Whether you’re an inexperienced DIYer or a deeply invested technician, sockets rank among one of the most used tools in the automotive-repair biz. Forget the ridiculous amount of specialty sockets you may need—just having a quality set of good old metric and SAE sockets is essential. That’s why this particular deal caught our eye.
The 44-piece socket set from Gearwrench comes in at a 31 percent discount, with a savings of more than $50. It’s a 3/8-inch drive set that features both standard and deep sockets with metric and SAE sizes. For safety, it’s a kit anyone with power tools should have.
Why did we mention power tools? These sockets are specifically made for use with impact drivers—hence the absence of any shiny chrome. Sockets like these are actually softer and designed to bend, crack, or break in an event of a failure, whereas nonimpact sockets can dangerously shatter. So if you plan to put a set of sockets through the ringer on an impact driver, stay safe and get a set built to handle that.
In addition, these impact sockets are equipped with a few more handy features than your average set. They’re forged with chrome-molybdenum alloy steel for strength, off-corner loading helps reduce fastener rounding, and a black-oxide finish helps prevent corrosion.
In the set itself, you get 44 pieces that nestle in a blow-molded case. These include:
- Standard/deep SAE: 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″
- Standard metric: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 mm
- Deep metric: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21 mm
- Universal Joint
- Extension: 3″, 6″
If you’re in the market to upgrade your socket drawer, this is a fantastic place to start. Gearwrench is a well-known brand whose tools are made with respectable quality. Are they as good as Snap-On? Frankly, no. But for just under $120, it’s a simple choice. And if you’re scrambling around for a Father’s Day gift, there might be just enough time to get this in for Pops. With these sockets, have no fear—let the brap-braps ring loud and clear!
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