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Postby rollercoaster » 05 Nov 2019, 16:17

After spending the morning under the van,
going the long way round adjusting a belt,
by having to remove loads of things because,
well maybe because I didnt have a sweet tool..

Its time to update a worn out socket set.

Any recommendations?
My feeling is Bahco,
only because I love the Bahco bits I have already,
and it seems to be reasonable quality/price.

Definitely dont want crap,
but probably wont be stretching to Snap-Ons
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby clift_d » 05 Nov 2019, 16:44

The Halfords Advanced stuff is generally seen as being pretty good value, and comes with a lifetime guarantee - see if you can pick it up in one of their occasional sales, or apply for a Trade Card and get it even cheaper.

Otherwise it might be worth looking at some of the BluePoint General Service Sets secondhand on eBay.

FYI, Bahco are now part of the SnapOn group.
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Mocki » 05 Nov 2019, 17:33

Another vote for halfrauds advanced, I have had the big set for fifteen years or so and apart from loosing a 5/16 quarter drive socket and breaking a couple of small sockets and the quarter drive , which were replaced without charge or question under the lifetime warrentry, it’s very good .
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby mrhutch » 05 Nov 2019, 18:28

Same here for the halfords advanced.. got two sets..

was a rumour they are actually made by blue point..
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby jas915 » 05 Nov 2019, 19:32

I have some Halford advanced tool, very good for the money.not broken sny of them yet and used a fair amount

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Re: Socket Sets

Postby tobydog » 05 Nov 2019, 20:50

Bought a Halfords advanced set on offer, absolute rubbish. Drives did not fit the sockets, the ball would not move out of the way for the sockets to engage. Gave the set away.

I still have the Gordon and Britool sockets from my 1975 moped days, just bought the sizes needed and added to them over the years. The Gordon ratchet driver however was killed by a 10 foot length of scaffold pole :cry:
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Dobble » 05 Nov 2019, 20:59

tobydog wrote:Bought a Halfords advanced set on offer, absolute rubbish. Drives did not fit the sockets, the ball would not move out of the way for the sockets to engage. Gave the set away.

I still have the Gordon and Britool sockets from my 1975 moped days, just bought the sizes needed and added to them over the years. The Gordon ratchet driver however was killed by a 10 foot length of scaffold pole :cry:


Did you know you have to press the button on the ratchet to allow the ball bearing to drop into a detent? It's to stop the socket coming off when in use.
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby mshaw1980 » 05 Nov 2019, 22:46

My draper expert 1/2 drive set is still going strong, way after my snap on 3/8 ratchet went bad and was replaced with a draper
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Mocki » 05 Nov 2019, 22:54

Dobble wrote:
Did you know you have to press the button on the ratchet to allow the ball bearing to drop into a detent? It's to stop the socket coming off when in use.


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Re: Socket Sets

Postby tobydog » 05 Nov 2019, 23:34

The big squarey thing did not fit the little holey thing :rofl
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby R0B » 06 Nov 2019, 10:39

Theres your problem then.They both need to be the same size :-)
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Ant-t » 06 Nov 2019, 22:15

Another vote for Halford advanced, had a set for a few years, good quality set.
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby ash1293 » 07 Nov 2019, 08:39

Halfords Advanced when on offer.

Bought most of my stuff using a coombination of the 3 for 2 offers and gift card offers. At one point you could buy gift cards on zeek at about 90% of face value and then halfords had a promo that gave you an additional 10%? if it was loaded on to an iphone wallet.

Good value for the money and the lifetime warranty is supposedly quite qood - just walk in with the part and they'll replace.

I know one or two people who only ever bought snap-on, back when it was the only real quality tool with lifetime swap out warranty, They've all said the halfords stuff looks and feels good and if available back then would have saved them a fortune.
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Dubworth » 07 Nov 2019, 10:18

I'm a fellow Bahco fan, tend to get along very well with their kit.
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Re: Socket Sets

Postby Michael4 » 07 Nov 2019, 10:43

Britool me, goes with the corduroy trousers, brogues and tweed jacket.
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