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Old 06-26-2004, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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where to buy metric rachetting wrenches

so i dont have 100 bucks to go to sears and get some. harbor freight only has english sizes. where are some good places to get some that wont break the bank?
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Old 06-26-2004, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lowes had a bunch really cheap. Discontinued one model, replacing with another.

The set I found had 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, & 17mm - if I remember correctly it was only about $20
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I got a set from Costco, both SAE and metric. About $40 or so.
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Old 06-26-2004, 02:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i don't like the craftsman set i have. the damn heads are too big to get into most places.

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Funny that you mention this

I saw something of what you're talking about on a TV show today called Horsepower TV.

See if this link helps at all?

http://www.horsepowertv.com/ingear.aspx?iid=1283
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I just saw stanely brand at walmart for~$50 a set.
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Old 06-26-2004, 05:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Gear Wrench brand @ Lowes Metric and Standard sets Sell for something like 54-57 a set. Also sold individually, in case your a dumbass and lose 1/2 of the set.
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i have a set of harbor freight, but if you think the craftsman heads are big......these things are ginormous...i hardly ever use them they're so big.
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I have the Gear Wrench brand metric and standard plus the harbor freight standard for the big stuff since the gear wrench doesnt go that big. You have to watch out on the Gear Wrench though because the metrics skip like 3 or 4 wrenches that you have to buy individualy. They arent as cheap as other but are WELL worth the money.
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I got a set from Costco, both SAE and metric. About $40 or so.

I got these too, they're awesome and I use them all the time.
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Too bad you weren't closer the company I work for sells sweet ones and they go on sale all the time.You could even get stubby ones that are so handy.They are excellant quality and have a lifetime guarantee.I abuse the hell out of them.Maybe you can order online Canadian Tire Corporation. http://www.canadiantire.ca/assortmen...nt=assortment1 .Remember Canadian dollar and they go for half price all the time.
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those at drivewerks.com are 78 bucks without shipping
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those at drivewerks.com are 78 bucks without shipping

man u can do a lot better, i bought gear wrench for like 40 bucks 8mm-17mm no sizes skipped. and they are smaller head and a thinnker better shank. some guy n the misc for sale section was selling some cheap too i think
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I'll only run the reversibles personally:

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/KD-9620.html

But if you want the ones you have to flip over:
http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/KD-9416.html

This doesn't meet your cost criteria, I know, but the lesser sets skip sizes. Save your dough and buy a complete set, the sizes you don't get will be the next sizes you need, Murphy's law.

You can only get up to about 3/4 or 19mm in reversible, then they only make them in the other style, here's the "jumbo" set of SAE:

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/KD-9309.html
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So my question is:

Why don't they make them in a 6 point? They have a 5 degree swing, so no need for a 12 point.

I keep holding off on buying until I figure out if they will offer it...

My perfect set would be 6 point flex heads with a full polish handle and flank drive on the open end....
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I bought the craftsman set for using in the shop, but at home I have a set I got from costco with both metric and standard, and it was about 40$.
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My perfect set would be 6 point flex heads with a full polish handle and flank drive on the open end....
Snap-On makes some, too, flank drive on the open end.

I've thought that 6pt would be nice, too. I've got an old set like the ones pic'd by a2b above, and they were 6pt. In fact, looking at a2b's pic, it appears that some are 6pt and some are 12pt LOL.
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in metric sizes i own a set of:

gear wrench
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of course i prefer the snap ons

the craftsman and snap-on are the only ones made in the USA all the others are tawain
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I think with the 12 point it allows a little more clearance.I've never even come close to slipping with our style of wrenches.I have found over the years that 6point used to be the king and now with newer designs the 12 point are as good or better.Go ahead argue but the load of quality is not on the edges but centered.Twelve biting grips tend to smear bolts less.Also 6 point tend to crack easier.OK sometimes I use a non impact socket to get just the right thickness or length and it's only the six points that ever crack.Keep your eyes posted to my companies web page.Usually everything rotates and they sell at 50% off.With the exchange you could pick up the set for around 38 bucks US funds.Not sure if our weekly flyers have the same sale prices but I'll check next weeks.
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So Rob -

Are you saying you work for cambodian tire?

Easy enough to jump across the border and hit the location on 99....

Do you guys have flex heads ? Do the SAE & Metric go on sale at the same time?

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So Rob -

Are you saying you work for cambodian tire?

Easy enough to jump across the border and hit the location on 99....

Do you guys have flex heads ? Do the SAE & Metric go on sale at the same time?

Thanks,

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Yes they do and yes I do.I work in the Abbotsford store which is just over the border as well.If I remember I'll post whats on sale and when.They usually do the swivel ends one week then the stubby's soon after.I cannot believe how nice the swivel ends work especially on import cars.BTW I have never had to warranty a wrench even in the shop environment.
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