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Buying tools for servicing

Discussion in 'Bling and Appearance' at netrider.net.au started by mikeyandmary, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. Where is the best place in Sydney for buying parts and tools for servicing a scooter? Tried MCAS and found them to be rather useless.

  2. Maybe consider ebay? Since I'm in not in Sydney, can't help with anything 'walk in' sorry
  3. bunnings, supercheapauto, ebay... what were u after exactly?
  4. I'd buy a 3/8" drive socket set (should pay around $80-90 for a decent brand like Supatool), and a set of combination (ring one end, open the other end) spanners from 8mm to 17mm. (maybe $50-90)
    A set of good screwdrivers are a must too. ($30-50)
    Specialist tools may be needed, like an oil filter wrench. ($10-20) Or a torque wrench ($50-250) Do NOT buy a cheapo torque wrench!!!!!
    You may find as you get more adventurous that you need larger sockets than the 3/8" drive set contains, and then you'll have to buy a 1/2" drive ratchet handle and a socket set (or individual sockets as you need them). (good ratchet handle $30-50, socket set $70 or so) Set of 1/2" drive extensions$25-50)
    Just buy the basics in the first paragraph and see how you go.
    If you will be working on cars too, I'd then probably go for a 1/2" drive set first up instead of the 3/8" drive. It wil be more versatile than the 3/8" set, with the disadvantage of being a bit big and awkward for some situations on the bike.
    As to where to buy them, Bunnings can be good value, if you have shopped around first, I bought my Supatool 3/8" drive set there for a good price. Look in the Yellow pages for tool suppliers/retailers, there are quite a few around Sydney.
    Tell them what you want to do and have them guide you through it.
    You can easily spend $600-1000 getting set up, but it is a once in a lifetime cost. I was smart, when I was in my 20's I just asked everyone to buy me tools for birthdays/xmas for about 10 years. I have heaps, but still need to buy more as I delve deeper into things!
    Oh, and buy a good toolbox that's not too big so you can lift it and carry it in your car. Roll around ones look great, but are a gimmick. They never move, always end up in a corner of the shed. With a tool box you can carry, you just plonk it down near where you are working on the ground or a bench, and once you know where everything is in the tolbox, can reach in without looking and get what you want.

    Regards, Andrew.
  5. Bunnings would be a good place to try.
  6. I like to buy the ones that have my favourite mechanic attached to them!
  7. I am my favorite mechanic :grin:
  8. Ebay is good but postage may be a bugger with the weight of the tools. Mitre10 or Bunnings are just the job. You would need to pop in as they don't have an online catalogue.
  9. I've bought a few tools from ebay, and postage hasn't been as bad as you would expect. I've managed to get a decent discount on most products (especially a nice 3/8" socket set). Do walk into a few stores as well, because I have noticed a few tools on ebay that are actually cheaper from bunnings etc.
  10. Just started rebuilding my tool kit.

    3/8 socket set - Stanley $51 will do the job for most small/medium jobs.

    23mm combination spanner - Sidchrome $35 for loosening rear wheel.

    Stanley screwdriver set got a couple of years ago about $80

    Parks pushbike tool, best invention never lose an allen key again

    Had a cheap spanner set, chucked them out after stripping a couple of bolts and also one snapped on me. So in the bin [well actually I took them back to Bunnings for a refund]

    Anything else off to the mechanic for me. So I buy my tools from Bunnings as they will refund or exchange without many hassles.
  11. For home DIY on a budget, go to Kmart and buy yourself a SupaTool kit for a couple hundred bucks, will have most of what you need and you might buy a few bits and piecs as you find you need them.

    If your after quality or willing to spend more, then go to a designated Tool Shop and you will usually get what you pay for.