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Allen keys, do they sell just the holders/ indexes?


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I have a drawer full of Allen keys, and don't want to buy another set just to have them organized. Do they sell just the holders? I found some from Brondhus, but wondering if there are other options. Ideally the ones that are on a key ring with spring tension holding the keys. Otherwise please advise me to toss them and start over lol.
 


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I don't know but would be greatly interested as well. I have the same issue.
 

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If I'm at work, I've got set of Metric Allens in my back pocket. The good industrial sets we use at work have a holder which basically just a block of plastic with holes to slide the wrenches in by size in, two rows. It should be easy enough to make something similar.

Otherwise, I'd look at pawn shops or the flea market for the piles of used tools, for an empty holder, or an incomplete Allen set with a good holder.

If your set is going to stay in and be used out the toolbox drawer, you could stick a couple of pieces of magnetic tape to the drawer to hold the wrenches in order.

In my toolbox at home, I have a few sets of Allens (with a couple of different holder types), and yet I still have the inevitable box of loose and orphaned Allen wrenches.
 

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Can't believe those Bondhus blocks cost so much. I have those in vehicle/junk yard tool bag. Thought I had an extra I could send. But don't see it anywhere. They eventually get worn and the hex keys slip out. So I keep those and a folding torx set in a small zippered bag in the tool bag.
 

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I hit local Pawn shops, you can usually find good deals on tools but also partial tool sets, like indexes for sockets and hex keys or ??? that are missing pieces
 

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Can't believe those Bondhus blocks cost so much. I have those in vehicle/junk yard tool bag. Thought I had an extra I could send. But don't see it anywhere. They eventually get worn and the hex keys slip out. So I keep those and a folding torx set in a small zippered bag in the tool bag.
Theyre probably better quality than what comes with keys, Im gonna order a few and try em out
 

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Theyre probably better quality than what comes with keys, Im gonna order a few and try em out
I like your optimism. They look identical.

Cheaper if you get them with wrenches.
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If I'm at work, I've got set of Metric Allens in my back pocket. The good industrial sets we use at work have a holder which basically just a block of plastic with holes to slide the wrenches in by size in, two rows. It should be easy enough to make something similar.

Otherwise, I'd look at pawn shops or the flea market for the piles of used tools, for an empty holder, or an incomplete Allen set with a good holder.

If your set is going to stay in and be used out the toolbox drawer, you could stick a couple of pieces of magnetic tape to the drawer to hold the wrenches in order.

In my toolbox at home, I have a few sets of Allens (with a couple of different holder types), and yet I still have the inevitable box of loose and orphaned Allen wrenches.
No time for pawn shopping, I work 60+ hrs a week.
I have a set in my toolbox drawer already, but they are bits and sockets. The wrench set would live in one of the bags of my tool belt.
I just got done organizing all of my loose drill bits, now for the allen keys....
 

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I have to drive to West Virginia or Ohio for a pawn shop. For whatever reason, there are none for a great distance in the state.
 

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For every allen key, there is a drill bit close to the same size. Drill a hole into a block of wood, using all the bits from small to large, then put the keys in the hole it fits best. DONE almost for free.
 

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You’re a block of wood!
 

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For every allen key, there is a drill bit close to the same size. Drill a hole into a block of wood, using all the bits from small to large, then put the keys in the hole it fits best. DONE almost for free.
Not very convenient to carry on the road or to the junk yard. But, yes. Very inexpensive fix for shop use.
 

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Not very convenient to carry on the road or to the junk yard. But, yes. Very inexpensive fix for shop use.
I just thought OP was trying to organize the loose ones, I guess I missed the "portable" aspect of the post.
 

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