How to Choose Best Socket Set
A socket set is used for fastening and loosening nuts and bolts. Sockets of varying sizes can be attached to a toque wrench and used as a tightening tool for a variety of purposes. Although socket sets are mo
stly used by mechanics, it is imperative for you as a homeowner or a car owner to have this essential tool to ensure that fasteners are tightened completely and to the right level. This will ensure the safety of your car and other appliances. However, choosing the right socket for your particular purpose may not be easy. Below is a rundown of factors you should consider in order to make the right choice when shopping for a socket set.
1. Impact v/s Standard
If the purpose for which intend to use your socket set require an impact wrench, you may have to choose sockets that are made for impact applications. This is because impact sockets can tolerate high torque created by impact tools. Although this may seem like a trivial consideration, it is important to note that using a standard soc
ket with impact tools can jeopardize your safety because the sockets may fail and cause pieces to break away.
2. Metric and SAE units
Having the right socket size is extremely important. However, a
s you consider the right size, you have to keep in mind that some sockets come in metric measurements (Millimeters) only while other are in SAE (Inch) measurements only. Others have both SAE and metric units. Although most American products have inch-based measurements, some foreign products use metric nuts and bolts. Thus, it would be wise to buy a socket set that caters for both metric and SAE bolts and nuts.
3. Drive Size
The drive size of your socket should be determined by the type of work you will be using it for and the equipment you are likely to be working on. However, it is advisable to buy a large socket size because it will come with a variety of socket and ratchet sizes. This will ensure that you can work on a wide range of tasks.
4. Deep v/s Shallow Well
One of the major benefits of a socket wrench set is that the head of a bolt can fit sideways onto a ratchet tool. This can help you to get into tighter spaces. However, with a shallow socket head, it may be impossible to get into some spaces. On the other hand, deep well sockets can work even for applications that need relatively longer sockets for the bolts that may be deep within.
5. Six or twelve points
It is important to remember that there are six-point and twelve-point sockets. Point, in this case, refers to of angle cuts into your socket. Twelve-point can be used to handle common household projects and repairs. However, if your socket set is for motorcycles, cars, and mowers, it is advisable to go for six-point sockets.
6. The case
A case is necessary for keeping your sockets organized. When shopping for a socket set, you will find that they come in different types of cases. In most cases, high-quality sockets also come with durable cases. Remember that when it comes to buying sockets, you get what you pay for. Thus, you will have to strike a balance between quality and price to get a durable case in addition to a superlative socket set.
Overall, it is apparent that although sockets sets are mostly used by mechanics, it is imperative for you to have one for your home or car. However, it is not easy to get a socket set that can serve your specific purposes. The above-discussed considerations will go a long way in helping you to make the most appropriate choice.