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The Toolaholics thread

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:14 pm

This thread is for people to post their latest tool purchases and links to specail offers on tools that other members might be interested in

My name is Gary and I am a Toolaholic, its been 8 hours since my last tool purchase
Not actually for me but for my son as he's been accepted onto a motor mechanics course at college in September.
Thought this would make a good starter set and perhaps reduce the time he steals mine:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252242648109

Very good value at £150 delivered

It's not a common company in the UK but its highly regarded on the continent

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Ardent » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:52 pm

Quality gear.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby The Other Stu » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:10 pm

Funny enough, I bought my lad exactly this bahco kit for his 18th birthday, along with a Famex torque wrench.
He recommended them (he was working for Halfords at the time, but recommended these over the Halfords kit).

I'll start by pointing out something about Halfords. They reduce their kit heavily, and depending on when you buy, depends on whether you'll get a good deal. They work in 6 or 8 week cycles on their gear.

Anyway, you may remember my ask last year - I was given £600 in Halfords vouchers so I used the opportunity to stock my garage.
I bought the 3 drawer set. Right now, you can get 2 of them for £299. I bought all 3 for under £200. Wait for the cycle!
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I bought the advanced (guaranteed for life stuff) 170 piece socket set
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plus for £10, they do a flat tray which means they go perfectly in the drawers
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Some spanners
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Torque Wrench
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Plus a whole pile of other stuff. 19" breaker bar, hacksaw, files, wrenches etc.
Still have some other bits to buy, but right now, putting the car right is my money pit.
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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby MR TWO » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:45 pm

Not a car tool, but possibly of interest to some - it certainly was to me! Note they are available for 34.32, -including 3 year warranty- plus 49pence shipping (see below the price link to a supplier called "lasenden".

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008AJIO1K/ ... TE_3p_dp_1
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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby jvanzyl » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:16 am

Hey guys!
You seen this:
https://www.tool-net.co.uk/p-357176/cla ... aptor.html

Seems like quite a nifty little contraption.... no idea as to longevity vs standard torque wrenches and no idea how you would tell if either was really out of calibration...
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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby keljon » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:23 pm

Essex2Visuvesi wrote:This thread is for people to post their latest tool purchases and links to specail offers on tools that other members might be interested in

My name is Gary and I am a Toolaholic, its been 8 hours since my last tool purchase
Not actually for me but for my son as he's been accepted onto a motor mechanics course at college in September.
Thought this would make a good starter set and perhaps reduce the time he steals mine:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252242648109

Very good value at £150 delivered

It's not a common company in the UK but its highly regarded on the continent


interesting, the bahco stuff seems keenly priced, will try some and report back as want to upgrade some of my cheaper tools
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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby normanh » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:21 pm

I bought a Cross Cut Mitre Saw a while back from Screwfix - Revolution Rage 210 mm blade 1500W if I have used it half a dozen times since purchase thats it, went to use it on Saturday gone after buying the stand for it made 10 simple cuts if that and the dam motor burnt out. Wasn't sure of the guarantee period so I contacted the manufacturer expressing my concerns on the poor longevity of the saw when its never been abused never cut metal just simple softwoods and a small amount of 20 mm hardwood. I feel I have simply been brushed off by send it back bearing in mind it must weight in excess fo 12 kg and we will look at it as a gesture - not very positive bearing in mind the cost and I have no packaging, based on the warranty from 2015 its 3 years when I bought mine its just 12 months what a crock of crap. Dont buy these mines a lemon.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Call the midlife! » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:54 pm

normanh wrote:I bought a Cross Cut Mitre Saw a while back from Screwfix - Revolution Rage 210 mm blade 1500W if I have used it half a dozen times since purchase thats it, went to use it on Saturday gone after buying the stand for it made 10 simple cuts if that and the dam motor burnt out. Wasn't sure of the guarantee period so I contacted the manufacturer expressing my concerns on the poor longevity of the saw when its never been abused never cut metal just simple softwoods and a small amount of 20 mm hardwood. I feel I have simply been brushed off by send it back bearing in mind it must weight in excess fo 12 kg and we will look at it as a gesture - not very positive bearing in mind the cost and I have no packaging, based on the warranty from 2015 its 3 years when I bought mine its just 12 months what a crock of crap. Dont buy these mines a lemon.

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That's unfortunate Norman, I've also got an Evolution Mitre and the same line in the circular saw and I've had no problems whatsoever, I even use the mitre saw for cutting 100mm concrete blocks with the diamond blade. Sounds like you've been unlucky there...


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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:59 pm

You must have been unlucky. Mine is getting on for 2 years old and has cut everything from deck planks to stainless tubing

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby RST » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:42 pm

I struggled with a rugged tool box I can take in/out of vans and up and down hills at work. I tried off the shelf boxes and nothing on-line offered anything worth the money. Good quality (not cheap) off the shelf stuff fell parat after a few months.

.........Until this!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KETER-Rigid-S ... SwLVZVupaE

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Not cheap for a set of 3 boxes and not available off the shelf in the UK as far as I know but the quality of this stuff is great which balances it out and you can spend allot more on more flimsy boxes!!. The top case has a water tight seal on it and I intend to buy another case at some point as it's as good as Peli-Cases for me, but without the cost premium.

Only thing is now that this kit can carry a huge amount of tools, it's so darn heavy now LoL!!*

Keter seem to be plastic experts, I think it's the same folk who make the "Addis" brand bins etc. and more.

*My current job is a Mech. Engineer so I have to carry a good few hammers and large shifters!

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby ilovejapcrap » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:45 pm

RST wrote:I struggled with a rugged tool box I can take in/out of vans and up and down hills at work. I tried off the shelf boxes and nothing on-line offered anything worth the money. Good quality (not cheap) off the shelf stuff fell parat after a few months.

.........Until this!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KETER-Rigid-S ... SwLVZVupaE

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Not cheap for a set of 3 boxes and not available off the shelf in the UK as far as I know but the quality of this stuff is great which balances it out and you can spend allot more on more flimsy boxes!!. The top case has a water tight seal on it and I intend to buy another case at some point as it's as good as Peli-Cases for me, but without the cost premium.

Only thing is now that this kit can carry a huge amount of tools, it's so darn heavy now LoL!!*

Keter seem to be plastic experts, I think it's the same folk who make the "Addis" brand bins etc. and more.

*My current job is a Mech. Engineer so I have to carry a good few hammers and large shifters!

Rich



I saw those or something more or less same in b and q it seemed solid

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby RST » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:06 pm

I saw those or something more or less same in b and q it seemed solid


...I'd wager you didn't see it in BnQ mate. Similar stuff though, and frankly, for silly prices compared to the Keter stuff as I've chuked a few toolboxes in the bin now when they disitegrated. It's bullet proof short of buying from Peli so far :wink:

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Postby RST » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:25 pm

Apologies!!!! Strangely, we had a completely co-incident conversation at work yesterday and apparently now BnQ are offering the same Ketter stuff but under a different name. Strange this as the Ketter stuff I have seems nowhere to be found now -but the new brand prevails. Sorry for not believing it's available to all now -it was a very niche range to get hold of before.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby ilovejapcrap » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:42 am

Lol no worries rich,

I have the same views towards most tool boxes and the ones you have all be it under a different name at b and q really caught my eye.

Seems a really good product

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby ilovejapcrap » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:47 am

This has just arrived yesterday

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/126-US-PRO-TO ... SwQYZWxOL9

£600 a lot of money but not compared to a snap on equivalent.

Is it as good a quality , no but not the drastic difference brand snobs would have you believe

It's got great solid casters the draws all shut and hold a decent rate and it's huge.

Unless your an agricultural mechanic dragging it across fields or something as daft I can see this lasting a long time

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Postby RST » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:38 pm

Used this this morning as swapping wheels I inherited with the car and the original wheel nuts were way too tight...

https://www.tesco.com/direct/rac-12v-im ... 7-4508.prd

...Ok, it's not garage quality but I absolutely love it as a wrench for freeing off. It's got me out of the poop for all sorts of tight bolts over the past 10 years and I've never sheared a bolt with it yet compared to a windy gun or breaker bar. One of my favourite tools for freeing off tight bolts quickly -for the money it cost. Works brilliant on brake and suspension parts -it shocks the nuts and breaks the seal. Tighten back with a torque wrench though.

Cheers,

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Markb » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:43 pm

Just bought a Dewalt 950NM 18v impact wrench+2x5ah batteries+charger+kit box from Cromwell tools...rrp £450...got it for £255 with a discount code (Google it)...some good videos of it removing hub nuts etc with ease and doesn't seem to have any bother with hgv wheel nuts so should do a car ok....seems to be up there with snap ons and Milwaukee.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby 1979scotte » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:04 am

Markb wrote:Just bought a Dewalt 950NM 18v impact wrench+2x5ah batteries+charger+kit box from Cromwell tools...rrp £450...got it for £255 with a discount code (Google it)...some good videos of it removing hub nuts etc with ease and doesn't seem to have any bother with hgv wheel nuts so should do a car ok....seems to be up there with snap ons and Milwaukee.



I would put dewalt makita Milwaukee and Bosch in the same category.
Quality professional tools at a reasonable price.
Snap On and Hilti are a step up excellent tools backed up excellent service and warranty but it costs.
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Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:59 pm

This has been recommended on another forum I visit with some very positive feedback
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350834635949
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Yes I went for the yellow one :oops:
But for 60 quid delivered one can't complain
Will report back when it arrives

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby RST » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:50 pm

1979scotte wrote:
Markb wrote:Just bought a Dewalt 950NM 18v impact wrench+2x5ah batteries+charger+kit box from Cromwell tools...rrp £450...got it for £255 with a discount code (Google it)...some good videos of it removing hub nuts etc with ease and doesn't seem to have any bother with hgv wheel nuts so should do a car ok....seems to be up there with snap ons and Milwaukee.



I would put dewalt makita Milwaukee and Bosch in the same category.
Quality professional tools at a reasonable price.
Snap On and Hilti are a step up excellent tools backed up excellent service and warranty but it costs.


I think 10+ years ago Dewalt was top of its game -nowadays I can't think last time I saw a Dewalt tool apart from in the sales rooms. Their quality dropped and spare parts are not the same at all now, the rest of the market caught up with them big time. My current and last cpl of employers wouldn't order Dewalt these days. I love the Miwaukee power tool range and I'll bet it's worth every penny -but it's expensive kit and can't actually think many places I've actually seen their tools used! I'm seeing more Festool power tools used by tradesman these days. Makita I think is good for the money as-is some of the Bosch professional kit. We use a mix of Makita and Bosh Professional at work -good kit for the money and the Bosh batteries seem to re-charge in no time at all. All my DIY stuff is Bosh also now, I gave-up on Black and Decker stuff years ago.

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Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:23 pm

This small ratchet set "was £60" but even if that bit is made up it is now £12.50 and goes down to £10.62 if you use this code B17TOOLS15
http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... et-set-1-4
Need something bigger?
http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... et-set-3-8
25.00 before discounts

These are the Professional range with the no quibble replacement guarantee (And the do replace them.... even when there is evidence of them being abused with a JC stick

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Call the midlife! » Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:04 pm

Essex2Visuvesi wrote:This small ratchet set "was £60" but even if that bit is made up it is now £12.50 and goes down to £10.62 if you use this code B17TOOLS15
http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... et-set-1-4
Need something bigger?
http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/ ... et-set-3-8
25.00 before discounts

These are the Professional range with the no quibble replacement guarantee (And the do replace them.... even when there is evidence of them being abused with a JC stick

Cheers for that, snaffled one of the little ones to keep in the car!


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Postby RST » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:27 pm

I was working away from home last few weeks and reaslised I left my Teng 3/8 drive socket set behind. My usual 1/2 drive kit wont fit unistrut builds (duuh).

Had to nip to BnQ and grabbed this 3/8 drive cheap set with trepidation -TBH I'm quite impressed in the quality of the parts for the money so far, I was not expecting cheap Macallister to last any kind of real use but it seems to be pretty robust so far. It's had a hammering since and just keeps on going so far.

http://www.diy.com/departments/mac-alli ... 770_BQ.prd

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Postby Markb » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:25 am

RST wrote:
1979scotte wrote:
Markb wrote:Just bought a Dewalt 950NM 18v impact wrench+2x5ah batteries+charger+kit box from Cromwell tools...rrp £450...got it for £255 with a discount code (Google it)...some good videos of it removing hub nuts etc with ease and doesn't seem to have any bother with hgv wheel nuts so should do a car ok....seems to be up there with snap ons and Milwaukee.



I would put dewalt makita Milwaukee and Bosch in the same category.
Quality professional tools at a reasonable price.
Snap On and Hilti are a step up excellent tools backed up excellent service and warranty but it costs.


I think 10+ years ago Dewalt was top of its game -nowadays I can't think last time I saw a Dewalt tool apart from in the sales rooms. Their quality dropped and spare parts are not the same at all now, the rest of the market caught up with them big time. My current and last cpl of employers wouldn't order Dewalt these days. I love the Miwaukee power tool range and I'll bet it's worth every penny -but it's expensive kit and can't actually think many places I've actually seen their tools used! I'm seeing more Festool power tools used by tradesman these days. Makita I think is good for the money as-is some of the Bosch professional kit. We use a mix of Makita and Bosh Professional at work -good kit for the money and the Bosh batteries seem to re-charge in no time at all. All my DIY stuff is Bosh also now, I gave-up on Black and Decker stuff years ago.

Rich


I'm happy enough with the Dewalt,I'm not a big user and didn't really want £500+ sitting about doing nothing in the garage,there's a parts list with the tool so spares are not a problem plus there's a 3 year guarantee....for the price and the power of it I'm more than happy,pulled the hubs and shocks of the Mondeo last week with ease so it's almost paid for itself already :)

Dewalt is made by Stanley/Black and Decker in the States...Milwaukee is made by AEG Hoover/Vax in China.

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Postby Markb » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:13 am

RST wrote:I was working away from home last few weeks and reaslised I left my Teng 3/8 drive socket set behind. My usual 1/2 drive kit wont fit unistrut builds (duuh).

Had to nip to BnQ and grabbed this 3/8 drive cheap set with trepidation -TBH I'm quite impressed in the quality of the parts for the money so far, I was not expecting cheap Macallister to last any kind of real use but it seems to be pretty robust so far. It's had a hammering since and just keeps on going so far.

http://www.diy.com/departments/mac-alli ... 770_BQ.prd


I bought a cheap B&Q socket set 1/4",3/8",1/2" drive in a boxing day sale around 25 years ago for £20, the set has done an awful lot of jobs and took some battering....nothing has broken on it yet lol...that Torque branded stuff they do seems pretty good especially if you need a socket size that's missing from a set,a 32mm deep 6 sided is around £2.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby maybeturbo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:05 am

I agree dewalt is a great brand for woodwork stuff as is makita but the milwaukee 18v impact I've just bought is a monster, no other brand touches it. Insanely powerful compared to the 18v snap on I had before and an absolute bargain too. I cant comment on how long itll last, it's early days but feels quality and has a long warranty that covers the batteries As well.

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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby delhusband » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:29 pm

Hello, my name is Derek & I'm a toolaholic (Some would just say a tool).
I have been trying to cobble together a beginners maintenance toolkit, to learn some basic servicing.
My addiction started in May and my Wallet is hurting, but I'm generally having a good time figuring out how to use them.

Before these purchases, I already owned a random assortment of sockets, spanners and screwdrivers in smaller sizes, and for power-tool that I might use on the car I already had a drill, a battery driver and a dremmel.

Purchases so far for the car....
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£89.99 - Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 60-300Nm - used for torqueing wheel nuts & and rear strut brace during spark plug/air filter replacement
£85.00 - Halfords 5 piece lifting kit - Used for first oil change & general inspection under car (personally, I haven't been able to use the creeper as I can't get the car high enough to get my lardy belly under the car with the creeper - in hindsight, IMO I'd have gone for the kit without the creeper as it's about £30 cheaper)
£63.99 - Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 8-60Nm - retail £79.99 (guy recognised me, took pity & gave me trade discount) - used for spark plug replacement & Front bumper refitting, and refitting front seats following removal for carpet cleaning
£22.49 - Halfords Advanced 7 piece Spark Plug Service Kit - used for spark plug replacement
£14.99 - Laser Oxygen Sensor Socket - (not shown) - used to inspect manifold for presence of precats
£4.99 - Halfords Socket / Driver Set - special offer, originally £19.99 - kept in car for emergency use
£39.99 - Halfords 28 piece Metric Tap & Die Set - not used yet, but intend to repair sheared bolts for rear/ mid underbody trim and front bumper
£4.99 - Halfords Chain Oil Filter Wrench 100mm - (not shown - wouldn't recommend - try another type) - used, but epic fail. Screwdriver (not recommended) did a better job
£19.99 - Maplin 400 Part Rotary Tool Accessory Kit - not used yet, but intend to repair sheared bolts for rear/ mid underbody trim and front bumper

Next tools I'm planning on purchasing will be for servicing brakes, so will be looking into what tools are needed to replace pads (caliper rewind tool?)
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Re: The Toolaholics thread

Postby Call the midlife! » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:52 pm

delhusband wrote:Hello, my name is Derek & I'm a toolaholic (Some would just say a tool).
I have been trying to cobble together a beginners maintenance toolkit, to learn some basic servicing.
My addiction started in May and my Wallet is hurting, but I'm generally having a good time figuring out how to use them.

Before these purchases, I already owned a random assortment of sockets, spanners and screwdrivers in smaller sizes, and for power-tool that I might use on the car I already had a drill, a battery driver and a dremmel.

Purchases so far for the car....
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£89.99 - Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 60-300Nm - used for torqueing wheel nuts & and rear strut brace during spark plug/air filter replacement
£85.00 - Halfords 5 piece lifting kit - Used for first oil change & general inspection under car (personally, I haven't been able to use the creeper as I can't get the car high enough to get my lardy belly under the car with the creeper - in hindsight, IMO I'd have gone for the kit without the creeper as it's about £30 cheaper)
£63.99 - Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 8-60Nm - retail £79.99 (guy recognised me, took pity & gave me trade discount) - used for spark plug replacement & Front bumper refitting, and refitting front seats following removal for carpet cleaning
£22.49 - Halfords Advanced 7 piece Spark Plug Service Kit - used for spark plug replacement
£14.99 - Laser Oxygen Sensor Socket - (not shown) - used to inspect manifold for presence of precats
£4.99 - Halfords Socket / Driver Set - special offer, originally £19.99 - kept in car for emergency use
£39.99 - Halfords 28 piece Metric Tap & Die Set - not used yet, but intend to repair sheared bolts for rear/ mid underbody trim and front bumper
£4.99 - Halfords Chain Oil Filter Wrench 100mm - (not shown - wouldn't recommend - try another type) - used, but epic fail. Screwdriver (not recommended) did a better job
£19.99 - Maplin 400 Part Rotary Tool Accessory Kit - not used yet, but intend to repair sheared bolts for rear/ mid underbody trim and front bumper

Next tools I'm planning on purchasing will be for servicing brakes, so will be looking into what tools are needed to replace pads (caliper rewind tool?)

Be very wary with those wheel chocks, I've got the same ones and one folded up during use because I'd not fully opened it past the little nub that stops it. There was one in my toolkit when I got the car so I left it in but I've since got some bigger, solid rubber, non-slip chocks for in the garage.
I'm the same as you, I got a foldable creeper that transforms into a seat on wheels which is great for working on the hubs/brakes etc and hand polishing but I have to put the car on higher stands to slide under on it!


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