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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
Before you go out and spend several hundred £'s on a full socket set, just think about what you need. Its likely you will hardly use the 1/2 stuff, if the quality is up to it 3/8 will be more than enough. 1/4 can be more than useful working in tight places. The other thing to be aware of is that although the ratchet might be 3/8, the head of it might be so big it may as well be 1/2! Choose carefully.
You dont need them all in a display box, choose a rail of 3/8 sockets, shallow and deep, a ratchet, the longest breaker bar in the range, some extensions and a couple of extensions with a wobble end. You will need some 1/2, but buy the sizes you need (17, 19, 22mm etc you wont need anything less than 17mm) and a long breaker bar, forget a 1/2 ratchet, get a 3/8 to 1/2 adapter, crack off with the breaker bar then use you 3/8 ratchet to finish off.
See if you can pick up some used Snap -On, Facom, Proto or Beta on Ebay, they are the very best. I should know, I spent 20 years with Snap-On tools.
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