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Old 02-04-2015, 09:18 AM
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I've decided it's time to revamp my toolbox in preparation of new kit build. I don't want any worn out drivers stripping screws mid build. This got me kind of curious, what are you guys using? Why? Are the expensive tools all they're cracked up to be? Are the cheap tools the same just a different logo?

Here's the stuff I'm looking at:

ProTek Tru Torque Metric Set


http://www.amain.com/protek-rc-truto...-set-4/p212283

Hudy Standard/Metric Set


http://www.amain.com/hudy-metric-sta...er-set-8/p8399

Integy Quick Pit 7pc


http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/3512994...lpid=82&chn=ps

Dynamite Machined Hex Driver Set


http://www.amain.com/dynamite-machin...-set-4/p393864

I don't know that I necessarily "need" the Hudy's but I've heard nothing but great stuff about everything that company makes, and I'm a sucker for quality stuff, weather $1 or $100.
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Buy the MIP stuff and forget about it. I have had MIP drivers in my box for years and the tip is still excellent. Stay away from anything integy.
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Hudy, MIP, Eds are all good. Integy is complete crap. Not sure on others as I have settled back in on Hudy tools.
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I've used them all, literally. Well not the Protek stuff from Amain.

Hudy, IMO, is overrated. I personally am not impressed with how long they last/wear. I have Dynamite, the OLD red handle ones, that look better and have sharper points on the hexes than my Hudy stuff.

I've used the following..

Hudy
Dynamite
Integy
Duratrax (not really as cheap as you would think)
AE
MIP
and probably a couple brands I forgot.

My top 2 picks, MIP and Dynamite.

My Integy tools (not a great brand to be honest) wear really well but seem a bit "oversized" compared to other brands. My Integy 2mm will literally "snap" into screws that my other tools will be bit loose in. I only use my Integy stuff for screws that are getting slightly "rounded out"

TLR tools are also suppose to be really good, but I've never used them.

You're going to get tons of opinions and some will vary from mine, which is fine. But after 25 years I HATE crappy tools.
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Hudy, MIP, Eds are all good. Integy is complete crap. Not sure on others as I have settled back in on Hudy tools.
Why? I'm not saying yours aren't. But what was your experience? I listed my issue withe them in my other post but it wasn't wear.
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Buy the MIP stuff and forget about it. I have had MIP drivers in my box for years and the tip is still excellent. Stay away from anything integy.
same to you Matt. Why the hate on Integy?

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same to you Matt. Why the hate on Integy?

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haha...i will have to bring it back out then.

Integy - I have seen them break fairly easily..mainly the smaller tipped ones. The larger tips seemed to be good. I just hate buying a set and then break a .050 or 1/16. I have never broken an MIP, i just recommended them because its like a buy it once kinda thing.
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I started in this hobby looking at the "hyped" tools with the pretty aluminum handles. At the same time I started I bought MIP power bits for my cordless driver. Working on cars (I have multiple plus my sons cars) those tips get used 90% of the time I'm wrenching (which is almost daily). I also had Hudy drivers used the other 10%. After a year of use my Hudy tips were now rounded and my MIP drivers (remember, used in a cordless driver) were still LIKE NEW! Needless to say all my Hudy stuff was sold and replaced by MIP. There's a reason almost every pro and their mechanics use MIP.
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Completely forgot to list MIP, gonna order them ASAP
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haha...i will have to bring it back out then.

Integy - I have seen them break fairly easily..mainly the smaller tipped ones. The larger tips seemed to be good. I just hate buying a set and then break a .050 or 1/16. I have never broken an MIP, i just recommended them because its like a buy it once kinda thing.
Ok, fair enough. My Integy stuff is a 2mm, big enough not to break and a 1.5mm, not small enough too strip easy. Only reason I have the Integy 1.5 is that it was the only one my LHS had when my Ofna one broke. You can add those to the list of "do not buy". I even broke their 3mm on my 1/8 scale
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Completely forgot to list MIP, gonna order them ASAP
Every other brand besides MIP has people who love or hate them. I've never seen anyone bag on MIP tools. As my current tools find their way to the "tool graveyard" I'll replace them with MIP.
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Why? I'm not saying yours aren't. But what was your experience? I listed my issue withe them in my other post but it wasn't wear.
I have to agree to a point (no pun intended) with you on integy. The only one I've ever had trouble with is a 1/16. Would I buy them again? No.
I have some Eds drivers and although they are a few years old they are slightly rounded. Won't be buying those again either.
I am happy with my Losi drivers, both handled and hex drive. I have yet to wear one out or break one, even their .050.
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My vote goes to MIP.

When I'm asked if the tools are worth it, I take my Mitutoyo calipers and measure the tip of my well used 2.0mm driver. Sure enough, they measure 2.00mm every time.
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Originally Posted by mvrk28 View Post
Here's the stuff I'm looking at:

ProTek Tru Torque Metric Set


I have the ProTek (3 months now) and have not had any breakage or strippage.

I do agree the MIP Thorp has been the standard for years.
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I've been buying MIP (though originally started buying them as Thorp) and will continue to buy nothing else for my hex drivers. I have some as old as 1991 and they still work great.

I wish they had socket drivers; for those I've been using the EDS brand and have been very happy ... though I don't think socket quality is quite as important as it is for the hex drivers.

Put me down for another vote for MIP. And then find socket drivers that fit your budget and toolbox best. Thin walled seem the best for hobby.
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