Tools Halfords 5-Piece Kit, Any Good?

Discussion in 'Tools & Equipment' started by Nels, Saturday 5th Apr, 2014.

  1. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    :Rolf:
     
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  2. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Yeah...should be an exclusive club, armed with our arcan lol
     
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  3. AccordCU2 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yep Speedy and myself take our Arcan outs on the good day :lol:
    Mine is racing red though 1396704314329.
     
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  4. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    Yours must be faster than mine then @Zoran :Smile:

    Let's turn this thread into post your Arcan jack pictures :Tongue:

    @Ichiban you got an Arcan haven't you ?
     
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  5. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Haha, I saw the red one but wasn't sure if it was the same.
    Clearly, you look after your 'tools' better than Speedy :Rolf:
     
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  6. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    Im hurt by that Nels :Sobbing:

    Mine get used more, almost weekly basis

    The list of projects in the Signature area are just a small sample of what goes on in my garage :Wink:
     
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  7. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Maybe I was a bit harsh, sorry. :Sorry:
    Maybe, as you said, you use yours more than Zoran :Whistle:

    But, cleanliness is next to godliness and one must take care of ones 'tools' :Rolf:
     
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  8. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    I do Nels and a full garage (and tool) clean up is on the cards. Fully agree that you need to look after your tools.

    Just to prove it .. after your comment I just to had to go and give the jacks a good clean.

    2014-04-05 14.58.12.

    Have a look at my garage thread you'll see I do try and keep things tidy and organised :Smile::Smile:
     
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  9. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    :GoodJob:

    I know you do mate. Just a bit of leg pulling.
    Good mechanics like you take care of their stuff.

    The rubber pad on the Arcan isn't pristine. It's used, but still serviceable.
    It's easy to see you use your garage a lot - most people wear down the paint where the tyres make contact.
    Yours is rubbing off all over, but it's swept and clear.
    That doesn't mean you've got to paint it now I've commented.

    I have been reading through pages and pages of things on the site.
    Not every post, but 51 pages on 7th Generation and most of the guides for starters.
    Currently on page 31 (working backwards) of the 8th Generation .
    Read through your garage thread ages ago.
    Your garage is something to be proud of :Hooray:
    From the Honda signage and cabinets to the TV so you don't miss a race.

    Hope I didn't hit a nerve about the jacks. :Drinks:
     
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  10. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    As the bigger jacks can comfortably lift on the front point or rear hook, then simply placing axle stands under it makes it an efficient process. This then encourages you (i.e. me!) to carry out more preventative maintenance, stripping brakes, inspecting hoses etc because its no fuss, happy car,happy motoring.

    When you need to struggle with a little jack, lifting one corner at a time it becomes a chore.
     
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  11. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    I agree :Thumbup:
     
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  12. AccordCU2 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Nah mine is new ish and only used handful of times.
    Speedy uses his tools all the time.I am just a weekend warrior and change oil and other bits and bobs that are not mechanically challenging.
    :Rolf:
     
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  13. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    I'm in the same camp as you now.
    I used to do just about all the maintenance and repairs when I was younger. Didn't get much time as life got busier.
    Want to do a bit more now. Also, when my monsters get cars, :vtec: you just know who they'll be calling :SOS: for help. :Tea:

    So I might as well bite the bullet and get kitted up now :Smile:
     
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  14. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    Nothing to worry about at all Nels , I took it in jestful manner that you intended :Smile:

    Once you'd highlighted it I just had to go clean them Lol

    The garage floor paint I did a couple of years ago but it rubs off as I jackup cars on it.

    I'm waiting for the summer months before I redo it with two part epoxy.
     
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  15. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    @SpeedyGee Have you not considered plywood or OSB down. My jack wheels/castors look almost brand new as the wood takes the strain, saves the tarmac in my case and the jack, and arguably gives 5-10mm more effective lift.


    EDIT

    I use a single cut when on tarmac and double up the OSB on gravel, that can even hold the Santa Fe.
     
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  16. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Two part epoxy?

    I did mine a while ago too. Most of it is fine, except where the tyres have stuck - got tread pattern lift, like you.
    Wasn't because the paint was still wet. It's happened months later. :Wassat:
     
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  17. DeviateDefiant Managing Director H-Tune Staff

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    You've all really made me want to invest in a proper jack, You should see the poxy £20 job I deal with, it's a right pain in the bum to use.
     
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  19. Ichiban Retired ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Nels I would get that kit from halfords to tick you over and then invest in a Arcan. I have had mine for ages like the rest and its brilliant.
     
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  20. Doc Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I've also got the axle stands from machine mart. I got their 3 tonne trolley jack as well so I can jack the car up using the central rear towing eye and get not only enough height on it to get the axle stands under the sides but also get lots of height to get underneath the car safely.
     
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