Socket sets are tool sets that feature a range of sockets in different sizes. A socket attaches to a socket wrench, ratchet spanner, torque wrench, or another turning tool in order to tighten or loosen a fastener such as a nut or a bolt. Made from high-quality materials, such as forged metals, for strength and durability, these tools are designed to withstand high torque to loosen or fasten nuts, bolts, and other fasteners.
Socket sets are an extensive range of products, as sockets are made in many designs and sizes with a square drive metric connection. The more pieces within the socket set, the more versatility this gives you to ensure you have the right socket for the job. Sockets can come in a variety of sizes in both metric and imperial, ensuring you have the correct size for any job you require.
Sometimes, ratchet socket sets will have a combination of socket types in one size, whereas others may be focused on providing a range of sizes in a specific type. Sockets can be metric, measured in mm, or imperial, measured in inches, as well as coming in shape-specific sizes such as Torx, which are displayed as TX followed by a number.
Hex Sockets - The most common type of socket with a square drive at one end to attach to a ratchet. The other end has a hex or bi-hex recessed socket head for turning your nuts and bolts. These can come in standard depth sizes as well as deep sockets that can be used to go over a bolt or spark plug body for example. Hex socket sets, particularly ⅜ socket sets, are a great place to start for beginners offering a wide selection of parts and tools that are easy to expand over time.
Socket Bits - A combination of a screwdriver bit and a hex socket that connects to a ratchet. The other end is then used to fit into the female recess of your fastener, acting like a screwdriver. This can provide an ideal solution to tighten or loosen a fastener in a tight spot where a screwdriver will not fit and a degree of torque is required at often awkward angles.
Impact Sockets - Built to provide more torque than ordinary drivers and wrenches, especially in use with air guns or other impact tools. Impact socket sets are made from chrome molybdenum steel and are more capable of handling vibrations.
Whether you are a mechanic using an inch socket set in commercial or home garages, or an electrician utilizing insulated socket sets for live-circuit work, having a range of sockets only makes the job easier.