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Socket organization.

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Esteban86K5, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Esteban86K5

    Esteban86K5 1/2 ton status

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    Show me what you guys use to keep your sockets in line. I was thinking of getting some of those rails that the sockets clip onto, but I don't want them to just fall off all the time. Anyone have some that are good quality? Mabey a locking type?

    What else do you guys use? Trays? Bins? Or do you just throw them in the drawer and find them when you need them?:haha:

    Just trying to clean up my garage and tool box a bit.
     
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    I got what appears to be a plastic pegboard like doobober from Orchard and this is what I did in my service truck. They come with little plastic pegs that fit into the slot of 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2 drive. It's a craftsman product and you might be able to find it on their website.


    In my shop box I just keep each gang of sockets on it's own metal rail and line them up in rows. Then, each size (1/4, 3/8, 1/2) has it's own drawars.
     
  3. Esteban86K5

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    That looks good. But what rails are you useing? Do the larger sockets fall off easily?
     
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    I have Crapsman sockets and keep them in the plastic thing they came in. It makes it nice when working on stuff to be able to take a small plastic strip with me and have all the sizes I need.

    I would use the magnetic strips if I were to buy something else. I had the metal rails with the clips before but really didn't like them.



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  5. Confedneck79K30

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    check out "mechanics time savers" 'lock-a-socket" holders... you can put a whole set of 1/2" deep impacts on one, and shake it and they wont fall off...
     
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  7. Esteban86K5

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    Divorced, magnets don't stay very clean in a garage that has a lot of welding dust. The metal rails will work great if I can find some that hold tight.

    Confed, those look good except for the magnet.:crazy:
     
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    I use these Hansen socket trays. These things rock. [​IMG]
     
  9. Esteban86K5

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    I'm having a bit of DE JA VU :whistle:
     
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    Agreed, I use these too!
     
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    those work very well also, and just like the MTS ones i showed ya, can be screwed down...
     
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    I have the Hanson trays and the MTS rails.
    The trays are great for leaving in a toolbox but suck to have to move out to the driveway.
    The MTS rails work all around. The magnet will hold a full rail of 3/8's sockets to my fender horizontially until you smack it. If you put it verticle it will stay in place all day. Even the 1/2" rail with deep sockets will stay on the side of my roll-away.
     
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    Ive got two sets of teh hansens at work. Both metric an standard 1/4 up to 1/2". They keep teh drawers very organized but can use up quite a bit of space... I guess you have to have a trade off some where. My only complaint is that they dont cover every socket size i have. My 3/8" only goes to 20mm and i have all the way to 23mm. The 1/2" standard only goes to 1" 1/4" while my set goes all the way up to 1 " 3/4" and my metic only goes to 26mm i belive while my set goes to 40mm. Other that those few issues they work great and are awesome for checking to see if anything is missing with just a quick glance.
     
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    I use these and I love them. I also use several others like the Craftsman plastic socket holders that have like a ratchet square with the ball and spring as the socket holder, they work great too.
     
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    the ones just posted, I used in my box and like them...

    For my carry bags I use the ratchet end style, where you push down the base to pop em off... freakin awesome.. they'd work well "in-box" too...

    After 25 yrs, I think I've tried every method available..
     
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    i have the craftsman sticks with the metal nipples on it(. i love them b/c ill grab one rack and my air ratchet and it works fine. Mine havent fallin off ever and they are over a year and a half old.
     
  17. Esteban86K5

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    Yeah I am pretty sold on the Craftsman plastic type with nipples on them. I found some Kobalt ones at Lowes that are the same and hold very well. I guess I just need to pony up some cash and get them.

    Thanks for all the info gentlemen.:bow:
     
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    Hey Esteban, why do you really need these socket trays anyway. After selling all your stuff you have nothing to work on so tools aren't needed anymore right. :D
     
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    I have these also. Cheap at the swap meets, same ones Snap-On sell for less $.
     
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    I vote for these too if you want'em in your garage. I filled a drawer in my toolbox with them.

    I got a full set of 1/2 3/8 and 1/4 both SAE and metric for Christmas the other year. She got them out of Summit. (Best price at the time)
     

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