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Kobalt Xtreme Access and Universal Socket Sets

In November Kobalt will introduce their Universal Socket line.  The Universal sockets are developed to eliminate the need for unique specialty sockets and wrenches.  As infomercials say, but wait, that’s not all.  Kobalt will also be introducing their redesigned Xtreme socket set. Each product will be available in 1/4” and 3/8” and is engineered to exceed ANSI specifications.  Below are the two sets we had a chance to play with and try. Kobalt Universal 19-piece Socket Set (#737615) Works with six different fastener types, including: 6-point, 12-point, spline, star, square and most rounded fasteners Eliminates the need for unique...

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DEWALT 168 Piece Mechanics Socket Set

Dewalt has been coming out with a lot of different hand tools over the past year.  One cool thing I like about their new hand tools is the ability to buy big kits, smaller kits or single sockets.  As you can see by the title of this article, this kit is for their automotive people. This is the 168 piece Mechanic Socket Set model DWMT73803. For me there is a bunch of things to like about this set.  First, the case is pretty good.  I like the fact that it not only locks on the front, but also locks on...

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Carlyle Master Hex Bit Socket Set (BSH42)

Bit sockets are one of those tools that a lot of people take a minimalist approach to. People tend to buy a basic set when they need them, and make them work even when the job calls for something different. I’m the type of guy that likes to have the right tool for the job, but when you factor in the sheer variety of bit sockets out there, the minimalist approach almost makes sense. When you consider there are Hex, Torx, External Torx, Spline, Triple Square, and many others, most available in various lengths, not to mention the fact...

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New Socket Sets from TEKTON

Socket sets can be a funny thing. If you look across different brands, you’ll find dozens of configurations covering different drive sizes, sizes, accessory selection, some metric only, some SAE only, etc, etc, etc. It’s common of store brands to offer catch all sets covering 2 or 3 drive sizes and both metric and SAE, but in the professional tool market the offerings are usually (but not always) broken down into individual or “Service Sets”. Service Sets are a great option to have. They allow you to get more of the stuff you need, and less of the stuff...

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Carlyle Tools: Power 90 Series Ratchets

As the American automobile market took off in the 1920’s, the auto repair business took off with it, and naturally, the auto parts market did too. Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1925 as a Retail Cooperative by a group of businessmen headed by Mr. Carlyle Frasier, NAPA has been a key player in the auto parts business for nearly 90 years. Though some of the nearly 6,000 NAPA stores today are corporate owned, throughout it’s history many stores have been, and continue to be independently owned and operated. Outside of the auto parts section of the business, this led...

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Blackhawk Impact Hex Bit Socket Set – UH1216CS

For the past 2 or 3 years I’ve been using the Harbor Freight impact hex bit sockets. They’ve held up pretty well, but at 3″ I’ve found them to be a little long at times. Longer bits certainly have their place, but more often than not I find myself needing/preferring a standard length bit socket. In accordance with my normal procedure, I started clicking around Proto’s website looking for a solution when I stumbled upon these: To be honest, I was somewhat surprised to find this set. In the vast number of hours I’ve spent looking at and talking...

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TEKTON Impact Sockets – Daily Dose

Impact sockets are a must have for anyone.  They are usually a high priced item to get a decent set.  TEKTON has some good options that have a lifetime warranty.  TEKTON  sockets have a nice laser etch that stands out to show you the size.  They are made from drop forged, heat treated chrome vanadium steel.  I haven’t had any issues of these sockets rounding off bolts. It is the first brand i go to for the best of budget and quality. Check out the videos below for more.  Daniel from Real Tool Reviews, did a thorough walk through,...

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TEKTON Impact Socket – Review

Using regular chrome sockets on an impact is never a good idea. You will find people who swear they’ve done it for years without issue, but you will also find people who will tell you how their socket virtually exploded, sending shrapnel through the air, and leaving their garage looking like Omaha beach on D-Day. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but they can break apart and create a potential for injury. I’m not a professional mechanic (far from it), but I’ve been breaking and fixing things long enough to know the importance of using the right...

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Milwaukee Shockwave Impact Sockets – 49-66-4484

As a consumer you have a lot to choose from for power tool accessories.  Most of the time we tend to put all of our research into what power tool we should buy.  We really don’t think much about the accessories we buy such as saw blades and bits.  Probably the main reason is the large upfront cost to a power tool as opposed to the actually accessories.  But when you think about it, we should probably spend more time researching the accessories as over the life of the tool, we drop more money on the accessories than the...

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Kobalt 27-Piece Xtreme Access Socket Set – Perfect Fathers Day Gift

Oh, what to get for Dad on Fathers day.  The best gifts for Dad is always tools, especially cool tools that are not going to break the bank.  The Kobalt 27-Piece Standard 1/4-in and 3/8-in Drive Xtreme Access Socket Set is cool because of a few things.  First it does both SAE and Metric.  This allows you to carry less sockets, it uses a spline system which works rather well except for the angled spline makes it slip easily off the work.  The pass thru design allows you to have a limitless deep socket.  The kit has a nice...

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