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  1. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    HumbleWorker 91RT Trainee Access

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    Just wondering which sockets you guys tend to go for, your typical plastic units for internal no brushed steel effect types, as well as your external 1 and 2 gang 13 amp.

    Based on price low to hi, brand perceived view (high quality through to Chinese crap) and ease of installation has good fittings etc

    cheers hope your all having a quality weekend you bunch!

    HW
     
  2. buzzlightyear
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    click, some times curved edge depends on the customer that does not play ball.
    I put in and good gear. and not lap c**p stuff from screwed fix!
     
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  3. Ian1981
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    Deta slimline and click mode are decent.
     
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  4. ruston
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    Hager , the screws in the spurs etc all face the right way up so no twisting in tight areas.
    The light switches have a neutral terminal if you need it.
     
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  5. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Cheers boys yeah these were in general what I was thinking of as your bread and butter stuff, happy days.

    HW
     
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  6. Richard Burns
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    I tend to use BG as a default, reasonably cheap and reasonable quality.
    Then Click good quality and reasonable pricing and for the convenience of their interchangeable light switches.
    Crabtree seem to be an OK brand but I do not use many of them
    MK have good terminals but the rest is annoying and they are too costly.
    Telco, Lap, knightsbridge, are ones to avoid for longevity but they are cheap.
    Hager, contactum, Schneider all ones I just happen not use but would have no problem using.
     
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  7. KEV 1 N
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    We mostly use MK as this is specified by the University for replacement accessories, I've noticed on EICR that cheaper stuff does not stand the test of time.
     
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  8. buzzlightyear
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    I don't think so .mk have had they day. ok in hospitals etc. click curve are better and the price . and has for led dimmer switches they well behind the door when they came out .
     
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  9. KEV 1 N
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    The MK range today is defenatly not as good as stuff they had in the 80s / 90s. Examples of cheaper makes not lasting - L'mark, volex, lyvia, Deta.
     
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    Hager just have the curves though between click and Hager I’m torn!
     
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  11. Andy78
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    I use the Hager range for all my standard white plastic accessories. Quality stuff at average prices.
     
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  12. kingeri
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    I would stay away from LAP, had lots of them fail.
     
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  13. NDG Elecs
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    Yeah I agree, I think Hager look the best and never had a client that dislikes them. Click look pretty decent but look cheaper in my view, their range is excellent though. Schneider Lisse are ok but look like a poor man's Hager. I tend to stock Hager with some BG and MK thrown in to cover most bases. If my van was bigger I would likely keep a decent stock of Click too. It is very subjective but the fact that we are on here discussing it shows we give a hoot. There are plenty of fellow sparks out there that will happily fit marbo and lap all day long! Tin hat at the ready!
     
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  14. ruston
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    That just about sums it up . It's nice to be able to sleep at night.
     
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  15. suffolkspark
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    Eaton Premera for me, cheap, feel good quality, slim, never had a dodgy one, cheap, round terminals, attractive, interchangable switch modules, full range of matching euromod accessories.
    did I mention they're also pretty cheap?
     
  16. spinlondon
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    SnapOn or Facom.
     
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  17. ruston
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    Snap on not what they used to be either. Sign of the times.
     
  18. spinlondon
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    Can't say I've notic d any change.
    Still have the lifetime warranty.
     
  19. ruston
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    The flank drive sockets from the 70s were superb, as was most of their stuff . The newer stuff does not seem to be the same quality. Most of the lads are buying Mac , lot cheaper and just as good .
    I went on to Proto and Britool years ago for the same reason.
     
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    Actually bought my SnapOn tool chest from a Mac man.
    Never wanted to buy SnapOn stuff, as I figured everyone had it.
    A lot of Mac stuff is exactly the same as SnapOn, they both get it from the same manufacturer, just have their name put on the box.
    When I started building my tool collection, SnapOn had the biggest range, even now, I doubt other manufacturers could supply some of the tools I have.
    SnapOn's warranty is second to none.
    Don't need a receipt, don't need to send the tool away to be checked, it just gets replaced.
    Don't like SnapOn composite screwdrivers. The soft black parts absorb dirt, even after cleaning, your hands will get dirty if you pick one up.
    There are some tools, I wouldn't bother buying from SnapOn, multimeters, electric drills etc.
    I have some tools purchased direct from the manufacturers, rather than from SnapOn. Same quality, just no warranty.
    There's also some tools that I use so rarely that I could never justify the expense of buying SnapOn.
     
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  21. ruston
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    I had no idea Mac were from the same stable as Snap On .
    One of the lads had a £4000 box split at the seam a few month back , as you say they changed it no bother , even gave him an upgraded graphics one . I feel as you do , they are good , but some jobs just do not justify the cost of them.
    You are also correct about the badged up electrical gear.
     
  22. spinlondon
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    No, they're separate companies.
    The SnapOn chest was second hand that the Mac man had taken in part exchange.
    I have some stud extractors made by Rigid, which are the same as Mac and SnapOn, except for the name on the box.
    Never tried with Mac, but SnapOn will replace them if they break.
     
  23. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    This is what I have, bought second hand filled mostly with Draper, Britool and Snap On.... One thing I have found doesn't really matter the amount the tool cost its who is wielding it and their knowledge/experience.

    toolbox.jpg
     
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    that workshop is far too clean and tidy.
     
  25. ruston
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    That is a nice set up.
     
  26. spinlondon
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  28. ashg285
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    Click, mk or hager, all decent to be honest, although I use click more often out of the 3
     
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