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Old 19th May 2016, 09:55   #1321
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Bought this 1/2 inch socket set for my DIYs.
Somehow forgot to mention the price and source of this toolkit in the excitement

I got it for Rs.2250 from a local tools store after half an hour of bargaining session

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Bought this 1/2 inch socket set for my DIYs.

The only downside I found was-This kit is too damn heavy.
Shashi mate looks a nice piece of 1/2 inch socket set. 1/2 inch socket sets by their nature are heavy compared to their 3/8 inch counterparts. I will always suggested DIY'ers to go for 3/8 inch socket set as it is relatively light weight and does its job. 1/2 inch socket set is more for professional tasks if one has to disassembly large parts and so on. Also the larger sockets from 24 to 32mm size are very rarely used by DIY'ers. These larger diameter sockets add up to the weight. I usually take them out and keep them separate to make my toolbox lighter.

From my experience of using tools especially socket sets 3/8 inch drive socket sets does the job fine and I almost every time reach out for my 3/8 inch socket set for DIY tasks despite of having 1/2 inch socket set.
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Shashi mate looks a nice piece of 1/2 inch socket set. 1/2 inch socket sets by their nature are heavy compared to their 3/8 inch counterparts. I will always suggested DIY'ers to go for 3/8 inch socket set as it is relatively light weight and does its job. 1/2 inch socket set is more for professional tasks if one has to disassembly large parts and so on. Also the larger sockets from 24 to 32mm size are very rarely used by DIY'ers. These larger diameter sockets add up to the weight. I usually take them out and keep them separate to make my toolbox lighter.

From my experience of using tools especially socket sets 3/8 inch drive socket sets does the job fine and I almost every time reach out for my 3/8 inch socket set for DIY tasks despite of having 1/2 inch socket set.
Thanks mate. Honestly speaking, I wasn't even aware of what this 1/2 inch or 3/8 inch meant a few days back. Later on realised their significance.

While purchasing, they did show me 3/8th one, but it had lesser number of sockets as you rightly pointed out!! As I have lived these days with a 1/4 inch kit, the lack of available sockets was something I wasn't ready to compromise on. Once bitten twice shy perhaps. Hence opted for the 1/2 inch kit.

I agree with you that such large socket sizes won't be used on a daily basis, specially for DIYs, where most of the time we are confined to socket sizes less than 24.

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I agree with you that such large socket sizes won't be used on a daily basis, specially for DIYs, where most of the time we are confined to socket sizes less than 24.

Start doing DIY on your car and you might find the occasional use for these larger size sockets. E.g. Nut that keeps the pitman arm in place. Some suspension components etc.

You can never ever have to many tools is my credo!

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Which is a better brand for electric drill, Skil or B&D?
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Recently got a 3d Printer from Aliexpress -
Looking forward to designing and printing plastic parts for the next project!
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Recently got a 3d Printer from Aliexpress -
Looking forward to designing and printing plastic parts for the next project!
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Could you please share the printer details ? AliExpress link
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Bought this 1/2 inch socket set for my DIYs. Having used this brand's tools earlier, I have trust on their quality.
Good one. Though 3/8 or 1/4th is preferable, 1/2 socket work very well and doesn't slip on higher torque. If you need to get higher socket sizes purchase individual impact sockets. More strong and treated with black oxide that provides corrosion and rust protection. However they are marginally expensive.
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Could you please share the printer details ? AliExpress link
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Big-s...516976282.html
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Friends,
I am intended to purchase small Grease Gun of 200 Gms capacity (max 300 Gms). I need it to grease propeller shaft, UJ and leaf springs etc of my Thar Di 4x4 so a flexible hose is required.

Can anyone suggest for an on line purchase of a good company?

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While purchasing, they did show me 3/8th one, but it had lesser number of sockets as you rightly pointed out!! As I have lived these days with a 1/4 inch kit, the lack of available sockets was something I wasn't ready to compromise on. Once bitten twice shy perhaps. Hence opted for the 1/2 inch kit.
We all are learning mate and especially us in India are a spoilt lot as we have cheap labour available for anything and everything. There are very few DIY'ers I have come across so the knowledge on tools for DIY is somewhat limited, me included. Well there is always an option to buy individual sockets separately which are not in the tool kit. I have myself bought loose individual sockets of the required size and type(hexagon or 6 point and bi-hexagon or 12 point sockets). I have a large collection of tools that will put an average workshop in India to shame.


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Start doing DIY on your car and you might find the occasional use for these larger size sockets. E.g. Nut that keeps the pitman arm in place. Some suspension components etc.
Jeroen mate as I mentioned above we in India are a spoilt lot as we have cheap labour available for anything and everything. Also most of the DIY'ers here do not work on larger and complex parts such as steering, suspension and engine assembly. Most people here live in apartments and have no private garage to work on their vehicles. Also since the labour is cheap no one bothers to get their hands dirty.
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I agree as I am a DIY'er since age 10. It was when I asked the carpenter forgiving me his ball peen hammer while he was working on your home furniture. He gave it to me free of cost as a goodwill gesture and there started my tool collection fever. I looked at your tool collection in the previous posts on this very thread and it is very impressive. I currently have:
1. Five Different types of hammers viz. Machinist, Ball Peen, Claw, Rubber Mallet and a Nylon Hammer
2. Three 1/2 inch Socket sets, Three 3/8 inch Socket sets, Two 1/4 inch Socket sets. 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch individual sockets of deep (Extra Long) type of both hexagon and bi-hexagon type from size 8mm to 28mm. 1/2 inch Loose Sockets of all sizes in both hexagon and bi-hexagon type. The sockets sets also incudes bits of different sizes like Pozi Drive, Torx, Hex, Star, etc.
3. Flex head/Swivel head reversible ratchet with quick release of all sizes 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4 inch. In addition to this five 1/2 inch drive reversible ratchets with quick release.
4. Bearing/Gear Puller of three sizes 3 inch, 4 inch and 8 inch.
5. 13mm B&D Tradesman Series 650W Reversible Hammer Drill Machine with ball bearing construction. Complete with Metabo Drill Bits of all sizes for all types of surface like concrete, wood, masonry, etc. It can also be used as a power screwdriver to tighten and remove screws.
6. Oscillating multi tool of a Russian brand I can't recollect
7. Hand files for wood and metal finishing along with a grinding abrasive stone for sharpening tools
8. Chisel set both round and hexagon
9. Spanner set with combination spanners, jaw spanners, ring spanners(both 6 point and 12 point type), deep offset ring spanners(both 6 point and 12 point type), Half moon ring spanner set, S shape ring spanner set, four adjustable spanner/wrench of 6 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch and 14 inch.
10. Screwdrivers both combination as well as single numbering about 18 in all of different types like engineer, electrician and mechanic's screwdriver. Stubby Screwdriver of two types Phillips and Slotted, screwdriver set for electronic stuff, etc. My drill machine can be used for tightening and removing screws.
11. Pick and hook set with circlip pliers of both straight and bent types
12. Hack saw of two sizes 6 inch and 14 inch
13. Combination and long nose Pliers of 3 sets each with different sizes ranging from 4 inch to 8 inch. Crimping pliers set and two cutting pliers.
14. 100mm B&D Angle grinder
15. Torque Wrench Ratchet Type of 1/2 inch(having 12-68Nm and 14 to 68Nm) and 3/8 inch(3-14 Nm)
16. Allen key set(2 sets each) both long and short type in metric and SI sizes
17. Vice/Lock Grip Pliers of sizes 5, 7 and 10 inch each
18. Cross wheel spanner and jack(screw type)
19. Car and Motorcycle battery charger with different modes of charging. Lithium battery type jump starter for Petrol engines up to 5000ccc and Diesel Engines up to 3500cc.
20. A couple of Toolboxes and an old wooden cupboard I have salvaged from home to store my tools.
21. Assortment of different types of screws, nuts, bolts, washers, zip ties, sand/emery paper, Velcro bands, adhesive tapes, punches, brass brushes, scissors, screw extractors, Safety Gloves and Safety Glasses, etc.

All the above tools are for basic tinkering I do with my 5 Royal Enfield motorcycles and Mitsubishi Lancer. I will continue to buy specialized tools for engine and other complex parts as and when I get time.
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You can never ever have to many tools is my credo!
Reminds me of my spanner buying session last year. I already had odd spanners of most useful sizes, but had decided to buy sets, open and ring. When ordering online, I thought, I might as well go for 12-piece, without really attending to the maximum size on the list ---- and can now face bolts and nuts up to 32mm!

I am confident that I will never need to, but hey, if I do, I'm ready!

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I am so fascinated with tools that now it has become a habit to use tools anytime and every time for any job. In fact I have a habit of carrying a Swiss pocket knife cum multi tool with me every time I go out. I have collected three so far one is a 14 function, other is a 30 function and the third is a 34 function Swiss pocket knife cum multi tool.

I respect the tools I use as I consider them as important as my eyes, hands and fingers that enable me to carry out the work. Plus the quality and cleanliness of work to my satisfaction as an added bonus.
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I have also been buying hand tools fr the last 40 years. Though I have practically stopped repairs work on cars and bikes, the buying bug bites at times and I top-up my collection as and when required. Here is a partial list of what I have collected
. 1/2" sockets - Metric, US and British sizes, 6mm to 32mm
. 1/2" Torque wrench
. Open ended spanners - 6mm to 46mm
. Ring spanners - 6mm to 36mm
. Combination spanners - 6mm to 14mm
. Screw Drivers, at least 20+
. Miscl pullers and specialised gear pullers
. Valve seat cutters, Ring comressor and Valve compressor
. Tens of Files, hammers and a set of wood working tools including hole saw set
. 2 Drills - 13mm and 10mm
. One heavy duty electric screw driver - basically based on 13mm drill with reversing switch
. At least 20 HSS drill bits, 20+ Carbide bits (6 are 250-450mm long)

All these are stored in various cabinets spread all over the house. Recently I bought a 24" long tool box to carry most used tools.

This is apart from a few Multimeters collected over time.
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Nice collection. What is the difference between metric, US and British. Obviously I know metric and Britsh (some still call it imperial) but what would you call US?
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