So which is the best brand spanner to buy these days?

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 20:51
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It used to be sidchrome, But its like oils now, Soooooo much out there, Toolex seem to be popular now, need to stock up the old tool kit with maybe some more modern ideas useful spanners..lol.


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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:05

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:05
Hi Axle Kinchrome seem to be pretty reasonable for the money. They have a lifetime warranty. I use them in my workshop and they have been pretty resilient to wear and tear. (No affiliation etc) Have had a couple of Torque bits break and one 1/4 drive ratchet but they were replaced without any problems. Noticed Bunnings are selling them now as well. Cheers,Bob.
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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:15

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:15
Fair enough Bob,, ..Will have a look next Bunnings trip.



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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 07:16

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 07:16
Hi Axle

I will add my vote for Kinchrome. And while shopping look out for a set of these ratchet spanners. Best invention ever.

Phil

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Reply By: andrew t - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:18

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:18
depends on how much you want to spend, i have sidchrome,kingchrome and stanley stuff both at home and work and find that they are all pretty good i have also used metrinch spanners and sockets at home and work and they are pretty good as well and sometimes are better on any rounded off nuts and bolts and you don't need to carry both a metric and imperial set as the name suggests the will fit both nut/bolt head sizes i have also used some of the superworks stuff from super cheap auto and they are ok as well.it just depends on your budget and how often you will use them and how well you will treat them.
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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:27

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:27
Mate i hate spending money, hard on tools , and use them a lot.


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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:25

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:25
I used to like the Stahlwille brand spanners back when I wasn't buying my own tools. They're probably no dearer than other premium brands but they were certainly a good spanner.
This was a long while ago though so I don't know what they're like now.

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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:26

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:26
Axle
Snapon make great spanners the only problem with them is that you need a truck load of money to buy then. I've got a few but mostly a mixture of brands.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:30

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:30
Hmmmm! truck load of money!!, ..Dunno wether that will work..lol.


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Follow Up By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:52

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:52
I'll second Snap On. They do make really good spanners. Wear resistant, lifetime warranty and the open enders have the biters on the side which decrease the chance of rounding off nuts.

A second less expensive but what I think is an equally good spanner is the Repco (Rip Every Poor Customer Off) branded ones. Not sure who makes them but they also carry a lifetime replacement warranty.

I have a combination of the two mentioned brands and have thrashed the guts out of them both at work (mechanic by trade) and at home.
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Follow Up By: Goerge - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:14

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:14
I'll third Snap On, Cat make a good spanner much cheaper than Snap On and I am pretty sure the same product. Also SP Tools make a great spanner. I have all 3 brands and being a Heavy Duty Mechanic they cop a flogging and when they break they are replaced under warranty with out question.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 23:46

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 23:46
I am the third snap on,as my sidchromes have started dying have been replacing them with the snap on and they get a hiding but always put away clean, I have just brought a half dozen ratchet type with open end the other end 10 to 18mm, love them to bits.hope this helps your dilemma
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Reply By: Old Dave - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:28

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:28
Hi Axle

I have found that you cant go past Teng tools or snap on.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:33

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 21:33
Thanks Dave


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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:36

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:36
I have a set of Minimax that I bought in 1970...both full sets of metric and imperial right up to 1 inch and 25 mm. Being a cocky in a former life ...and later a truckie...they copped an absolute pizzling...in all sorts of situations and weather...and are still going strong ...altho the most common used sizes are starting to show some wear. Just recently lost my 14 mm combi...and I reckon its gunna be hard to replace. These tools still go everywhere with me in wotever I,m driving. Geez I wish they still made spanners like them ...as I consider them priceless even today.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 00:44

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 00:44
Likewise Keith, I bought mine in the 70's when I first got my licence. Spanner roll is looking a bit worse for wear but the spanners have never burred and have seen a lot of use over the years. Can you still get them?
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 01:22

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 01:22
Geeze guys, we might have to start a Minimax fan club..lol
I bought a set of combo spanners back in the 70's, used them in workshops and as part of my tool kit for various cars. Now both them and I are retired but they still travel in the 4WD. Not interested in buying any more spanners as I think I have enough to see me out.
Snap-On certainly make a huge range and good quality but boy do you pay for them.
Another name that was quite popular but not around so much these days was Dowidat, German I think and good stuff. I have a couple of their tyre levers that have been used and abused for all sorts of jobs.
I think for the price you paid for them and the quality the old Sidchrome took some beating, not sure if the quality is still good with the newer stuff.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 05:48

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 05:48
Ya can add my name to the Minimax Fan Club ;-)


@ Dunc,
Yeah, ya can still get 'em >>Minimax tools - ebay

Unfortunately, we don't see them in the B&M retail stores any more :(


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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 13:49

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Another vote for Minimax. I bought a Minimax field service toolbox in the mid 1980's and they have copped a flogging ever since.
They are great tools, and the ring spanner and socket punchings were better centralised than the Sidchrome of the time.

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Follow Up By: Anthony T2 - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 20:47

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 20:47
I bought Minimax spanners when I started my Apprenticeship in 1988, down to only about 4 left now through losses. Thanks for the link Ed C!

The Snap-on stuff isn't anywhere as good, and for the price I'd recommend Kinchrome or Stanley do a good budget set, all with lifetime warranty.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 08:14

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 08:14
I have a motley collection of spanners. The one set is a basic Supercheap that I have had for about 10 years and used quite a lot. Still going strong although the roll fabric holder is getting pretty worn. I am not going to argue that they are "the best", but for the price they have been very satisfactory.
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Reply By: Sutto - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:22

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:22
I have Force from tradetools. pretty good for the money
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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:15

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:15
Bunnings have a 3 pack of Bahco ratchet spanners for about $70. The 3 spanners do 12 sizes and are pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.
We have bought them for all the tradesmen now. Only one spanner has been damaged, but the clown welded two battery posts together with it......
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Reply By: Graeme - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 15:42

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 15:42
I use predominately Snapon as in my trade (Aviation) a lot of the fasteners are multi hex and very small and very hard so my 1/4 drive set gets used mostly.
In my box I also have SK Geodore and Stahwille and Proto.
The old Sidchrome were not very good as they came to grief on the hard fasteners used on aircraft engines, but the modern ones are made by Proto and are now good quality.
I have used the Kingchrome and they seem to be a good tool. I know my 1/4 AF multi hex ring open end gets a good workout and it has not failed yet. The Craftsman brand from Sears is also good.
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 18:30

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 18:30
Hi Axle,

I use Bahco for Work and home use and theyve never let me down.

Cheers Wilko
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Reply By: Szyco - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 23:28

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 23:28
I've broken pretty much every brand of spanner at least once. I wont go past Snap on now. They still break, but not as often, and its always replaced quickly and for free.
I carry blue point stuff when im out in the car as they small service kits seem to have a decent variety of tools. Its not snap on, but its pretty good.

Kingcrome is a cheaper brand that is also pretty good, Coretech and Repco stuff also.

It is possible to purchase snap on directly from the US on ebay and the like. Considerably cheaper however may make it more difficult if you ever have a warranty issue.

I second the ratchet spanners - very very handy tools. Just make sure they have a lever to reverse them or one day you WILL get stuck.

I dont bother carting alot of tools with me when on the road, today's modern vehicles usually cant be repaired on the roadside anyway.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 15:21

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 15:21
Sorry but Sidchrome where never top shelf spanners, in comparison to the top shelf brands from europe or america in the day they where, crude, chunky and inaccurate.
Its just the only brand half the country recognised.

These days, you simply cant trust any of the old popular brands of tools from the past...the companies and brands have been baught out and the reputations prostituted to sell very ordinary product.

Just about every spanner you will buy, these days is made in china or tiwan.

Lets face it even the current respected brands, do not own factories and are made under contract in a variety of factories in the east.

And there are quite a few sellers having a lend of us big time selling fairly cheap stuff, telling us it is top quality and charging top shelf prices.

That said, the standard of the better generic brands is pretty good these days.

Any of the better quality generic product regardless of the brand stamped on it will be better than the sidchrome stuff from the 70's.

In addition to the selection of good stuff I have had since the early 80's I have some fairly modest spanners......I have not managed to break anyand and they seem to be a fair fit and a fair shape.

One thing that is worth spending some money on is a good ratchet......but don't rely on brand or price...and this goes for all tools these days....look for obvious quality.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 06:51

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 06:51
Well said
There is actually an advantage in buying store branded tools like Repco over the other brands.
If you have a problem they swap the tool over on the spot in the store whereas the other brands they have to send back to distributor and have them send you a replacement.
This takes a week or two and can be inconvenient
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 18:23

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 18:23
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:03

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:03
Pay that one Paul !!! LOL
I used to tie my trusty Kelpie to my toolbox whenever I was working on my semi in the various wheatlines I used to frequent ....just to make sure anyone who wanted to borrow sumthin outa my toolbox asked first!

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:27

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 20:27
Keith,
I was the one who bought a little treat for your Kelpie. He said you can take anything you want just don't take the truck, as that is my ride and I am sick of running.

RA. there are always some black oats like me in the crop
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:17

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 21:17
HA HA RA...good one . I didnt think anyone ever tried that with Legs (dogs name) but hey ...he didnt tell me about lotsa stuff over the years. Was one of the best mates I ever had...but got a bit old n slow ...and a cranky cow got a horn into him ...n I had to put him down .. ahh the memories...so long ago ...both good and bad !

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