How to Determine Good Socket Set Quality


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Got an upcoming project that involves gears, nuts, and bolts? Need to do some work on your car? Looking to treat yourself to a new ratchet and a better array of sockets?

In any case, you need a quality socket set. Though, you may feel tempted to limit yourself to the cheapest sets on the market.

But by doing so, you subsequently limit yourself to lower quality performance.

We know tools aren’t cheap. But you’re doing yourself a disservice by trying to save some cash on your next hardware purchase. That’s why we’re here to help you choose a socket arrangement that’s not only cost-effective but good quality!

So, let’s get down to it.

Don’t Disqualify Entry-Level Sets

The right socket set for you is not always the most expensive.

With that said, you can find quality socket arrangement boxes for entry-level work – at fair prices! 3/8 is a good size to start with.

It should contain a generous combination of different standard and metric sizes. These sets typically have anywhere from ten to twenty basic 6-point sockets. Some sets may throw in a 12-point socket or two.

Nearly all entry-level sets will come with a socket wrench and extenders. Most will probably throw in a non-ratcheting socket wrench as well.

If you need to do some light gear work, you can afford to go cheaper. Entry-level prices can be anywhere from $30 to $100.

Solid entry-level sets are available by Stanley, Neiko, and many others.

Aim for Mid-Range Sets

Once you have the basics, it’s time to move up to a 30-50 piece set.

These sets cost anywhere from $50-$200. Most of them look the same. So, it’s challenging to know which one is right for you.

Here are some of the things that a typical mid-range socket set includes:

  • 2 ratchets (preferably one with a high number of teeth)
  • Extenders
  • A healthy combination of sockets
  • A drill or driver adapter

And in these sets, you’ll find different types of sockets, including:

  • Impact sockets
  • Hex sockets
  • Spark plug sockets
  • Universal joint socket

You may already have some of the sockets and tools mentioned. So, it may be a waste of money to buy a set with sockets, tools, and accessories that you may own.

Before browsing and buying, do an inventory. That way, you don’t spend extra money on tools and materials you don’t need.

GearWrench, Sunex, and Astro offer great choices in mid-range sets.

Go Big or Go Home

If you’re a car mechanic, chances are you’re preparing to shell out some serious bucks.

And if that’s the case, then you’re ready to take on up to up to 200 socket sizes and multiple tools under your belt. With a high-end socket set, you get it all:

  • Every socket imaginable
  • 1/2-inch, 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch drives (and more)
  • 6mm-19mm deep sockets
  • and tons more!

These high-quality and abundant sets cost anywhere from $200 to $600! Craftsman, Snap-On, SK, and TEKTON are go-to choices for the highest quality socket arrangements.

Get Your Best Work Done with a Quality Socket Set

Knowing which set to purchase can be difficult and confusing.

So, before buying sockets or an arrangement box, it’s important to do the following:

  • Do an inventory of tools and materials you have
  • Determine the difficulty of your next project
  • Make a list of what you’ll need to complete the project
  • Set a budget & spend the money on items you need most
  • Read up on brand reviews and suggestions

Here at The Gear Job, we can help you find good quality (and cost-effective) sockets and tools. We’re always here to help you with your upcoming project!

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