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    Question Where to buy tools?

    Now that House of Tools is closed (permanently, it seems) I'm having a lot of trouble finding (locally) some tools that I need. Specifically:

    1/8" hex ball driver
    5/32" hex ball driver

    Any ideas? I've tried Princess Auto, Rona, Home Despot, Crappy Tire, Auto Value...

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    Busy Bee Tools, Lee Valley?

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    Northern Metallic is a good place for tools. i used to work there. and they have decent prices.

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    Thanks gents! I will call around. Busy Bee was closed by the time I crawled through traffic to Princess Auto and such :S

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    calgary fasteners

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    Originally posted by AndyL
    calgary fasteners
    for good stuff,

    busy bee for cheap stuff
    Machining, Fabricating, Welding etc.

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    " hex drivers " = allen keys. allen keys are L shaped.

    " ball ended hex drivers" = allen keys, (Straight shaped) which have a ball on the end, with a screwdriver handle.

    Normally you buy allen keys in either a foldable set. Or just " in a set " with individual L shaped keys.

    " ball ended hex drivers " are a specialty tool. You will probalby find them at a acklands grainer type of store. etc.

    Allen keys, or ball ended allen keys, you can find at stores like princess auto, sears, canadian tire. etc.

    I may suggest that you re-check the application you are using these for,( you may not need a " ball ended hex driver " ) try re- checking princess auto for allen keys again. Unless there was confusing between what i read in the original post..I'm 99% sure you're talking about ball ended hex key's.

    If i am wrong. Before you start to hate. What application do you need these for ?
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    It's for driving hex screws in tight spots at odd angles. I have sets of keys (individual, folding, sae, metric, whatever), hex bits with a ratchety handle as well as a drill chuck for them... The ball drivers just make my life a lot easier for certain equipment, takes 30secs instead of fiddling with allen keys for 10mins. The "L" on a allen key makes it really hard to get into the spot and takes a lot more screwing around.

    Originally posted by sr20det
    " hex drivers " = allen keys. allen keys are L shaped.

    " ball ended hex drivers" = allen keys, (Straight shaped) which have a ball on the end, with a screwdriver handle.

    Normally you buy allen keys in either a foldable set. Or just " in a set " with individual L shaped keys.

    " ball ended hex drivers " are a specialty tool. You will probalby find them at a acklands grainer type of store. etc.

    Allen keys, or ball ended allen keys, you can find at stores like princess auto, sears, canadian tire. etc.

    I may suggest that you re-check the application you are using these for,( you may not need a " ball ended hex driver " ) try re- checking princess auto for allen keys again. Unless there was confusing between what i read in the original post..I'm 99% sure you're talking about ball ended hex key's.

    If i am wrong. Before you start to hate. What application do you need these for ?

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