216 piece tool kit (mechanics) £69.99 @ LIDL from Monday 13th
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216 piece tool kit (mechanics) £69.99 @ LIDL from Monday 13th

£69.99LIDL Deals
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Found 11th May 2013
A better range than the Halfords 150 piece set that's at £99.99 half the time (£199 rrp); I suspect all the sockets are metric. More spanners, though no ratchet spanners (but the ones in the halfords kit aren't flex-head, so not so useful to my mind.)

2 year manufacturer warranty.

I've had tools of the same design before and they've done the job fine.
Did break the 1/4" ratchet, but that was through mis-use.

If they were the wall drive version of these tools, I'd be going for it.
As it is, I might get one of the said wall drive sets (from ebay) at some point as my current tools are in a bit of a mess and I'd like a car-set anyway.

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Extensive range of tools made from chrome-vanadium, chrome-molybdenum or S2 steel
Includes:
- 39 hexagonal sockets
- 18 hexagonal drop-centre sockets
- 14 E-profile sockets
- 3 ratchets with quick-release function
- 3 spark plug sockets
- 5 extensions
- 1 sliding T-bar
- 3 cardan joints
- 12 combination spanners
- 1 screwdriver handle - can also be used as an extension
- 1 screwdriver handle with magnetic bit adaptor
- 74 bits
- 32 bit inserts
- 3 bit adaptors
- 7 hex keys
Supplied in a practical plastic case
2 year manufacturer's warranty

http://www.lidl.co.uk/catalogmedia/uk/article/85054/85054_01_f.jpg

80 Comments

good price heat added
that is interesting still at 0% despite adding heat
Edited by: "madmax666" 11th May 2013

Original Poster

I had quite a few notifications saying '2 people rated hot' or whatever but heat not going up when I click on it.

I presume others are voting it down?

the good thing about halfrauds kit is life time guarantee. .. Dont think lidl would match it .

It only has a 2 yr warranty though and the Halfords sets are great value when considering there lifetime guarantee!!!

Mastermick70

It only has a 2 yr warranty though and the Halfords sets are great value … It only has a 2 yr warranty though and the Halfords sets are great value when considering there lifetime guarantee!!!



does not include moving parts tho, so ratchet breaks ... no replacement

kvn618

the good thing about halfrauds kit is life time guarantee. .. Dont think … the good thing about halfrauds kit is life time guarantee. .. Dont think lidl would match it .



Strange how you admonish them by calling them Halfrauds yet praise them for offering a life time guarantee on their tools. Make your mind up maybe.

Cheap tools brake easy

Looks good for the money.

I've got the Halfords 150 piece kit when it was £79.99. It's a great set.

I'd want to have a look at it in the iron first, but knowing Lidl and looking at the price I'd say it will probably be a good bet.

Heat from me.

Lidl tools are excellent quality,I wouldn't hesitate at buying this if i needed it.

Poundland do some good kit.
Mind you the rubber mallet makes hard work of knocking in nails.

balmots wrotePoundland do some good kit.Mind you the rubber mallet makes … balmots wrotePoundland do some good kit.Mind you the rubber mallet makes hard work of knocking in nails.


Always an idiot waiting in the wings on here.

Edited by: "den169" 11th May 2013

Looks a decent set for the casual tinkerer, for more regular work I would personally pay the bit extra for Halfords, for daily use I would use neither !

Great price for those who don't need the best of the best or will use it all the time

junkenstein73

does not include moving parts tho, so ratchet breaks ... no replacement



It doesn't officially include the ratchet, however there have been people who have had been able to swap a broken one. Then again, if you use the tools properly and only use a t-bar or breaker bar for tight fixings then the ratchet should last a lifetime.

Exactly half the price of Halfords, so you don't get a lifetime warranty!! In the unlikely event something does break after 2 years, replace it! a 17mm socket from Halfords will cost around £4.50. 1/2" ratchet drive £23, 3/8" Ratchet drive £18, 1/4" ratchet drive £13. Oh!! Thats close enough to get another 2 years out of a Lidl set at £69.99.

Now were I not just a home mechanic but a professional I wouldn't buy from either of these, SnapOn offer an unlimited lifetime guarantee and will even deliver to my door!!

Heat from, German engineering from China it may be, but will certainly suit my needs!!

Yes, I've had a ratchet replaced by Halfords. No fuss, no receipt required, they just went and got one from one of their display boxes and swapped it on the spot. This does look like a nice set though, particularly if you're convinced you'll never need the imperial sockets in the Halfords set.

CUFC01

Cheap tools brake easy



How quickly do they stop?

JohnnyRob

Looks good for the money.I've got the Halfords 150 piece kit when it was … Looks good for the money.I've got the Halfords 150 piece kit when it was £79.99. It's a great set.I'd want to have a look at it in the iron first, but knowing Lidl and looking at the price I'd say it will probably be a good bet.Heat from me.



I have bought plenty of tools from Lidl, although they brand them as DIY'er use only - I have been using them in the trade and some have outlasted the bosch equivalent Very pleased

is it worth buying the halfords one - halfords.com/web…215 over this one on offer here?

my birthday is coming up parents said they put money towards one, I had mine stolen from my mini couple years ago. (along with loads of other mini parts)
Edited by: "CooliceT" 11th May 2013

The rules on the lifetime warranty are different for the current Halfords Advanced stuff vs the old professional stuff.

They may also have changed manufacturer when they switched to advanced.

Ok price, but with tools it's usually buy cheap, buy twice.

CooliceT

is it worth buying the halfords one - … is it worth buying the halfords one - http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_862421_langId_-1_categoryId_255215#tab3 over this one on offer here?my birthday is coming up parents said they put money towards one, I had mine stolen from my mini couple years ago. (along with loads of other mini parts)


Mate that is in a different league, they are far better quality.
I'm sure the Lidl ones are ok, but the quality and finish of the the Halfords advanced professional stuff is way better.
If I had a choice I would opt for the Halfords set.
Edited by: "G0OSE" 11th May 2013

Personally I'd go for the halfords ones too. I got the 150 piece for about £80 a few years back. Life time waranty and haven't broken a single thing yet.

It is true that the moving parts of the ratchets aren't covered but they sell the moving part for about £4 so if you do wear it out they are at least easily repairable.

They spend half the year at £99.99.

Also although this Lidl set seems to have a lot more pieces it seems to be made mostly of the tiny screw driver bits of the best bits this set contains:
74 sockets
3 ratchets
12 spanners

Compared to the halfords 150 piece set having:
72 sockets
3 ratchets
11 spanners

So don't be thrown by the 216 vs 150 piece, as the extra 66 items are very cheap items that don't really add much worth to the kit.

Original Poster

Remember that a good number of the Halfords sockets are imperial - which is great if you use imperial stuff, but it always annoys me, because I don't.
(I just checked - 19, so that gives us 74 vs 53 metric sockets.)

Also, this seems to have a good number of bits that I would consider quite useful - such as the larger allen and trx head bits. I prefer them to allen keys as you can make the size you want and say apply a lot of torque from further away (without resorting to sticking a spanner over the end.)

Also, the Halfords set only has 8 sizes of spanner vs 12 in here.

Also, this is 6 point rather than 12 - I find these have got a better chance of getting allready-rounded/corroded fastners off without more rounding.

I have had both sets (well, a very similar one to the Lidl ones at least) and while it's a nicer looking finish on the Halfords set and the ratchets are nicer, I prefer everything else on the Lidl style one.

For the record, if I was going for a cheap tool set, I'd go with the following myself, though there's certainly something to be said for buying from a local shop if you have a local Lidl:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190682579772
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/NEW-94PC-1-2-1-4-SOCKET-SCREWDRIVER-TOOL-TORX-BITS-SET-RATCHET-KIT-BIT-/09/!B5SpykgCGk~$%28KGrHqEOKiUEyUkMKUwhBMtFNUPkCw~~_12.JPG
But I'd be requesting a refund if they weren't wall drive as shown.

And these spanners:
www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330920708074
http://i.imgur.com/wM3Qycbl.jpg

I've got the Silverline spanner set and like it.
That advert claims a lifetime guarantee too.
Edited by: "_g_" 11th May 2013

Banned

hot hot hot

Be aware the Halfords sets aren't of the same quality as they were a few years ago. The Professional range really were superb when launched about 10 years ago and lived up to their name, I still use them regularly but a second set I bought from Halfords last year is nowhere near the same quality, sockets are looser, more play in the rachets, it just isn't a not as good. I guess Halfords have changed manufacturer to reduce the cost. I've also noticed their screwdrivers aren't of the quality they once were.
Lidl and Aldi tools are generally very good quality, not Snap-On or SP quality but much better than Draper or Silverline. Certainly worth a look.

For a home mechanic these are probably pretty good. Advice I got from a semi-pro many years ago was to buy a reasonable quality set to get you started, then if you break anything (likely because you use it a lot) replace that bit with a high quality equivalent.

Oh, and I've had Halfords replace broken ratchet spanners from their Pro range with no questions asked.

fishmaster

Strange how you admonish them by calling them Halfrauds yet praise them … Strange how you admonish them by calling them Halfrauds yet praise them for offering a life time guarantee on their tools. Make your mind up maybe.



I also call them Halfrauds for their over inflated prices but when their set was reduced to £79.99 plus another 10% off, it was a steal (Originally £199.99) with a lifetime guarantee. No brainer imo, whether it's from Halfords, Lidl or any other retailer that is likely to still be around as long as the tools

I've had Lidl tools before and everything I used snapped 1st use without actually undoing anything.

Mikiboy

I've had Lidl tools before and everything I used snapped 1st use without … I've had Lidl tools before and everything I used snapped 1st use without actually undoing anything.



Sure - we believe you mate. X)
Edited by: "Besford" 11th May 2013

junkenstein73

does not include moving parts tho, so ratchet breaks ... no replacement



That's exactly what happened to my Halfrauds set. The rest of the stuff, ie the stuff that doesn't move, all works fine but the ratchet is shoddy at best.

den169

Always an idiot waiting in the wings on here.



There is? Funny, the only thing I noticed a surplus of was miserable old farts. Still hey ho...

Not sure about this set but don't pull the Halfords set down. I don't have the Halfords big set (just a small set) but I was a member of a car club who took engines out and swapped car sub frames at the week-end and they swore by the Halfods pro socket sets and believe me they give them some proper grief. oO

I remember when we did a four way engine swap in one night with just Pizza to keep us going..... great fun !!

I would buy this first and go to Halfords and compare them visually, I think you will find these are just as good or better quality.
They mention they are chrome-vanadium/molybdenum or S2 steel.

Even the most expensive ones from Halfords do not seem to use chrome-molybdenum.
Edited by: "MaximusRo" 11th May 2013

_g_

Remember that a good number of the Halfords sockets are imperial - which … Remember that a good number of the Halfords sockets are imperial - which is great if you use imperial stuff, but it always annoys me, because I don't.(I just checked - 19, so that gives us 74 vs 53 metric sockets.)Also, this seems to have a good number of bits that I would consider quite useful - such as the larger allen and trx head bits. I prefer them to allen keys as you can make the size you want and say apply a lot of torque from further away (without resorting to sticking a spanner over the end.)Also, the Halfords set only has 8 sizes of spanner vs 12 in here.Also, this is 6 point rather than 12 - I find these have got a better chance of getting allready-rounded/corroded fastners off without more rounding.I have had both sets (well, a very similar one to the Lidl ones at least) and while it's a nicer looking finish on the Halfords set and the ratchets are nicer, I prefer everything else on the Lidl style one.For the record, if I was going for a cheap tool set, I'd go with the following myself, though there's certainly something to be said for buying from a local shop if you have a local Lidl:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190682579772But I'd be requesting a refund if they weren't wall drive as shown.And these spanners:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330920708074I've got the Silverline spanner set and like it.That advert claims a lifetime guarantee too.


I liked your comment, buy why would you buy 2 sets instead of one compact case, and why prefer a set from ebay where no mentioning of chrome-vanadium/molybdenum is made, and trying to take advantage of the warranty or just return for full refund would be a pain?
Lidl is national, much more comfortable to go in and ask for refund/warranty.

Also, I thought 12 points are better then 6 points for rounded fasteners? In fact, I think that is the only thing that makes this set a non-professional set. 6 points is just old school.
EDIT: seems that 6 points it's actually better for that. Like this set even more.

Edited by: "MaximusRo" 11th May 2013

Nothing wrong with 12 points, I don't mind either 12 or 6. I can see the arguement for 6 point sockets but as soon as you turn the socket they are still only apply force to the corner of the bolt. I've very rarely rounded a bolt using a 12 point and in the circumstances I doubt a 6 point would have fitted (old rusty or damaged heads).

12 points give a bit of an advantage with tight spaces as they allow a more precise positioning before having to get the ratchet on etc. They also give twice as many positions when using a breaker bar, or fixed T bar.

12 points are also more likely to fit a damaged bolt head than a 6 point.

12 points are also vastly superior when trying to undo 12 point bolts! I've found a fair few when working on engines. I believe they are used a lot in aviation too.

These are amazing value for money, have some heat

I have this set and being an ex-mechanic I can say you wont be disappointed with the quality of these.

RustySpoons

These are amazing value for money, have some heat


They are. They got only 30 degrees last year though, for some reason. I guess this year more people get into DIY and can't afford Halfords, or don't want useless imperial sizes from Halfords sets.
Edited by: "MaximusRo" 11th May 2013

MaximusRo

They are. They got only 30 degrees last year though, for some reason. I … They are. They got only 30 degrees last year though, for some reason. I guess this year more people get into DIY and afford Halfords.



The Lidl's tools are German TUV approved which is a higher standard than what we have in the UK. For most people the halfords warranty is not worth the paper it's written on.

These are superb quality.

Original Poster

MaximusRo:
With two sets it means I have a pretty full range of 6-32mm for both spanners and sockets.

The ebay ones are wall drive, which is the best for damaged or corroded fasteners to my mind.

They push against the flat of the fastener rather than the corner, so are much less likely to round it, even with high torque applied (as it's quite likely your corroded fastener has stuck it's self to whatever it's holding.
http://www.v8register.net/images/265V8NOTE291wheelnut.jpghttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--TEKKfsL-q0/TmHvM1DKE0I/AAAAAAAAANY/fdWo2v8l0AA/s1600/Single%2BHex%2BFlank%2Bv%2BCheap%2BSingle%2BHex.JPG
http://www.nobody.org.uk/temp/12mm_flank_drive_vs_6p_hex_socket.jpg

For £35 I'm happy enough if I do break a few bits. As I said, had a similar set and 1/4" ratchet was the only thing I did break.
I'm often not great at keeping receipts too.
I rather suspect they will have been made in the same place as the Lidl tools; however, of course, no doubt being Chinese they may well have significantly lower grades of metal or something.


nbuuifx:
Appreciated, advantages to both. From my use, I've found the advantages of the 6 outweight the 12 point and most definitely prefer 6 point wall drive as above - I do have one of the 150 Halfords sets, or what's left after my tools got stolen a while ago. Halfords do/did sell a 12 point wall drive. They were absolutely terrible - especially with the smaller sizes - I managed to round a 10mm nut that was in mostly good nick with one!

However, the silverline spanners I linked to are a kind of 12 point wall drive and I've found them pretty good so far.

To compensate for all the Halfords-hate, I'll say that my favourite ratchet was still the flexi-head 3/8" 'spark plug' one from Halfords. Was nigh-on £30 for the set I think, but really useful tool, with the bend making it a bit more natural feeling that other flexi-head ratchets I've had/used.

These might be cheap but they are no good, if you use them now and then it's okay, but if you use them daily or weekly then i would suggest going for a better brand. The halfords set is a better one to go for instead of this if you are thinking of purchasing one.
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