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    Hi, just after a 200-300 piece tool box set and noticed there are a lot of new brands popping up. I always liked Sidchrome to be a good quality brand, is there any other good quality brands out there that make tool sets?

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    I used to be a motor mechanic and got fed up paying mega bucks for snap on stuff, then repco came out with a copy. Its cheap, good quality and doesnt hurt so much when you loose a spanner or have to cut one up as a special tool. Good waranty aswell. There are heaps of top quality brands but you do pay a fortune for them. The repco stuff is bloody good quality for the money.

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    yep, i agree with repco brand, pretty good for me as well, i havent broken any of their stuff yet and its had a daily hammering and not too expensive.
    i only have one snapon socket, its an 8mm 6 sided for undoing rocker arms on ford falcon 6's as im always doing heads on them things they are that crappy. broken it 2 times with a breaker bar on the end and they have replaced it no questions asked twice.

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    kincrome is pretty good mate, i will say though i managed to break my vise grips. i broke the weld in the front grip and the head went all loose. but i dont think i filled out the warrenty card, or i may have lost it.

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    Depends on your usage really...trade quality I would go for the above mentioned brands; I use European tools myself (German/Swedish or English)

    Sidchrome changed their warranty policy a while ago but are still a good buy (used to be like Snap On)

    Repco are a good for light to medium type of work

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    I wouldn't hesitate in using the repco stuff for full blown trade use. I did for the last 5 years I was in the auto trade. Sure some of there spanners are not as fine in build quality as stuff like starwillie etc.. but they are a third of the price. I have specialty spanners for certian jobs that are not repco, but for every spanner that needed replacing for general duties, the repco's were perfectly fine. I reckon you spend the good money on critical things like allen keys and torx drivews where bad quality results in burred bolts.

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    Total Tools brand is also very good. I'm pretty sure it's lifetime warranty as well. Repco is really good as well. I have one of their socket sets and it seems good.

    I'm not a big fan of Kinchrome as I have a few of their tools and they aren't very good. I'm a bit cynical and think any majors brands sold in Bunnings is a bit cut price.

    I also have some German stuff - Bahco which is really good but exxy.

    I even have some SuperworksGold tools from SuperCheapAuto. They have a lifetime warranty, is quite cheap and has received good reports in other forums. I think they have rebranded it to Calibre but still have the reported lifetime warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtherLeft View Post
    I'm not a big fan of Kinchrome as I have a few of their tools and they aren't very good. I'm a bit cynical and think any majors brands sold in Bunnings is a bit cut price.

    I also have some German stuff - Bahco which is really good but exxy.
    That's the funny thing - Bunnings stock Bahco!

    I've got two different Bahco socket sets, got them on recommendation of a few people, and I reckon they're absolutely brilliant for the price I paid. The Sidchrome stuff at the green B was priced way higher than the Bahco, so that made me happy, and thus far it's been brilliant gear in my personal opinion.

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    Yeah it's a bit odd they sell good quality stuff as well.

    Is Trojan their homebrand?

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    I recently bought a 94 piece Bahco set from Bunnings. Looks and feels exactly the same as Snap-On, and IMO a level above Sidchrome of today (but perhaps not better than Sidchrome of old) Much better value than Sidchrome or Snap-On. I think the price per piece was under $3!

    JustTools has them for $249: Bahco 94pce Socket & Mechanical Set. #S87+7

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    I have had a few sets, My favourite has to be my Teng Tools. They dont cost the earth and come with a lifetime warranty.
    I have had a 3/4 Breaker bar trying to remove some rusty old bolts and NEVER broken a socket. If you look at Teng Tools Australia you should be able to pick up a nice set.
    If your anywhere near North Essendon, Auto 1 had a good start up set VERY cheap cant remember the cost as I had most of the tools.

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    Bahco was at one stage called Sandvik and at one stage was incorporated with Snap On !! They do make bloody good tools !

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