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Old 02-18-2005, 15:02   #1 (permalink)
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Tool kit recommendations around $400-$500 mark?

Hi all,

I think its about time I invested in a quality tool kit. I want to spend around the $400 mark and would like 1/2" drive mainly, ring and open end spanners, metric and SAE.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Tool kit recommendations around $400-$500 mark?

The best value for money IMO is going to the big car swap meets, there are normally 2nd Hand tool merchants who stock lots of quality 2nd hand tools, like Sidchrome when it was still Australian.

Other than that most of your local tool shop will have monthly specials.

My toolkit owes me $2500 and that was buying out of the Kinchrome "specials" catalogues and then getting a further 15-20% discount off those prices. Guess what I still need more tools!! Although this is my living and when on the road you can't borrow tools off your colleages.

Best recomendation is stay away from SAE unless you REALLY need it cause it will literally 1/2 your tools. Are you doing any US iron or pre-80's?
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Re: Tool kit recommendations around $400-$500 mark?

I would get a half inch supertool socket set, then purchase ring spanners seperatley, supertool are owned by kinchrome group and come with the same lifetime warrenty and are half the price but are very strong as well - I have had a 6ft bar on the end of the tools and didnt break anything


I have the kinchrome set and my bro has the supertool set - they are both very good and have lasted well with lots of abuse

Then its just a matter of purchasing some screwdrivers , i got supertool kit in case for around $25, And all the individual tools to suit your needs as you go along


With those tools you should be able to pull apart most things easily, pliers and a nice big hammer come in handy too
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try total tools at liverpool i got a complete tool chest for $550 everthing i need
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Unless the tools are good brands (read Hazet, Snap On, Dowidat - also read EXPENSIVE) I tend to keep away from new tools, especiallly those with unknown brand names or those made. You really get exactly what u pay for. Been disappointed a number of times - nearly lost knuckles too. I also tend to go to swap meets and buy the older ones. ```````

Agree with the old Sidchrome ones, but other good brands (apart from those listed above) are Gedore, King Dick (yeah, must have had different connotations back then!), Stahwille.

Try to get only the sizes you know you will need, this comes with experience. I have a shed load of sizes that have had little or no use from buying complete sets.

Avoid any second hand tools with the chrome peeling off - this slices you better than any razor!
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Re: Tool kit recommendations around $400-$500 mark?

thanks guys,

I am looking at a 40 odd piece king chrome 1/2" socket set (metric and imperial), and a sidchrome 14 piece metric and imperial ring/open ender set. comes to about $400 total on special.

I was looking at those ring/open enders with like the gear drive ratchet style ring end(if that makes any sense) these are considerably more, but are they any good?
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Get a 3/8 drive set. They are what you use 99% of the time. 1/2 drive is too big and clumsy to work on an engine etc.

Get the most commonly used sizes in quality stuff. I like Koken which is far superior to Snap On - particularly the new rubbish they are passing off these days. They are also 1/2 the price of Snap On

Sidchrome is OK but a little agricultural. Supa Tool are suprisingly good.
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Get a 3/8 drive set. They are what you use 99% of the time. 1/2 drive is too big and clumsy to work on an engine etc.

Get the most commonly used sizes in quality stuff. I like Koken which is far superior to Snap On - particularly the new rubbish they are passing off these days. They are also 1/2 the price of Snap On

Sidchrome is OK but a little agricultural. Supa Tool are suprisingly good.

yeah i got a 3/8" metrinch set, which for $90 is surprising good IMO...I will check out supatool 1/2 sets.
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