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Re: 3/8 Drive Ratchet and Socket Set

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06-03-2013 15:16:52

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I'd have to wonder how much wrenching you do if you've never split a socket... Seriously. I've split more of them than I care to remember and those were good ones. I break allen bits and round them off on a regular basis. I constantly break adapters. Tear the teeth off the cogs in ratchets... and the list goes on. The cheap stuff just breaks easier. Some of the real cheap stuff is very bad for damaging fastners because it fits so poorly or flexes enough to spin...


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06-04-2013 08:38:30

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 Re: 3/8 Drive Ratchet and Socket Set in reply to RodInNS, 06-03-2013 15:16:52  

I've really never broken one.

Maybe I'm doing something wrong??? :)

I'm by no stretch a professional mechanic, but I also can't remember the last time ever needed a pro.

I've been doing my own work since I had a tricycle. Countless engine builds, the high school muscle car years, the trucks, tractors and equipment repairs -restorations, used to work with an oval track racer, etc, etc..

Not into it as a living, but I've certainly had my share of chances to break a socket or two.

Socket wrenches absolutely, been through them, but never a socket.

Interesting that several of you have - but that's why I asked. I'm not trying to declare I know all, and state that they never break.

I realize I could just be lucky.

But just saying - from my personal experience of what I've seen with eyes, I can't justify spending a lot of money on them.

I've got pretty much all I'll ever need, but if I had to buy more, or if they were all stolen from me - I honestly think I'd start replacing what I could from harbor freight. I've got several from them now, and never a problem.

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06-03-2013 17:50:52

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 Re: 3/8 Drive Ratchet and Socket Set in reply to RodInNS, 06-03-2013 15:16:52  
+1 I've split my share of sockets too.

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