ball end hex keys

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I'm looking into getting a set of hex keys, mainly for working on bicycles. I noticed that some have the ball end on one side. What is so special about that design? Thanks.
 
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They are supposed to allow you to get the bolt loose even if you can't get a straight shot at the bolt. My experiance with them is that the ball breaks off in the bolt which becomes a big problem.
 
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The ball end is good to have. It's pretty rare that I need to use a cheater bar to torque that end of the key, so I've never broken one.
 
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 Originally Posted By: rpn453
The ball end is good to have. It's pretty rare that I need to use a cheater bar to torque that end of the key, so I've never broken one.
I can break my Cornwell or Mac ones with 1 hand and a 3/8 ratchet.
 
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If it's for bicycles, then I doubt you'll use enough torque to break the ball ends off. And they may turn out handy to have. Of course, I have the not ball end ones, and the grass is always greener on the other side.
 
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 Originally Posted By: lpcmidst128
I'm looking into getting a set of hex keys, mainly for working on bicycles. I noticed that some have the ball end on one side. What is so special about that design? Thanks.
I've never needed the ball end. In fact, I don't own a single ball end hex key.
 
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 Originally Posted By: Chris142
 Originally Posted By: rpn453
The ball end is good to have. It's pretty rare that I need to use a cheater bar to torque that end of the key, so I've never broken one.
I can break my Cornwell or Mac ones with 1 hand and a 3/8 ratchet.
I'm glad you clarified, I was thinking you were breaking "L" keys. It takes some manly hands to torque the ball end off an "L" key.
 
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 Originally Posted By: tom slick
I'm glad you clarified, I was thinking you were breaking "L" keys.
Me too. I've never even seen ball-end hex sockets!
 
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