things off, 

 a 90° die grinder with a roloc disc and a a backing pand on it . Great for cleaning back mating surfaces that have corrosion on them, hubs etc ect. Buy one based on the noise output as they are mighty loud the cheaper they get. I've got this one and it's bloody loud, 

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Tyre inflator and long tip air blow guns obviously. 

 

 

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Mechanical repairs mostly. Was only thinking of an air hammer for moving stuck suspension pinch bolts. 

An impact would be very useful and that’s a decent tip on a die grinder for sure. 

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Chronic never ending tinnitus makes you realise how noisey stuff is, never being able to have silence again is something people shouldn't experience. When it's gone it's gone. ☹️

So with that in mind decent ear defenders! aswell with air tools, even a pack of ear plugs helps if you are planning on beating six kinds of shit out of some thing  for a prolonged period. 

 

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Yeah that’s a good point that I had overlooked a little bit, thanks!

My dad has industrial deafness from working in machine shops all his life with insufficient hearing protection for most of it - so I should definitely pay attention. 

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2 hours ago, Kiltox said:

Mechanical repairs mostly. Was only thinking of an air hammer for moving stuck suspension pinch bolts. 

An impact would be very useful and that’s a decent tip on a die grinder for sure. 

Use them for knocking trailing arm bushes out, you knock against the lip and it twats the bush off. 

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When I took on my garage business recently one thing I bought was a pair of Milwaukee M12FIW38 12v 3/8 impact wrenches, a pair of batteries and a charger.

Despite being 12v, despite being 3/8, these things are fantastic and will undo most stuff. They speed up jobs massively and the really small form mean they’ll squeeze into tight spaces that not much else will.

A 4.0ah battery will often last two-three days. Late last year the bare units could be had for £100 and the 4.0ah batteries for £40. Charger for £25 and I was all set. Bought a few 3/8 impact socket sets including stubby, long and up/down size converters.

I really rate Welzh Werkzeug impact sockets too.

Bought quite a few Yato ratchets, and auto wire stripper and various other things recently too. Yato seem to be a Polish brand. I’m very impressed with their stuff, especially given the low prices.

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6 hours ago, Jimbob McGregor said:

When I took on my garage business recently one thing I bought was a pair of Milwaukee M12FIW38 12v 3/8 impact wrenches, a pair of batteries and a charger.

Despite being 12v, despite being 3/8, these things are fantastic and will undo most stuff. They speed up jobs massively and the really small form mean they’ll squeeze into tight spaces that not much else will.

A 4.0ah battery will often last two-three days. Late last year the bare units could be had for £100 and the 4.0ah batteries for £40. Charger for £25 and I was all set. Bought a few 3/8 impact socket sets including stubby, long and up/down size converters.

I really rate Welzh Werkzeug impact sockets too.

Bought quite a few Yato ratchets, and auto wire stripper and various other things recently too. Yato seem to be a Polish brand. I’m very impressed with their stuff, especially given the low prices.

That impact looks amazing - the biggest thing putting me off buying a bigger one is the size (I might as well use my Clarke mains powered huge one if I’m struggling to squeeze in) 

It actually shifts stubborn stuff on suspension etc?

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On 3/2/2020 at 9:38 PM, Vincent Velocette said:

spacer.pngThis is my tool box, there are not many like it, and this one's mine...

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I do love the multicoloured Wera Allen keys

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12 hours ago, Kiltox said:

That impact looks amazing - the biggest thing putting me off buying a bigger one is the size (I might as well use my Clarke mains powered huge one if I’m struggling to squeeze in) 

It actually shifts stubborn stuff on suspension etc?

It won’t do the tightest fixings, but pretty-much anything else. I might use the breaker bar to start something when needed, then use the speed of the impact wrench.

As I said, the sheer small size (especially when used with stubby sockets) makes it far more usable than anything else. I have a Clarke mains impact wrench and never use it anymore.

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I think I've mentioned this before somewhere. I bought the little kielder 1/2 inch impact and I love it. Wouldn't be without it.  So with a 10+ year old Makita that had failing batteries I opted to get the kielder drill to match.

This model to be exact. The combi with hd chuck.

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This is the most frustrating useless heap of shit. Back for repair twice, new gearbox and chuck now. I've given up giving a fuck about it now, 

It doesn't retain on the drill setting, the detent to select drill setting is piss weak so when you do drill through something and it snags you knock it into hammer setting then it seems to get wound up. So you have to run it up and flick through the torque settings then try to select drill. 

It's on its second chuck after it went back the second time as the first chuck just wouldn't grip. To prove it wasn't just me,   I used brand new decent drill bits and on piss thin sheet steel it span and chewed up the bits. Sent back and returned with a New chuck on it fixed that but now all it likes to do is break your wrist, then when you grab it you knock it into hammer. After it was returned I found that if I use a wire brush attachment that puts a bit of side load onto the chuck it now Makes a grinding noise. Don't think ive had it 2 years yet. 

Absolute garbage. 

I wanted to buy some of the other kielder range, grinder etc etc. And the customer service they gave was brilliant but this product is that shit I just won't touch another product.  Can't be fannying around sending shit back and forth. 

Id like to add that I only use this drill for hobby. The Makita it replaced was the cheapeast they made at 99 quid, was also used in a work enviroment. Was  once ran over buy a suzuki sj and I have worked with drills for 10+ years.

 

 

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