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Impact sockets worth it?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by fireplug, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. fireplug

    fireplug 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone ruined good quality 'hand tool' sockets using an impact gun?

    I found a good deal on a set of impact sockets, but it is still a hundred bucks and I figure my hand tool set is warrantied for life. Just wondering if I should go for it or not.

    Opinions appreciated!
     
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    I've personaly returned 4 socket wrenches to sears in one day (one for each wheel) and never had a problem with the sockets themselves. Bent my 4 foot cheater bar though.....
     
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    yes i have broken several craftsman sockets with an impact untill i actually bought a set of impact sockets.
     
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    I paid a whopping $40 for both sets of my impact sockets about 7 years ago and none have broken. Not comparing them to non impact sockets, but saying you don't have to spend a fortune on them. My 2 sets are both standard deep well and normal depth 1/2" - 1 1/4". Check the surplus stores.
     
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    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I've seen cheap chrome 12 pts round out on an air gun. If the sockets were 6 pt it probably wouldn't be a problem.
     
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    ive had 12 points round out and 6 points shatter with my gun, craftsman sockets with an ingersoll rand 2135ti gun, id spend the extra cash to get impact sockets
     
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    6 point and impact for safty. chrome will blow with good air and gun. i work with them all day at work.

    also thay take bolts and nuts out better as less flex in the socket from thicker wall .
     
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    If you have a good impact, yes you will most likely tear them up. I've broke Craftsman and S/K chrome t/w sockets with my IR 244. I bought some cheep impact sockets after that. While they didn't have the best fit or finish, they held up just fine untill I could afford some better ones. That would be about 5 yrs later. If you don't have the cash for quailty now, cheep impact sockets are deffinatly a place where you can cut costs.

    Something to look out for; I bought a huge set of S/K impact sockets about 2 yrs ago during a promo sale from an independent tool truck. They are very high quality and cheaper than Sears/Craftsman.
     
  9. Zeitler

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    if you're going to use non impact sockets , be sure to use eye protection ..they can split/shatter....
     
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    ive split 6 pt craftsman with an impact.

    i generally only use impact sockets, even with a ratchet.

    i had gotten a 2 sets 1/2 impact sockets(metric and sae) from Harbor Freight for $15 each set for my junkyard box, they actually work pretty good.
     
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    Even if you don't crack your chrome hand tool sockets with an impact wrench you will probably wallow out the 1/2" attaching point. I have several sockets that were used on an impact gun that won't stay on a ratchet unless you hold them on. The impact may not ruin them completely but I can tell you from experience that dropping the socket you are trying to work with several times in a row is a PITA and will piss you off after awhile.

    Harley
     
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    I have this same set and can vouch for there durability.
     
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    me too, I've been pretty impressed with the harbor freight stuff I've gotten so far. Maybe it's because I went in think everything would be complete crap from their reputation
     
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    Amen to that, i fragment standard sockets with the 1,000 lb.ft. IR titanium 1/2". Impact sockets are worth it
     
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    ya i have the harbor freight impacts... they are great! i use them by hand too, feel and look better, and are stronger

    anyway why use the stupid chrome ones... anti-bling!!!
     
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    ive broken more sockets with my 3/8" ratchet than an impact, but i have wore them out. i use MIT impact sockets that i picked up for $20, they even come with a life time warenty :grin:
     
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    The 2135ti doesn't do "1,000 lb-ft". It does 625 in forward, 700 in reverse. IR does claim "the seven vane motor delivers Nut Busting Torque that will loosen a nut tightened to 1,000 ft.-lbs...in 6 seconds!"

    That said, I have a 2135ti and love the thing- Only 3.5 lbs. :D
     
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    Well while we're being technical, it's 3.95 lbs. Just got mine in the mail today, can't wait to use it!
     
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    Well...next time I will be sure to post my entire spec sheet since it seems that important :rolleyes:
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    No need to get butthurt dude...I guess I shoulda added a smiley or two... ;)
     

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