|11-20-2011 08:17 AM|
|11-03-2011 05:43 PM|
I have two SAE sockets in my box, a 1/4" and 5/16", that is IT. Those are the only two sizes I come across some domestics having that there is no direct metric equivlent. Working on cars newer than 1977 I see no reason what so ever for me to have SAE tools in my box, no kidding, I have them all at home where I am working on old cars.
I have really tried to thin my box out of all tools I don't REALLY need and it is very nice. I have a small bottom box (small by the other guys standards) and ONLY the tools I use every day (of course I am in the office now so those are different tools. ) I see no reason to have a bunch of SAE tools, outdated clip tools that have been replaced by better ones, broken tools, etc. I have ONLY what I use every day, PERIOD.
Besides on the super rare occasion that I need something that I don't have someone else with on of those "Condominium" tool boxes big enough to live in will have one I can borrow.
|11-03-2011 05:23 PM|
I thought you guys were talking about the Allen type so my comment about the 7 MM probably did not make much sense, my bad.
As far as interchangeable sockets/wrenches of the commonly used sizes for automobile work there are three that are so close they are directly interchangeable, 8 MM and 5/16", 11 MM and 7/16" and 19 MM and 3/4".
|11-03-2011 02:42 PM|
my truck has 5 metric bolts the rest sae, but it's a 58
|11-03-2011 02:16 PM|
What I learned is 1/2" will fit a metric 13mm head tight, but a 13mm wrench will not work on a 1/2".. Also keep a few el-cheepo tools around. some of them are odd sizes, if the head is spun out or rusted smaller, many of these odd size sockets and wrenches will work better..
I have 2 sets of SAE wrenches in my toolbox and 1 set of metric wrenches, and a large mix of sockets
|11-03-2011 01:58 PM|
|11-03-2011 12:41 PM|
|11-03-2011 12:35 PM|
|DanielC||Wrong tool. WRONG COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURER!|
|11-03-2011 12:21 PM|
Just get one of these.......lol
|11-03-2011 11:05 AM|
|11-03-2011 06:36 AM|
Some sizes cross over fairly close like 9/16 and 14MM 16MM and 5/8. If you had to buy 1 set I would buy a 3/8 drive metric set with 6 point sockets, short and deep.
|10-30-2011 07:45 PM|
|10-30-2011 11:14 AM|
|willowbilly3||You just need both.|
|10-30-2011 11:00 AM|
You need what you need.
I have a few Datsun 521 trucks as a project. The engine is metric. The body is SAE. The pipe fittings on the engine are BSP (British Standard Pipe) Brake line flare nuts are 3/8-24, and there brake line is 3/16.
With most cars, you need both. With more modern cars, you will also need TORX or other odd type sockets/ or drivers. And then when you get the TORX drivers, you will find you need the security TORX drivers.
|10-30-2011 10:27 AM|
|oldred||Something of a pet gripe of mine is a 7 MM hex drive fastener is fairly common on cars/trucks, brake calipers on many models for example use them, but for some reason most sets skip the 7 MM size and jump from 6 MM to 8 MM sizes! I had three sets, a folding set, a "T" handle set and a socket set and none of them had a 7 MM.|
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