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Old 12-25-08, 11:20 AM   #1
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p-handle hex wrench set,Park versus Pedros

I'm looking for a set of hex wrenche's.
I see REI has Pedros on sale at $44.93,other place's
have the Park set at $63.90.Any suggestion's?
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Old 12-25-08, 11:33 AM   #2
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Both are good. The only difference is the handles.
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Old 12-25-08, 11:34 AM   #3
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I'm looking for a set of hex wrenche's.
I see REI has Pedros on sale at $44.93,other place's
have the Park set at $63.90.Any suggestion's?
Thank's
If you Google 'Park Tool P handle hex wrench set' you will find them ranging in price from about $48 to $55 including the holder. I had a set of Pedros and now have the Park stuff. The Pedros seemed to have a slightly softer metal and the corners rounded fairly soon. No such problems with the Park tools.

One issue with any P-handle set is that you can't always reach a bolt with the hex on the short side of the handle to apply some torque (you shouldn't apply a lot of torque with the ball end, it can slip easily) so you should also have an L-handle set of hex wrenches as well. Craftsman at Sears is very good, and right now quite inexpensive.
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We use the Pedros in the shop. I like them better than the Parks.

That said, I use Snap-On ones at home. They have a straight, screwdriver-type handle and a ball-end. Good for speed and accessibility (water bottle bolts, etc), not good for torque.
They were.... a "bit". I don't remember. $20 each or something? I was an auto mechanic...I never paid much attention to how much the stuff cost.
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I have Spin Doctor ones that are just fine. Ball end on the long, low torque side.
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Home Depot sells a set of metric hex wrenches with ball ends for under $15. They don't have individual handles, but do come with a single handle that the wrenches slip into for extra leverage, if you are so inclined.
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I don't think Pedros are as good a quality for shop use, so choosing between those two, I'd go Park. OTOH for general home use I just use a set of L-shaped hexes with one ball end like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006TW0CQ?...0&linkCode=asn for the most part, but have some nice Park and Snapon ratchet/torque wrench bits as well.
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I don't think Pedros are as good a quality for shop use, so choosing between those two, I'd go Park.
That's what I think too. I used to work in a shop that had a set of each. Everybody preferred the Park ones except for the owner who did the purchasing. Unfortunately when it came time to buy some replacements his vote is the only one that counted.
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I've never used Pedro's, but I love Park's. To me they feel like something that belongs in my hands and I just twirl them around for fun, like I do with cue sticks. I'm sure most of you know that feeling, something just feels great...

I will own at least one Park P handle hex as long as I live, probably the 5 mil.

But, unless you plan on working on your bike all the time, I doubt actual parts that matter will make a difference and I suggest you go Pedro's just to save money. If the extra $10 or so is available to you, go Park.
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Thank's for your input everyone. I guess if you can find the Park set
at around $53 ,they're close enough in price. It seem's the majority is
Park so far. I'm mostly concerned with function and quality. I think I need
to check out Sear's as well, for the L-handle set. Thank's everyone.
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Here's another choice (on sale until the end of January, too!): http://www.wihatools.com/special_12.htm

Wiha (German company, but with offices in the USA as well) makes very high quality screwdrivers, hex wrenches and similar products. I have the metric set in the link above and have been very happy with it (and with the company's customer service).

Regarding Davet's point about tool access in tight locations, I also picked up a very reasonably-priced set of medium-long length hex bits (Neiko) for my ratchet (the bit shafts are about 4" long). These have worked great in applying moderate-to-substantial torque in tight-access locations. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-G.../dp/B000IQNMQU
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Just the other week, someone posted a link to Sears Craftsman P handle hex wrenches. Looks nice and lifetime warranty.

I pick up the cheapo Indian or Chinese made stuff in the junk pile of my Ace hardware store every once in a while. You will need a regular 4 or 5 or 6mm in those hard to reach spots.
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And if you are really cheap:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=37862
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