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Old 05-07-21, 08:59 PM
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Socket complete set

Park Tool sells a complete 3/8" 37 piece set of socket and bits but its pricey. A while ago I got the cheaper set Park Tool SBS-1.2 18 pieces. I am wondering where I can find all the other sizes from the larger set to complete my set, there are definitely some smaller socket types that I need. Thanks if anyone can help me.
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Old 05-07-21, 09:51 PM
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Your local hardware store. Unless you them to be Park brand.
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I could count the socket bits that I sometimes use for bike work on one and a half hands, including hex bits. But I second non bike industry sources to round out your collections. Andy
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Just go to a good hardware store and buy a good brand of socket sets, both metric and imperial.
Lowes now owns the Craftsman brand.
Only buy bike specific tools from Bike tool companies.
Get other tools from your local hardware or someplace cheaper.
I buy $1.50 allen wrenches by the handful, use them, cut them when they wear.
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Old 05-08-21, 07:48 AM
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Unless it's a specific tool for bikes, you're far better to look at alternative sources (be it automotive/industrial supply/hardware stores) for just about all tools. The only people who really need to have branded Park tools for things like sockets, hex wrenches etc are bike shops where it does add an air of professionality if the workshop is visible to the customer.
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Old 05-08-21, 09:28 AM
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I have rollaways full of auto mechanic tools, proto, crapsman, snapoff, SK, whatever. One day there was a whole set of tools in a gray blow molded case scattered all over the road, 1/2, 3/8, 1/4, wrenches, etc. Being a good citizen I stopped and picked them all up. Police stopped, gave me an attaboy and told me to keep them. Ok, will do. Imports made by Crescent. As good as anything I have in their size/type. Kinda shocked.
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Originally Posted by Wallonthefloor View Post
Park Tool sells a complete 3/8" 37 piece set of socket and bits but its pricey. A while ago I got the cheaper set Park Tool SBS-1.2 18 pieces. I am wondering where I can find all the other sizes from the larger set to complete my set, there are definitely some smaller socket types that I need. Thanks if anyone can help me.

...to fill out a 3/8 socket set like you want to do, your best bet is probably some place like Harbor Freight or Amazon.
Individual sockets are much more expensive than the sets, but these tow sources will allow you to select sets of sockets only, without another ratchet, in a wide range.

For the smaller sockets, you might want to consider either a 8-9-10 Y wrench, which is pretty handy on bicycles, or a smaller metric set with a 1/4" drive ratchet.
Harbor Freight tools are mostly of reasonable quality these days. Also the sockets come in colors, which is an additional visual cue when you are reaching for the right size.

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Old 05-08-21, 05:43 PM
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Snap on and Wera sell individual sockets in both 3/8 and 1/4 and those are going to be an excellent and high quality choice if you are trying to build out your tool collection.
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Originally Posted by grizzly59 View Post
One day there was a whole set of tools in a gray blow molded case scattered all over the road, 1/2, 3/8, 1/4, wrenches, etc. Being a good citizen I stopped and picked them all up. Police stopped, gave me an attaboy and told me to keep them.
I've never found a complete set but I have found an amazing number of individual tools along the road at various times during my rides. Two claw hammers, five "Vise -Grips", miscellaneous screwdrivers, two tape measures, numerous open end and combination wrenches in both SAE and metric sizes, two Channel Locks, three adjustable wrenches, a big C-clamp, a large folding knife and probably a few I've forgotten. I assume these have fallen off of contractor's trucks and weren't missed. Some of these were Harbor Freight quality tools but most were good brand names.
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Old 05-08-21, 08:44 PM
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A 37 piece set of sockets seems excessive to me for bike work. More then enough is a set of 8-19mm sockets. Anything bigger then 19mm use a wrench, same with anything smaller then 8mm. Even then, for 8-11mm I have a Wright 3430 which is a 3/8 ratchet in a 1/4" drive handle since any bigger ratchet is too big. From there you can use 2-10mm hex sockets, I prefer 2-6mm to be 1/4" to work with a small torque wrench, 8mm should be 3/8 for a breaker bar and finally a t25 and t20. Outside of these 24 sockets (need that 2.5mm hex socket) there isn't many other sockets that I can think of that just shouldn't be a wrench. Even in that regards, the only sockets I actually use are 13-15mm (axle nuts and seat pillar clamps), 19mm (BMX axle nuts) 3-6mm 1/4" drive for the torque wrench, 5-10mm 3/8 for various things, and the t20 and t25. Everything else just works better with wrenches, tri-allen or park's 8/9/10 tri-socket. My sockets are wright and bondhus.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...to fill out a 3/8 socket set like you want to do, your best bet is probably some place like Harbor Freight or Amazon.
Individual sockets are much more expensive than the sets, but these two sources will allow you to select sets of sockets only, without another ratchet, in a wide range.

For the smaller sockets, you might want to consider either a 8-9-10 Y wrench, which is pretty handy on bicycles, or a smaller metric set with a 1/4" drive ratchet.
Harbor Freight tools are mostly of reasonable quality these days. Also the sockets come in colors, which is an additional visual cue when you are reaching for the right size.

This. Particularly for occasional use.
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