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    Post Britool socket set

    If you like a high quality socket set these are good value for great quality tools considering their usual price and even cheaper then ebay at the moment.

    http://www.tooled-up.com/Product.asp...ferrer=froogle

    I got fed up with buying bits here and there and my old inherited Britool socket set that is over 40 years old (not including the additonal metric sockets added in the 70s) although still working did not have torx or hex kit. I kept on having to buy extra bits for the car stuff i do these days and it was all over the place. So i went looking for a complete 110 piece set that will do everything on my cars, this was the set i settled for and found the link above to have the best price.

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    Thats an excellent price. I used to work at a Cement factory and we all used britool stuff - it was a very heavy engineering industry there - and I never managed to break a thing
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    This is good also as it has a life time warranty (If you keep the receipt): http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...dkey=ClickInfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    This is good also as it has a life time warranty (If you keep the receipt): http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...dkey=ClickInfo
    Apart from the fact the warranty is only on non moving parts. Split a socket your covered, snap the teeth of the ratchet your not
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    iv got the halfords one and i think that for all i use it that it will see me out ......but when i worked in the factory (fiberglass industry) we used britool stuff and the ratchets got some abuse and lasted really well

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    Britool used to be really, really good tools. I have used and abused so many over the years and never broken a thing. Very good quality and will last a lifetime - even if used everyday.

    Can't say if they are the same nowadays.


    Halfords Pro is very good too, especially for the DIY mechanic - don't know what they would be like for a pro though.

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    I use some of the pro stuff at the garage I work at and not managed to kill anything yet.

    As said it only covers non moving parts but the same is for any other brand like Snap on etc and 4 times the price. And a ratchet repair kit is less than £10 anyway if you ever need one (Mine is 2 years old and still fine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    I use some of the pro stuff at the garage I work at and not managed to kill anything yet.

    As said it only covers non moving parts but the same is for any other brand like Snap on etc and 4 times the price. And a ratchet repair kit is less than £10 anyway if you ever need one (Mine is 2 years old and still fine)

    had to get one for my halfords ratchet and after all the hassle of the manager in the shop trying to change it , he gave up and just gave me a new ratchet , it was a right pain in the arse

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    got a masive snap on collection from being a mechanic and still got and use my dads old brittol set must be donkeys yrs old yet looks like new . never played up .. yet have had ratchets repair by snap on

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    After seeing a mate spending thousands on Snap On and finding Halfords Professional was up to the same standard for a millionth of the price, I mostly have a full range of HP tools.

    I especially like their ratchet spanners. I have the flexi ones and the straight ones.

    I have the 1/4 ratchet & sockets (I own 2 Halfords Boxer ratchets too), 3/8 ratchet & sockets, 1/2 ratchet & sockets as well as a shed load of torx male & female, multi splined, phillips, flat, allen....etc

    I recently bought a set of sockets with ratchet & extensions from Draper Professional range. These particular kind I have been looking for for over 12 years They drive the flat edge of the nut/bolt and are not flat, but rather rounded so there is always a good grip on the hex of whatever it is you are loosening or tightning.

    Here they are http://www.tool-catalogue.co.uk/tool...c8pthmftkqsr06


    I also have a set of Vortex, but a bit older than these and without the extra's, I only have sockets & ratchet http://www.tool-catalogue.co.uk/tool...c8pthmftkqsr06

    The Vortex are pretty good for the likes of threaded rod or where a nut is on the end of a super long bolt.

    I wont bore anyone with all my tools, but those I have mentioned are fabulous. I also have a set of Brittool sockets (single hex) from 12mm to 24mm.

    I look after my tools, if it rains when I am using them I spray them with WD40 or 3 in 1 spray oil and put them away. A quick wipe with a rag when I come to use them and they are still mint

    I also own a BOC Mig 190 welder, engine crane, two prof hydraulic jacks, 150 litre compressor among other stuff.

    Needless to say, I am able to fix just about anything

    I can even come to your house and fix it as long as you pay the mileage

    Ok, so I'm boring you now


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