Usage: This socket set has a variety of sockets, deep wall, regular wall, 6 point, 12 point, 1/2 drive, 3/8 drive, and 1/4 drive. The technician chooses the best tool for the job.
1/4, 3/8, 1/2 Inch Drive Sockets
Safety Precautions: The socket drive size must match the ratchet or damage will occur to the socket.
Usage: This example shows the drive side of a socket, the other side of the socket is designed to go over the bolt or nut.
6 Point vs. 12 Point Sockets
Usage: 6 and 12 point sockets are distinguished by the corresponding number of sides on the inside wall of the socket. Note the thickness of the wall of a 6 point socket. It is stronger than a 12 point socket, so it should be used for very tight bolts. It is possible to break the wall of a socket if too much torque is used.
Deep vs. Regular Wall Sockets
Usage: This image shows the height differences. A deep wall ( the taller) socket is used to reach over a long threaded bolt to the nut for removal.
Impact vs. Regular Sockets
Usage: The impact socket is nearly twice the thickness of a regular socket. It is used in conjunction with an Air Impact Driver. Never use a regular socket with impact drivers, they will break the wall of the socket.
Usage: Wobbley adaptors can be made in any drive size, they are used as an universal joint to loosen bolts from a slight angle.
Usage: Extensions allow the removal of deep hard to reach bolts and nuts. They come in all drive sizes, some will reduce or increase in drive size from one end to the other.
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