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allen (hex) wrench sets #4642406
01/21/18 11:05 PM
01/21/18 11:05 PM
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spasm3 Offline OP
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What are some good allen wrench sets, not looking for T handle. Bondhaus? I don't see any in roll up pouches.


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642413
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I've had a Kobalt set (in the funky plastic holders) for over 5 years and they're holding up pretty well. Saw a lot of Bondhus sets in machine shops, though.


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: Alex_V] #4642429
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The Tektron combo metric and fractional set is supposedly very good.

https://www.amazon.ca/TEKTON-Wrench-Metric-30-Piece-25253/dp/B00I5TH074


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642447
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San Antonio, TX
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Bondhus, Eklind, and PB Swiss.

Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: das_peikko] #4642449
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Originally Posted By: das_peikko
Bondhus, Eklind, and PB Swiss.


Yup these are the only ones I'll use. They are engineered to very tight specs and are unlikely to wallow out fastener heads.

Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642453
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All of my bits are Wiha or Wera.


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: rooflessVW] #4642454
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And don't buy anything except ball head - so convenient.

Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642465
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And you're better off getting the long key with the stubby offset for clearance.


Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642472
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I don't own them, but have heard good things about the Wera Hex-plus line, was thinking about picking up a set.

Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: user52165] #4642501
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Seconded...ball head is the way to go for sure.


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642546
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Bondhus offers good bang for the buck. The three piece set with Torx on the bottom of the page for less than $29 is a deal.

https://www.amazon.com/Bondhus-20199-Balldriver-L-Wrench-1-5-10mm/dp/B00012Y38W


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642591
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The ball head is good for the initial tightening but you still need to use the other end for the final tightening.

I like lifetime guarantees with ease of exchanges. Home Depot, Lowe's Advance Auto, and Auto Zone will be my tool places since Sears tools stink now and they are going out of business. And Snap On and such are too hard to meet up with. I always preferred to do business with MAC and Matco because underdog and cheaper, and they still have quality tools.

Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642751
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Un-Break-O brand for over 40 years of really tough service.

Used to use the bigger long wrenches as dives for Ford FE motors with HP & HV oil pumps.

They just don't quit smile


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4642790
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I've been using Bondhus for over 30 years and they never let me down. I also like the Chapman sets:

https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tnpla/81086589?cid=ppc-google-New+-+Hand+Tools+-+PLA_sSNqstDXv___164110844124_c_S&mkwid=sSNqstDXv|dc&pcrid=164110844124&rd=k&product_id=81086589&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrLyRk4bs2AIVR5J-Ch0P-g5fEAQYAiABEgJdavD_BwE


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Re: allen (hex) wrench sets [Re: spasm3] #4643264
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Thanks everyone. I went with bondhus. I like that they are USA made. Thanks for the link Trav, I ordered the 3 piece set.

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