Tools opinions: need a 1/2" set, budget is a couple hundred

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  • pastryPastry (@pastry) Mittagong NSW
    edited March 2017
    Interesting to buy a Chinese torque wrench from Amazon. They almost are all the same, I hope it did cost less than $100 for the wrench and sockets. Not really worth more than that here.

    Time will tell, you may be right but the reviews seemed unanimously positive – again, for the price! And yes, they were pretty cheap.
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    Like, an aldi one is $30, and isn't that inaccurate, but my Warren and brown one which is 10 times that price, is just very nice and I know it's accurate, so that's used for important jobs. Warren and brown now sell Chinese made ones that are at least calibrated by them for half the cost of thier Australian made unit too.
  • pastryPastry (@pastry) Mittagong NSW
    edited March 2017
    must admit i am always swayed by the notion that any tool sold in the US for say 50 bucks is the equivalent to a tool sold here (at eg: Bunnings or SCA) for 200 bucks.

    But yeah when I have a leaking head gasket that I thought I'd torqued correctly, i'll be bloody moaning :P
  • I need to upgrade my analog 1/2" torque to a digital one soon
    Still trying to work out of there is a better option to the snap on one
    I think you need to add i was in an s80 with three wheels getting pulled backwards and was told to "hold on shit is about to get real".
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    I need to upgrade my analog 1/2" torque to a digital one soon
    Still trying to work out of there is a better option to the snap on one

    Why? It doesn't make it any more accurate. But there is alternatives yes.
  • Vee_QueVee_Que (@Vee_Que) South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.
    must admit i am always swayed by the notion that any tool sold in the US for say 50 bucks is the equivalent to a tool sold here (at eg: Bunnings or SCA) for 200 bucks.

    But yeah when I have a leaking head gasket that I thought I'd torqued correctly, i'll be bloody moaning :P

    Sca and bunnings are the last places I go for tools, total tools does good deals as do similar places.
  • I agree, but my comparison to the average "high street" rip off stands :)
  • I need to upgrade my analog 1/2" torque to a digital one soon
    Still trying to work out of there is a better option to the snap on one

    Why? It doesn't make it any more accurate. But there is alternatives yes.

    My craftman one got missused by a non volvo mate and broken
    He gave me $$$ to buy a new one and ive wanted a digital one that does angle as well as torque
    Prefer one that vibrates and makes sound when you hit the set torque or angle
  • I have had the 1/2" Stanley set for 6 odd years now and haven't managed to break any sockets yet. The ratchet wont always hold its selection anymore though, I suspect the little spring in it is broken. Meant to have a lifetime warranty so I'll need to look into that. Same thing has happened to the ratchet in my 3/8" Standley set. 1/4" Stanley set is still perfect. Wouldn't put me off buying them again.

    My brother has the Bahco set. Don't think he has broken anything in it yet (not through lack of trying) and its a great 'grab and go' set with most of anything you need to fix stuff out and about.
    Vee_Que
  • jamesincJames (@jamesinc) Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    I think the Bahco is going to win purely on its chuck-in-the-boot-ability
    Vee_Quejagardh
  • Supercheap sale this weekend.
  • PaddlerEdPaddler Ed (@PaddlerEd) New England Region, NSW
    30% at Repco for NRMA members this weekend as well
    good old fArmidale, where money comes in both kinds; cash and grog
    Vee_Que
  • gavinhGav (@gavinh) Parmelia, Perth
    Well I have a selection of tools, my socket sets consist of tengtools in 1/4inch up to 13mm, Weira cyclops in 3/8th that's up to 19mm thats is in my break down bag for work, bacho for 1/2inch up to 32mm, whiteline (UK) brand in 1inch imp and metric also a whiteline set which covers from 1/4-1/2inch. The bacho and Weira set are used all the time. I only buy at best I can afford. And never had an issue with any of them.
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    Vee_Que
  • edited March 2017
    I have been extremely happy with the Workzone set I bought at Aldi for $59 a couple years back.

    4mm to 14mm 1/4" drive sockets
    10mm to 32mm 1/2" sockets (missing 18mm which is an annoyance and I had to buy a single socket for that)
    6mm to 19mm deep sockets
    hex keys
    screwdriver bits (torx, hex, regular)
    1/4 and 1/2" ratchet handles with extra fine ratchet teeth.

    I initially bought a Repco set for more. The first time I used it one of the sockets deformed and slipped - bolt was only torqued to about 250Nm - -the Aldi set has been used on bolts torqued to over 300Nm (due to age/rust) without difficulty.


    Have always found Aldi tools of good quality and they sell the socket sets a couple times a year.

    Edit: Also, with Aldi you can get a refund no questions asked if you change your mind or the product doesn't have necessary WAF.
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    My basic aldi set of 1/2" up to 23? The handle came off but still brilliant.
    Use the sockets on the Milwaukee impact gun.
    cancer sucks

  • i have this also, as well as kincrome 3/8 and 1/4 sets.
    Also bahco ratchet spanners.

    I think I would rate bahco > kincrome but only just
    previous: 67 Mini Deluxe, 84 BMW 318i, 04 Hilux, 74 KE20 w/ 4age turbo, 06 Ford XR6T, 12 Isuzu Dmax
    current: 08 Volvo V50 T5 AWD, 16 SS Sportwagon
    Vee_Que
  • @jamesinc my electrical wholesaler sells the bahco stuff for less than retail I would think. I never compared though, just put in on account.

    If u want a price, find me a part number for the kit and I'll ask them.
    Ex850R
  • jamesincJames (@jamesinc) Oz Volvo Ice Fortress
    Okay so I did end up going with the Bahco S106 set. It has 1/2" sockets up to 34mm, everything is 6-point (except for the spanners), and it neatly replaces a bunch of tool boxes with a single box, which is really nice for when I want to go to the parts yard, or just chuck it in the back of the car before a long trip. The ratchet mechanisms are nice, there is very little slack in the movement, less than my Kincrome set. The set is very nicely laid out, and the orange top and directional latches make it very difficult to accidentally open it upside down. The ring spanner set comes out and can be carried separately.

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  • Thats the same set I have and agree it feels as good or better than the Kincrome stuff I have.
  • I got stanly 10-32mm (maybe 34mm I can't remember) for $95 at bunnings. Can't complain at all
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