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    Nashbar Pro Hex Wrench Set

    Does anyone have a set of these (http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...=670&pagename=) and can you comment on their longity? At $16.95, the price seem right especially when compared to $50+ for the Park version. I was looking for a set with handles and that had the 'bondhus' bit (i.e., one end that is 'rounded' to allow use from an angle). Thx.

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    I picked up a set last week and have used them quite a bit in a short time. I am very pleased with the quality and think they're a great bargain at $16.95. I had been using a set of craftsman with the T-handle and these are just as good for a fraction of the cost.

    I also picked up the Nashbar star fangled nut setter and that worked out well.

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    If you're looking for something cheap, Craftsman has a 7 piece T-handle set for $18. I'd go with that over the Nashbar due to their warranty. However, if you don't mind spending more, go to the Home Depot. They have a 14 piece (7 SAE, 7 Metric) Husky hex set with carrying case for $25. Definately the better deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin6s
    If you're looking for something cheap, Craftsman has a 7 piece T-handle set for $18. I'd go with that over the Nashbar due to their warranty. However, if you don't mind spending more, go to the Home Depot. They have a 14 piece (7 SAE, 7 Metric) Husky hex set with carrying case for $25. Definately the better deal.
    Thanks for the other ideas. I checked out the Sears on line. The closest set with the same features on their site appears to be a set for $45 (i.e., t-handle with short shank on one the t-handle ends, and SAE ball-end on the long shaft). I did see a set for $25 with similar to the $18 but with the ball-end. Definitely something to consider especially if they carry the standard Craftsman warrantee.

    I wonder how often I would used the short shank?

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    If you want the ball-end, check out this slick set: http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...p?pn=100340978

    Its a little different but for $20 you get 13 SAE and 13 Metric. You should get more clearance on this set if you need to use the short end versus the Nashbar set. Hey, my suggestions may be overkill since bikes seem to be predominantly metric so you might never use the SAE. But if you're like me and work on other things beside your bike (I'm still learning) its definately worth it to have both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin6s
    If you want the ball-end, check out this slick set: http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...p?pn=100340978

    Its a little different but for $20 you get 13 SAE and 13 Metric. You should get more clearance on this set if you need to use the short end versus the Nashbar set. Hey, my suggestions may be overkill since bikes seem to be predominantly metric so you might never use the SAE. But if you're like me and work on other things beside your bike (I'm still learning) its definately worth it to have both.
    these aren't the 'sure grip' type like the pedros & nashbar sets that the OP posted.
    I get these 'standard' ball end one's at harborfreight for less than home depot/lowes sells 'em for. something like $8/set (when not on sale)..
    hmm even better, check out the t-handle ones at harborfreight, I haven't seen 'em at my local shop, but might hafta order these now!
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92527
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    looks like a good option...

    Quote Originally Posted by logbiter
    check out the t-handle ones at harborfreight, I haven't seen 'em at my local shop, but might hafta order these now!
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92527
    Thanks for the link. That looks like the best deal so far. Sounds like you have purchased from harborfreight before. Do you know what the quality is like on these? I have picked up cheap tools before only to have them not wear very well, ending up with stripped bolts & screws Thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logbiter
    these aren't the 'sure grip' type like the pedros & nashbar sets that the OP posted.
    I get these 'standard' ball end one's at harborfreight for less than home depot/lowes sells 'em for. something like $8/set (when not on sale)..
    hmm even better, check out the t-handle ones at harborfreight, I haven't seen 'em at my local shop, but might hafta order these now!
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92527
    T-Handles can be found here: http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS...p?pn=100340985

    journey mentioned ball-head, hence the Home Depot link. Look closer, they come with a grip that makes it more of an L handle. There are other factors such as most Husky hand tools are guaranteed forever and the fact that, although exclusive to the Home Depot, Husky is owned and manufactured by Stanley. I'd rather pay more for a quality product that can be replaced for free then keep dishing out money for cheap replacements. But thats me.

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    What does the ball end mean?

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    take a look at the pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by Guppie58
    What does the ball end mean?
    Its easier to see than to describe ;-) Take a look at the set on Nashbar (URL in first post) - go to the listing and then click on the link to the close-ups (this URL may take you directly there: http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...u=10530&brand= ).

    See the 2nd pix - the ball-end is on the longer shaft. Its so you can use the hex wrench from an angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guppie58
    What does the ball end mean?
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    the ball end allows you get the wrench in at an angle (as opposed to having to straight into it w/ 90 degree), which allows you to reach some of those nuts you wouldn't be able to reach otherwise... it's not great for high torque applications, but makes it much easier to, say tighten/loosen up bottle cage bolts.
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