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Old 04-12-2009, 03:05 PM
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Laser Etched Sockets - How do they wear?

Hello All,

I searched for this and didn't find anything (apologize no if this is a dupe). I went through all of my sockets yesterday and created a nice spreadsheet of the sizes I have and am missing. I did this because I know several have disappeared over the years and I've been making do more and more with less than ideal sockets (i.e. needed a 3/8" drive 6 point std. size X, but could only find a 12 point 1/4" drive 12 point deep size X instead)..and finally, I just can't stand it anymore and need to pony up for some some new sockets. Anyway, I was all prepared to buy a 176 piece socket set (sockets only) from Sears - all of my sockets are Craftsman and I have no real complaints there (don't want to get into a brand war) - when I noticed they were only "laser etched" with the size on them instead of being both laser etched and having the size stamped around the base. I'm concerned the laser etching will wear over time (and essentially leave me with a blank socket). Does anyone have any experience with these? I've heard others say that when they get dirty they can be difficult to read as well (which defeats teh whole purpose of the etching...i.e. easy reading). These are for home use, but I probably work on at least one of our family rides at least every month (i.e. valve cover gaskets on two cars four weeks agoe, struts/shocks/springs on the GTO two weeks ago, etc.).

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Old 04-12-2009, 03:09 PM
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FWIW, I think laser etching to ID sockets is about worthless.

Fortunately, if you use them often at all, you won't need the size to be readable to tell them apart, IMO.
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I was looking into a set of Laser Etched sockets but I decided against it. Sure my local Canadian Tire has a lifetime warranty exchange on them but really, how much do they save by not stamping the size on them along with laser etch?

I know allot of people who despise laser etching for the fact that it wears off and is hard to see when dirty (even brand new)
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I have some Craftsman 1/2 drive socket that had were Laser Etched sockets. they started to wear,took them to Sears.They gave me new ones, they were stamped,and they were Laser Etched sockets..
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:14 AM
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The sockets I use most, 9/16, 1/2, etc, had the etching worn off in a year or so, but like was stated before, I don't really look at them any way.
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