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Old 01-13-2020, 09:14 PM   #1
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Looking for a set of spin tights, and I'd like them to be "through handle", meaning they will work well on threaded rod. Magnetic would be a bonus. I've found a couple:



Klein 635-6
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Milwaukee Hollowcore
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...2507/204456640


The biggest differences between the two are 1. price and 2. Klein has 6 point design vs. Milwaukee 12 point. (Not sure if that's a benefit or a drawback, maybe someone can enlighten me)



I think they are both made in China, so that's a wash. Both seem to have reviews saying the magnets fall out, which is a bummer.



Any thoughts on those or any other brands I should be considering?

Thanks!
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I would go for the 6 point klein set. I have only once encountered a 12 point bolt, and that was on a radiator mount on a Chevy g10 van.

12 point will work on smaller sizes of square nuts and bolts. I use a Crescent wrench for these.

As for the magnet falling out, a good epoxy adhesive would solve that.

Sent from my new phone. Autocorrect may have changed stuff.
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I have a couple sets of "electripro". (cheap chinese knockoff) 1/3 the price of the brand names and they have been just fine so far. Had them about 6 years.

For what an electrician needs them for, they are one of the few tools I don't go all "tool snob" over.
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Best set I ever had was a Craftsman pro-line and that was 25 years ago I bought them.
The shaft was hollow and deep, had a place on the shaft for a wrench, the handle was triangular for grip and the 6 point socket was designed to not crack.

Gave them to my son and bought a new set for the truck.
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Buy a cheap set and then get some good magnetic impact bits. I have a Klown set which is good, but I rarely use them. I use the racky bits mostly and the big willys.



Whatever set you get use phase tape and wrap the shafts with the correct color so you can quickly grab the correct one.





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Best set I ever had was a Craftsman pro-line and that was 25 years ago I bought them.
The shaft was hollow and deep, had a place on the shaft for a wrench, the handle was triangular for grip and the 6 point socket was designed to not crack.

Gave them to my son and bought a new set for the truck.


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Buy a cheap set and then get some good magnetic impact bits. I have a Klown set which is good, but I rarely use them. I use the racky bits mostly and the big willys.



Whatever set you get use phase tape and wrap the shafts with the correct color so you can quickly grab the correct one.





https://www.licensedelectrician.com/...Racky_Bits.htm


But you both missed that he is looking for thru handle design for rod work.
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But you both missed that he is looking for thru handle design for rod work.

To be fair, I didn't miss it, I ignored it.
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Looking for a set of spin tights, and I'd like them to be "through handle", meaning they will work well on threaded rod. Magnetic would be a bonus. I've found a couple:



Klein 635-6
https://amzn.to/2Rfaa0s


Milwaukee Hollowcore
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...2507/204456640


The biggest differences between the two are 1. price and 2. Klein has 6 point design vs. Milwaukee 12 point. (Not sure if that's a benefit or a drawback, maybe someone can enlighten me)



I think they are both made in China, so that's a wash. Both seem to have reviews saying the magnets fall out, which is a bummer.



Any thoughts on those or any other brands I should be considering?

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I've had the Klein long style set of magnetic drivers for a long time and the magnets haven't ever fallen out.

The only size I've ever needed in thru handle is 9/16" for 3/8" rod for double trapeze set ups.
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To be fair, I didn't miss it, I ignored it.


As I stated to the OP I've only ever found a use for 9/16" in that style.


I do use the 6" long ones like you posted in 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8" that come in very handy.
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As I stated to the OP I've only ever found a use for 9/16" in that style.


I do use the 6" long ones like you posted in 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8" that come in very handy.

Big willy for the win! I wanted and needed a set of nut drivers, I thought. In reality they are one of my least used tools. I use the big willies all the time for traps.



Makita makes one in 3/4" as well as the 9/16"



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Big willy for the win! I wanted and needed a set of nut drivers, I thought. In reality they are one of my least used tools. I use the big willies all the time for traps.



Makita makes one in 3/4" as well as the 9/16"



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R2HHTGW...ding=UTF8&th=1

Damn I've never seen those before. 9/16" would be very handy and fast for doing a double trapeze set up or similar.

I have never seen anything in the 3/16" size that comes in a standard nutdriver set, but they still come with them.

The 3 sizes on an 11 in 1 fit all the hex sizes on rtu equipment panels doors. I think the only other size I've had to get was 10mm for some German machines the company I was with at the time did factory service on.
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For the double rack set up, I use some 3/8” hardware and a piece of 1/2” EMT cut to size. I take a short pice of 3/8” rod and put double nuts on one end. Crank the tight together. I hammer it into one end of the half inch, and work it so it has some play and come out easy. Then I take the double but nut set up, and hammer into the other end and leave it. Then just chuck it into a drill. If the double nut falls out eventually, tap it back in. Even if it gets real loose, just hold it in with the drill as you run the nut up.

I never had a need for through the handle nut drivers. I have a set of long shank nut drivers that I never used. I don’t carry them in either of my bags. I don’t know why I bought them. I don’t even carry my normal length ones, or used them in years. If I had to do some sort of production type lighting retrofit job, I would probably grab the one size I would need.
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But you both missed that he is looking for thru handle design for rod work.
Nope, didn’t miss that part.
I just like talking about my big tool.
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I don't have the through "handle type" but I just wanted to chime in on this thread because nearly my entire NEW Klein nutdriver set has either split or snapped off at the ends.

I have an OLD set that is nearly 30 years old, and much heavier used which is well worn but still as good as new.

The new Klein looks like the old Klein, but it's not.

I would suggest go for another brand.
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I don't have the through "handle type" but I just wanted to chime in on this thread because nearly my entire NEW Klein nutdriver set has either split or snapped off at the ends.

I have an OLD set that is nearly 30 years old, and much heavier used which is well worn but still as good as new.

The new Klein looks like the old Klein, but it's not.

I would suggest go for another brand.
That's a shame, sad. Did you notice if the new set was made in USA?
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That's a shame, sad. Did you notice if the new set was made in USA?
Actually, I never thought to look. I'll check tomorrow.
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I don’t care for my Milwaukee nut drivers. That 12 point square head compatible crap just seems like they don’t want to fit anything properly.
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