New Allen Key set – Wera or others ?
At work we use bondus hex keys. Cheap but very good – the cheap part is useful as you can change them without giving it a second thought the moment they get worn. Or it’s never a problem if you need to cut them down the fit in a tight space.
Worst ones Ive had were blue point t-handle ones and some of the small size snap on socket mounted hex ones.Posted 7 months agoporter_jamieSubscriber
I have a couple of sets of the facom ones. They are very good. I have some stainless wera ones which are nice and a think maybe a touch longer so you can lean on them a bit more but they are round aection not hex so the facom ones are probaby ‘faster’ in use – you can grip the shaft and whizz out the bolt easier. The facom ones are a no brainer.Posted 7 months agogenesiscore502011Subscriber
Titanium ones on eBay……..£1k!! (KS Tools)
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ks+tools+titanium+allen+keys&client=safari&sa=X&hl=en-gb&biw=375&bih=559&tbs=cat:1632,pdtr0:716517%7C742956,vw:l,init_ar:!SgVKAwjgDEoKUggI5d0rIKysLQ%3D%3D,ss:44&tbm=shop&prmd=sivn&srpd=11640290942722272555&prds=num:1,of:1,epd:11640290942722272555&ved=0ahUKEwjmj82a96fVAhUrIcAKHRozA50QgjYIowIPosted 7 months ago
These are my primary go-to allen keys and I’ve found them excellent. You can also buy them individually when they start to go tired, but so far, I’ve not needed to.
Oh, one other daft thing, but I have a set of machined small allen keys which are a hold over from my days racing RC cars. I’ve never come across anything like them in mainstream sets as the edges of the hex are literally razor sharp and for tiny adjusters (e.g. brake reach etc) they are absolutely second to none. They are a much valued tool and kept in a safe place so they don’t get beaten up in the toolbox!
These are the closest I can find:
They aren’t exactly like mine, but they are machined so I assume they would be similar. Highly recommended, but not cheap 🙂Posted 7 months agoseadog101Subscriber
The Bondhus set I have are still in decent nick after many years.
Not THE most expensive, but not at the Cheapo end of the spectrum.Posted 7 months agooikeithMember
I might get shot for this, but I picked up a Halfords set few weeks back which they back with a lifetime guarantee for breaking or damage.Posted 7 months agokraken2345Member
I can highly recommend a facom set. Managed to bend one removing a pedal that must’ve been seized to crank for a good 5 years however this was because I got my 21 stone mate to step on the end of a bar I’d put over the key to extend it even further. Got the pedal out but rounded the end slightly (barely) as it slipped. Contacted facom and they sorted it to send a new one within a week after seeing a blurry photo.Posted 7 months agojefflSubscriber
I got some Wiha ones like the below purely because the holder is awesome and they all spin out when you open it.Posted 7 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
My boring-coloured Bahco and Teng ones are every bit as good as my colourful Weras imo and way cheaper. Buuuuut, I’ve lost the bastard 5mm out of both of those whereas my Weras have stayed a set. Black and silver allen keys have their own special laws.
The colour makes no difference to me in use fwiw, if they were all the same colour it’d be just as good- the point is that they’re distinctive so they don’t get swept into other tools or lost so easily.Posted 7 months ago
I’ve lost the bastard 5mm out of both of those
Teng sell them individually (assuming you’re talking about the T-bar ones:
It’s funny that certain sizes of hex keys vanish more than others. At some point they will all turn up, probably in the same place as my 9mm sockets.. 😉Posted 7 months agorichmtbSubscriber
Not overly impressed by the £11 Bahco set on Amazon.
I left my 8mm on the window sill after a quick pedal change and it rusted.
Still they were pretty cheap.
I’ve had a set of Park P-handled for years, still going strong, takes pride of place in the centre of my tool board.Posted 7 months agopatonMemberPosted 7 months ago
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