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I`m not a fitter nor do I portray one on television. But I agree with Sideways that ratchet ring spanners are awesome.

I am a sucker for little gadgets or time savers. I lol when I think of the times I see something on the shelf and go: ooooooooar! wouldn`t that be HANDY?!?

yet I`ve survived for near half a century without it.

My tools at home are like semi precious gems, I have 3 sockets sets which all go back into the carboard box or sleeve they were bought with and then into the tool trolley but never before they are wiped clean.

One day my sons will have them. They`ll no doubt hock them immediately and buy Pokemon cards or somethink..

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lol well I think of it this way most of your tools will last u a life time so at the end of the day thay dont cost that much

Was thinking to myself yesterday how good the oz dollars is, and yet snap on still r the same prices,So got on the net last nigth 100% mark up

Snap on oz would be making a killing im going to see how much it cost to ship tools over from the US

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that's the go mate, I bought a set of Snap-on spanners from the US and even after paying freight I still worked out ahead by around $300 on a set of spanners worth around $500.

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I spend around $2K in tools to do a job that I was quoted $500 by a specialist. Needed a plastic bathtub repainted as the tenant burnt her love letters in a plastic tub and bubbled and burnt part of the tub.

Was quoted $500-$600 from "professional bath painters" to come and bog and paint it. I asked one bloke how long he would take and he said 1/2 day. I thought no way, I couldnt even properly sand it in 1/2 a day.

Read up on the net and figured the job these guys do dont last long with the single pack paints they use.

Decided to paint it in two pack. Bought a fresh air breathing machine from the US about $1100 landed. A air extractor machine for a few hundred to suck paint fumes out so I could see where I was spraying, a new spray gun and a couple hundred bucks of paint.

Took me three days with an undercoat and top coat and still looks like it was done yesterday a few years latter.

Havn't used those tools much since either.

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that's the go mate, I bought a set of Snap-on spanners from the US and even after paying freight I still worked out ahead by around $300 on a set of spanners worth around $500.

Sweet did u just order it off the net?

How much a kg was it do u know?

I just have got 10k to my wish list lol,but still that is half price

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Ebay... Kid at work is replacing lost items from the flood and if your carefull, ebay can be great. he walked in this morning holding a 1/2 inch drive breaker bar Snap On like it was a new born baby. Cost him 100 bucks on Ebay.

Other guy bought a fine tooth flexible head ratchet Snap On off the ol` ebay for 100 bucks.. We all went: Dan no way mate.. No one would sell it for that even if they were raging on the gear.. Mousey said it looked fake.. It had Snap On stamped on it, but not Snap On USA..

It was still a dandy ratchet, but I lol`d at Dan checking the thing over like a forensic scientist for the rest of the day.

The Snap On Blue Point gear looks aight.. I`m after some combo spanners and ratchet spanners, they are looking like what I want. Not stupid expensive either..

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Yer blue point do the kits like they should be snap on dont

U can buy a 1/2' drive set with metric n imperial in the 1 kit

Blue point spanners look pretty smick though

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Trav, I`m agonising ( as I do about every toy purchase, I`m such a bitch ) over a set of ROE spanners and possibly a modest set of ratchet spanners.

Okay, I currently have a satchel of Superworks Gold ( supercheap ) ring open enders which are way better than most snobs would admit. Having the tool trolley now the satchel is a pain in the coight. I could lay them out in the drawer but.. marrr..

I looked at a Blue Point set, would be 3 hundy each for SAE and then the metric, they come in trays and are nice. I found an 11mm Blue Point USA ring open ender when I was scrounging for tools after the flood at work. I compared to some others I had, mainly some Sidcrome ones. They are near twins, but the Bluey has more defined ridge around the ring, the Siddy`s and even my Superworks look similar but don`t have that ring ridge, the shaft blurs into the ring.

lastly, I`m very interested in the KC Professional range in particular the foam tray inserts with the tools in `em.

hard to get exactly what you want, but there`s dozens of combinations to choose from, like full pliers drawers, a drawer with about 50 screw drivers etc.

With a bit of research, you see Snapon is`nt as refvckulously expensive as it first seems. Those ratchet spanners for 400 or so set is fair I reckon, we have some at work and they are surgical quality..

Some of it is crazy, there`s not much chance of me paying 70 bucks for a 5/16`s Whitworth open ender lol..

KC Professional isnt cheap, its not over the top either. I need to go look at them. KC cheap ass Pro Am looks a hell of alot like some Kincrome stuff. I know from experience they throw a badge on a big range of gear. I had a set of pry bars at work with grey handles, 70 bucks, with blue handles and a kincrome packet? 150..

that's a good point about the warrantee.

I suppose most guys would say: hey it`s Snapon, whats the worry? I must admit I`m not aware of a warrantee claim at all.. I read American jokers say their Snapon guys just replace it no Q`s asked. At the prices we pay, you`d have to see it put to the test, eh?

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I have a 3/8 and 1/4 drive Kincrome socket set and the 1/2 drive one. Now I have the trolley I thought, I want them open and not have to gin around with the boxes. I scrounged a couple of fairly rooted 1/2 drive sets at work and picked through them to make a complete set, the clips were busted etc.. So I brought them home and ground the clips and crap off and made this dodgey set up. I intend to clean it up properly and possbily paint. I may put some sikaflex behind the plastic socket trays..

Here`s a rediculously huge pic.

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There are other brands that are just as good as snap-on, maybe not as shiny, but they dont have the name part of the price attached.

At work most of us have about 18-20kg in the 500mm length fold out boxes, (3 tiers) the rest we get out from the tool store as we need it. Means we can travel bit easier but if we need the special tooling for an away trip we have to try and figure what we need and take it. Or suffer delays waiting for the tooling to be sent when it next can.

Having a hoist is fantastic, mates dad just built new place with a 20X12m shed kitted with hoist and all. I could seriously live in there who needs a house when ya have that.

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I have the same 1/4 to 33/8 set and it is a dam good set

would be nice if the top quality tools brand did sets like them

Every time I look at that 1/4 - 3/8 set I say exactly that, Trav!

I bought a 1/4 - 3/8 set I dunno, I still had my XR600 so it was in the early 90`s. In a plastic moulded box, it was cheap.. Maybe 40 bills?

I still have it and I`ve used it on every thing I own. I used to leave it on the table out on the patio with an embarressment set of $14.99 Indian ring open enders that appear to be cast from Luncheon suasage and painted silver frost for when you just wanna swap a battery over or adjust a throttle cable or something light and easy and can`t be arsed to go up the shed or whatever.

That socket set is at work now and basically I use it to fix loose radiator style clamps and light stuff.

Just goes to show you.

But both my Kincrome sets are plenty good enough for a weekend warrior.

Slightly left of topic, but what happened to 11/16`s spanners?? Kincrome sets rarely have them. Same with 13/16`s.. My Superworks ( Calibre now I think ) doesn`t have them either. I hadda buy a furdeen sixteenfs separate.

I reckon I will buy a set of Blue Point combo spanners though, and pension my Superworks set off to the patio.

I spent wayyy too much today on lots of stuff, kids will caused most it with growing and needing shoes and what not.

But I did blast some dough on a set of Kincrome ratchet spanners, Metric and A/F.. ooooooh shiney.

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Slightly left of topic, but what happened to 11/16`s spanners?? Kincrome sets rarely have them. Same with 13/16`s.. My Superworks ( Calibre now I think ) doesn`t have them either. I hadda buy a furdeen sixteenfs separate.

Metrification, bit like trying to get a 5/16 BSF Unbrako they've gone the way of the dodo.

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true dat Dags.

It sh!ts me to tears when I ask the kid who works with me on the plant for a 9/16`s spanner and he goes aww that's 14mmm and hands me that..

Don`t get me started on anologue clocks and kids inabilty to read them...

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lmao I was the same when I started well not converting

We never use imperial at school the's days

N 90% of our work is in imperial

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No need to quote above post. USE FAST REPLY

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Imperial pfft. Im 38 and refused to deal in it! 13/16th's listen to it. It is confusing and definately an inferior measurement scale. Just wish the yanks would admit it : ) Never buyin' a harley for that reason alone :innocent:

The only snap on bit of gear I have is a 1/4" torque wrench with extention never missed a beat, next to useless to me now with no dirt bikes but I enjoy it's presence :bowdown:

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Metric is the shizzle fo sho. it`s easy. It`s like a digital watch, you don`t need to think. lol.. I started school and soon there after Australia changed to metric. I grew up with both. Things I worked on and even now, are both.

Although I`m glad I was never a draughtsman or whatever dealing 32nd of inches and Christ knows what.

An Inch is a bit. A 16th is a tad, thousands are bee`s dicks. that's a conversion for youse... and that.

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I own a fair bit of snap off tools and cant say that its all worth the money. Their impact sockets are soft as butter and wear out quickly and their double hex sockets are pretty poor for the price too. I love my 1/2 in and 3/8 Snap on rattle guns,definately my favourite toys. Only downside is if someones got a tight bolt etc they always want to borrow. Other 2 of my most favourite tools are my Snap on 3/8 and 1/4 in swivel round head ratchets. Best ratchets ive ever owned and I even bought another pair for home. Snap on pry bars are good,their long double ring long spanners and their flank drive ring and open end spanners are also sh*t hot. Snap on multimeter is ok I guess but was a bit pricey really. The comp guage set and cooling system pressure tester kit are also 2 of my favourites. All up I reckon my tools would have to be worth 30gs including cab and chest. I hate borrowing other peoples tools and hate using workshop supplied tools as most of the time they are f*cked or lost,so I started buying my own specialty tools such as Multimeter,comp guage set,tap and die set,cooling system pressure tester,battery tester,gas soldering iron,verniers,dials etc.. Atleast we can claim it all on tax I guess.

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You`re not the first person I `ve seen comment on the impact sockets.

Are we talking cordless rattle guns?

I have a Milwaukee 28 volt rattle gun that has been to hell and back. I use it mainly for rattling off Victaulic joins on sand pipes, its served me well for over 3 years and spent easter out in the pouring rain after some putz left it out.

I also have a 28 volt cordless drill by the same maker and I`ve pizzled it. lol it will have 2 guys putting weight on it to drive tek screws into thick plate or rusty sh!t. Or my size 11 foot..

The rattle gun is getting tired, if I use the brand new battery they got me it has some of the grunt it once had.

The boss has an 18 volt Milwaukee rattle gun it it`d snap off wheel studs I reckon, its mighty. I hope I get one of those when mine dies..

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Heres my tools,

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There amazing, I just give one to the right person and sh*t gets fixed...

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