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Old 06-11-15, 09:25 AM   #1
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Apart from the obvious (Snap-on, Wera, De-Walt etc.) which tool brands do you consider high quality and which would you never use?

For me, I wouldn't touch: Am-tech, Black-spur, Draper, Rolson, Silverline with a barge pole.

Having said that, Draper Expert are excellent and I happily use them; so why does a company produce such different quality products?

I have never had a Halford's Professional tool let me down.
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This could cause a bit of controversy...

Apart from the obvious (Snap-on, Wera, De-Walt etc.) which tool brands do you consider high quality and which would you never use?

For me, I wouldn't touch: Am-tech, Black-spur, Draper, Rolson, Silverline with a barge pole.

Having said that, Draper Expert are excellent and I happily use them; so why does a company produce such different quality products?

I have never had a Halford's Professional tool let me down.
halfords pro
draper expert
clarke pro
blue point (part of snap on)
snap on
teng tools

thats a few names i can think of all with lifetime guarantee
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Sometimes the cheap ones like Rolson, Blackspur etc. have just the tool you need so don't write them off, they can be very useful!
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It all depends on what you want the tools for and how much work they do.
If your a professional with your own workshop it would be Snap-On,Facom,MAC etc.Who normally pay regular visits with a stocked van and the tools are guaranteed for life.
If you're just doing DIY routine servicing etc most of the budget brands like Halfords,Sealey,Draper and online from Machine Mart will suffice.
One tool name that was a joke in my day was Kamarzo (spelling?),very very cheep but lasted one job.
By the way is Britool still around? when I started my apprenticeship 50 years ago I bought a Britool tool kit,some of it is still in use today and in good condition.
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I have a lot of Halford Pro tools and they have been great. I also use Facim tools and Knipex pliers and cutters. Also I have some Sealy breakerbars and impact sockets

The choice I make depends on how much I am likely to use it. For occasional use, I tend to go for cheaper tools, but for regular or heavy use, I'll buy better or best quality
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It all depends on what you want the tools for and how much work they do.
If your a professional with your own workshop it would be Snap-On,Facom,MAC etc.Who normally pay regular visits with a stocked van and the tools are guaranteed for life.
If you're just doing DIY routine servicing etc most of the budget brands like Halfords,Sealey,Draper and online from Machine Mart will suffice.
One tool name that was a joke in my day was Kamarzo (spelling?),very very cheep but lasted one job.
By the way is Britool still around? when I started my apprenticeship 50 years ago I bought a Britool tool kit,some of it is still in use today and in good condition.
When I started my apprenticeship 55 years ago I couldn't afford Britool so bought Bedford Vanadium instead, still have most of them but not the Britool hexigan socket set thank goodness.
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None of the modern tools are really good quality to be honest

i have a lot of tools from various manufacturers and i use snap on stuff the least i hardly have any snap on to be truthful i find it overpriced average quality stuff

Facom stuff is good but expensive

most of my stuff is halfrauds pro or just cheap unknown brands as its all poor quality anyway nowadays

I bought 2 blue point service sets a few years ago the ratchets were pants although the sockets were good

I have 2 clarke buzz guns and an electric clarke gun for stubborn stuff the clarke stuff is every bit as good as the gucci snap on gear at 4 times the price !!

My pipe flaring tool is a sykes pickavant probably older than i am and works perfectly
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have mostly halfords stuff. it pays to buy decent ratchets though and the halfords ones you can buy repair kits only had to replace one where the pin seized with rust
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Have a real mixture of tools, a few Facom and Draper and an assortment of no name tools. The tools I use the most and are surprisingly excellent quality are a set of combination metric spanners from 6mm up to 32mm and a socket set with 1/2" & 3/8" square drive metric sockets including a selection of deep sockets and spark plug sockets plus a great selection of screwdriver, allen & torx bits. Both these sets were B & Q specials at really low prices. The sockets and spanners can undo the most stubborn nuts & bolts and it these won't undo something then neither will any of the as reliable calles them - gucci brands. Not every quality item has to have a well known respected brand name or the same price tag.
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Had to show this...36mm spanner

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