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Post by Jc29cdo » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:58 am

Hi all,

Hope everyone is keeping safe and sane.

I'm look at upgrading my current Socket and Ratchet Spanner Sets. The set I currently hold are good but I need a bit more variety and they are starting to show their age. Has anyone seen any good deals recently? Any recommendations of make/brand?

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Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:04 pm

I like Halfords Professional (trade card is handy but there are often deals on) - lifetime guarantee and I’ve had a new 3/8” drive which was about 2 years old, with no problem.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:05 pm

I prefer 3/8 drive , gives more access.
I am biased as my past professional life caused me to buy everything ( almost ) in Snap-On - pricey but still as good today as the day I bought it.

For more realistic pricing - Halfords Professional seems to be well accepted and they have offers on from time to time.

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Post by Jc29cdo » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:07 pm

I've had Halfords in the past and they have fared well. Is there a difference between Professional and Advanced?

I have been looking at this kit:

https://www.halfords.com/tools/hand-too ... 35757.html

however at £325 seems steep, thoughts?



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Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:08 pm

Snap-on have farmed out a lot of production and quality has dropped on some bits (but not price), obviously still lifetime guarantee on most stuff.


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Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:10 pm

Jc29cdo wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:07 pm
Is there a difference between Professional and Advanced?
I think the full title is “Advanced Professional”


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Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm

Jc29cdo wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:07 pm
however at £325 seems steep, thoughts?
£260 with a trade card. I have the 170 piece but I don’t think they do that any more?


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:50 pm

What are very affordable is the modular tray kits, you can then also purchase a empty case that holds three of them if your not putting the modular trays directly into a toolbox.

The “new” range 150pc, 175pc and 200pc come with breaker bars and 6 point sockets.


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Post by David Tew » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:01 pm

I'd also recommend the complete Halfords Advanced set. It's very handy to be able to pick up a case which contains everything you'll need.

I bought the 175-piece set a few years ago and, like Jim, have had a ratchet replaced without question. Keep an eye open for deals as I paid £99 in one of their 2-day sales.


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Post by scimjim » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:39 pm

I think I might have paid £99 too (in fact I might have bought two, one for Phil H - or he bought two, whoever saw them first :D )


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Post by halfpenny » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:46 pm

I also paid £99, more than 10 years ago IIRC. Comprehensive set and no complaints, but I often still use my old jumble of kit because it's familiar. I guess half the Pro set has never, and will never, be used



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Post by philhoward » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:54 pm

scimjim wrote:
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I think I might have paid £99 too (in fact I might have bought two, one for Phil H - or he bought two, whoever saw them first :D )
I've still got it all too - albeit spread all over the place. I've got a much bigger one where everything is black - that's well over 200 pieces and lives in the boot of the company car unless I'm racing in which case it travels in the tow car..

Both of them have been absolutely fine.


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Post by TrevorG » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:56 pm

I was given a large elora set 50 years ago by a family that I rescued in the Arabian desert. It is as good today as then. I thought I would recommend them to you until I saw today's prices....4 figures plus! Mind you, like everyone else I also recommend the halfords pro range.....I bought a set of ratchet spanners from them on a half price deal over five years ago and they have been superb. They are also supposedly guaranteed for life, but I wonder if anyone has tested that?



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Post by Stitch » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:12 pm

I'm using a Halfords professional set. Old Snap On stuff is lovely, but the new stuff as others have said is cheaply made and backed up by brand snobbery and a "lifetime warranty" i.e., the cheap stuff breaks but they replace it free of charge. But Halfords offer exactly the same on their stuff, and I've had no issues with them whatsoever and have continued to add more Halfords tools to my toolbox.

The only thing I've needed to add over the 170pc selection were a decent breaker bar, imperial allen keys and some six-point imperial sockets.



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Post by Kwackers » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:26 pm

I have three of these brand new Sealey professional socket sets for sale. I have just retired from selling tools and am disposing of the last few items. Last time I looked the cheapest I could find it on Ebay was £153, I'm selling for £85.
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