i need a god hook and pick set - who makes the enbreakable ones?

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  1. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    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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  2. _cy_

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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.

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    this is the set I've got and like better ... lots of folks selling on ebay
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  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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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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  4. KustomizingKid

    KustomizingKid Been here awhile

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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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  5. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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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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  6. mcma111

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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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  7. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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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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  8. airborndad

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    God hook :D
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  9. stainlesscycle

    stainlesscycle Long timer

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    learn something new every day. will investigate.. thanks!
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  10. Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy Cob Artist

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    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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  11. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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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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  12. BluByU

    BluByU Been here awhile

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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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  13. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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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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  14. Beezer

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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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  15. Stan_R80/7

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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?PARTPG=INLMKD&PMPXNO=5788213&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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  16. trailer Rails

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    I have some cheap picks from Home Depot, I rarely use them. I usually reach for my homemade picks. I use a high quality bicycle spoke that is sharpened at the end. You can bend them into different shapes and they are pretty strong.
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  18. Tropic-Of-Canada

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    Go ask your dentist if he/she has any old ones for sale. They sometimes do! You might even get them for free.
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  19. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    I use a set I got from Duluth Trading Company and so far they have worked great.
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