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Offline Rollin22Petes

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Nails set
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:54 PM »
So I finally got fed up with all the cheap China made nail sets available at all the big box stores and bought me a set of Starretts. Was really hard to pay $70 for a set but I'm no stranger to Starrett and there quality they really look and feel nice plus they get excellent reviews. Hopefully if I can keep up with all of them it will be the last set I buy.

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Offline McNally Family

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 10:24 PM »
So I finally got fed up with all the cheap China made nail sets available at all the big box stores and bought me a set of Starretts. Was really hard to pay $70 for a set but I'm no stranger to Starrett and there quality they really look and feel nice plus they get excellent reviews. Hopefully if I can keep up with all of them it will be the last set I buy.

Can you provide a link to the Starrett nail set you purchased?  I love Starrett stuff and was just thinking about needing a nail set yesterday.  Thanks
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Offline thudchkr

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 10:27 PM »
I just found them on Amazon. $57 for set of five. I plan on getting a set for myself.
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 11:21 PM »
I've had pretty good luck with the KISS brand nails set that I picked up at Walgreens.

Offline McNally Family

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2017, 11:46 PM »
I've had pretty good luck with the KISS brand nails set that I picked up at Walgreens.

@yetihunter, I would have pegged you as someone who had their nails done professionally
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 11:57 PM »
😂

I just remembered that I already ran with this gag.
Something about pedicures and a die grinder. 

Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2017, 03:29 AM »
I bet those Starrets will be sweet.  I rarely have to use a nail set anymore since switching over to pneumatics, so for those who might not want to spend the $ for a set, here is one that I switched to years ago.  Kinda hard to find at times in stores or the internet:



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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 06:11 AM »
Lee Valley offers a few different nail sets including the Starrett set and a Japanese style nail set much like the one you have Peter, as well as a set of their own.

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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 08:56 AM »
I use snap on punches for nail set. I dislike regular nail set because there are too short. It would be nice if manufacturers made them a couple inches longer.
I know they don’t have the dimple on the end.
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Re: Nails set
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2017, 10:46 AM »
I use snap on punches for nail set. I dislike regular nail set because there are too short. It would be nice if manufacturers made them a couple inches longer.
I know they don’t have the dimple on the end.
Rick.

The Stanley Cushion Grip (older square top)  or Dynagrip (newer round top) are longer than many at 5". I specifically got them because they are an inch or so longer than many/ most. 

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Offline The.Handyman

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2017, 10:52 AM »
I usually use Spring Tools nail sets. Allows me to quickly set nail heads when working without pulling out a hammer. So quick and easy.
« Last Edit: December 31, 2017, 12:59 AM by The.Handyman »

Offline dmccririe

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2017, 11:50 AM »
I like the spring ones too, but they go out on "permanent loan" more often

Offline epicxt

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2017, 03:35 PM »
+1 for the Spring Tools nail sets.
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Offline sospan

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2017, 03:55 PM »
One of the good things about these forums is that you get introduced to new things. I hadn't seen the Spring nail sets before in the UK. They look quite good from the videos so just ordered a set from a supplier over here.

Thanks for the info

Offline aloysius

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2017, 05:38 PM »
A quick perusal of Amazon reveals many, many imitators & clones of the Stanley "softgrip" punches.  Imitation is not just flattery:  Stanley produced a winner here. 

At 5" (125mm) they're usefully longer than most, as previously mentioned.  This makes them more forgiving of my occasionally inept useage.  I have a few, liberally scattered around my various tool boxes & belts as I've found them usefully robust, long-lasting & effective.  Some mushrooming of the head is inevitable, & the rubber? coating (usefully colour-coded in diameters) will eventually tear &/or wear.

Still, after some 20 years + of rough use, they've more than proved themselves.  I note that modern manufacture is now from east Asia:  don't know if that denotes any quality differences or not.  The modern iteration appear to be superficially different too.  About the only situation where the bigger (red) punch fails is in floor renovation.  Corroded handmade rectangular nails with elongated heads take more shifting for floor sanding prep than these punches can provide.  For this particular purpose I tend to use a much bigger (6"?), fatter & heavier (est x 5 or more) Finkal flooring punch that has sufficient toughness to withstand the pounding abuse of a 2 pound mini-sledge.
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Offline yetihunter

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2017, 07:18 PM »
Spring tools are a user preference (I hate those things).
Starret makes nail set tips for their automatic center punch
(alhough, a bit time consuming for the application).
I may have a pb baumann, facom, or some german made nail set hiding
around with my drift punches.  Those and starrett are going to be the
best of the best.  PB Swiss being twice as good as the chart toppers (their punches are exquisite specimens). 

Generally, the cheap Wilde 3 piece sets of sets I toss in the systainer with my brad and nailers do the job with no complaints.   $4 at Menards.   

Online RobBob

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2017, 07:55 PM »
I don't like the tapered shaft on most nail sets.  It makes the hole bigger as you set the nail head below the surface of the wood.

Offline RJNeal

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2017, 10:10 PM »
That’s one reason RobBob that I use snap on punches.
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Offline demographic

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2017, 08:23 AM »
That’s one reason RobBob that I use snap on punches.
Rick.

Yup, I have a Beta one for the larger nails I need to set and plan on getting a couple more, grinding a slight hollow in the end with a Dremmel so they go where I want them to better.

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #19 on: January 01, 2018, 11:11 PM »
I like the spring ones too, but they go out on "permanent loan" more often


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Re: Nails set
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 03:40 AM »
I bet those Starrets will be sweet.  I rarely have to use a nail set anymore since switching over to pneumatics, so for those who might not want to spend the $ for a set, here is one that I switched to years ago.  Kinda hard to find at times in stores or the internet:

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I have the Shark prybar - it is made in Japan though. Very high quality! That one still looks the business though.
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Offline Scott in Bend

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Re: Nails set
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2018, 11:06 PM »
I bet those Starrets will be sweet.  I rarely have to use a nail set anymore since switching over to pneumatics, so for those who might not want to spend the $ for a set, here is one that I switched to years ago.  Kinda hard to find at times in stores or the internet:

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Peter

I have the Shark prybar - it is made in Japan though. Very high quality! That one still looks the business though.

I also have some older Japanese-made Shark prybars and they have lasted over 25 years.  So, I tried the Shark nail set that Seth mentioned and I just returned it to Amazon.  The set end was improperly ground and chipped.  The one I got is definitely not the quality of my older Shark bars.