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Old 08 October 2011, 09:48   #1
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I love Halfords!

I've been looking for some Tool cabinets for my job (top and bottom), but can't justify the price many of them sell for. Obviously I want the best quality tools/storage money will buy.

Last Christmas I was visiting Halfords and found a Halfords Professional 9 Drawer Ball-Bearing Chest that was being offered as a manager special. The lid was bent so that it wouldn't lock. It was offered at 100 but I managed to negotiate down to 80. Once home I was able to simply remove the crease in the lid and has been working fine ever since.

I have visited the Fareham store several times over the last 10 months and have seen at least two other Manager Special Cabinets at reduced cost that had cosmetic damage. I don't need another top mounted box so have passed these offers by.

Today when passing, I popped in and found a Trolly (bottom part) Industrial 6 Drawer Ball Bearing Tool Cabinet that they couldn't open because the key was broken off. The remaining key was underneath the price lable. It had already been reduced from the Managers special of 170 to 140 but being keen on getting a better price asked the manager if he would sell it for 100. We settled on 120.

I've since got the Cabinet home and managed to extract the broken off key from the lock. The other key works fine even though you can see some one has tried to force the lock. It looks a nice peice of kit and will compliment my other tool box even though they are different colours.

Just goes to show you what bargains can be had by keeping your eye's open.
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A man after my own heart.....I LOVE a bargain! It's also worth getting a Halfords trade card Andy.....some stuff it has little or no effect on, but things like tools /batteries etc can come in for serious reductions (and better pricesd than I can find elsewhere).....I like their 'Proffessional' range of tools....decent enough quality and lifetime guarantee (they've never quibbled when I've gone in with broken stuff either (despite the fact they've often been abused)......

Don't rely on it always being the cheapest option, but you will find it often is
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A man after my own heart.....I LOVE a bargain! It's also worth getting a Halfords trade card Andy.....some stuff it has little or no effect on, but things like tools /batteries etc can come in for serious reductions (and better pricesd than I can find elsewhere).....I like their 'Proffessional' range of tools....decent enough quality and lifetime guarantee (they've never quibbled when I've gone in with broken stuff either (despite the fact they've often been abused)......

Don't rely on it always being the cheapest option, but you will find it often is
I didn't even know they did a trade card. Great tip!

Yes I have some of their proffessional tools, I love their ratchet combo spanners with swivel heads. I've had a socket set, bought for me for my 18th birthday present, still going strong 27 years later. All original and I've hurled abuse at it too. The latch on the box is the only thing that has broken.
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I got a great deal on my Snap on box a few years ago, bargain at 1500

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Get membership of Costco, not to difficult. They sell amazing Stainless Steel tool chests/cabinets that are far better than Snap-on and at a quarter of the price.
I have a couple of 15 drawer units, 6ft tall and 4 ft wide, and paid less than 400, 3800 at Snap-on
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All due respect Steve, I doubt they're anywhere near as good as Snap on, could you do this with yours?!

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All due respect Steve, I doubt they're anywhere near as good as Snap on, could you do this with yours?!

Why would you want to?

I also have a snap on tool chest, soon to be replaced by a s/s from Costco, they really are superb!
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Because I'm using mine all day every day and I've still got 30 years till I collect my pension so I want something that'll last!
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Sounds like you've fallen for the hype!

My 20 year old Snap On cabinet sits on top of a 22 year old Snide roll cab, I don't even know the make, but it's cheap and cheerful. They both function perfectly, but the roll cab has no rust, unlike the snap on.

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I bought a Halfrauds Professional 100-piece socket-set years ago. Still as good as the day I bought it. It came with a lifetime warranty. Pity I never kept the receipt.

I thought it was hype anyway. Think I replaced one allen-bit key with a reluctant member of staff minus the receipt. The plastic injection moulded case (lock-tabs) gave up the ghost a few years back, but I can honestly say they're excellent tools. I've used Snap-on Tools, Draper, Laser, etc and this set is just as good. Like anything - look after your tools and they'll last a lifetime.
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