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[Canadian Tire] MAXIMUM Ratcheting Gearwrench Wrench Set, 24-pc

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The lowest price this has gone down to is $99.99 and the lowest price the 30-piece version has gone down to is $149.99. So, it is probably best to wait and buy them at the cheaper price later in the year if you are not in a rush to get these.
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If you can wait, go with this set which typically goes on sale in the last quarter of the year for ~$90. It includes a custom wrench roll. The roll itself is worth its weight in gold as no storage solution is perfect unless it's custom.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... p.html#srp

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The set with the roll was just on sale a couple of weeks ago.

Here are my observations on these sets:
  • They are amazing value. Half-decent wrenches and you get a lot of them for the money
  • Nobody I know needs all the SAE sizes here so most of these wrenches will spend their life unused
  • Skipped metric sizes are annoying. What CTC has against 16mm, 18mm, and 20mm sockets and wrenches I will never know - these are among the most common sizes of bolt heads in vehicles I've worked on. Perversely, there are no skipped SAE sizes - yup, right from 1/4" to 15/16", every increment of 1/16th is there.
  • While these are half-decent wrenches (GearWrench), they are not really mechanic-grade and are not meant for high torque situations.
  • 12 points - while they are well designed 12 point wrenches, they are still 12 points. That has some advantages in tighter confines but the risk of rounding bolt heads is higher than with 6 point ratchets.
  • I have some metric versions of these and they get heavy use. My Tekton ones are also not really mechanic grade but they are better. They are also 6 points and simply hold the bolt head way more snugly. And the ratchets don't stick like these do. But they never go on sale like this.
So, consider this if you work on older machines that require SAE sizes and you occasionally do light duty work on your cars - but be aware that 16mm and 18mm bolts are pretty commonly used by auto makers
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If you don't need mechanics grade tools (I use them for car repairs, but maybe once a month..), I would consider the AmazonBasics ratcheting wrench set.

I got the 7 common metric sizes for $34, but if you need the less common metric (and imperial) stuff, they have sets up to 22 pieces, which go for $98..
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CaptSmethwick wrote:
[*]Skipped metric sizes are annoying. What CTC has against 16mm, 18mm, and 20mm sockets and wrenches I will never know - these are among the most common sizes of bolt heads in vehicles I've worked on. Perversely, there are no skipped SAE sizes - yup, right from 1/4" to 15/16", every increment of 1/16th is there.
Incidentally, they have these missing wrenches for sale separately. That's how they all get you. Finding a metric set with ALL the sizes is an excersize in futility, from pretty much all manufacturers except in their $400 sets.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: The set with the roll was just on sale a couple of weeks ago.

Here are my observations on these sets:
  • They are amazing value. Half-decent wrenches and you get a lot of them for the money
  • Nobody I know needs all the SAE sizes here so most of these wrenches will spend their life unused
  • Skipped metric sizes are annoying. What CTC has against 16mm, 18mm, and 20mm sockets and wrenches I will never know - these are among the most common sizes of bolt heads in vehicles I've worked on. Perversely, there are no skipped SAE sizes - yup, right from 1/4" to 15/16", every increment of 1/16th is there.
  • While these are half-decent wrenches (GearWrench), they are not really mechanic-grade and are not meant for high torque situations.
  • 12 points - while they are well designed 12 point wrenches, they are still 12 points. That has some advantages in tighter confines but the risk of rounding bolt heads is higher than with 6 point ratchets.
  • I have some metric versions of these and they get heavy use. My Tekton ones are also not really mechanic grade but they are better. They are also 6 points and simply hold the bolt head way more snugly. And the ratchets don't stick like these do. But they never go on sale like this.
So, consider this if you work on older machines that require SAE sizes and you occasionally do light duty work on your cars - but be aware that 16mm and 18mm bolts are pretty commonly used by auto makers
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CaptSmethwick wrote: The set with the roll was just on sale a couple of weeks ago.

Here are my observations on these sets:
  • They are amazing value. Half-decent wrenches and you get a lot of them for the money
  • Nobody I know needs all the SAE sizes here so most of these wrenches will spend their life unused
  • Skipped metric sizes are annoying. What CTC has against 16mm, 18mm, and 20mm sockets and wrenches I will never know - these are among the most common sizes of bolt heads in vehicles I've worked on. Perversely, there are no skipped SAE sizes - yup, right from 1/4" to 15/16", every increment of 1/16th is there.
  • While these are half-decent wrenches (GearWrench), they are not really mechanic-grade and are not meant for high torque situations.
  • 12 points - while they are well designed 12 point wrenches, they are still 12 points. That has some advantages in tighter confines but the risk of rounding bolt heads is higher than with 6 point ratchets.
  • I have some metric versions of these and they get heavy use. My Tekton ones are also not really mechanic grade but they are better. They are also 6 points and simply hold the bolt head way more snugly. And the ratchets don't stick like these do. But they never go on sale like this.
So, consider this if you work on older machines that require SAE sizes and you occasionally do light duty work on your cars - but be aware that 16mm and 18mm bolts are pretty commonly used by auto makers
they do this all the time in the socket sets too, drives me nuts, they give you a 13 and half, 19 and a 3/4 which are the same thing, also a 21 and a 13/16... but skip the 18, which is commonly used on current vehicles.




Edit:L just looking on amazon based on the other suggestions, this one actually looks pretty good 11 of each metric and sae, and it has 16 and 18 $100 isnt bad, lots of good reviews.
https://www.amazon.ca/Ratcheting-Wrench ... 04&sr=8-15
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I picked up this $98 Husky set from HD recently. Doesn't go as big as this set though. I've heard Husky warranty is easier to work with than CT Maxiumum but personally have no experience with it myself.
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The problem with the Tekton and AmazonBasics ones is lack of lifetime warranty, which is huge value on its own. The ratcheting mechanism on these is bound to break one day, and when it does, you can go in store and swap it out for a brand new set. Husky (HD) is the only other big box brand that offers this. Outside of that, you're looking at professional brands like Snap-On in order to get lifetime warranty.
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RiP wrote: The problem with the Tekton and AmazonBasics ones is lack of lifetime warranty, which is huge value on its own. The ratcheting mechanism on these is bound to break one day, and when it does, you can go in store and swap it out for a brand new set. Husky (HD) is the only other big box brand that offers this. Outside of that, you're looking at professional brands like Snap-On in order to get lifetime warranty.
i've never heard of canadian tire giving you a whole new set, every time i have done it replace only the defective tool out of a giant bin of misc tools that they have to practically swim through to see if there's one there.
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RiP wrote: The problem with the Tekton and AmazonBasics ones is lack of lifetime warranty, which is huge value on its own.
Tekton has lifetime warranty. All they require is a pic of the broken tool and they will sent a replacement on their dime.
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gtgwin wrote: I picked up this $98 Husky set from HD recently. Doesn't go as big as this set though. I've heard Husky warranty is easier to work with than CT Maxiumum but personally have no experience with it myself.
Correct me if I'm wrong but this set seems to be the best value.
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sandav wrote: If you can wait, go with this set which typically goes on sale in the last quarter of the year for ~$90. It includes a custom wrench roll. The roll itself is worth its weight in gold as no storage solution is perfect unless it's custom.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... p.html#srp

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That's nice, didn't know that set existed. I got this one 3 years ago for $100 and all the wrenches just came dumped loosely into two cardboard boxes within the main box. For their quality and retail price that's quite sloppy presentation.
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boqbal wrote: Correct me if I'm wrong but this set seems to be the best value.
If you rate your tools by $/kg then yes. It really depends on what you expect to do with these tools. If you're doing brake work, I don't think it will matter much; For heavier duty stuff like suspension work, I find that Tekton is up to the task, Gearwrench (Maximum) is barely up to the task and Husky is a notch below GW. That's based solely on my experience. YMMV.

Again, though, even the Husky set is missing the 16mm ratchet and lacks the 19, 21, and 22mm ratchets that the Maximum set has.
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CaptSmethwick wrote: The set with the roll was just on sale a couple of weeks ago.

Here are my observations on these sets:
  • Nobody I know needs all the SAE sizes here so most of these wrenches will spend their life unused
  • Skipped metric sizes are annoying. What CTC has against 16mm, 18mm, and 20mm sockets and wrenches I will never know - these are among the most common sizes of bolt heads in vehicles I've worked on. Perversely, there are no skipped SAE sizes - yup, right from 1/4" to 15/16", every increment of 1/16th is there.
Huh? Most people I know, including myself need every SAE size. Maybe not so much in the automotive realm anymore but they are anything but unused. My random SAE bolt/nut bin is about 10 x as full as my metric one.

And 20mm is about the rarest fastener head size most people will ever come across. I can't think of the last time I used one, and can only think of a few applications where it's used.
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I have the 30 pc set, I would recommend that set over the 24 pc set. To buy the 6 extra wrenches would cost as much as the 30 pc set on sale and I have used the larger wrenches many times - even the open ended side.

If you are mostly working on cars, the long straight metric wrenches would be my first choice: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... p.html#srp. I think they go on sale for $99 or $119.

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