Tools Socket set on a budget

Discussion in 'Tools & Equipment' started by aznspidey, Wednesday 9th May, 2018.

  1. aznspidey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I'm looking for a decent set and would to spend no more than £50 if possible. I've already bought a torque wrench (1/2 " driver) and would like to be able to do basic maintenance on my Honda Accord 8th Generation such as brakes & oil changes.

    I've been looking at:
    1. 269859?$prod$. 2. 51c4sypjrlL._AC_UL115_.

    1. Halfords Advanced Modular Tray Set - 26 Piece Socket Set 1/2" £45 - (currently doing 3 for 2 on modular sets)
    1 x ½" Ratchet Handle
    ½" Drive 6pt Sockets: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27, 30, 32, 34mm
    ½" Deep Drive 6pt Sockets: 10, 13, 17, 19, 22mm
    2 x ½" Wobble Extension Bars - 5" & 10"
    1 x ½" Universal Joint
    2. Bahco S240 Socket Set 24 Piece 1/2 Square Drive - £45
    18 x ½" 6-point dynamic drive sockets (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 32mm)
    2 x ½" extension bars (125 and 250mm)
    ½" universal joint, ½" T-adaptor, ½" flexible handle (250mm with grip)
    ½" 60-tooth ratchet handle.

    Any suggestions/recommendations?
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    Or should I strech to £70 and get this?

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    3. Bahco S400 1/2 Inch Drive 40 Piece Socket Set in Case
    10 pcs 1/4" hex sockets: 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13mm
    2 x 1/4" extension bars 50 mm/2" & 100 mm/4"
    1 x 1/4" sliding T-bar 100 mm/4"
    1 x 1/4" universal joint
    1 x 1/4" ratchet, 60 teeth/6° action angle, quick release
    10 x 1/2" hex sockets: 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 24mm
    2 x 1/2" extension bars 125 mm/5" & 250 mm/10"
    1 x 1/2" universal joint
    1 x 1/2" ratchet, 60 teeth/6° action angle, quick release
    12 x combination spanners 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19mm on a removable tool-rack​
     
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  2. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    There are many decent sets out there nowadays and we all have our 'favourites'.
    As to which is better, who knows? I am not aware of any robust tests comparing them.
    For me, I have been gradually building up a stock of Halfords Advanced Pro range as they have a lifetime guarantee. I tend to buy what I need at the time and when they are on offer.
    The modular sets are quite useful if you have a cabinet with drawers to store them in. Halfords often have sets in cases at half price. This set is a little more than you wanted to spend, but is worth considering.
    Halfords Advanced 90 Piece Socket S...

    If it's brakes and oil changes you are going to do next, get the best quality you can for these jobs and then add to them as time (and budget) goes on.
     
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  3. aznspidey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I have a friend who works at Halfords so with the discount and the lifetime warranty, I guess I'll go for your recommendation. Thanks @Nels
     
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  4. rimmo Premium Member Club Supporter

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    I've got the socket set that Nels recommended and I have to say for the price with a lifetime warranty you can't really go wrong.
     
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  5. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    I just highlighted that one as it was not too far off his budget, but I think that's the one I have too.
    I've had a Kamasa set, very similar to this (see below) since the late 70's and it's never let me down. However, the one above has a few more things in it.

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  6. aznspidey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    The extra spanners will come in handy for holding the brake caliper while tightening/removing the flange bolt when taking off the caliper :Thumbup:
     
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  7. Sphinx Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I also have the halfords set (200 pcs) and it is an excellent set.

    Also keep an eye out on ebay/gumtree/shpock etc for a 2nd hand halfords set - as you might be able to pick up a bigger set for less money.
     
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  8. aznspidey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    What if you need to claim against the lifetine guaranteed?
     
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  9. JockoT Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Now I have reached 70 things with a "Lifetime guarantee" don't sway me as much as they once did!
     
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  10. Sphinx Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    The seller may have the original receipt - i have heard on other forums that they have swapped bits before without it though.
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    On a side note - hex sockets are better - as you will have less chance of rounding the head of the nut/bolt.

    The halfords set doesnt have many of these in the set - so its worth noting.
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    This one seems good value :



    However not sure if the 1/2" sockets are hex sockets.
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    Do you have a trolley jack + axle stands already?
     
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  11. aznspidey Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yes, I've ordered Laser rachet style 2 Tonne Axle stand and a Clarke 2T Trolley Jack from Machine Mart.
     
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  12. exec Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I use a Clarke set from MachineMart, good quality and price.
     
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