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Sockets are normally made from steel and are used with ratchet handles of various sizes. Combined together they provide more torque leverage than a spanner helping you to tighten or remove nuts & bolts.

Unlike regular sockets, impact sockets have a hardened carbonized surface, also known as heat-treated or drop forged. This allows an impact socket to manage torque impact changes. Non-impact (standard) sockets will bend or break when used with an impact tool and this can be dangerous and cause injuries.

Socket Types

  • Hex is an abbreviation of Hexagonal and there are two types of Hex socket; 6-point and 12-point. A hex socket will fit naturally around a six-sided nut or bolt. A 12-point socket also fits around a hex bolt and this is also known as a bi-hex or double hex socket. A double hex provides more flexibility in confined spaces.
  • Deep sockets, also known as deep dive sockets. The difference is they are longer than standard sockets and provide added accessibility in limited space and hard to reach parts.
  • Insulated sockets are safe to work on live equipment up to 1000 V. Typically used by electricians and maintenance engineersN/li>

What are they made from?

  • Chrome vanadium
  • Beryllium copper
  • Aluminium bronze
  • Steel

Popular drive sizes

1/4 in, 1/2 in, 3/4, & 1 in


Sockets are typically used in:

  • Garages and Workshops
  • Civil Engineering
  • Marine Maintenance
  • Aerospace Industry
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