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    Icon5 Replacing Sockets

    The cheap ratchet set I bought years ago is finally showing it's poor quality, though I'm thankful it lasted this long. The sockets are starting to strip out. I don't know if I'll buy a full ratchet set (probably the smart route), or just buy a new set of sockets. Another cheapie set might work again if I were only using it with the ratchet, but I am using my sockets more and more with my hammer drill and my cordless drill. What brands are good without getting too pricy? I use both SAE and Metric from the little ones all the way up to 7/8"...maybe even 1".

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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    PP,

    The hammer drill shouldn't affect the sockets because the hammer action is in the direction of the drilling and not in the direction of the rotation.

    There are two DIY brands that are good, Craftsman and Kobalt. Both have forever warranties.

    It's which is closer Sears or Lowe's?

    There is one other thing to consider. When will K-Mart management be finished destroying Sears. And do you expect to out live the demise of Sears?

    I think that I saw a 3/8" drive of Kobalt sockets for about $12. Your choice Metric or Imperial.

    Most of my sockets are Power Craft (Wards) or Craftsman with a few Kobalt. If I had to replace any, my choice is Kobalt.

    BTW - The Kobalt are about twice the price of the sets at HF.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    I stopped by Lowe's today. They had nice 3/8" sets on sale for $10, both SAE and Metric. Since they only had one set of each I grabbed them. They also had the 1/4" drive sets on sale for $5, so I picked up one of each. What timing!
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by PastorPaul View Post
    I stopped by Lowe's today. They had nice 3/8" sets on sale for $10, both SAE and Metric. Since they only had one set of each I grabbed them. They also had the 1/4" drive sets on sale for $5, so I picked up one of each. What timing!
    All of you guys find these fantastic deals at your local Lowe's. I'm going to have to shop at your Lowe's.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    Now I'm adding the Kobalt cushion handle ratchets to my Father's Day and birthday list.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    I would NOT give a dime for CRAPSman. I would rather have HF.

    Really - I don't use HF either, but I have broken more CRAPSman sockets than any other brand.

    Husky, Kobalt are good.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    I would NOT give a dime for CRAPSman. I would rather have HF.

    Really - I don't use HF either, but I have broken more CRAPSman sockets than any other brand.

    CRAPSman is >NOT< a good product.

    Husky, Kobalt are good.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    CRAPSman is >NOT< a good product.
    I think that the statement should be:

    CRAPSman is >NOT< a good product anymore.

    It seems that HD is carrying less and less Husky products lately. DUNNO, maybe my imagination.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    I think that the statement should be:

    CRAPSman is >NOT< a good product anymore.

    It seems that HD is carrying less and less Husky products lately. DUNNO, maybe my imagination.
    I stopped using CRAPSman in the 70's - perhaps they were good some time before that. Sure, they would replace the broken tools, but that does not mean they were good tools.
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    Re: Replacing Sockets

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    I think that the statement should be:

    CRAPSman is >NOT< a good product anymore.

    It seems that HD is carrying less and less Husky products lately. DUNNO, maybe my imagination.
    I stopped using CRAPSman in the 70's - perhaps they were good some time before that. Sure, they would replace the broken tools, but that does not mean they were good tools.

    I have not seen much Husky anymore either - but then again - I have not bought that sort of stuff in a long time
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