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#16 surfblue

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:21 PM

Got a big Draper 1/2" socket set that I must have had 20 + years covers a multitude of AF and MM sizes, great quality used and abused on everything.

Also have a 1/4" drive B&Q own brand kit, cheapish but great selection of sockets and torx / allen bits, only had to replace 1 10mm socket which broke and the ratchet itself over much use. 

I have a variety of random deep sockets, 3/8 sockets with adapters, spline sockets bought specifically for various jobs on more modern cars.

I really fancy this Teng tools kit as an all purpose 3/8" set, maybe I'll treat myself.

 

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 09:21 PM

I used 1/2" drive for years (good quality set) and never had too many problems but then I bought a 3/8" drive set about three or four years ago and it was a revelation

Same here. Mostly because I started on more modern vehicles which seem to have every fastener wound to a gazillion torques. Now I tend to buy new sockets in 3/8" drive if I need something and then add smaller or larger later if needed. For example, hex-drive sockets - I started with those in 3/8" drive but needed a larger size for the crank pulley (as I have the extended one for a trigger wheel) so bought a 1/2" drive set.

 

I do have a 1" drive breaker bar and a couple of sockets that I inhereted. I think my Dad used them on his Landy, and as I have one they'll stay in the toolbox! I also have a few weird sizes and a set of Whitworth sockets for the same reason (including some box-spanners).



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 10:31 PM

I second the Halfords pro set covers everything and lifetime guarantee I’ve had mine 20+years only needed to have 1/4 ratchet replaced with no quibble or receipt needed as it’s all stamped up Halfords

Edited by And again, 16 September 2020 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 10:57 PM


3/8" isn't much cop on very tight bolts.

Never had any issues other than the big nuts on the Mini. That is anything over the size of the sockets in the set.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:00 PM

I used 1/2" drive for years (good quality set) and never had too many problems but then I bought a 3/8" drive set about three or four years ago and it was a revelation;


Agreed.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:01 PM

I think you'd struggle with a 3/8" ratchet on some of the bigger fittings & a 1/2" torque wrench is needed to cover the fasteners where using one really matters.

 

But you may well find a mixed set that's better value.



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Posted 16 September 2020 - 11:02 PM



 

 

 

As MrBounce says - you can get carried away.......

Very easily.

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Edited by nicklouse, 16 September 2020 - 11:38 PM.





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