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Is this a good deal for a socket set?

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Sears metric socket set

I have no tools other than a basic kit. Would this be good for working on Duke? Oh, my wife named my bike Duke.
So I have to message her that I am taking Duke out for a walk when she is not at home. Anyways, tools.

This kit has a non floppy Uni-Grip Superman. Pretty awesome!

(I am sorry, this should be in Tech Help)

Thank you


Product listing:

Product Description

26 pc. Uni-Grip Metric Socket Set contains 21 Uni-Grip sockets in 1/2 in. Drive size. Includes: 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30 and 32mm sockets; 2 Uni-Grip Extension bars (125 & 250mm); 1 Uni-Grip Sliding T-handle; 1 Uni-Grip Superman U-joint and 1 - 2.5 degree Nano-ratchet handle.

Uni-Grip socket:

Uni-Grip raised ridges along the outer surface of the sockets provide greater grip, prevent sockets from rolling, and aid in quick identification of drive sizes. 2 Ridges = 1/4 in. Drive, 3 Ridges = 3/8 in. Drive, 4 Ridges = 1/2 in. Drive.

Highly visible large size markings on 2 to 4 places around the outer surface of the socket for quick access and storage.

Uni-Grip extension bar:

Flat parallel sides allowing torque to be applied with an open-end or adjustable wrench at any point along the shaft.

Uni-Grip raised ridges along the outer surface of the extensions provide greater grip, prevent extensions from rolling, and aid in quick identification of drive sizes. 2 Ridges = 1/4 in. Drive, 3 Ridges = 3/8 in. Drive, 4 Ridges = 1/2 in. Drive.

Laser scale along flat surface is perfect for quick measurements.

Uni-Grip sliding T-handle:

Hidden end stop allows drive head slide to the end of handle and minimizes the drive radius clearance.

Semi-circle shape of handle bar prevents the drive head from rotating around the handle.

Laser scale along flat surface is perfect for quick measurements.

Uni-Grip Superman u-joint:

Dual internal springs insure u-joint maintains a semi-rigid shape for insertion into tight spaces. Flexible, non floppy.

2.5 degree Nano-ratchet handle:

Nano-ratchet dual pawl provides a minimal 2.5 degree swing angle for working in tight spaces.
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Too much money for too big a tool set. I never use 1/2-inch drive on a motorcycle. 3/8-inch drive is better, but most of the time a 1/4-inch drive is all that is necessary for maintenance items. Just starting off, you'be be much better served with a complete set of combination wrenches and an 1/4-inch drive socket set, preferably with 6-point deep sockets. The secret to a good 1/4 drive set is a quality ratchet--the cheap ones are flimsy.

I started out with Craftsman, switched to Snap-On after the Craftsman stuff was stolen, now use Stanley from Walmart since my kids and their friends scattered the Snap-On stuff all over the neighborhood. Stanley from Walmart is a much better value. Shop Stanley at Walmart carefully. Two grades of Stanley tools are carried, and it is easy to tell the difference by looking at them. You want the good stuff that costs more. Once you can identify the good stuff in pictures (google the part number for the set), you can usually beat Walmart prices online.

I've found anything larger than 17mm (steering stem, swingarm pivot, axles) usually is too awkward or requires more torque than I want to put on a 1/4 or 3/8 ratchet, so I use offset box wrenches or combination wrenches for those. Walmart sells Stanley wrenches, too. Get the good ones. It is cheaper in the long run to buy the biggest set you can up front--adding individual pieces gets really expensive really fast.

I have this set and it gets the job done most of the time. I bought this set to replace a bigger set, but it's disappeared, probably because my son-in-law "borrowed" without asking. This is what I want for Christmas, and if Santa doesn't bring it, I'll probably buy it myself. I can't hardly read the etched sizes on chrome sockets anymore.
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Best to hold some of the tools in your hands and see how they feel to you. Maybe find some folks who have tools and give a few brands a twirl. Snap-On makes the best feeling hand impact for me, and the better Stanley screwdrivers feel best to me of anything. I like the Craftsman ratchets best. When I win the lottery I'll be building an integrated neighborhood in my toolbox. S-K, Snap-On, Craftsman, Mac, and ChanelLock all make good tools, but some have a cheaper Chinese line that should be avoided. Good tools are not cheap, they are priceless. Cheap tools are worthless.
I'm going to print a shirt for when my son comes over with his friends. It will say WARNING across the top, have one of those simple stick figures smacking another stick figure in the head with combination wrench, the the text AVOID SERIOUS INJURY, DO NOT ASK TO BORROW MY TOOLS! on the bottom.
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