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Old 27th Jul 2009, 23:09   #1
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BERGEN TOOLS, any good?

Just been looking on the bay for a decent quality Torx and Hex set as I'm sick of cheap ones breaking or rounding off.

Was searching for Draper and Sealey as Ive had good results from these makes in the past.

This 18pc Sealey set for 19.95 caught my eye:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sealey-TRX-Sta...3A1%7C294%3A50

But then i also noticed an 18pc set by Bergen Tools that looks identical but is far cheaper:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BERGEN-TOOLS-1...3A1%7C294%3A50

Are they the same keys but re-branded? or is Bergen Tools a cheap copy?

EDIT: Grrr just realised i'll need some longer ones for a few jobs.

http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/AK7158-SEALEY - This set look ok?
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Old 27th Jul 2009, 23:25   #2
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So.......... by the time you add postage to the Bergen, it's what? A whole couple quid cheaper.

If the Sealey is known to be good and has free postage, why are you even considering the Bergen, lol.
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Old 27th Jul 2009, 23:36   #3
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It appears they are probaly pretty decent. A kind of Semi-pro range. From 10 mins googling around. Here's one thread (if you can decipher some of the posts) http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f16/br...ols-67244.html

I've never rated Draper as being any good though.

It appears that most of the makes on this page http://www.toolbox37.com/acatalog/BERGEN.html (franklin, britool, bergen etc) are all from some of the same kind of place, perhaps differnt grades or something. Same parent company maybe?

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Old 28th Jul 2009, 08:09   #4
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Don't they make bread too?

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Old 28th Jul 2009, 08:27   #5
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So.......... by the time you add postage to the Bergen, it's what? A whole couple quid cheaper.

If the Sealey is known to be good and has free postage, why are you even considering the Bergen, lol.
Well i just found these 2 on ebay and was going to search around for better prices today and just wanted to see if Bergen are any good as they're cheaper. If i was to have a good look round i might be able to find the Bergen set cheaper and with no added postage cost.

whitecrook, Thanks for the links. I did actually find them but was hoping maybe someone on here had used them and could confirm they're decent.

I think I'll just go for the Longer keys in the last link i posted, seems like a pretty cheap store for Sealey tools. 27.80 inc shipping and they're extra long.
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Old 28th Jul 2009, 10:46   #6
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Get some Snap-On's if they make them, that way you only buy one set for life :P

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Old 28th Jul 2009, 10:58   #7
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Just spent around 100 on a load of Bergen sockets and impact sockets, and wow

They take a right beating, including my whole weight on the end of a 24" breaker bar with a 17mm Bergen socket.

Got mine from toolbox37, Google them brilliant service.

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Old 26th May 2016, 23:52   #8
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Sorry to revive this threat guys but I'm after a set of the Bergen hex/torx, does the advise here still stand, nearly 7 years later?

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Old 27th May 2016, 08:12   #9
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I've had my bergen tools (mostly impact sockets) for years now and they have taken some proper abuse without any mishaps.

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Old 27th May 2016, 09:48   #10
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Nowt wrong with Bergen.
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Old 27th May 2016, 14:50   #11
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Thanks people, ordered.

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Old 27th May 2016, 15:47   #12
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Love their sockets and use them frequently.

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Old 27th May 2016, 19:18   #13
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When I was working as an apprentice autoelectrician way back when, my boss was very fond of Bergen gear, and rated it as well as snap-on but the life time warranty on the snap on stuff pushed him in that direction.

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Old 21st Oct 2016, 18:46   #14
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Just ordered some Bergen ratchet spanners and realised afterwards that they don't have a website, so thought id bought some cheap rubbish by accident... Did some Googling and lo and behold, a thread singing their praise on my home forum.

I'll let you know if they're any good! 37 for a set of 12 ratchet ring spanners.

Delivery by MyHermes though so they may never arrive.

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Old 21st Oct 2016, 19:36   #15
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No you are supposed to be selective.

Ratchet spanners come from Halfords professional.
Bergen should be for sockets IMO. Other stuff is pretty poor.

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Old 22nd Oct 2016, 12:55   #16
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I have absolutely no issue with the Hex kit I bought specifically for my bike

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Old 22nd Oct 2016, 13:02   #17
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No you are supposed to be selective.

Ratchet spanners come from Halfords professional.
Bergen should be for sockets IMO. Other stuff is pretty poor.
Well we'll see wont we. If I feel that they're awful when they arrive they can go back, no harm done.

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Old 22nd Oct 2016, 19:27   #18
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Bergen are good - we used to use their stuff in the bike shop I worked at when I was younger. Switched to them after we got fed up with Britool ramping thier prices up.

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Old 22nd Oct 2016, 20:46   #19
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Check out wera tools. Amazing stuff.
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Old 23rd Oct 2016, 00:23   #20
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Check out wera tools. Amazing stuff.
Oh man, some of their stuff is amazing...

I really want these - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wera-02001...IAAOSwTA9X3sOX

But I don't have a need for tools in that price bracket really. They get used a lot, but not enough to justify spending four times what the Bergen ratcheting spanner set cost.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2522443956...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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Old 23rd Oct 2016, 07:06   #21
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I've built up a full set of them. Quality stuff
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Old 23rd Oct 2016, 10:45   #22
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I quite like the look of these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BERGEN-6Pc...cAAOSwknJX1sOE
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Old 23rd Oct 2016, 12:31   #23
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I was going to buy those, but then opted for the non flex ones, floppy spanners annoy the bejeesus out of me.

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Old 23rd Oct 2016, 17:24   #24
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Bought some torx sockets a few years ago and one snapped trying to remove a bolt for the front seat. Bought the halfords pro set and done the job with no snapping
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