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Old 05-28-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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I would first think of this

You will not use 90% of that, I would and have been buying cheap, ugly black impact sockets made by Pittsburgh tool for last 20 yes, they don't break like chrome sockets and are safe for air tools (chrome sockets can and do break with impact wrenches)

Harbor freight has them, also gear type wrenches (I have had best luck with gear brand, I will use a regular to break loose and gear ratchet to finish)

On you bus you will find you need big sockets wrench and cheater bars, a tourqe multiplier is a life saver and you will discovery why 1 inch sockets have 3 ft handles, be safe
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:42 PM   #12
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If you intend to be using these tools much... get a Snap-On 80-tooth ratchet. Use whatever sockets you find laying in the gutter, at harbor freight, whatever. A high-quality ratchet makes all the difference even if the sockets are cheap. List price on the Snap-On FX80 3/8" is $140 but it can be found for much less. I wish I had bought this one years ago and I also wish I had the 1/4" version!

Also, it's nice to not have a giant set. When a piece becomes lost, broken, or worn, as inevitably happens, it's much easier to replace when you're not worried about trying to match the set!
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:54 PM   #13
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I would first think of this

You will not use 90% of that, I would and have been buying cheap, ugly black impact sockets made by Pittsburgh tool for last 20 yes, they don't break like chrome sockets and are safe for air tools (chrome sockets can and do break with impact wrenches)
My primary hand tool box is Pittsburgh's 105 piece set (50 bucks @ Harbor Freight) with some others from Craftsman, Husky, and Pittsburgh extensions and long handled wrenches.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:01 PM   #14
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Be sure to add any "special" tools that your bus requires but may not be included in a given tool set. My Ford is mostly metric and uses lots of Torx bolts and some bolts that can only be removed with a 12 point socket.

As Bansil said, a decent sized pipe and a breaker bar is handy for cracking loose lug nuts.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:09 PM   #15
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Oh yeah, and #2 square driver bits are a godsend. Almost every panel that's gotten pulled came off with a #2 square
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:55 PM   #16
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Oh yeah, and #2 square driver bits are a godsend. Almost every panel that's gotten pulled came off with a #2 square
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Old 05-29-2015, 03:43 PM   #17
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I'd like to add that if your bus is Canadian made then grab a pack of Robertson (square) #3 as well as a pack of #2s. My bus had fat #3 Robertsons all over the exterior and some inside. They are set tight, so an electric impact driver or hammer drill is useful.

Also, for those of you who live in Canada you'll be using those #2 Robertson driver bits for practically all of your wood screws. Bulk boxes of utility screws almost always have a Robertson head instead of the Phillips head (good riddance!), which is common in the states..
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Old 05-29-2015, 04:36 PM   #18
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Just make sure you check on your biggest socket in the set. Some sets sound fancy but top out at 3/4 or 18mm. That's border line useless. Find one that gives you high variety as well as large capability.
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:47 PM   #19
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#2, is that the same as what many people call a mobile home bit? #2 square
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Don't forget the extensions. My socket sets have multiple extensions, various lengths. Magnetic is always a plus.
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