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Discount Socket Sets

Updated on December 30, 2009

Socket Sets

Sockets are used to tighten and loosen nuts and bolts of various sizes, which is why it's important to have a wide range of sockets. You also want to make sure that you have a ratcheting mechanism that will allow you to tighten or loosen the nut or bolt in one continuous action versus taking it off each time to reposition the socket to the bolt.

The sockets attach to the ratchet through a square lock system that tends to come in drives in the typical sizes of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", and 3/4".

Using the socket wrench system to tighten and loosen nuts and bolts, you will cut the time you spend working on a project.

Some of the larger brands you'll want to consider purchasing is between includes Crafstman, Denali, DeWALT, Ridgid, Stanley, and Snap On.

Craftsman is a top of the line brand that has been popular amongst Sears and Kmart stores since 1927. Although, the line has gone through several name changes from "Sears" to "Champion" to, the more recent, "Craftsman Professional," the quality has never faultered to below average quality. The great deal that you get when you purchase a Craftsman tool is the unlimited lifetime warranty for all hand tools; the only reason the warranty is void is if the tools are badly rusted or have been used in an industrial or commercial environment.

DeWALT is a brand commonly sold at Lowes, whereas Ridgid is commonly sold by Home Depot. The other brands can be found at various stores in the tool departments as well as individual sellers.

Before you purchase the cheapest set of sockets, check out the different brands and what they offer.

Also, for great gifts for those with a tool obsession and people who love to fix things, check out eBay and Amazon for cheaper prices than what you'll find at hte store. Believe it or not, you'll find great deals online. Check out some of the ones I've features below. I'm pretty sure you'll find a few good deals.

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Craftsman Sockets

Craftsman offers easy to clean and fully polished tools that not only look good, but look great. Craftsman sockets are built to exceed the standards to ensure they are strong and can withhold strong bolts and nuts. These sockets will not round off corners and are built for high tolerance. As mentioned above, hand tools have a lifetime warranty.

Denali Sockets

Denali tools are made of resistant chrome vanadium steel. They meet or exceed the ANSI and DIN standards, so you know that they are durable for your needs.In the typical Denali socket sets, you'll receive tools and sockets that all fit in a molded case that keeps everything organized.

DeWALT Sockets

DeWalt products are made of hardened steel to ensure maximum durability. The handle on the ratchets have a cushioned grip for comfortable use. The sockets are plated in a rust resitent material.

Stanley Sockets

Stanley tools are manufactured from high-grade steel and finished with chrome. The ratchets are ergonomically designed to make them easier to use. The sockets and extensions stay locked on the drive until they are disengagued with the release button. The Stanley brand sockets provides at least 15% more torque. The brand also offers a limited lifetime warranty.

Snap On Sockets

Snap On tools have a nickel-chrome plating to prevent rust and corrosion. The ratchet is forged for strength and durability, and the sockets have lobular openings that allow for a greater torgue. You also receive a lifetime warranty after purchasing a Snap On product.


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    • mlowell profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Georgia

      Very true. The cool thing about most brands is that they denote on the package whether the sockets are for metric or regular, and most sets have a mixture of both. I see how matching up metric sockets with metric bolts or regular bolts with regular sockets would be a concern if you didn't know the size or syle of socket

    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      You appear to have covered everything here, although what about the difference with the metric up against the old system.

      We have been caught many times with this problem. They just dont quite fit.

      Thanks for sharing


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