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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:32 pm 
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After a decent socket set including wrenches etc, not too bothered about spanners but would be nice to have some ratchet head ones in it.

Halfords professional quality will be good enough.

Let me know what you've got!


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I halfraudes have started doing the sets with ratchet spanners. But i dont think the sets look as good anymore you get less stuff.

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And they break easy now lol

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halfords tools are crap now mate, i've bust loads of the more recent ones. the quality is not what it used to be. you're better off looking for facom, mac, britool etc etc or the overly priced snap on stuff. :thumbup:

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Got all halfords gear

Done several engine swaps
And lots of smaller jobs head gaskets and belts etc

Brilliant tools and never had an issue

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Ratchet mechs in halfrauds tools these days is shite end of! Snapped loads of tools they make replaced with snap on and never had a problem since
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I think a lot of people posting here need lessons on how to use tools.

Rather than jumping up and down on a ratchet spanner or indeed ratchet, break it first (the fastening) with a T bar or breaker bar or a 'normal' combination spanner and then proceed to use the ratcheting tools when cracked.

I am very protective of my tools and with a little care items last quite a long time that otherwise wouldn't.

Half of you monkeys wouldn't get within fifty yards of my toolbox.

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Thought the halfords pro stuff has a life time warranty anyway so who cares if it breaks go get another one???

Just make sure you have spares.

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No lifetime warranty on moving parts mate, and if that's the case why haven't I broke a snap on ratchet?
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Iirc the ratchet mechs for the set are about £3 on trade

Not that I've ever had to replace

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Got to say... a couple of engine swaps is not like using them every single day constantly.. i have nothing against alot of Halfords stuff, in fact i have one of there pro spanner sets, they are fine.... but, no flank drive or similer ! ) a must in some cases ! and they are a bit too skinny to put alot of pressure on imo.

I need some ratchet spanners really, but need ones that will last every day use.

Anyway thats my bit :lol: lets get back on topic eh :wink:

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I think a lot of people posting here need lessons on how to use tools.

Rather than jumping up and down on a ratchet spanner or indeed ratchet, break it first (the fastening) with a T bar or breaker bar or a 'normal' combination spanner and then proceed to use the ratcheting tools when cracked.

I am very protective of my tools and with a little care items last quite a long time that otherwise wouldn't.

Half of you monkeys wouldn't get within fifty yards of my toolbox.


or maybe you dont use your tools at all and thats why they are still in good working order, anyone who hasn't snapped the sh1te halfords tools dosent work on cars day in day out, i bet your just a hobby mechanic if i can call you that. How can you be protective over halfords tools they are utter sh1te and nowt to be protective over.

By the way, if your toolbox is full of halfords tat i wouldn't wanna go near it, i value the skin on my knuckles too much and cant be arsed working with shite tools anymore, i gave them up when i become a real mechanic :thumbup: :lol:

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The halfords pro stuff used to be great but over the past few years the quality has dropped loads, even the pro tools break every five minutes and it becomes a pain to keep going back to replace them. Got a load of mac stuff now and ain't broke anything yet. Keep the Halfords stuff as backup.

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I wouldn't want you anywhere near it :D

Hobby mechanic :lol:

Protective as in I take care of them

What's that old saying? "look after your tools and they'll look after you"

Ok chief , as I say I have had no issues, maybe I have a good set?

Who cares no need to get irate about it.

Chill out cowboy

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:17 am 
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420gazza wrote:
vinny19791 wrote:
I think a lot of people posting here need lessons on how to use tools.

Rather than jumping up and down on a ratchet spanner or indeed ratchet, break it first (the fastening) with a T bar or breaker bar or a 'normal' combination spanner and then proceed to use the ratcheting tools when cracked.

I am very protective of my tools and with a little care items last quite a long time that otherwise wouldn't.

Half of you monkeys wouldn't get within fifty yards of my toolbox.


or maybe you dont use your tools at all and thats why they are still in good working order, anyone who hasn't snapped the sh1te halfords tools dosent work on cars day in day out, i bet your just a hobby mechanic if i can call you that. How can you be protective over halfords tools they are utter sh1te and nowt to be protective over.

By the way, if your toolbox is full of halfords tat i wouldn't wanna go near it, i value the skin on my knuckles too much and cant be arsed working with shite tools anymore, i gave them up when i become a real mechanic :thumbup: :lol:

:thumbup: finally someone that talks sense, I don't even use mine that much but after smashing my hand on a slam panel trying to get a downpipe off slicing my hand open, I threw my ratchet in the bin. And before anyone says anything I couldn't get a breaker bar with a 6 sided socket in the gap
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:22 am 
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Breaker bar from underneath with extention on works fine?
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Ok maybe I don't use them everyday but 2-3 times a week doing various tasks on various people's cars..

I suppose if you have plenty of spare cash then go for the more expensive stuff

Otherwise buy the halfords gear, "if" you have issues they will replace them
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I'd rather buy bergan/Franklin/us pro cheap stuff .. because it is cheap, and some of it is pretty good, for example there impact sockets I have had for years and abused them every day !

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I wouldn't want you anywhere near it :D

Hobby mechanic :lol:

Protective as in I take care of them

What's that old saying? "look after your tools and they'll look after you"

Ok chief , as I say I have had no issues, maybe I have a good set?

Who cares no need to get irate about it.

Chill out cowboy

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i'm not irate i just cant be arsed for people who havn't got a clue telling me how to do my job, i work on cars every day of my life and have done for approx 15 years now, i know good tools and i know sh1te tools, halfords is tat end of, they used to be good many years ago and their lifetime warrenty covered everything, it's funny how their policies on the warrenty have changed, even they have now come to realise their tools are whack.

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But I have got a clue!!

It's ok for people to have different opinions of things dude.

It's not up there on Mount Sinai as one of the ten commandments.

Ten commandments

1)halfords tools are crap because 420gazza said so (and he's used tools everyday for 15 years you know)
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vinny19791 wrote:
I think a lot of people posting here need lessons on how to use tools.

Rather than jumping up and down on a ratchet spanner or indeed ratchet, break it first (the fastening) with a T bar or breaker bar or a 'normal' combination spanner and then proceed to use the ratcheting tools when cracked.

I am very protective of my tools and with a little care items last quite a long time that otherwise wouldn't.

Half of you monkeys wouldn't get within fifty yards of my toolbox.


Good advice. Always use a breaker bar to first start undoing a nut or bolt which may not have been touched since it left the factory many years ago. Could be corrosion welded tight. Only then once released, use the ratchet spanner or socket drive to remove.

Penetrating/releasing fluid applied the night before also helps.

Always buy the best tools you can afford. If you can afford the best, go for it. Good tools last a lifetime. Careful searches on ebay can obtain new Snap-on stuff at really good prices. Be patient if you're outbid. There's always another one coming along to go for. Some of the tools I bought in my twenties back in the 1960s I still have and have paid for themselves many times over. They can and will last a lifetime with reasonable use, not abuse.

I rarely buy Halfords tools now. I did buy a CRYPTON Battery Charger in the early 1960s from Halfords and despite much use, still giving good service even today charging the battery on my younger son's Rover 25.

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The halfords pro stuff used to be great but over the past few years the quality has dropped loads, even the pro tools break every five minutes and it becomes a pain to keep going back to replace them. Got a load of mac stuff now and ain't broke anything yet. Keep the Halfords stuff as backup.


I bought a Halfords Professional 1/4" Socket Drive. Worked well for a year then, the quick release socket lock quickly self-released :roll: whilst working in a scrapyard and it and my socket bit disappeared below a wheel less car. No chance of finding it even with a magnetic wand.

Took it to Halfords still looking new and unused and the young fella me lad made it quite clear that he could not change it without the original receipt, despite "Halfords Professional" along the shank.

Spoke to a more senior colleague of his and he was more reasonable and did exchnage the faulty item. Shortly after I checked ebay and bid low and won a Snap-on 1/4" socket drive which I still have ... never used. The replacement Halfords' one still giving good service almost in daily use for close on five years now.

Moral lesson to be learned. Keep those receipts ... so much easier.

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I still have the receipts for the Halfords stuff but it does break more often than the better more expensive tools.
Some of my Halfords ratchets have lost screws where as the mac ones don't, another Halfords ratchet no longer holds the sockets on. It's mainly niggly stuff like that and despite cleaning the tools when I've finished using them it only seems to happen to the Halfords ones.

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Oh yes, for those 'in the trade' I learned from experience where my cars are concerned many years ago to always remember :~

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Sadly many 'professionals' in the trade are an incompetent disgrace to their profession. Most are easy to spot by the way, they come out with giveaway things like this.

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Or, such like .... :roll:.... So, be all ears and eyes and continue to keep 'em peeled because there's far too much of such types about still 'in the trade' ! When you find a good'n, spread the word, tell them you are well satisfied with their work and service provided and will recommend to friends. It helps all parties involved from every aspect. Here I do speak from considerable experience including the latest saving, getting THREE of my family's cars AirCon checked and regassed ... for the price of ONE! Here's the last of the three being done :~

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I'd rather buy bergan/Franklin/us pro cheap stuff .. because it is cheap, and some of it is pretty good, for example there impact sockets I have had for years and abused them every day !


I have lots of BERGEN tools and sockets. Good stuff. Thought I was buying German ( How dare you MGJohn, they killed Rover dontcha know! ~ Yeah I know and will never forgive them for that and will NEVER buy a BMW either, even if they made the best cars in the world which they dont ) back on topic ... ;) but, apparently many of their BERGEN and other German brand tools made guess where ... In the land of the Yellow River. The wording on the 'tin' made to German standards of quality or such like words which is not the same as saying German made.

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vinny19791 wrote:
But I have got a clue!!

It's ok for people to have different opinions of things dude.

It's not up there on Mount Sinai as one of the ten commandments.

Ten commandments

1)halfords tools are crap because 420gazza said so (and he's used tools everyday for 15 years you know)
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You are not a god on tools.


if you have a different opinion then fair enough, saying we need to learn how to use tools and calling us monkeys is a different story. You obviously didn't like our responses so had a dig at us yourself. I reckon your toolbox is full of halfrauds mecano tools, hence the response to our opinion.

Halfords tools are crap because i've broke 3 ratchets and numerous amounts of spanners and sockets, torx drive etc etc etc etc etc etc etc, They're shite end of.

You're right i'm no god of tools, i'm god of everything bi4tch :lol:

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I bought the 150pce set from halfords on friday after wanting one for years.

Get a life time guarantee anyways :lol:

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Ive used my halfords kit day in day out working on boats and big diesel lumps. Never broke a single tool or had any issue. However, most of my kit is a couple of years old.


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I do have a halfords trade card so get 40% off tools
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Had my halfords set about 5 years, Very few things have broken and they used to get used daily. I seem to remember the smaller bits like allen keys and small torx bits snapping, never a socket or spanner though.

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I do have a halfords trade card so get 40% off tools
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And me :wink:

I got mine half price offer though, if I went with trade would go to full price with discount and be more than half price offer :thumbdown:

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