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    Best Allen Key Sets ?

    My hex key sets have dwindled over the years and now gone missing entirely.

    Can people recommend brands that won't burr or be not quite right and damage scrw heads ?
    I see in Mitre 10 there is a Fuller umpteen piece metric+imperial set for about $30. Are there others that will be better or worse than that ?

    Many thanks for any suggestions.

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    I have a pair of SnapOn sets that are on year 20 of use. One key (6mm, the shorter one) has been carefully ground back a couple of mm, but that's it. Were they worth the money? Yes, probably, for what I do. Would 6 sets of Fuller or TopTul or the like have been better for me? Also yes.
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    Bondhus.

    Or snap-on.
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    Please excuse spelling, as finger speed is sometimes behind brain spped........ Or maybe the other wayy.....

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    I just use replaceable bits in a screw driver.
    Never had an issue with them being the wrong size, and typically easier to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    Bondhus.

    Or snap-on.
    I am in the trade and agree with this,
    Koken, Allen impact sockets best I've found,
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    Another +1 for bondhus

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    You have already described the biggest fault with most hand tools. They get lost. I find it's cheaper to lose a fuller rather than a snap on hand tool. As long as they are not super cheap Chinese junk most are fine.
    Also agree that socket fittings or t bars are a lot easier to use than normal Allen keys. Socket fittings can then also be fitted into torque screw drivers

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    Dont buy bottom of the range allen keys. Look at whats available and go for medium priced - it will be better quality and the corners wont round off near as fast.

    Tee handle ones are great but dont always fit where you want to get.
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    I have an imperial set of unbreako brand english made ones they live up to their name.

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    Bondhus. 15 years of use and going strong

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    I've had the most issues snapping Genius, Snap On (called them Snapped It), and a couple of other ridiculous-price-bracket tools. I've rounded off mostly the cheaper end ones - I guess the upper end are hard as snot to avoid rounding the tool off or twisting and then rolling out of the screw which can destroy the socket head. I think they figure replacing the tool under warranty or at a deal is better than destroying a fastener and coosing a job. The other extreme tends to round off or turn 360deg before damaging the screw or even removing it... Still, when you've got a shifter on the end of the allen wrench and a pipe on the end of that holding a 45deg twist on the tool, and the oxy kit cooking the part up to get some heat into it you'd expect something to give somewhere.

    The Bondhus or Powerbilt mid-range kit seems to be the go, had a reasonable go from some Fuller gear (usually the stuff branded Fuller PRO) - basically because they have a no-questions-asked warranty from the right stockists so when you fark it at least you get it replaced.

    An edit here - the best run I've had from allen keys are the original "Allen" branded ones - got a partial set of them and hoard them like rocking horse shit. Only pull them out for the times when I've destroyed everything else and I really NEED to get something undone. Take from that what you will - maybe original and still the best?

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    My kin chrome set was reasonably priced and seems to be going well.

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    bondus ball ends, red and yellow cover 90%
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    Wera keys. Stupid strong and great design. Love mine. Even hanging off the 10mm with a 1m cheater bar, no bending or bolt damage. Cheapish too.
    https://products.wera.de/en/l-keys_l...ex-plus_7.html

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    Depends on how often you’re going to use them, tradies buy quality tools that cost more than average because they can be using them on a daily basis and need them to last, if your only going to use them occasionally then buying a set of snap on would be over kill, bondhus or toptul is a good middle of the range brand. Personally I’ve got a set of toptul that done everything I’ve asked of them.

 

 

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