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To be honest it just looks like he's been following me around for the last twenty years and hoovering up all the ones I've lost ( or maybe he's been stealing them) !
 

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...now i know why my friend's eyes glaze over,after a fifteen minute tour,of my anvil collection... :)
 

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Blue tape on the shafts?
Yeh. Thatll stop them stealing them.

Maybe this fella works in food processing.

I think if i was to have a youtube channel... i'd film the work ive done.... or highlight a specific product i install.... not "look how many screwdrivers i've got!"
 

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Blue tape on the shafts?
Yeh. Thatll stop them stealing them.

Maybe this fella works in food processing.

I think if i was to have a youtube channel... i'd film the work ive done.... or highlight a specific product i install.... not "look how many screwdrivers i've got!"
Nothing wrong with admiring screwdrivers at all, you ought to see mine, mind you they are not as well preserved as the ones shown.
 
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I used to have a massive collection of insulated screwdrivers , well over 50. I had ck , irazola , bahco , Stanley , Draper , Wera , wiha etc.
all accumulated over 20+ years.
during this lockdown I bundled up all the odd ones and duplicate ones & sold them on eBay As a job lot. Got 40£ for the lot...
 
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Meh....no Boddingtons or ITL. What sort of collection is that. ;)
those are possibly the only 2 brands I can think of that I never tried...
I did have some ITL cable croppers.

i also had a Klein and Kew technic screwdrivers was well , plus some random own brand rubbish like silver line and Homebase own brand etc
 

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those are possibly the only 2 brands I can think of that I never tried...
I did have some ITL cable croppers.

i also had a Klein and Kew technic screwdrivers was well , plus some random own brand rubbish like silver line and Homebase own brand etc
Have you tried Gedore, king dick, Stahlwillie Dusty? These are up there with the best
 
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Have you tried Gedore, king dick, Stahlwillie Dusty? These are up there some say better then the Wera, Wiha etc. All German quality
I have had Some tools by all those manufacturers , not necessarily screwdrivers. King dick & Gedore I mainly associate with Spanners sets I had years ago.
stahlwille are nice and I quite like the orange handles make them look a bit different than the traditional red/yellow vde tools.

my dad used to have a nice set of Steadfast insulated screwdrivers which are basically normal screwdrivers with a plastic sleeve over the shaft of the drive up to the handle area...
 
those are possibly the only 2 brands I can think of that I never tried...
I did have some ITL cable croppers.

i also had a Klein and Kew technic screwdrivers was well , plus some random own brand rubbish like silver line and Homebase own brand etc
Used ITL when I was working for a DNO and stuck with them when I got out, their side cutters are a bit cumbersome though. The Boddingtons are a nice tool , very comfortable handles.
 
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Used ITL when I was working for a DNO and stuck with them when I got out, their side cutters are a bit cumbersome though. The Boddingtons are a nice tool , very comfortable handles.
yes , the ITL croppers i had were very chunky big handles , they were good but the handles were too big for my hands.
i much prefer slimmer handle grips like ck & knipex cutters..

are ITL screwdrivers any good...?
 
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yes , the ITL croppers i had were very chunky big handles , they were good but the handles were too big for my hands.
i much prefer slimmer handle grips like ck & knipex cutters..

are ITL screwdrivers any good...?
They are very good ,although the later style tips on the flat screwdrivers (they went from chromed to oil blacked with a strange profile ) are a bit thick to fit in some slotted screws. Completely agree on the cutters ,Knipex all the way for me.
 

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What are Boddingtons like ? I hear they're British made ?
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How do you do your 'safe isolation' procedure then ??
With a RECONISED VOLTAGE INDICATOR, not a death screwdriver, surely you're not being serious are you?
 

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This is my current set up...
its okay , but I’m not a huge fan of this type of screwdrivers.
i honestly prefere my old c.k set of drivers that I keep in my 1st fix tool box...
Well if you ever throw them away, throw them in an envelope addressed my way 😂
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More seriously, what do you make of the Joker? I've toyed with the idea of buying a combination set many times, but haven't yet managed to justify the expense.
Not used it yet, but seem good. The really expensive ones are the new joker ratchet ended ones.
 
@nicebutdim I have the joker 10/13mm spanner, its well made and a lot of thought has went into it so it should be good, but I find it hard to use because it is straight rather than the 15 degree offset. I keep persevering with it but it just feels wrong IMHO.
 

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@nicebutdim I have the joker 10/13mm spanner, its well made and a lot of thought has went into it so it should be good, but I find it hard to use because it is straight rather than the 15 degree offset. I keep persevering with it but it just feels wrong IMHO.
get yuri geller to bend it for you. :D :D :D
 
@nicebutdim I have the joker 10/13mm spanner, its well made and a lot of thought has went into it so it should be good, but I find it hard to use because it is straight rather than the 15 degree offset. I keep persevering with it but it just feels wrong IMHO.

Lack of offset isn't something I'd considered and it's a very good point. I've looked at the combination set time and again, but could never quite justify the price tag. Main draw was exceptional quality and slim profile, but I've enough cut and ground spanners to cover just about every situation.
 
I still carry the 10/13 jocker in my tool bag just because it saves carrying two spanners but I don't think I would by a set of them.
 
As electricians you can justify tools as essential purchases :laughing:

I try to make sure the right tool is available for every job that arises, but £160 for 11 spanners has proven something of a stretch :blush: I'm determined to find a way of getting through 2365, AM2 and 2391, despite having nowhere to do them locally, so tool purchases have increased over the last year in preparation :innocent:
 
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Tools seem a bit of a bad habit for sparks , I have purchased tools that I don’t really need or rarely use.
i have duplicates of quite a few tools as well.
screwdrivers used to be my impulse purchase if on offer.
at one stage I had over 50 insulated screwdrivers.
i have recently had a massive clear-out and only have my Wera interchange set and 5 c.k screwdrivers now...
 

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Tools seem a bit of a bad habit for sparks , I have purchased tools that I don’t really need or rarely use.
i have duplicates of quite a few tools as well.
screwdrivers used to be my impulse purchase if on offer.
at one stage I had over 50 insulated screwdrivers.
i have recently had a massive clear-out and only have my Wera interchange set and 5 c.k screwdrivers now...
Screwdriver Tart then DD?
 

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yes I was , had blooming loads of em at one stage

not so much now , and as I say I recently sold over 40 of my insulated screwdrivers as they were literally just collecting dust :(
I still have some of my Stanley wooden handled jobbies from when I first started, no 24 I think they were called. NOT FOR SALE though, go and have a look at them every so often, yes I have tool addiction seriously, especially screwdrivers, no treatment available currently on offer, how did you break the habbit?
 
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I still have some of my Stanley wooden handled jobbies from when I first started, no 24 I think they were called. NOT FOR SALE though, go and have a look at them every so often, yes I have tool addiction seriously, especially screwdrivers, no treatment available currently on offer, how did you break the habbit?
I just bit the bullet during lockdown sorted everything into 2 big piles

Pile 1 - what i actually use

Pile 2 - what I haven’t used in months (years)

pile 2 went on eBay

its no big deal really , some items I honestly hadn’t used in years...

the only thing I won’t part with is my grandads old electricians knife which is engraved with his name and date he was issued it
 

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I just bit the bullet during lockdown sorted everything into 2 big piles

Pile 1 - what i actually use

Pile 2 - what I haven’t used in months (years)

pile 2 went on eBay

its no big deal really , some items I honestly hadn’t used in years...

the only thing I won’t part with is my grandads old electricians knife which is engraved with his name and date he was issued it
Know how you feel Mate, I flogged a lot of tools on here but couldn't get rid of the early issued stuff, Sparkie's knife, Stanley drivers, Eliot Lucas Pliers, and some early American Klein stuff I bought when I was working over the Pond.
 
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Know how you feel Mate, I flogged a lot of tools on here but couldn't get rid of the early issued stuff, Sparkie's knife, Stanley drivers, Eliot Lucas Pliers, and some early American Klein stuff I bought when I was working over the Pond.
personal stuff (inherited or passed down) I hang on to , along with perhaps some limited edition stuff...
i Literally only have now my basic sparky tool kit , 1 of everything I need and that’s it.
i went from 3 full tool boxes down to 1 box and 1 pouch
 
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Oh no...I did it again

Just ordered a some Milwaukee & Klein insulated drivers

at least its my birthday later this month so can justify the impulse purchase as a birthday present to myself

I will give em a bash and let you know what I think of em....
 

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nobody'smentioned Snap-on... takes all sorts of bits, magnetic, realy smooth ratchet action, can even get a VDE shaft for it. and guaranteed for life. can't do without mine:
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nobody'smentioned Snap-on... takes all sorts of bits, magnetic, realy smooth ratchet action, can even get a VDE shaft for it. and guaranteed for life. can't do without mine:
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I worked with a sparks who used a snap-on ratchet screwdriver for practically everything..including doing consumer units etc
i lost my ratchet driver ages ago and just haven’t bothered to replace it...might have a sniff around eBay for a snap-on ratchet, if I can get one at a reasonable price
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Just looked , roughly 60£ ish for a decent condition second hand snap-on ratchet...a bit too much to justify buying one as I already just spent 20 odd quid on a klein & milwakee drivers to try out...
 
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I'm looking for a new ratchet driver. Think I'll go for Wera though as I've been impressed with my recent Wera purchases.
 
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Can people stop talking about ratchet drivers....

my urge to buy one is getting overwhelming :D
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just bought this. the shafts will also fit my snap-on.
 

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just bought this. the shafts will also fit my snap-on.
I see how he words his listing titles so that at first glance people think they are Snap On. Thought it was a strange phrase 'Snap Up On a bargain' !!
 

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nobody'smentioned Snap-on... takes all sorts of bits, magnetic, realy smooth ratchet action, can even get a VDE shaft for it. and guaranteed for life. can't do without mine:
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I've had the same one for close to 30 years Tel, except the handle is bright green which I figured would make it harder to lose. :) It gets used every single working day and the fact it's magnetic makes things a lot easier. Wouldn't be without it.
 
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Well the wife asked what I wanted for my birthday next week...

I said a snap-on ratchet screwdriver

she went shopping today and bought Me a new shirt & pack of boxer shorts...

what part of ratchet screwdriver did she not understand

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it's women for you. like one was on a bus which broke down on the A56. the driver was looking in the engine compartment, seeing a loose hose clip.woman passenger, being nosey, says
"would you like a screwdriver?"

"yes, maam" replies the driver, "but let me fix the bus first"
 

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Got a Stanley ratchet driver, used most days for 15+ years. I got it from Tesco for £5.50. Even bought a second one as I didn't expect it to last. That's still in the package it came in.
 

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Got a Stanley ratchet driver, used most days for 15+ years. I got it from Tesco for £5.50. Even bought a second one as I didn't expect it to last. That's still in the package it came in.
That's my current one too, a cheapy Stanley one. Also had it for years. Maybe knocking on for 15 itself. Trying to think back to when all my tools got replaced after being stolen.
 
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I think my last ratchet was a black and decker ratchet driver , it was about a tenner iirc
really nice action
sadly was lost on site , think I left it on a job and forgot to go back to get it
 

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RS used to do a great pozi No.2, flat blade, and 1/4" square drive ratchet handles.

Still got mine from 20 years ago and until recently it tended to be used where now I always have a power driver to hand.
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The RS 1/4" drive ratchet handle.

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Does anyone still use yankey drivers? or are they completely obsolete now we have battery drills.
I still use my dad's old yankee driver sometimes. Good when you need extra reach, eg when fitting shelf brackets.
 
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If you pop along to your local car boot fare you are guaranteed some old boy will be selling a stanley pump action driver....
 
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Just been browsing eBay for a snap-on ratchet...

is there any differences between the various colours and styles?

i see a red , orange , green , yellow & black in a hard plastic

and various what look like a soft grip version

is That the only main difference...??
 

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Just been browsing eBay for a snap-on ratchet...

is there any differences between the various colours and styles?

i see a red , orange , green , yellow & black in a hard plastic

and various what look like a soft grip version

is That the only main difference...??
basically, yes. the only problem with the soft-grip version is that the cap falls off when using it and spare bits in the handle fall out, usually never to be seen again.
upside is guaranteed for life. i had the ratchet fail on one. snap-on rep fixed in his van in 15 minutes. FOC.
 
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If I can pick one up for £25-30 on eBay I will get meself one and give it a bash...
i see they do limited edition pink version , so might buy it for the wife for Christmas...;)
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On a side note my Klein & milwakee insulated screwdrivers I ordered should arrive tomorrow so I will try them for a week and give my opinion on them.
never tried Klein or milwakee Insulated screwdrivers Before,
I did have a Klein normal screwdriver once upon a time before I lost it...
 
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If I can pick one up for £25-30 on eBay I will get meself one and give it a bash...
i see they do limited edition pink version , so might buy it for the wife for Christmas...;)
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On a side note my Klein & milwakee insulated screwdrivers I ordered should arrive tomorrow so I will try them for a week and give my opinion on them.
never tried Klein or milwakee Insulated screwdrivers Before,
I did have a Klein normal screwdriver once upon a time before I lost it...
well my parcel arrived today, 3 Klein slotted and 2 milwakee pozi drivers.
the kleins have a decent grip so reckon they will be good to use but the milwakee feel rock hard , smooth and quite slippy...
see how they go , but reckon the miwakee will end up on ebay
 

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well my parcel arrived today, 3 Klein slotted and 2 milwakee pozi drivers.
the kleins have a decent grip so reckon they will be good to use but the milwakee feel rock hard , smooth and quite slippy...
see how they go , but reckon the miwakee will end up on ebay
Yeah the Milwaukee ones are rebranded cheap rubbish. They honestly feel like the Aldi ones.
 
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Yeah the Milwaukee ones are rebranded cheap rubbish. They honestly feel like the Aldi ones.
more than likely , they feel like generic cheap screwdrivers you get in a pack from Aldi For a fiver.
the grip is horrible and plasticy.
only paid like 3 quid each as they were on offer
 
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basically, yes. the only problem with the soft-grip version is that the cap falls off when using it and spare bits in the handle fall out, usually never to be seen again.
upside is guaranteed for life. i had the ratchet fail on one. snap-on rep fixed in his van in 15 minutes. FOC.
im just going to bid on a snap on and just noticed not all are the same size Shaft.
standard screwdriver bits are a 1/4 inch bit...?
are all snap on are 1/4 inch ??? I don’t want to end up with some funky American size I can’t get bits for
 
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snap-on drivers are 1/4" square shaft into handle and standard hexagonal bits like any other interchangeable bit driver. however i think you can get shafts with 1/4" sq. end for use with sockets. the pic in my post 57 appears to be this. the shafts are interchangeable so buy one with the hex end for bits as you can get hex to sq, adaptors, if that makes sense.
 
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I'm looking for a new ratchet driver. Think I'll go for Wera though as I've been impressed with my recent Wera purchases.
As have I bought quite a few wera items in the last 12 months seem to be very good quality but pricey
 
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Well the milwakee screwdrivers ended up in the bin , the small 3mm slotted tip snapped after about 2 uses...
absolute garbage , how Milwaukee can put there name to these screwdrivers beggers belief...
 
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snap-on drivers are 1/4" square shaft into handle and standard hexagonal bits like any other interchangeable bit driver. however i think you can get shafts with 1/4" sq. end for use with sockets. the pic in my post 57 appears to be this. the shafts are interchangeable so buy one with the hex end for bits as you can get hex to sq, adaptors, if that makes sense.
thank Tel...

if you were going to buy w snap on ratchet screwdriver would you opt for the soft grip or hard plastic handle...?
 
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