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hetkind
04-07-2010, 05:40 PM
I went to maintain my wife's new Jeep today, didn't have the right large metric hex socket to pull the fill plug on the transmission. It looks to be a allen head somewhere around 15mm.

McMaster-Carr has a nice set of 1/2" metric "allen" hex sockets 6-19mm for about $140.

Does anyhow have an alternate source for quality metric, hex driver sockets, at a reasonable price?

Howqard

Wesley B
04-07-2010, 05:48 PM
Definatley GP http://www.gpsocket.com/index.cfm?event=catview&id=4662
You can get them at tooltopia for the best prices.

Wesley B
04-07-2010, 05:52 PM
http://www.tooltopia.com/grey-pneumatic-1498mh.aspx or
http://www.tooltopia.com/sunex-tools-2637.aspx

hetkind
04-07-2010, 06:23 PM
thank you, that is exactly what I need at a price I can live with...

Howard

alex71
04-07-2010, 08:35 PM
The mcmaster set is probably proto. you get what you pay for.

rsanter
04-07-2010, 08:41 PM
how about a used snap on set?
or just get a single allen L wrench for the application

bob

SS5150
04-07-2010, 08:43 PM
Stick shift Wrangler?

WSMC633
04-08-2010, 01:43 AM
I just grabbed a Like New set of SO 10-19mm 1/2" Drive Hex for $90. If you can be patient and wait for deals, you'll find them.

MarcSeattle
04-08-2010, 02:20 AM
I got a set of Cornwell from eBay, about $40. A great find.

hetkind
04-08-2010, 06:11 AM
Stick shift Wrangler?

yes, the stick shift wrangler:-)

and this particular transmission likes to pop out of first at traffic lights too, and once the dealer can replicate the issue, a new tranny is coming.

I have a box of single size L allens, some too small, one too big for this task but I like the socket mounted ones for various reasons...

Howard

UK Steve
04-08-2010, 08:09 AM
Try www.uktools.co.uk they do a set 5mm thru to 24mm including all sizes.

hetkind
04-08-2010, 08:55 AM
Actually, I ordered the GP set from Tooltopia last night...I will give an update when they come in next week.

Howard

DHCrocks
04-09-2010, 04:37 PM
I've got these from MAC, I tried to find them on the website but couldn't. I really like these, they seem to hold up longer then the regular hex bits. I think these are made for impact guns. I've used the regular ones before (black and gold colored bits) and they tend to round off after a lot of use but these don't. It's made for a 1/2" drive, you put the bit into the socket on the left and lock with a setscrew. it goes all the way upto 19mm. I use them on the transfercase and pumpkins drain/fill plugs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/DHCrocks/17f866a0.jpg

alex71
04-09-2010, 05:04 PM
I've got these from MAC, I tried to find them on the website but couldn't. I really like these, they seem to hold up longer then the regular hex bits. I think these are made for impact guns. I've used the regular ones before (black and gold colored bits) and they tend to round off after a lot of use but these don't. It's made for a 1/2" drive, you put the bit into the socket on the left and lock with a setscrew. it goes all the way upto 19mm. I use them on the transfercase and pumpkins drain/fill plugs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/DHCrocks/17f866a0.jpg

ooooh I have the set of bits but not the socket. 7/16 hex drive, right?

what's the part number on the socket?

48548
04-09-2010, 05:14 PM
I have been using this set and the box of extra stuff my father gave me for free. Most are proto and some are armstrong. The boxed set was a metric 3/8-1/2 socket set, works great for all of that stuff. It covers these sizes, but I have up to a 19 because of what is in the box which is a mix of sae and metric... 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10mm 12, 14, 17mm

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp296/48548/tools/tool5.jpg

hetkind
04-09-2010, 05:37 PM
I like the MAC set...looks like they will last a bit.

I use metric hex quite a bit more motorcycle work and 99% can be done with 10mm and smaller...the other 1% is a real pita and this new set should fix that!

stevejh82
04-09-2010, 06:09 PM
I like Proto tools as much as the next guy, but I have to say that I have not been impressed by the performance of the hex sockets like 48548 posted. I used them at school all summer assembling tools and machinery for our new shops. The smaller sizes seemed to age what I thought would take years in a few weeks. They still work but they are definitely worse for the wear.

48548
04-09-2010, 06:18 PM
My proto are fine, the armstrongs bits strip out like plastic... I had to get 1/2 of them replaced... I stopped using them and just use the proto. I also got 5/16 size wera bits and they have been flawless....

woody 73
04-09-2010, 06:38 PM
I like my Grey Pneumatic set very much, never had any problems. I am very lucky my dealer will replace any broken ones no questions asked!

crewchief888
04-09-2010, 10:23 PM
I've got these from MAC, I tried to find them on the website but couldn't. I really like these, they seem to hold up longer then the regular hex bits. I think these are made for impact guns. I've used the regular ones before (black and gold colored bits) and they tend to round off after a lot of use but these don't. It's made for a 1/2" drive, you put the bit into the socket on the left and lock with a setscrew. it goes all the way upto 19mm. I use them on the transfercase and pumpkins drain/fill plugs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/DHCrocks/17f866a0.jpg

i have a std set like these from mac. they been around my box for at least 15 years, and have held up to some abuse. a couple of them are pretty well worn out now, MAC wont replace rounded off bits.
i prefer SO allens

:beer:

DHCrocks
04-10-2010, 07:19 AM
ooooh I have the set of bits but not the socket. 7/16 hex drive, right?

what's the part number on the socket?

yup it's stamped 7/16 on the socket the part number is VP146D

caper
04-10-2010, 10:24 AM
Just a little trick for when your stuck without the right sized Allen.Take a bolt with the right sized head and a pair of Vise Grips.Use the head of the bolt as the Allen and turn it with the Vise Grips.Or if you have a welder,weld an old socket over the shaft of the bolt and you've got a custom Allen bit socket.Necessity is the mother of invention,especially when you work mobile service.

MarcSeattle
04-10-2010, 01:22 PM
I work on Euro cars and motorcycles so I use hex sockets as much as regular sockets. I have a Cornwell set that I like a lot, but I lust after these for the quality and how cool they look:

http://www.procarestores.com/product/general_catalog/images/beta/full/920me_sb7.jpg

http://www.procarestores.com/product/general_catalog/product_info.php?products_id=009200519

Moose-LandTran
04-10-2010, 02:17 PM
Just a little trick for when your stuck without the right sized Allen.Take a bolt with the right sized head and a pair of Vise Grips.Use the head of the bolt as the Allen and turn it with the Vise Grips.Or if you have a welder,weld an old socket over the shaft of the bolt and you've got a custom Allen bit socket.Necessity is the mother of invention,especially when you work mobile service.

I do that with my 6" pipe wrench all the time, works great.

Hawk321
04-10-2010, 02:25 PM
Craftsman???

Monte
04-10-2010, 02:44 PM
4-19mm from "Elora" @ www.bloomertool.com for $127.70

Also the 9mm size is included which is not the case if you look at most competitors sets.

http://bloomertool.com/images/3210INKLS.JPG
http://bloomertool.com/images/3210-IN2.JPG

hetkind
04-11-2010, 08:00 AM
my set from GP is due in Monday, but I could have used them yesterday...Would have made changing the tranmission oil on a BMW R1200C possible...

Howard