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Old 08-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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i need a god hook and pick set - who makes the enbreakable ones?

i end up bending/breaking them on jobs they are not meant for. who makes the STRONG ones?

duh. how many typos can i make in a title... unbreakable not enbreakable.. the u is not even close to the e.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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no one makes unbreakable hook/pick sets. Snap-on makes the best one that I've found. Snap-on is pretty good at replacing broken screwdriver tips for free. have never needed any new tips with my Snapon pick set.

kinda pricey at $45 .. got my set when it was under $20 with smaller handles.


this is the set I've got and like better ... lots of folks selling on ebay
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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What are you using them for? For heavy work, I use a cotter pin puller. It's screwdriver size with a hook on the end.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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Are the kind of guy that can break an anvil? I go through one set of picks a year, they are cheap.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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mostly pulling internal retaining rings in shocks (not criclips..) . they can't be too big, or they won't fit (you're working inside a tube...with a shaft down the middle) - and they are generally 30 year old shocks so everything is tight..

i don't generally break tools, i have broke my share of snap ring pliers and picks though...

cotter pin puller is too big....

cheap is not the issue - the issue is when you break them in the middle of a job and you gotta run out and get another one.. a set of 4 is fine and dandy, but there's usually just one that is the right shape.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
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Find the one that does the job and buy two so you have a spare. I guarantee that your tool breakage will become nill since you have back-up.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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Get yourself some music wire and make your own. Anneal the end, make the hook you want, then harden and draw it back to a blue temper.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #8
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duh. how many typos can i make in a title... unbreakable not enbreakable.. the u is not even close to the e.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #9
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Get yourself some music wire and make your own. Anneal the end, make the hook you want, then harden and draw it back to a blue temper.
learn something new every day. will investigate.. thanks!
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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no one makes unbreakable hook/pick sets. Snap-on makes the best one that I've found. Snap-on is pretty good at replacing broken screwdriver tips for free. have never needed any new tips with my Snapon pick set.

kinda pricey at $45 .. got my set when it was under $20 with smaller handles.


this is the set I've got and like better ... lots of folks selling on ebay
That's me too. I also have a set like the bottom picture. I've used them daily for 20 years. I haven't ever broken one. Some people drink whiskey, I drink SnapOn Kool Aid.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:29 PM   #11
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I just broke one of my snap on ones, but I've had it for close to 30 years so I got my moneys worth.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:22 PM   #12
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Bought a set from Snap-on maybe 15-20 years ago (ruthlessly abused, still A-OK)
Got a set form MAC 10 years back OK but tips bent from abuse

wasted money at harbor-junk (crap is worth less than dog droppings)

only set still as was perchance.... Snap-On

It has been a long time so no ideas on how their quality control/material used are now but they had a dam good set when I got mine
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #13
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Everything is breakable. I broke a Prentiss vise once.

I have broken the tips of picks and screwdrivers. I permanently bent a Snap On pry bar, big one.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:47 PM   #14
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as a player... I have big doubts about music wire making that kind of tool... wrong alloy, way too ductile. you need a high carbon steel, preferably with some vanadium in it. buy some Snapon snap ring pliers & be done with it. you wanna make your own, go to the welding store & get some 4130 gas rod... that might have a chance. you will have to harden it
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #15
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Not sure what style you are looking for or other details, but here is a set I use: http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?P...PMAKA=325-0350

This comes from one of two Enco catalog pages on scribes and awls: http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?PMPAGE=763&PMCTLG=00
http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?PMPAGE=764&PMCTLG=00

Edit: here is a link to dental picks sold by McMaster-Carr: http://www.mcmaster.com/#dental-picks/=o7gyuc

Searching McMaster-Carr, Enco (use-enco.com), Grainger, or MSC for picks and scribes and dental picks will provide many choices. Any and all of these can be broken along with causing serious puncture wounds if misused.

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