No matter whether you're a homeowner or professional mechanic, you just can't get along (easily) without a socket tool set
. Trying to loosen a stuck fastener from a threaded shaft with a pair of pliers
usually ends in frustration and with the fastener still in place. What to do? Sockets are the answer -- you get good lateral force, and the socket grips the nut without slipping (usually). Give a look to these socket sets.
These Jumbo Sockets
--1/58 inch through 31/8 inch -- are just what you need for use on larger than normal fasteners; you get, in the metal storage box, a heavy-duty ratchet, T-bar, and extensions. This set
is likely not suitable for homeowner use; not many nuts and bolts around your home that need a 2 inch socket, but if you are in the automotive repair line of work, these guys will serve you well.
A very clever idea for long, threaded shafts that have a fastener on them -- the Northern Tool Pass-Through Socket Set
. Eliminating the need for deep-well sockets, the sockets
allow for work on lengthy bolts. A big plus -- the ratchet needs only 5 degrees of arc to turn the fastener, so you are able to work more easily in confined spaces. You get a total of 21 pieces in the set; a 1/4 and a 3/8 drive, and 3/8 to 3/4 and 10 to 19 mm sockets. Nice.
always has very well-designed tools; this 18 Piece Deep-Well Socket Set
is one of their best offerings. It's homeowner-friendly with the 3/8 drive and 9 sockets, each, of SAE and metric, 12 point sockets. There's not much around the house you can't tackle with this socket set.
Lastly; if you need big-dog sockets, these may be for you -- Northern Tools Industrial Strength Deep Well Impact Sockets
. 1/2 inch drive, and 29 pieces of SAE and metric sockets. High-strength chrome-moly alloy steel construction, with the advantage of application of turning force on the sidewall, not the socket points, and laser-etched size markings for durability and readability.
Socket tool sets
-- useful for little jobs, or major demolition.
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