Halfords tools - False economy?

Halfords tools - False economy?

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ferrisbueller

Original Poster:

25,263 posts

186 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Halfords do some fairly comprehensive tool kits which, when combined with some of their promotions and/or a trade card, look good value. I only do very occassional spannering so a Snap-on set is hardly sensible.

Are the Halfords tools any good or will I find myself stripping sockets and bending spanners?! Any other recommendations at similar money please?

SS2.

12,552 posts

197 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Halfords 'Pro' range is good stuff, IMHO. I think you'd have to go a long way to find similar quality at that price..

ETA - last I heard, comes with a lifetime guarantee as well..



Edited by SS2. on Saturday 8th August 08:59

JonyPI

2,544 posts

148 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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i got one of the old 200piece kits from a place on ebay which sells eturned stuff and got it for 60quid onstead of 200! fantastic bit of kit, iv been using halfords stuff for about 4 years, more than your average home enthusieast and they have been fine, as said the pro stuff is very good!

Mr2Mike

20,143 posts

214 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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The Halford Pro range of tools are excellent quality, and the majority are covered by a lifetime guarantee. They aren't the cheapest tools available, but they are certainly among the best value IMO.

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2,875 posts

147 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Pro stuff is top notch for the home mechanic. Lifetime guarantee as well. Just remember to keep the receipt!

I have the 200 piece socket set as well. Got it for about £90 brand new when on offer.

taldo

1,357 posts

153 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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also have some of the pro range tools and find them excellent.

Cliff J

398 posts

135 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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I bought a Halfords Pro toolkit, 200 piece, which has the lifetime garauntee. I've broken a couple of sockets and need to go down to have them replaced, which they say will be no problem, we'll see smile
My kit has proved invaluable at the drag strip, not just for me but for other competitors, it just always seems to have a tool for the job, including sparkplug sockets etc and has been used by owners of 1000+ bhp cars to bail them out biggrin

It cost me about £100 and has to be one of my best investments over the past few years.

Hope that helps smile

sk7ine man

604 posts

150 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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They are very good value for money and as said the pro range is excellent.sockets may not be the best but the spanners are very very good.

crofty1984

14,529 posts

163 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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I have the £150 kit in a flight case. Not sure it's the pro range (which I hear is excellent value for money) but I think it's great for DIY mechanicing.

http://www.halfords.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/p...

That's the one.

MarkK

667 posts

238 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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I've had a Halfords Pro kit for a good few years now and it's never let me down. One of the few good things Halfords do!

Simps

2,748 posts

148 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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I've got their top notch kit and have been very impressed with it doing the small bits of spannering I've done at home. I've also got a set of their fixed head Ratchet spanners and after checking their website, they've got the flex-head ones on special half price offer too, so I know where I'll be going (seriously, get some!)

Does anybody hear in the trade use them on a regular basis? I'm doing my apprenticeship and have to amass a box full of tools over the next two years. I've given tooling up almost entirely from Halfords some serious thought, particularly when I can buy another full 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 drive socket set for less than a Blue Point/Snap On 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 Ratchets on their own!

Plotloss

67,280 posts

229 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Yep, another vote for their professional line, lifetime warranty too (I think), which was nice.

ferrisbueller

Original Poster:

25,263 posts

186 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Bought some today - good tools.

The bloke using them is nowt special though wink

sleeper88

772 posts

140 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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I've been thinking of getting some my self i hear there tool chests are good to.

Rollcage

11,326 posts

151 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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The only problem with the Halfords Pro/Advanced sets is that a good half of the sockets are imperial ,which I just dont use any more.(I do it for a living!) The VFM drops a bit when half the kit is redundant - still good value when compared to Blue Point.

Other than that, they are pretty good for what you pay!

retrorider

1,339 posts

160 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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Its Draper Expert branded for Halfords and the lifetime warranty applies to both ranges...;)

Edited by retrorider on Saturday 8th August 18:38

dudleybloke

15,896 posts

145 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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as people have already said they are quite impresive for the price. the finish and feel is good and iv not broke one yet which is suprising with the grief i give them sometimes.

Dr G

13,959 posts

201 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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MarkK said:
I've had a Halfords Pro kit for a good few years now and it's never let me down. One of the few good things Halfords do!
Ditto - must be about 7 years and not broken anything yet smile

Six Fiend

6,067 posts

174 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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My socket set is 20yrs old and still perfect.

Edited by Six Fiend on Saturday 8th August 19:10

snuffle

1,587 posts

141 months

Saturday 8th August 2009
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dont know if its the same in all Halfords , but most will only honour the life time guarantee on
production of the original till reciept,
this is apparently due to the fact that some kit is being resold and warrenty only applies to original owner.

edited to add... i know the spellings bad.

Edited by snuffle on Saturday 8th August 23:34