Tool case: 14 tool sets tested

The first big surprise in the 2020 tool case test: Tool boxes with a lot of content are often cheaper than basic equipment. Not just relatively, also absolutely. The best example: the luxury brand Hazet. The set with 47 parts costs just under 200 euros, the ratchet individually already 55. However, it is a marvel of technology, has 90 teeth. Means: The return angle is only four degrees, which is good when screwing in close proximity. Absolute peak: 1000 Newton meters (Nm) load capacity. At least in theory, our grip started to bend at 690 Nm. The standard only requires 512 Nm, the target is exceeded.

Test 2020: Good tool cases from 30 euros

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Test device: the spindle of the puller applies the tensile force. The extension is one meter.

Blackspur’s tools are at the lower end in terms of price and quality. Sure, you can’t expect much for 13 euros. But at least a chrome plating that doesn’t flake off so sharp that you could shave with it. But how much do you really have to invest for a useful tool? Answer: 30 euros for the 80 years edition case of the Motorcycle mail order company Louis. The bad news: the tool set was only available in spring 2020. A cheap alternative with the grade “good” in the test: The Proxxon 23000 tool case for around 65 euros.

The third box that impressed comes from the Matthies own brand JMP. Its content is indestructible, the ratchet gave our self-made test facility the rest. Professional quality for only 59 euros. On the other hand, we did not evaluate the quarter-inch sets and dimensions of bits supplied in many boxes. Nice bonus, but we wanted the important half-inch content. Slightly underperformed: Wera. Their ingenious Zyklop ratchet, which can also be used like a screwdriver, only loses connection to the front seats because of its expansive head. Disappointing: the established brands Sonic, Proxxon, Stahlwille and KS-Tools, which leave many points behind because of their inferior ratchets.

Many tools broke

Tool case - KS-Tools BT023094

Lots of rubber, little metal: the KS-Tools handle suddenly broke at 470 Nm.

The most spectacular failure was that Breakage of the ratchet handle on KS-Toolswhose debris literally flew around our ears. It was also surprising that, of all things, the ratchet mechanism from the most expensive case – from Stahlwille – broke, albeit far beyond the standard requirements. The same thing happened to the tools from Tectake and Sotech, whereby Tectake like Stahlwille turned out with a broken lock; Sotech, on the other hand, has a sheared tooth of the ratchet wheel. They were four times Handles slightly bent after the tests, but without this having an impact on further use.

Theoretically, too, with the China goods from Blackspur (photo left), but they no longer fit in his suitcase after the test. The 13 mm nut just barely survived the torque attempt with 150 Nm, you Material began to flow. Problem with four products: Their rubber grips began to crush. And the Matthies ratchet also caused damage: at 720 Nm it began to twist our double T-beam, which was manufactured as an anchor for the ratchets – despite additional welded reinforcements.

Conclusion on the tool case test

The testers would not have bet on that: Although the limits of the norm were deliberately exceeded, there were relatively few breaks. Only three ratchets gave up before reaching the required 512 Nm, only one of them with a big bang. And: good tools for the price-conscious are sometimes available for as little as 30 euros. Real enthusiasts will not be satisfied with this, however, they miss the velvety barrel of a Hazet ratchet or the numerous adjustment options of a Wera Zyklop. The market serves both.

The best tool case: Hazet 953HP

It was the test winner with the top grade “very good” Tool set 953HP from manufacturer Hazet – With a price of almost 200 euros, it is also the second most expensive tool set in the test. However, the price pays off: You get a high-quality high-end ratchet and tools of the highest quality. The cheaper sets – even the price-performance winner – cannot keep up.

Hazet 953HP

  • High quality
  • High quality
  • Top ratchet

price € 192.42

How AUTO BILD tested it

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Grip pull-off test: Here we pull on the rubber grip with up to 500 Newtons, which must not slip off.

The test was carried out on the basis of DIN 3122, carried out by AUTO BILD in cooperation with the specialist magazine “Auto Motor Zubehör” (AMZ) and its tool expert Jens Meyer. No standardized and calibrated test devices were used, but commercial aids such as crane scales. The deviation is given as +/- one percent, the reading accuracy was one Newton – corresponds to about 100 grams. With this, we used a puller to pull at an exact right angle on an extension that was attached to the ratchet handle and measured to exactly one meter, thus determining Newton by meter. The square ratchet was inserted into a hole in a double T-beam that was filed to size. For the grip pull-off test, on the other hand, the pulling direction was in the grip line. And finally, all the handles with the rubbers facing down were bathed for eight hours in super plus gasoline, which is particularly aggressive on plastics due to its high aromatic content.

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