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Old 03-06-2008, 06:39 AM
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Impact Socket Set

Pardon my ignorance, for I am a beginner with impact wrenches. I recently picked up a new cordless Dewalt DW059K-2 impact wrench and already had a Craftsman torque wrench (a cheapy $80 one) and Craftsman metric impact set.

I noticed that the impact socket set that I have is extremely "wobbley" when used with the Dewalt impact wrench. I don't think this is normal, but wanted to make sure. I think this is due to the fact that the Dewalt has a retention pin, whereas the Craftsman torque wrench has a larger pin, more like a ball, that makes it easier to install/remove the sockets. The sockets were very snug (no play whatsoever) with the Craftsman torque wrench. I think the retention holes on the socket are simply too big for the size of the pin on the Dewalt, causing it to wobble around on the anvil.

Can anyone recommend a good set of metric impact sockets that will fit properly with my Dewalt? Primary use is removing lugs at the track. I found some that I liked over at Northern Tool but don't want to spend the money to find out that it will fit poorly as well!

Thanks in advance for your help,
Will

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I forgot to mention that they are 1/2" drive.
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Hmmm, I wish I could help on this one. Unfortunately, (and this is a do as I say, not do as I do situation.. ) I have yet to buy impact sockets. I use the air tools with the Craftman regular sockets . Cracked a few, but with the free replacement, well you know... Anybody else got a thought?
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Like you Schnitz, I've totally shattered Craftsman sockets, not using an impact, I've cracked some with impact use, but the shattered ones are from pinion nut and crush sleeve work. Sears would not replace them. Make sure you have the true impact sockets, hardened steel, he he.
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:09 PM
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I've never used them on a dewalt impact but I have a set of sunnex 1/2 drive metric sockets that i am very pleased with for the price of them, I bought them off a mac dealer, he told me hes replaced very few of them.
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Like you Schnitz, I've totally shattered Craftsman sockets, not using an impact, I've cracked some with impact use, but the shattered ones are from pinion nut and crush sleeve work. Sears would not replace them. Make sure you have the true impact sockets, hardened steel, he he.

You don't use the 3/4 drive stuff for that?
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stanley impact sockets have worked well for me, but my rule of thumb buy the best you can, espcially if it has a warranty
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Is there a spring behind the drive face on the impact? Some of the old Dewalts had a semi-circular spring there to 'tension' the socket when it was installed. If it was lost, the sockets would wobble on the drive. Without knowing the exact particulars of your tool I would suggest a quick visit to DeWalts website for a look see to make sure you have all the pieces.
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I have Grey Pneumatic impact sockets in 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" drive and have not had any problems with them. They are pretty much my go to sockets even when using hand or air ratchets and so far I've not run into clearance issues.
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I know this is old

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Hmmm, I wish I could help on this one. Unfortunately, (and this is a do as I say, not do as I do situation.. ) I have yet to buy impact sockets. I use the air tools with the Craftman regular sockets . Cracked a few, but with the free replacement, well you know... Anybody else got a thought?
I know this is old but I wanted to add. Please wear safety glasses or a face shield when using regular chrome nonimpact sockets on an Impact gun. When they shatter they become shrapnel. This can cause serious bodily injury. I haven't personally seen the damage but have heard many first hand accounts of exploding sockets and it doesn't sound like anything I'd want to participate in.

That said I bought a bunch of impact sockets at farm and fleet when I lived in Wi. These I believe are the Allen brand(the wrenches seem like good stuff too). I also have a set of Matco metric 1/2 drives I got as a bonus when I bought a set of ratchet combination wrenches(I thought these were a waste of money until I tried them). I also keep on top of the local Sears as they often have some on their sale/clearance/discontinued rack. I haven't broken an Impact socket yet but maybe I'm not trying hard enough.

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go for koken impacts man

and they last will a couple of generations. thing to remember is they arent covered by warranty when used with a rattle gun!!
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I have a set of craftsmen impact sockets that my mom bought for me. They have been well used and are still in great shape after 2 years of dissasmbling parts cars. The set cost about $80 i believe
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I have a 10 pc set of shallow Harbor Freight impact sockets.. supprisingly they fit well and work well enough for the amount of time I use an impact... with the price at $10 for the set, I can't complain...
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we have a set of macs that my dad has had forever that work great.
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