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MrRon

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46 days ago

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Who makes the best hex key wrenches? Some of the wrenches (I have hundreds of them) get their corners rounded off when tightening socket head cap screws or set screws. I know of Allen and Bondhus; are there any others that are higher quality?


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darinS

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#1 posted 46 days ago

Would using a torx bit work better for you Mr. Ron? I know I’ve used them quite often instead of hex keys and they work well for what I have used them for.

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#2 posted 46 days ago

Look around for a tool truck at auto repair garages. Snap On, Mac, Matco, they are all good. Guaranteed forever. Not cheap.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 46 days ago

I consider Bondhus very high quality, Allen may have farmed their production out to China (hope not, just a chance). But the suggestion about seeking out a Mac truck or a Snap on truck is a good one; just be prepared to pay. I’ve had a set of Snap on hex drivers (for a ratchet) for about 15 years. A lot of use, and nary a problem.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#4 posted 46 days ago

Anything that is made it Taiwan rather than China is generally better quality. Though, I’ve been using a Harbor Freight set like these for a few years without any problems. I use them quite often. And I wouldn’t normally promote their hand tools; I’ve bought very few of them.

http://www.harborfreight.com/36-piece-sae-metric-hex-key-set-94725.html

A lot of the old USA made stuff wasn’t as good as it was chalked up to be either. We have had serious quality control problems here also.

-- Nicholas

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Crank50

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#5 posted 46 days ago

Bondhus is the best hex wrench I have used. I get them from a local auto parts store, not a chain, but local owned.
I especially like the “T” handle wrenches with the ball end. You can work way more than twice as fast with these.

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nicksmurf111

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#6 posted 46 days ago

T handles are nice, but if you buy them, you still need regular ones for tight spaces.

-- Nicholas

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 46 days ago

Take that!

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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MrFid

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#8 posted 46 days ago

Look into a bicycle store, which uses hex wrenches a lot. I have a set of Pedro’s (metric) that have a rounded end on the long side, which makes them useable from an angle when things are tight. Had them for years, highly recommend.

These ones: http://pedros.com/products/tools/general-tool/l-hex-wrench-set/

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#9 posted 46 days ago

Allen makes some good ones. I used to use them on machines when I worked in a factory. I used a lot of cheater pipes on them with no problems.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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