Socket Set OrganizerTypically, if you purchase a socket set, it will come in a case, or the sockets will often come on a quick-release bar to keep your sockets together, inline, and organized. Most of time, when you purchase a socket set that includes wrenches, it will come in a hard plastic case with a spot for each socket, labeled with the size socket for that location, as well as locations for any adaptors, extensions, and wrenches. If you purchase sockets separately, there are empty organizers available in which you add the sockets and wrenches to the organizer. The advantage of buying sets with a holder is that the socket set organizer is going to have custom locations fit specifically for the pieces in the set, where a separate organizer is going to be generic, and your sockets and wrenches may not fit tightly.
Socket Wrench SetA socket wrench set is simply a set that is going to include not only the sockets, but the wrenches as well. These sets are very common, and usually will also include adaptors to use a 3/8” driver with a ¼” drive socket, for example, or to adapt a ½” driver to use 3/8” sockets. They will usually also include extensions, common in 3” and 6” lengths for each driver size. These extensions you would usually have to purchase separately, and are not typically included in socket sets.
Allen Socket SetA great socket set to add to any collection is the allen socket set. This set is usually 3/8” drive dockets permanently equipped with various sizes allen bits. These sets are fantastic, as they allow you more torque, and are easier to keep organized than standard allen wrenches. These sets also give you the ratcheting ability that you do not have with allen wrenches. The annoying part of using allen wrenches for fine thread, or long bolts is that when the head of the screw is in a tight spot, you keep having to take the wrench out of the screw. Not once you add the ratcheting benefit of an allen socket set!
Swivel Socket SetA swivel socket is one that has a pivoting point between the driver and the open end of the socket, allowing for odd angels when working in tight, hard-to-reach locations. You could buy these sockets individually, but there is a distinct advantage in purchasing and entire swivel socket set. If you work in automotive or manufacturing, you will find it a huge advantage to have a SAE and metric swivel socket set in your collection. There are many times they will save you from having to break out the slow open-end wrenches.
Amazon.com ProductsThe first socket set that I found on Amazon.com is the Stanley 92-809 MaxDrive 60-Piece 1/4 and 3/8-inch Standard and Metric Socket Set with Case. This set incorporates much of the features that I mentioned earlier, and is a great starter set for someone wanting to purchase their first socket wrench set. This inexpensive set sells for only $32.77 on Amazon.com with an amazing limited lifetime warranty. It includes both SAE and Metric sockets in your standard sizes, for both ¼” and 3/8” drives. This set is a socket wrench set, not just a socket set because it includes both a 1/4” and 3/8” wrench, as well as 24 1/4-inch sockets, 19 3/8-inch sockets, 1 3/8- to 1/4-inch adapter, 1 3/8-inch extension bar, 1 1/4-inch drive specialty bit holder, 10 specialty bits, and color graphic labels. All these pieces come in an included socket set organizer molded specifically for this set. Reviewers of this set found that it is much better quality than the cheap sets you will find in most auto parts stores. They feel that it is a great buy for the money, and are happy with their purchase. They point out that the case holds the sockets tight, so they have no worry about the possibility of losing a socket because it falls out of the case. It is rated at 4.4 out of 5 stars by the customers who own it. The next socket set I found on Amazon.com is the Neiko Pro Grade 13-Piece Metric Allen Hex Bit Socket. Amazingly enough, this set is selling for only $16.99 (a HUGE discount over the list price of $49.99). This set is advertised as a Professional Grade, and it sure seems that the users who have reviewed it agree. It includes 1/4″ drive socket sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5 and 6mm, 3/8″ drive sizes 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12mm as well as 1/2″ drive size 14mm. The sockets are contained in a secure-fit latched ABS carry and storage case. They are all made with Cr-V alloy steel, mirror polished and chrome plated, drop forged and steel heat treated.
Is the T Handle Allen Wrench Included in Socket Sets?
Socket sets are known for their convenience and versatility, but is the versatile t handle allen wrench included? Many socket sets come with this essential tool, allowing users to tighten or loosen screws and bolts efficiently. Make sure to check if the set you are purchasing includes the T handle Allen wrench for maximum usability.