Halfords 170 piece socket set £125- less than the usual half price!
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Halfords 170 piece socket set £125- less than the usual half price!

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Found 3rd Nov
These are more often than not 'Half price' at £150 but occasionally go to £125. Good quality tools... blah blah everyone knows what these are by now.

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Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.
Edited by: "tintowellfan" 3rd Nov
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Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.
Edited by: "tintowellfan" 3rd Nov

tintowellfan26 m ago

Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. …Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.



What would you recommend for a similar budget? Thanks in advance.

tintowellfan1 h, 13 m ago

Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. …Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.




Most Draper Expert tools are the same as most Halfords Pro equivalent. Literally the same, as in made by the same company (Apex Tool Group) in the same factories.
Edited by: "Nealio" 3rd Nov

Stupid 12 sided sockets, bad mojo

Nealio4 m ago

Most Draper Expert tools are the same as most Halfords Pro equivalent. …Most Draper Expert tools are the same as most Halfords Pro equivalent. Literally the same, as in made by the same company (Apex Tool Group) in the same factories.What on earth are you on about regarding fixed tool/ratchet usage?



WTF. Do you do any tool work?

tintowellfan1 m ago

WTF. Do you do any tool work?


Yes, I have been known to use the odd spanner now and then.

Good set at a very good price.

Bahco, good set at reasonable prices

Merlin00135 m ago

Bahco, good set at reasonable prices


Compare like for like’ pound for pound £ - spare everybody any alternative at DOUBLE the price on a DEALS site
Edited by: "pennyfarthing88" 3rd Nov

Unless you have a) really classic car or b) time machine you'll never use half the sockets in this set. The empire will not strike back when it comes to nuts and bolts.

Get a cheaper all metric set.

And never count driver bits as "pieces" they are disposable. I went through 3 pz2s today.

don't get mixed up as they have virtually the same set but 200 piece and you can often get that one for around £125, i have it, they are very good sets best i have had and i have fixed my own vehicles for over 30 years and i don't mean changed the bulbs.

sola3517 m ago

don't get mixed up as they have virtually the same set but 200 piece and …don't get mixed up as they have virtually the same set but 200 piece and you can often get that one for around £125, i have it, they are very good sets best i have had and i have fixed my own vehicles for over 30 years and i don't mean changed the bulbs.


I'd agree that they're very good sets. My boss bought this set and it's top notch.
I bought the ratchet spanner's on their own a couple of years ago. Great tools, far better quality than the draper expert ones I have. A boy borrowed the set and said they felt far better than his snap on set! Although if I was buying more ratchet spanner's it would have to be britool, they're a step above the rest.

Well I've been using the halfords pro range for some years now and never had a problem. I use them and britool and snap on. When I see the draper tools they look and feel like cheap.

pennyfarthing881 h, 36 m ago

Compare like for like’ pound for pound £ - spare everybody any alternative …Compare like for like’ pound for pound £ - spare everybody any alternative at DOUBLE the price on a DEALS site

Someone asked what was alternative for that sort of money. No need to start shouting about it, it's only a socket set. What I suggested are not twice the price and haven't failed on me like halfords professional ratchet spanners, fact.

also these sets are normally on sale at the cheapest price of the whole year in the black Friday deals, im sure the 200 piece was £115 last year, after codes and discounts. and quidco normally pays out on halfords after a few month wait.

12pt are no good for rusty bolts. Go for 6pt instead. I speak from experience having made the mistake with my first socket set.

tintowellfan13 h, 59 m ago

Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. …Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.

In my experience Halfords Pro are the same quality as Draper, I'm sure I once saw on TV that they are made in the same factory.
Not disrespecting your opinion buy I think you may be incorrect on this occasion

Nealio12 h, 58 m ago

Most Draper Expert tools are the same as most Halfords Pro equivalent. …Most Draper Expert tools are the same as most Halfords Pro equivalent. Literally the same, as in made by the same company (Apex Tool Group) in the same factories.



Yes, and the Draper tools I have, were all much cheaper! So not sure what point people are making. My point is that, in my opinion, Draper tools are a better purchase, because they can be bought much cheaper. Amazon occasionally has them at very reasonable prices. I bought all of my Draper tools from Amazon, it took me a few years to gather my collection, but now have all that I could ever require, and probably cost not much more than this one Halfords set.
Edited by: "tintowellfan" 4th Nov

OutwithCameron19 m ago

In my experience Halfords Pro are the same quality as Draper, I'm sure I …In my experience Halfords Pro are the same quality as Draper, I'm sure I once saw on TV that they are made in the same factory.Not disrespecting your opinion buy I think you may be incorrect on this occasion



My main point was only that Draper can be purchased for less. So not disagreeing with you.

tintowellfan12 m ago

My main point was only that Draper can be purchased for less. So not …My main point was only that Draper can be purchased for less. So not disagreeing with you.

Maybe you could post some deals on Draper tools, that would be most helpful and appreciated

OutwithCameron157 m ago

Maybe you could post some deals on Draper tools, that would be most …Maybe you could post some deals on Draper tools, that would be most helpful and appreciated



I don't need any more, so wont be looking
Most of my purchases were through links on this site.

Haha you might not need but does that stop you looking/ buying?

tintowellfan16 h, 58 m ago

Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. …Sorry, may be a best price, but still are overpriced and overhyped tools. Anyone who pays, even this price for this set, has more money than sense. The 'lifetime warranty' seems to suck in many. Been using mechanics tools for very many years, particularly Draper, and never had a ratchet failure yet. My only ratchet failure was over 20 years ago, and it was a Halfords set! Ratchet tools should not be used to loosen/tighten any nut or bolt. Fixed tool first, then the ratchet to finish job. Then other way round to tighten.


Draper nowadays is Chinese tat.

As for Halfords, their modular sets are a far better buy, buy what you actually need rather than this (and all sockets are 6 point rather than 12)

kingdicktools.co.uk draper started out as a re-seller of these (WW1 surplus) now King Dick are the only mechanics tools still made in uk iirc

Dear assistant, could pass me the size 24 king dick socket please. Don't forget the driver.

draper expert and halfords pro are both made by apex in Taiwan

Halfords professional range are I think, mainly sourced from Apex (a joint venture between Danaher and Cooper Tools) - the same manufacturer who supplies tools to a good many other better quality tool brands (including some to the lower priced Snap-On sub brand 'Blue Point'). Apex own a fair number of well known brands themselves including Gearwrench and Weller. Certainly, many Halfords tools appear to be the same as tools found in the Apex owned ranges.

sola3540 s ago

draper expert and halfords pro are both made by apex in TaiwanHalfords …draper expert and halfords pro are both made by apex in TaiwanHalfords professional range are I think, mainly sourced from Apex (a joint venture between Danaher and Cooper Tools) - the same manufacturer who supplies tools to a good many other better quality tool brands (including some to the lower priced Snap-On sub brand 'Blue Point'). Apex own a fair number of well known brands themselves including Gearwrench and Weller. Certainly, many Halfords tools appear to be the same as tools found in the Apex owned ranges.


this is what the internet seems to be saying.

Original Poster

We use king dick at work. I've got 2 grands worth of roller cab fully stocked and half of it is draper. It's ok but nowt to write home about. My Halfords kit at home feels better.
Service at king dick is awesome though.
Harley_Mick8 h, 59 m ago

http://www.kingdicktools.co.uk draper started out as a re-seller of these …http://www.kingdicktools.co.uk draper started out as a re-seller of these (WW1 surplus) now King Dick are the only mechanics tools still made in uk iirc

sola355 h, 37 m ago

draper expert and halfords pro are both made by apex in TaiwanHalfords …draper expert and halfords pro are both made by apex in TaiwanHalfords professional range are I think, mainly sourced from Apex (a joint venture between Danaher and Cooper Tools) - the same manufacturer who supplies tools to a good many other better quality tool brands (including some to the lower priced Snap-On sub brand 'Blue Point'). Apex own a fair number of well known brands themselves including Gearwrench and Weller. Certainly, many Halfords tools appear to be the same as tools found in the Apex owned ranges.


If you look Gearwrench do socket sets very similar to these halfwords ones right down to the blow moulded case.

And yeah, draper expert are decent, like advanced professional from halfords, but anything else from both is cheap rubbish 9 times out of 10.

Harley_Mick6 m ago

If you look Gearwrench do socket sets very similar to these halfwords ones …If you look Gearwrench do socket sets very similar to these halfwords ones right down to the blow moulded case.


hdsupplysolutions.com/sho…472

Not the one I had in mind, but you can see the similarity.

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Edited by: "Harley_Mick" 5th Nov

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Gearwrench driver is identical and the bit set is same as in halfords socket sets

Wanted to take a wheel of my car today, but this set has no extension , so i couldn't get any leverage away from the wheel. waste of time
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