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metric wrench/hex set recommendation?

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I have two metric bikes (MV and Guzzi), but have minimal investment in metric wrench and hex set. Does anyone have a recommendation please?

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I was looking into Tekton for metric wrenches including a couple torque versions. Design quality and prices seem fair.

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I have a lot of different tools from a number of manufacturers. What to buy depends on how often you will use them but, for the casual mechanic I like the Craftsman wrench and socket sets however I bought mine when they were US made. But their very small 1/4" drive ratchet sucks. Now from China. Kobalt is decent also but probably Chinese. I feel that some of the best wrench and socket stuff is made by Snap On but cost a fortune. For screwdrivers and hex keys, I feel that Wiha (German) is the best however PB (Swiss) makes some very nice hex stuff. For pliers etc, Knipex (German) has very nice stuff. Griot's seems to have a lot of nice tools and runs sales every so often. I like their stuff, esp their $20 on sale 49140 screwdriver bit set.

For tools that have no moving parts and for applications requiring less precision, Harbor Freight is my go to for stuff like pry bars, hammers or tools that I know I am going to break or don't care if I do. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh through HF has some very nice black composite ratchets that I feel are excellent. And their tool cabinets rival those from SO in terms of quality and functionality, but not in price. A last comment is that Vessel makes very nice screwdrivers, including those having an impact feature and those for JIS Phillips screws.

Of course, if you really want to spend a fortune, Hazet (German) would be happy to ruin your bank account, but not your bolts.
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I have a lot of different tools from a number of manufacturers. . .
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For a basic wrenching set I would just get something from your nearest big box hardware/home improvement store. Things like your first ratchet handle, hex sockets, allen sockets, and crescent wrenches. Home Depot and Lowes have lifetime warranties on their hand tools; so if you crack a socket, you can take it back and get a replacement that same day. Very convenient.

After you build out this initial set, you can start upgrading what needs upgrading. Maybe nicer ratchets, specialty tools, etc., but only as you need them so you don't end up blowing your money on shiny German things (which is very easy to do). I love my tools but also like to save some money for bike farkles.
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You can always check on slickdeals.net to see when they have amazing tool deals.

Heres a quick search. This Craftsman box has pretty much everything you would need in a little portable box.

https://www.sears.com/craftsman-450-...1&blockType=G1
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I would also recommend picking up a set of ratchet wrenches.
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I would also recommend picking up a set of ratchet wrenches.
A ratcheting box wrench has been indispensable in removing the headers on my Brutale.
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Really, thanks for suggestions and comments on my question. I do appreciate quality tools, but my background is more wood working, and believe it or not fossil cleaning at a local museum (270 million year old Dimetrodons--Permian age). I have some goal to be able to do basic maintenance on both my Guzzi and MV. That would be oil changes, chain/shaft maintenance, Guzzi valve adjustments, brake maintenance, etc. Valves on the MV look way beyond the average home mechanic ability. So yeah, I am going to start shopping some.
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Hi,

I have two metric bikes (MV and Guzzi), but have minimal investment in metric wrench and hex set. Does anyone have a recommendation please?

thanks
Maybe you should look at some of the stickys.......
Since I even provided pictures
I have no idea what tools a Moto Scuzzy needs....nor do I care
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