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Amateur tools that aren't chocolate ?

I have been out the loop in terms of mechanics these past ten years and so need to know what new names there are out there that are affordable and dependable for the non professional mechanic.

Yes I do know about Britool, Elora and Snap-On, I used to have them when I worked professionally as a plant fitter so know what we are talking there but I no longer need that kind of quality along with their attendant price ( yeah, it's more about price), where I still mourn the loss of what I had, the culmination of twenty years of tool collecting, about six grands worth, all in Snap-On tool chests, I lost the lot and have hardly turned a nut since.

So what do people report, what names are out there and known to be dependable and affordable for the non professional mechanic as I won't buy tools where the maker won't dare to put their signature on what they make and as said what new names have come on the market these past ten years I don't know and I wish to avoid chocolate.

Oh and the chocolate, I broke an 18mm chocolate socket today, and very nearly my fingers, an inch of the socket circumference just sheared away, for me to view the construction to find what appeared to be a casting with the name Draper proudly stamped, yeah I know about Draper, but it's all I had.
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Re: Amateur tools that aren't chocolate ?

I have been using Halfrauds own brand tools for about 20yrs ..wasnt from their cheaper range but slightly more expensive ..only been used on cars for minor repairs
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It is easier to take it apart than to put it back together
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Re: Amateur tools that aren't chocolate ?

A mate of mine, truck mechanic for 30 years swears by Halfords professional range.
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Re: Amateur tools that aren't chocolate ?

I'm another that will point towards Halford's professional range.
Complete with Lifetime guarantee (which they honour on the spot if you take a busted tool into any shop)

Keep eyes and ears open on them, often get good but short term discounts.

Draper..... desperate times to buy any of their kit
Almost as bad as buying no name on ebay .

One place I would point you towards is lidl.
Some of the tools that come up on their offers are actually at the top end of amateur.

Generally, I've also found Laser to be good.
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Re: Amateur tools that aren't chocolate ?

i have a small halfords socket set handy as they say if you break it we will replace it
the rest are tools i have collected over the years its all down to how often will you use them would never buy cheap but mid range seem to work ok evan the none powered tyre changer i bought for 50 saved me a packet 6 ton press 50 first use it earned its money
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