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Forum topic by MrRon posted 06-13-2014 06:15 PM 1128 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#1 posted 06-13-2014 06:46 PM

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 06-13-2014 06:51 PM

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

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 08:02 PM

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.

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#4 posted 06-13-2014 08:23 PM

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.

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.

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#5 posted 06-13-2014 11:03 PM

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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#6 posted 06-14-2014 02:09 AM

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

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#7 posted 06-14-2014 02:12 AM

Take that!

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#8 posted 06-14-2014 02:19 AM

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:

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 05:10 AM

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.

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