hate to hijack the thread with a different question, but it is related.
Has anybody ever had a socket - new, used, cheap, expensive, no-name, high-end name, or otherwise actually FAIL?
In all my years I don't think I've ever had a socket NOT do its job.
IS there a reason to spend any more than bottom dollar on sockets?
Any socket I've ever owned has worked. I've never picked up a cheap one out my box and had to put it down to find a better one.
I'm as big a tool snob as anybody, but in my old age I think I'm getting wiser - and I'm thinking it really doesn't MATTER what kind of sockets you use.
Get cheap ones.
(and I'm not talking $5.00 for 100 sockets cheap - I mean REASONABLY cheap - harbor freight-ish)
A socket wrench is different - I know the difference between a good socket wrench and a bad one.
But for sockets, I've got millions - and often use my grandfather's old Chinese sockets that were made before the Chinese knew how to make anything, even poorly.
They work just as well as any sk or big brand name.
just throwing that out there to see what others think.
I'd forget my tool snob roots and tell you to try some harbor freight sockets. When they fail to meet your requirements, then decided to spend some real money. I think you'll find that moment never arrives.