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Old 13 March 2006, 04:06   #11
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If I need to replace anything I also now use the Halfords Pro range, not managed to bugger one of their sockets or spanners up yet. Not had to try taking one back so can't comment on their service if you do.

But I wouldn't keep any of my main tools on the boat, so I also keep a basic set of tools in a box with some other gear that only gets put in the boat when I go out.

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Old 13 March 2006, 04:07   #12
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i used snap-on, brittal or however you spell it and king dick and others for years in the airforce. with snapon you do get very good quality but if you just need spanners then most reasonable quality chrome vanadium ones are fine for the average guy, however when it comes to specialist tools etc then they can not be beaten.

i have a small green screwdriver i found one day, i abused it and used as a chisel and generally gave it a hard life. one day i realised despite the abuse the blade was still perfect, then i noticed snap on on the handle but hardly visable, its as if the blade is made of something from another planet....the best screwdriver i own!!

i use snapon ratchet rings, screwdrivers and easyouts, and locking wire pliers etc but all the rest is just ordinary kit. cheap spanners are not as lean and slim as good quality items so if access space is a problem then that is when more expensive kit comes in handy

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Old 13 March 2006, 06:43   #13
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cheap spanners are not as lean and slim as good quality items so if access space is a problem then that is when more expensive kit comes in handy

Same with sockets - I needed to borrow a snap-on socket to access the hidden bolt when removing the outboard lower assembly - cheap scokets far too chunky

I have a number of tools from BETA - good quality and not too pricey.
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Old 13 March 2006, 07:30   #14
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Lidl special offer tools for boat; 28p per end of spanner, last set, rings were 2.79 for 5. They are poor compared to Snap-On but as a consumable I'm not bothered

Pro range (all makes) at home when no one wants to "borrow" them
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Old 13 March 2006, 07:37   #15
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a hint

next time you are sitting on your boat imagine some problems you might encounter, then review what tools would be needed together with your technical knowledge to be able to put a fix in place, then make sure you have those tools on board at a minimum. you might be surprised what few tools are actually needed, ie a good quality adjustable goes a long way!

for some people a screwdriver, hammer, molegrips and pliers will be enough i suspect, with a larger hammer if it is a particular tricky problem
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Don't forget, 2-stroke = Plug spanner

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thanks for all the advice. i am quite good with engines,i think i will get a full set from halfords. my brother owens a machine shop hopefully he will let a few go missing.

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