Stanley Tools STHT71800 8-Piece Folding Hex Key Set
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- Durable composite construction
- Rubber side inserts for secure grip
- Size markings for easy identification
- Meets ANSI specification
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STANLEY STHT71800 8pc FOLDING METRIC HEX KEY SET: This unit features durable composite construction. The rubber side inserts allow for a secure grip and the chamfered edge helps guide the wrench for a smooth, easy entry of the hex key. It has size markings printed on the hex key body for easy identification. This is a compact, self-storing tool. This tool meets ANSI specifications.
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These keys are durable enough. Even the smaller ones are likely to hold up under reasonable twisting force. But the actual length of the key itself is very easily bent if you don't twist the tool exactly perfect.
The keys themselves are of awkward length, especially the smaller ones. They keys are attached to the tool, so you don't get a short end and a long end like you do with individual hex keys. As a result, sometimes the only length that you have just feels too long for the current job, and it's even easier to accidentally bend the keys slightly due to this.
My biggest complaint about this tool is how huge and bulky the actual tool (which serves as a handle) is in practice. I am clearly inexperienced with hex keys, because I didn't realize I needed to be able to access tiny hex screws very close to a wall. The size of the handle makes this kind of work extremely difficult, if not impossible. For one thing, you can only approach such screws with the handle twisted a certain way, because the keys themselves loop around one end of the tool and as such have a "close" side and a "far" side when you hold the tool flush against the wall. Additionally, actually applying a twisting force on the tool when the screw is too close to the wall becomes extremely difficult because the tool itself gets in the way. You can't twist without hitting the wall! You have to get creative and do a partial twist and then flip the tool over, or you can only use about 1/10 of the full rotation of the tool before you have to pull it out of the screw and re-adjust for the next rotation. It is a hassle.
The keys themselves can be removed from the rest of the tool, but you need a hex key to take the tool apart.
So, the hex keys themselves do the job, but the tool itself literally gets in the way of its own function. If you are working primarily with large hex screws or screws that aren't very close to a wall, then you will probably be fine. But, for my case, I wish I had bought a set of individual hex keys, even if they would have cost more.