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Old Oct 11, 2012, 06:47 PM
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What are some good quality hex wrenches to buy?

I'm tired of having to constantly replacing cheap hex wrenches/screwdrivers from eBay.

What are some good brands that will last a long time and won't wear easily? I'm happy to spend some more money and get better quality tools because they do make a big difference.

Any links are appreciated.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:03 PM
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Looking for regular L keys or the ones with the screw driver handles?
For L keys( particularly in the larger sizes) Bondhus.
For smaller hobby sizes with handles, then Dynamite
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Looking for regular L keys or the ones with the screw driver handles?
Yeah prefer the ones with screw driver handles.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:09 PM
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+1 for Bondhus. Also the ball driver tips are handy to tighten socket head screws at an angle. I'd suggest you get a metric and an imperial set.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Bondhus are great, but for the smaller sizes machined/ground hex wrenches like the Dynamite are less likely to round out the head of the screw.
They are also made of harder steel, so won't wear out.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:37 PM
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I bought this set at hobbypartz. The allen screwdrivers are machined to spec not extruded hex stock. It makes a big difference in the fit on well made hex socket screws. I need to wiggle the tips into the screw! This kit is marketed to the rc car folks but I find they're great for tiny set screws on planes and plane motors.

James

http://www.hobbypartz.com/11pcsrctokit.html
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 10:19 PM
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@leaktech, I'm reading a lot of good reviews about this set. Too bad it costs more than twice the price of this set to have them shipped to Australia
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 12:27 PM
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I'm tired of having to constantly replacing cheap hex wrenches/screwdrivers from eBay.

What are some good brands that will last a long time and won't wear easily? I'm happy to spend some more money and get better quality tools because they do make a big difference.

Any links are appreciated.

Check at your local automotive parts store. They will have better quality tools overall. If you can find (don't know if you have them down south) Mac, Snap-on or other tool only suppliers, you will find the best of the best in tools. VERY expensive but carry a lifetime warranty. You break it, they replace it!!

Ken
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Just did a search on your location. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmania

I can see now why shipping is quite the issue. I think those of us here in the states often forget, others like youself, have a mch more difficult time to get your hobby supplies. We complaine if it takes more than 3-4 days!!!

Good luck on your search.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 01:58 PM
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@leaktech, I'm reading a lot of good reviews about this set. Too bad it costs more than twice the price of this set to have them shipped to Australia
Do you have a local RC car track nearby? Those guys have good hex drivers. Ask the racers on race day. The track owner might sell them too. Did you check hobby king?

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...river_set.html
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 09:42 PM
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I'm tired of having to constantly replacing cheap hex wrenches/screwdrivers from eBay.

What are some good brands that will last a long time and won't wear easily? I'm happy to spend some more money and get better quality tools because they do make a big difference.

Any links are appreciated.
Craftsmen, best tools ever.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:23 PM
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LOL - okay...

Good quality hex drivers - I use Wera Kraftform, you should be able to find them on eBay or Amazon, but they don't come in the real small sizes. Maybe spring for a heli tool set from align, etc, I hear they are pretty good but a bit pricey.

For hex L-keys, I have Bondhus, which are pretty darn good.
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 09:28 AM
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"Craftsmen, best tools ever. "

Used to be. Now you REALLY have to be careful, they have a LOT of junk.

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Old Oct 13, 2012, 07:09 PM
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PB Tools has some nice Swiss made tools. Pricey though.
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 07:17 PM
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+1 Those PB hex wrenches are excellent.
But for small sizes I still think machined/ground ends will be better than those, assuming they are quality ones.
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