Socket wrenches are one of those tools that you would rather have and not need, then need and not have. Whether it’s home improvement or vehicle maintenance you want to have a good, full set at your disposal to get the job done right the first time around.
So where do you go to find the right set for you? The internet is a lot of peoples’ first choice to start shopping. Some people use it as a guide to point them in the right direction, while some people will do the research and end up buying their tools online.
However it is that you go about it, you want to make sure you get a big enough set to cover all possible jobs you may have. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to finish a job because you don’t have the right sized tool.
And one of the key ways to make sure you get a complete socket wrench set is to get one that has both metric and standard sizes. A lot of fasteners these days are made with metric measurements so you’ll need a socket wrench that will fit. It doesn’t seem too long ago that metric sizes were few and far between, so if the need came up, you would just borrow out of someone elses set. Not any more.
Metric sizes are a must have. After spending some time looking around, you may run into some sets that have upwards of 3,000 pieces. These sets are professional grade and made with the professional worker in mind.
Most people who just need a complete set for around the house have found that a 62 piece set has all the sizes and accessories they need. So now that we have the size of the set you need narrowed down, there’s the question of which brand you should pick. Craftsman is the most well known and longest lasting brand name of tools there is.
There is no question that their quality is top notch so the price that you’ll pay for a good socket wrench set will reflect that. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t want a lot of mediocre tools laying around, but rather just a few high end items, you would do good to start with a Craftsman type brand. These days the names Sears and Craftsman seem to go hand in hand, so if there’s not a Sears store near you, you can always stay online and make your purchase that way.
A good socket wrench set is something that you’ll want to keep around for a long time, so the Martin, Draper, and Skill brands are also well worth looking into. They are made of sturdy materials and should give you good service for years to come.
Consumer testimonials and reviews are available online by the truckload it seems. All you have to do online to see what other people think of a particular brand is type the brand name plus consumer review and you’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips.
Hardware stores will also have the information you need here. A good hardware store will always have at least 2 or 3 different brand names of tools in stock, and knowledgeable sales staff to help you make the right choice for your needs and your budget.