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I prefer an L wrench for the toolkit but the 12mm socket is more convenient for the toolbox.

I bought three Proto brand 12mm sockets on eBay for $25 delivered. Proto is one of Stanley's Industrial brands.

I will keep at least one and wouldn't mind two. But if any of you New England FF's wants one for $8.33, let me know.
 

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Proto is a top quality professional line of tools. I've used them for years. Equal quality to Snap-On but less shine.
 

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Proto is a top quality professional line of tools. I've used them for years. Equal quality to Snap-On but less shine.
Have to strongly disagree. I've used both and while proto ain't junk, they're not the quality of snap-on.
 

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The only thing that you will use this tool for is, removing the front axle and installing it. The tool will not see a lot of use, or abuse. 1/2" drive is all that you will find.

"Cheap" NAPA 12mm allen socket works great!
 

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Have to strongly disagree. I've used both and while proto ain't junk, they're not the quality of snap-on.
Yep, we disagree. In ship repair with rusty bolts and workers using company tools, not their own tools, and with lengths of pipe over the ends of the wrenches for more pull, I've never broken or bent a Proto wrench. (Well, a standard socket on a strong impact wrench might split the socket, showing that I assigned the wrong fool for the job.) The corners will round off the nut or the stud will break before the wrench will give. The only replacements we bought were for wrenches that got lost in the bilge, or were bent with a torch or cut with a cutoff wheel to get into certain really awkward spots.
 

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The only thing that you will use this tool for is, removing the front axle and installing it. The tool will not see a lot of use, or abuse. 1/2" drive is all that you will find.

"Cheap" NAPA 12mm allen socket works great!
Agreed.

As for proto vs snapon, the main difference for me has been the snap-on counterpart is almost always thinner (open end wrench, box ends, sockets, etc) while retaining equal or better strength compared to the other brands. This often allows access to tight spots where the others won't. I've never broke a proto end wrench or socket, can't say the same for their rachets and pipe cutters. I've never broke a snap-on, period.

Most of my presently issued tools are proto. A good portion of my personal tools are snap-on and aquired them over the years second hand, mostly from pawn shops.
 

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Yup. What Black Lab said. I buy my tools based on there use. If it's used a lot and needs to have superior strength I buy good. If it's just for emergencies or occasional use I go cheepo. Dino
 

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The bigger a tool is, the more likely a cheap one will be fine. I got a 25" long 1/2" drive breaker bar from harbor freight for $12. It's isn't going to break. The local big box store wanted $36 for basically the same tool.
 

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I prefer an L wrench for the toolkit but the 12mm socket is more convenient for the toolbox.

I bought three Proto brand 12mm sockets on eBay for $25 delivered. Proto is one of Stanley's Industrial brands.

I will keep at least one and wouldn't mind two. But if any of you New England FF's wants one for $8.33, let me know.
Won't help me, I think the 1000 requires either a 17mm or 19mm, cant remember which. I finally ended up buying two of the L shaped hex keys at Fastenal. The long one stays in the toolbox, I cut the other up into short pieces on a bandsaw and hammered it into a socket.

chris in Norwood
 
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