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Old 10-16-2021, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question Good impact sockets to have while traveling

I just added one of there to my travel tool arsenal https://www.farmandfleet.com/product...SABEgIG_fD_BwE
along with a torque bar set
https://www.zoro.com/capri-tools-12-.../i/G900459455/

Now I do have other uses for the impact wrench on my hay equipment, but for the trailer this has been recommended
https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-02282B-...45269352&psc=1

Now to cover everything included muy hay equipment needs I need deep and std 1/2" drive impact sockets in metric and SAE.This may help other in completing what tool sets they travel with.



Right now I carry a full craftsman box 1/4" through 1/2" drive along with box end wrenches and assorted pliers and adjustable wrenches, but not impact rated. I also currently carry a Makita drill driver and hex impact driver along with drill bits, etc.. So with the correct set I can eliminate some of what I carry.

I found the following that could meet my needs - thoughts would be appreciated. I am watching for sales.
https://www.amazon.com/Sunex-5153DD-...71319491&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MXB85S3...t-sockets&th=1
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-6-Poin...47&sr=8-1&th=1
This set gets me deep sockets on both metric and SAE with out the big set
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-2-Inch...4150747&sr=8-2
verses thier complete set
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-6-Poin...62&sr=8-5&th=1
and last I have a 1/4" drive of this brand
https://capritools.com/shop/1-2-driv...ct-socket-set/

So what I should get if sales occur? Does anyone have one of the above?

Thanks

PS moderators - I was not sure where to put this so move if needed.

Thanks Keith
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Old 10-16-2021, 09:26 PM   #2
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Wow, looks like you put a lot of thought into this!
I just got the Harbor Freight SAE and Metric impact socket sets and a Ryobi 1/2" impact wrench. So far have not come across anything they could not tackle, but my requirements may be fairly simple in comparison.
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Wow, looks like you put a lot of thought into this!
I just got the Harbor Freight SAE and Metric impact socket sets and a Ryobi 1/2" impact wrench. So far have not come across anything they could not tackle, but my requirements may be fairly simple in comparison.

If I may ask which HF sets did you get, I had not considered them, but they may work for what I need too.


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I do not put a whole lot of care into impact sockets as I hope to never have to use any tools. I am a Snap on guy and a Dewalt fan. I just picked up the new 1/2 impact that I will throw in when I travel. I only carry a 3 drawer box in the belly along with an all purpose tool kit. I am not a full time guy so it would be different if I was
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If I may ask which HF sets did you get, I had not considered them, but they may work for what I need too.


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I purchased the two Pittsburgh 13 piece sets, one SAE, and one Metric.
Both sets of sockets fit perfectly in the small bag the Ryobi impact wrench comes with.
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Old 10-17-2021, 01:28 AM   #6
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My Craftsman 20v battery-operated 1/2" impact gun (can we still say that?) is rated around 350 torque.
I am fine with Harbor Freight 1/2" impact sockets.
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To work on my rear axle, I borrowed my neighbor's 3/4"-drive long-snoot air-impact gun (I hope we can still say that) and a 3/4"-drive 1-5/16" deep impact socket.
No comparison.
The master-blaster weighed-in at close to 50#, 'my little friend' is a lot handier at about 8# with 4-amp battery.
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An aside:
The big gun (I am going to keep saying that) required a whole lot of air -- pressure and volume.
My Cummins 505ci engine-mounted 13cfm cut it, but required a fast-idle to recover betwixt bursts.
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I carry a 50' 3/8" air-hose.
To blast a 3/4" gun (gun gun gun), I can see keeping a dedicated just-in-case 1/2" hose.
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I find that the more tools you carry has a direct "impact" on the times that you will need them. It's like the RV knows not to screw with you and moves on to a newby.
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Word of caution.. "Torque Bars" are notoriously not reliable. You have to use "proper tecnique" which takes practice. If you just "run it down' you can end up to tight. If the battery is lower than you think, then you'll likely be under torqued.

https://agradetools.com/torque-sticks-cordless-impact/

Every time, without exception, a tire shop has used torque sticks on my vehicles, the torque was wrong when I checked them afterwards. Now I tell the tech "Use a torque wrench or don't touch my car/truck, otherwise I'm going somewhere else." I've had virtually no issus with incorrectly torqued lugs nuts since I've taken this stubborn stance.
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I purchased the Bauer 8.5A corded impact wrench, and Pittsburg 6 point impact sockets. Both worked great on a recent very challenging repair.

I do suggest you only get the 6 point, not the 12 point, sockets. Too easy to round the nut/bolt with the 12 points.
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I carry this set of impact sockets, and it seems to cover almost all the sizes I have needed https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HEC200/ this is a mix of sizes, not all sizes duplicated between deep and medium depth sockets, and some SAE / Metric double marked sockets.
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Torque sticks have their uses. The problem may be that the minimum wage workers are using the wrong stick.
Do your own checking when you get home with YOUR torque wrench. Or take it with you to the shop.
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Torque sticks have their uses. The problem may be that the minimum wage workers are using the wrong stick.
Do your own checking when you get home with YOUR torque wrench. Or take it with you to the shop.
I use torque sticks for my jeep, Durango, Ram and Airstream. Seems pretty reliable when I check with a torque wrench. As far as inexperienced techs not knowing how to use torque sticks, my guess is they'd be just a clueless using a calibrated torque wrench.
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Good Lord Yoda, what sort of repairs do you plan to do on the road?

That said, I bought a pair of Sunex 10T jack stands and returned them the next day. The Chinese welds were full of porosity and look more like cold solder joints then welds, even with a heavy layer of paint. That scared me enough to stay away from all of their tools.

The Tekton tools I have appear to be of good quality. I order them directly from Tekton. Tekton is not afraid to tell you what country the tool is made in before you order. When I looked, the price at Tekton was equal or better than Amazon. Sign up at Tekton and you will get email sales fliers. https://www.tekton.com/

Check out this site for low prices >>> https://www.tooldiscounter.com/
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Check out this site for low prices >>> https://www.tooldiscounter.com/
I took a quick look at this site and clicked on impact sockets. Their "wright" sockets look highly overpriced. I didn't look further.

For large impact sockets, Harbor Freight is tough to beat if you aren't doing heavy duty truck work for a living. I haven't broken or stripped one yet. The cost is so low, I don't hesitate to weld them to stuff or sacrifice them to a project that needs a custom tool. But that's rare. Would be nice if the individual sockets were priced lower because I end up buying a full additional set to replace the socket lost so have some mixed sets now.

For smaller sizes, I have used Craftsmen stuff.

If I was doing this for a living, I would invest in a boutique brand (SnapOn, MAC etc) for smaller stuff (3/8"). Their large stuff is crazy priced for little increased value other than bragging rights.
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