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Old 07-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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T-Handle Hex/Allen Key Set Recommendation?

Old cheapo L-Hex key isn't working well for the motorcycle and I think it's time to invest in a T-handle set. Fiddling around the 3mm bolt to loosen the airbox with the little key given wasted so much time.

I was looking at these two in particular. I think 6" should be good, right?




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http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-7...3&blockType=G3

Saw one on Harbor Freight for dirt cheap, but I don't think it's long enough. Care to share your thoughts/recommendations?
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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Old cheapo L-Hex key isn't working well for the motorcycle and I think it's time to invest in a T-handle set. Fiddling around the 3mm bolt to loosen the airbox with the little key given wasted so much time.

I was looking at these two in particular. I think 6" should be good, right?

Bondhus 15289 Set of 8 Hex T-handles, 6-Inch Length, sizes 2-10mm - Amazon.com

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http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-7...3&blockType=G3

Saw one on Harbor Freight for dirt cheap, but I don't think it's long enough. Care to share your thoughts/recommendations?
I prefer craftsman, but that's just my dad talking. I use this so I can torque everything.
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I use a lot of allen wrenches at work, IMO bondhus is a decent brand, but it would be cheaper to get them at northern tool, craftsman is a good brand, but they run a little higher and at work I go with about 3 to 4 set a year, I break them, lose them, drop them, many things. I would recommend you to get about 2 sets at a time, may be bondhus or harbor freight, as long as they do the work... Unless you like to show off a bit
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If any craftsman tool breaks, you can bring it back to sears for a direct replacement.
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I have a set of the Bonhus t handles. I'd buy them again.

I recommend getting the ball ends though.
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yup definitely want the ball ends as well as the standard ends.
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I'm a Matco but I abuse my tools and too lazy to drive somewhere to exchange
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Matco looks good, but too expensive.

I've made my decision to go with Craftsman solely for local warranty purposes. Thanks for the input, folks!
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:57 AM   #9
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ace hardware also sells craftsman if you need to exchange
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i thought kmart was buying out the craftsman lineup?

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I have both the Bondhus and the socket allens. Love them both but they serve very different purpose.

When max torque is needed - no t-handle will perform like a socket allen.
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Eeeerrrr... so it's K-raftsman now?
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Craftsman tools have gone down in quality over the years/decades. They are still decent but no pro grade (Snap-On, Matco, etc.) anymore. There is a Sears hardware store close to my house, so I still occasional go there.

Lowes Kobalt tools were great quality when they first introduced the brand. I bought quite a few kits. Now they are cheapened down to about Craftman level. HarborFreight is el cheapo but some of their tools are not too terrible and carry lifetime warranty as well. I like their impact sockets. Broke a few, which were replaced by HF. Not bad for the price.

For hexkeys, I've got the grey handle Craftman ball ends. Straight shaft Harborfreight. Super long handle Bondus. Plus a socket set and a bunch of odds and ends. I got a whole drawer full of them. When you wrench long enough, you'll need all kinds.

For starters, a set of ball ends and a set of straight shafts will be good. Spend money on the ball ends, as they need to be tough. Straight shafts you can cut off the very end when they start to wear and round off - good as new. Not so the ball ends. Keep you L-keys. There are times when nothing else will fit.
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Thanks for the info, Volfy. Didn't know HF has lifetime warranty on the little tools.
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i have a set of cornwell t-handles that have lasted for a good while. they were around $70 for a set.
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I've still been using the L handles that come out of the moto tool kits

I would def buy a metric set of gearwrenches, they are awesome.

Telescoping magnet tool is a must too...
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A lot of the home depot/Lowe's house stuff is really good quality when compared next to snapon/matco. Most also carry the lifetime warranty as well.
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