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Old 09-03-18, 03:00 PM
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1/4-inch square drive hex bits

Has anyone got a good collection of 1/4-inch square drive hex bits that they would recommend?

I'm looking to buy a set of them, along with Torx bits that are of decent quality in the most popular sizes for bikes. It's for a torque wrench.

I do have a set from my old torque wrench but they're very worn now.
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Old 09-03-18, 03:03 PM
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i use snap on hex and torx
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I would suggest using a square-drive to 1/4" bit driver. For your purposes, at sizes appropriate to 1/4" square drive, it will work fine. It is easier to find quality bits/square-drive adaptors at reasonable prices, than to buy socket sets of them.

Wera and Wiha, for two, have reasonably priced bit sets.
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Usually they are long enough that you can grind down your current ones until you reach a new sharp edge also.
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Originally Posted by dedhed View Post
Usually they are long enough that you can grind down your current ones until you reach a new sharp edge also.
I do this also; just remember to keep the bits cool when grinding (I use a wet wheel) so as not to draw their temper. My Wiha bits and others have a surface treatment on their tips, when I grind that mostly away I figure it's time to replace them.
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a 1/4" square to 1/4" hex magnetic adapter, is great if you wear out bits ,

but a hex to hex adapter works better in power tools , with 3 jaw chucks..

Snap-On is great tools, Sears Craftsman has a store, Snap On has a mobile sales truck,
so you have to know their schedule for stops at Auto dealerships.. their main customers.

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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
Has anyone got a good collection of 1/4-inch square drive hex bits that they would recommend?

I'm looking to buy a set of them, along with Torx bits that are of decent quality in the most popular sizes for bikes. It's for a torque wrench.

I do have a set from my old torque wrench but they're very worn now.
More than may need but good for other uses:

Craftsman 42 piece 1/4 and 3/8-inch Drive Bit and Torx Bit Socket Wrench Set


I use those or the also mention 1/4-hex adapter with my torque wrenches

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Old 09-04-18, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
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Now you just translate US brands, into what you can find in UK..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Now you just translate US brands, into what you can find in UK..
Indeed.

For Torx bits I've found a set from a company called BGS, and for the hex bits I've found a set from a company called Sealey.
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Just buy the Harbor Fright stuff. Its cheap and it works. I'll never waste my money on Snap-on ever again.
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