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POWERFIX Socket Set (52 pcs) - Sunday 16th Oct - £16.99 at Lidl

£16.99 @ LIDL
Seems pretty sturdy box, new design. Out on Sunday. I have a fair range of lidl tools, I would rate them close to Halfords "professional" ones. The blurb - 52 Piece Set Made from high-qualit…
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Seems pretty sturdy box, new design. Out on Sunday. I have a fair range of lidl tools, I would rate them close to Halfords "professional" ones.

The blurb -

52 Piece Set

Made from high-quality chrome vanadium steel and S2 steel

Includes handle, adaptors and a range of sockets and bits in a practical storage case

Side topic - anyone tried the Lidl Drill bits? mines running low due to snapping (stanleymax ones)..

http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/our-offers-2491.htm?action=showDetail&id=37900

The colour coordination attracted me more than anything else........
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PS, yes I always lose the 10mm, 12mm and 13mm sockets..
Spanners I lose the 14mm, 16mm, and 18mm most often. :3
1 Like #2
surely theres no way these will compare to the halfords advanced professional range. those even come with lifetime warranty
#3
Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.
#4
Anyone know what size drive these are?
#5
phil001
Anyone know what size drive these are?

Looks like 1/4 and 1/2.
#6
Infiltrator
Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.

I don't think the aldi ones are the same..? I've tried various hand tools from aldi and felt a little disappointed on quality vs price.
#7
Halfords lifetime guarantee these ?
#8
The ratchet in the set I bought from Aldi looks identical to this one from Lidl, now that I've looked again, it looks like the lidl set might be 1/2 drive - can't find details anywhere?

The set I bought in Aldi was a 46 piece 1/4 drive - and surprise surprise it's also badged as powerfix on other sites.

So both lidl and Aldi sell the powerfix socket sets - but I'm pretty sure these are all made in the Far East, aliexpress have loads of sellers of similar ratchets and similar sets.

So, back to the original question - no these are no where as good as halfords professional sets, but they still have a place - mine is in the boot of my car for emergencies, useful size and good selection of sockets, Torx, screwdriver bits, etc - my halfords professional and draper expert sets are in the garage for any maintenance work.

But I will still be replacing the ratchet in the Aldi set I bought - yes it has a 3 year warranty, but they'll replace it with the same type of cheap ratchet.
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marklonsdale
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Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.
Not the same brand, they are both own brand products. Even if they were made by the same manufacturer surely it would be to different specifications.

They are often.

Work zone, I got a small socket/bit set from Alfi reduced to £2.49 then Lidl had them in at £3.99 month after. I do contracting work, been doing stuff at Lidl overnight so always take a look at there tools.

Workzone the most common branding for them both.
#10
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PS, yes I always lose the 10mm, 12mm and 13mm sockets..
Spanners I lose the 14mm, 16mm, and 18mm most often. :3


I have never managed to keep a 10mm spanner either lost count of how many I have bought and lost X)
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If anyone's thinking of buying this set, be aware the sockets are of a universal ribbed type, like the Roebuck 'Unisocket'. While they may be useful, they are nowhere near as good at shifting a hex-headed fastener as a standard single hex socket, and have a tendency to damage the head if the fastener is tight.
If it's going to be your only set then I would recommend giving it a miss and going for something else.
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andrewlaw9
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PS, yes I always lose the 10mm, 12mm and 13mm sockets..
Spanners I lose the 14mm, 16mm, and 18mm most often. :3

I have never managed to keep a 10mm spanner either lost count of how many I have bought and lost X)

Same here, what is it about 10mm that makes them keep wandering off?
#13
rvcshart
marklonsdale
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Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.
Not the same brand, they are both own brand products. Even if they were made by the same manufacturer surely it would be to different specifications.
They are often.
Work zone, I got a small socket/bit set from Alfi reduced to £2.49 then Lidl had them in at £3.99 month after. I do contracting work, been doing stuff at Lidl overnight so always take a look at there tools.
Workzone the most common branding for them both.

Whilst there is no dispute that Aldi sell product under the tradename of WorkZone, I must admit I have never seen that name sold in any Lidl store.

Lidl tend to use the names Parkside or Powerfix for their tools

Perhaps you could find a link on the Lidl website to any product they have ever sold under the WorkZone name to convince me otherwise?

(Admittedly they are just trade names - I would not dispute they all probably emanate out of the same Chinese factory)
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kevf1
Halfords lifetime guarantee these ?

Why would Halfords guarantee an item sold by Lidl???

If you clicked on the link, you would see this product comes with a 3 year guarantee.
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phil001
Anyone know what size drive these are?
Looks like 1/4 and 1/2.

My guess would be the ratchet is 3/8" drive (with an adaptor for the 1/4" sockets)
#16
EveshamLad
rvcshart
marklonsdale
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Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.
Not the same brand, they are both own brand products. Even if they were made by the same manufacturer surely it would be to different specifications.
They are often.
Work zone, I got a small socket/bit set from Alfi reduced to £2.49 then Lidl had them in at £3.99 month after. I do contracting work, been doing stuff at Lidl overnight so always take a look at there tools.
Workzone the most common branding for them both.
Whilst there is no dispute that Aldi sell product under the tradename of WorkZone, I must admit I have never seen that name sold in any Lidl store.
Lidl tend to use the names Parkside or Powerfix for their tools
Perhaps you could find a link on the Lidl website to any product they have ever sold under the WorkZone name to convince me otherwise?
(Admittedly they are just trade names - I would not dispute they all probably emanate out of the same Chinese factory)

You're right they're more often called powerfix, but they are the same factory and supplier. Lidl do on occasion have workzone also, as said im working there at nights when the shops shut atm. We often check non-food isles when we forget specific tools or just to check of cheap 'trow away' tools. By which I means tools we don't mind using when the thieving contractors are about, some guys are ****...
#17
EveshamLad
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phil001
Anyone know what size drive these are?
Looks like 1/4 and 1/2.
My guess would be the ratchet is 3/8" drive (with an adaptor for the 1/4" sockets)

Yep, sounds likely .

Can't see it being 1/2"
#18
These are indeed a 3/8"drive ratchet.

I got one today, not 100% sure about the quality of the sockets, time will tell.
Ratchet seemed pretty good though.

Got to be worth the price, especially with the 3 year warranty
#19
Infiltrator
Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.


​you should always grease a ratchet when you buy it. or at least oil it
#20
LondonsRichestTramp
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Bought the aldi one, not a patch on Halford's professional but a handy set for the back of the car. the rachet sometimes sticks so will probably just get a decent rachet. The aldi one is the same brand, was cheaper, but maybe fewer pieces.
​you should always grease a ratchet when you buy it. or at least oil it

Never oiled a rachet in the 40 years I've used them, did however once break a 3" 3/4 drive socket using a t-bar, 12 foot scaffold pole and a chain block (GE frame 5 compressor casing) :)


Edited By: Infiltrator on Oct 20, 2016 21:43

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