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Hi, I just got a chicago pneunmatic impact for christmas, now i need some sockets. I cant afford mac or snap on. But I would like to spend under 200 for both standard and deep metric, standard 1/2. What are some good brand for that price. I was looking on northern tool, and I saw like a 90 piece master set for 70 dollars. Does anybody know the quality of northern tools brand. any reviews or ideas would be helpful thanks mike

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If it has a lifetime warranty, go for it.................but, I doubt it...seems too cheap.
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I have been really impressed with my Stanly tools I bought for cheap at Walmart . I don't know about those Northern tools. You cant go wrong with craftsman sockets. You could probably find some on sale this time of the year too.
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It think CP has impact sockets for there impact guns. Look in harbor freight, they should have them along with ingersoll-rand. Or if you dont want to go that route, go with craftsman. I got a set, was about $40? (probly less) for a set of 12. But always your eye out for sales, thats when I would load up.

But i wouldnt go with harbor freight sockets. Really crappy. My brother has a set and half of them shattered or split. Really thin wall, thinner than standard craftsman sockets. So i would save my money and buy a better set. And when it comes to tools, you get what you pay for.

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do a search on google for sunnex tools, they're real good quality and great price.
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I would like to spend under 200 for both standard and deep metric, standard 1/2. What are some good brand for that price. I was looking on northern tool, and I saw like a 90 piece master set for 70 dollars. Does anybody know the quality of northern tools brand.
You buy cheap, you get cheap. Make sure you use eye protection and do not grasp the socket as it is turning.
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I've got a set of Craftsman (set of 12 I think). My son gave them to me for a Christmas present quite a few years ago and they work fine. I don't use them that much but I haven't had any problems with them.

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I bought a set of Pittsburgh deep impact sockets from harbor Freight about 6 or 7 years ago. They also have a lifetime warranty. Now I am not saying they are the best in the world but they work for me. BTW I have abused the crap out of them and never had a problem.

This is the same set that I have.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94022

You might also want to try Kobalt and Husky impact sockets from Lowes and Home depot. I have tried them and they hold up pretty well.

Believe it or not Craftsman is the only sockets that I really have had problems with.
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Craftsman impact sockets are as good as any "econo" sockets I have used and not as pricey as the big names. The Ingersoll impact sockets at Northern are really good also and are priced right. In spite of their reputation the regular Craftsman sockets are poor quality for what they cost and tend to break much too easily, don't underestimate the Stanly from Wal-Mart they seem to hold up surprisingly well and beat the Craftsman in both quality and price IMO. Of course the big names such as Snap-On, Mac, Proto etc are FAR better than any of the "econo" brands and if you plan to make your living with these things then that would be the way to go but for home/hobby use they simply cost too much and in most cases are not necessary.
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I think the ingersoll's have a one year warrantee.I have a set and I think they are very good. I also have a set of craftsman and they are good.
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I would suspect that Ingersol impact sockets are from China, so I would not go for the brand name on that item. I have been using a set of HF impact sockets for three years now with no problems. If you are a home hobbyist there is no need to spend hi dollar on impact sockets, especially if they are Chinese origin IMO. No matter what the brand check to see where they are made, you may be surprised.

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i just bought a set of 45 impact sockets from sunnex tools for 99 dollars, they have a lifetime warranty so its really not a bad price
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I bought a set of Pittsburgh deep impact sockets from harbor Freight about 6 or 7 years ago. They also have a lifetime warranty. Now I am not saying they are the best in the world but they work for me. BTW I have abused the crap out of them and never had a problem.

This is the same set that I have.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=94022

You might also want to try Kobalt and Husky impact sockets from Lowes and Home depot. I have tried them and they hold up pretty well.

Believe it or not Craftsman is the only sockets that I really have had problems with.
I've got the same set (Pittsburg), they work well for the backyard guy that I am. Dan
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Miker I bought a set of the Northern Tool brand sockets and I have to admit - I LOVE THEM! I've only had them a short time, but have pulled all 4 wheels off my three cars and replaced the shocks and struts (strut bolts, spring compresors, etc.) on all three since I got them. I also did some suspension work on my BMW. All-in -all I would say they are well made and appear to be holding up. Cheaper sockets often scrimp not on the metal but on the dimensions and "features". As an example, these sockets don't have a slight bevel on the square side to guide the impact into place so I often have to line up square hole and the impact wrench before pushing the socket into place - a little annoying, but given the price I would gladly do it again any time - even thought about buying some for a friend of mine as a gift!
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