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Quality sockets don't slip if you use the correct size. Glad you found something that you like.
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They are both good sets but i do prefer hexagon sockets i have had the Halfords set a good few years the lidl stye only about a year
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People wrongfully use the 12 side box on six side bolt and complain to round the head???

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My first tools were in a box given to me by my dad over 55 years ago. He always said to never by cheap tools because you will never lose them and you will rarely break them. I still have that original box of tools plus many, many more. I've never bought cheap tools and I only lend them to someone I trust. When I finish a job, I put them back in their designated place. Dad also said, "A place for everything, everything in its place."
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I have no experience of Lidl tools whatsoever. With the Halfords tools, it is particularly the Professional range that I recommend. There are, of course, many other good quality ranges of tools. I have got several items from the Draper Professional range, particularly large sockets for rear axles, and such, where I couldn't easily find them in other makes. Snap-On are always good, and sometimes you can't find what you want anywhere else. There are many other quality makes, but mostly you can only find them online.

I have on occasion bought tools from the States, when I couldn't find what I wanted in the UK at all. Eg: lock ring pliers (not circlip pliers). And I wanted a deep, thin wall, 9/16" six point socket, for the stock breather bolts. In this case a six point socket is necessary, as there is very little engagement of the socket with the flats of the 'bolt', and in this case a 12 point socket is liable to slip. The only place I could find such a socket (in a reasonable quality) was from the US; so I did (Tekton).

I mentioned Halfords particularly, because almost everyone must have a Halfords branch not too far away, and it's easy to find out where the branches are. Anywhere else is going to be harder to find, and it's going to be different for different people.
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