Sockets & Ratchets
Sockets and Ratchets let you remove or tighten fasteners with greater speed than other hand tools. Ratchets only deliver force in one direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise, at a time, which lets you use a simple one-handed back-and-forth motion instead of a two-handed twist like with hand screwdrivers and some multi-tools.
To save you space and money, socket wrench sets include several small sockets that attach to standalone ratcheting wrenches. Some sockets each fit a single size of bolt head, and it's important to have a metric and a standard socket set. Metric sockets are especially useful for automotive applications since imports use the metric system. Socket sets in the standard range of sizes are often referred to as "fractional."
These tool sets come in multiple lengths and head styles. Some socket wrench sets have six-point heads, while others have 12-point heads, for example. Deep-well sockets are longer than standard ones so they can fit deeply recessed bolt heads. Impact sockets attach to power tools to get the job done more quickly.
Look for ratchets with softer handles so you can turn them all day long with little pain. Highly visible etching on the sockets themselves instantly lets you know what size they are and saves you lots of time from trying to find the correct socket through trial and error. If you have neither a ratchet nor any sockets, you can purchase them both together for extra convenience and economy.
Sockets and ratchets reach where you need them with little fuss. You save yourself from the hand and wrist strain that other tools may impart. Many ratchets and sockets feature lifetime warranties for added protection and value. Review our outstanding selection of sockets and ratchets and add these versatile tools to your collection any time you need one.
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