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Halfords and tools

Is it me or are a lot of Halfords tools becoming incredibly useless?
I bought a spark plug tool... useless (my neighbour also had one and it snapped).
Oil filter wrench (the chain one).. pretty useless but eventually gets there.
Car ramps.. slip along the road.. you either hit the gas hard and end up driving off the end or they shoot forward like torpedos and the car falls.
Compression tester.. valve breaks.. take it back get another.. duff readings (3 bar under reading compared to the first one before the valve broke).
The only thing I've had luck with is a timing gun... and I only needed that to confirm the ignition spark was there (fixed timing on this engine).
Is it me.. or is the quality of stuff going downhill these days? - I had no end of greif with B&Q lately too..
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pierre_pierre
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but they do a nice line in ear blasting stereos and family tents Cheesy Cheesy
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I gave up on Halfords tools years ago, for a quality tool at a reasonable price look at http://www.machinemart.co.uk and their Clark range. Lifetime warranty and my 3/8" ratchet set is still going strong after about 7 years and loads of abuse.
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and family tents

If you want a 'halfords' tent best place is an openair music festival..................the day after, you get the choice of several.
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I have only been in Halfords once in over 40 years... !... so cannot comment on the quality of their tools,....
suffice it to say, I have always considered Halfords to be a BIKE shop, that tried to muscle in on the car market, but, with me, anyway, totally failed,.....
Perhaps I am biased, as I used to be a manager of a Motor Accessory shop for a few years after leaving the R.N.  We used to only deal with CK Tools, and Draper... Occasionally we would have some of the "cheaper" stuff, but the quality never matched them...  I always use the "local" motor accessory shop, which is independently owned, so have a reputation to keep up....
having said that... I have bought, and used, a lot of "cheap" tools with the "Black Spur" (I think) from the cheapo pound shops. which seemed to be good value for money ,and worked for more than one application !....
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I have to lean your way Sprite, some of the best low budget tools I've found are from Homebase's "own-brand" Some look identical to the Draper tools alongside on the shelf or hangers.
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If you want a 'halfords' tent best place is an openair music festival..................the day after, you get the choice of several.

Have to agree with you there journeys.  Everybody seems to buy a tent for the music festivals and then leave them there when they go. A friend of mine goes to the V Fest the day after its all over and collects hundreds of tents which are sold for charity.  Last year I bought one from him for £20 which was bought a few days earlier for somewhere in excess of £100.
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I used Halfords once for a service (around 20 years ago - can't remember if it was the Escort or Bluebird) but they messed up completely and I ended up having to go eslewhere to put things right.
Wasn't totally happy with the recent service on my bike (can't seem to get it into the top 6 (of 1Cool gears but as they didn't charge me I haven't made a complaint as everything else is fine.

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for a quality tool at a reasonable price look at http://www.machinemart.co.uk and their Clark range

Totally agree with that. I've made some big savings fairly recently by going there.
Charities make good money out of discarded camping gear at music festivals I hear Smiley
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I knew I forgot something..  the Halfords 'Pro' Torque wrench I bought... £65 and it knackered 7 waterpump bolt holes in an engine block  Roll eyes (didn't click and they got overtightened and stripped the thread).
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The V Festival at Chelmsford, they were witnessed taking the tents and booze in with wheels barrows, thought is that they left them there as well
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I gave up on Halfords tools years ago, for a quality tool at a reasonable price look at http://www.machinemart.co.uk and their Clark range. Lifetime warranty and my 3/8" ratchet set is still going strong after about 7 years and loads of abuse.

Hmm.. we don't have a machinemart in this town (although there is one in the next but petrol.. ah don't get me started lol) but we do have another independent tool dealer where I bought my Draper socket set a few years back. I like Draper stuff but I bought a set of their floodlights on ebay a few years back and they turned up battered, broken and frankly they seemed to be a worse than normal quality which kinda put me off Draper. The seller sent me a replacement set and told me to dispose/fix the first set as I wished (only £25 inc P&P so they didn't want the return and resend P&P cost). The second set also came through broken so I ended up repairing both sets. I also had a Draper torque wrench snap a water pump bolt (which was why I bought the Halfrauds TW which knackered all 7 holes) so I got rather put off Draper stuff. Admittedly the TW was a cheap budget one not an expensive one but even so it should of still clicked off rather than snap a bolt!
Ah well.. at least the car starts now!
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in with wheels barrows, thought is that they left them there as well

I heard this, went to an 'outdoor event site' the day after in the hope of 'scoring' a wheel barrow, all I found were shopping trolleys and wheelie bins, the shopping trolleys had been used as BBQ stands.
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I have a 3/8 drive socket set I bought at Halfords eight/nine years ago. I have used it a lot and had no problem at all. I understand their professional range of tools have a lifetime warranty.
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Yes they do.. unfortunately that guarantee doesn't cover things that their tools destroy (such as bolt holes in expensive engine blocks that then require £150 worth of retapping and helicoils). The basic stuff (spanners/ratchet spanners, socket sets/adapters etc is ok but anything that has a gauge seems or does something else complex seems to ooze trouble after purchase.
Oh.. and there was the fuel siphon which won't work its way into the petrol tank.. (lucky I kept it though as the nozzle on the petrol can broke recently).
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