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Understanding Ratchets and Sockets

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Husky tools - ratcheting wrenchset
Are you in the market for a socket set? Hmm, perhaps what you need is just a ratcheting wrench set? Or maybe you're just curious about these words because you know those are a type of tool to deal with bolts and nuts, but have no clue about the difference in those names?

Well, a few years ago I was right there with you. What I kind of knew was that all those cups were needed for tightening or loosening nuts and well, they should've come in different sizes. And yep. I was right, but I was missing a whole bunch of other info that comes in handy when looking for that perfect socket or wrench set that you need for your job.

The following video will explain to you a great deal about all those ratchets and sockets you get to see when crossing the tool aisle in your favorite tool store. And hey, maybe the next time you need to go look for one of those tools, you will know exactly what you're looking for!

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A socket set provides the same functionality as conventional wrenches in a, let's say, compact bundle.
Instead of using a separate wrench for each size fastener, only a separate socket is needed.
The ratcheting mechanism of a socket wrench makes the task of tightening or loosening nuts faster and easier compared to a regular wrench.
Deep sockets are very useful in tight spaces where a conventional wrench wouldn't work.

Arm with the previous information, I present to your these five Husky socket and wrench sets that are top-notch in their category and their great prices make them a must-have in your tool arsenal:

1. Husky 1/2 in. Drive Deep SAE Impact Socket Set (11-Piece)

Husky 1/2 in. drive deep impact sockets are forged from chrome molybdenum alloy steel (Cr-Mo) and designed to withstand the rigors of heavy-duty auto and industrial use. Size markings have been hard stamped into the sockets for quick and easy identification that will never wear away. This 11-piece Husky impact socket set is perfect for both the professional mechanics and the DIYer's garage.
  • Set includes (11) 1/2 in. drive deep impact sockets: SAE - 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16, 1, 1-1/16 in
  • Designed for use with impact drive tools
  • 6-point deep length impact sockets

  • Oiled, black oxide finish for maximum corrosion resistance
  • Pin hole at the base of each socket for use with pin and O-ring for a secure attachment to drive tools
  • Forged from Chrome Molybdenum Alloy Steel (Cr-Mo) for its strength under the pressures of impact use and wear resistances
  • Chamfered lead-ins help to provide fast and easy placement onto drive tools and fasteners
  • Sockets feature off-corner loading to help prevent the rounding of fasteners
  • Shallow broach design on deep sockets prevents fasteners from getting lodged deep in the socket
  • Large hard stamped size markings allow for easy identification
  • Plastic storage rail included keeping all your sockets organized and in one location
  • Meets or exceeds ANSI standards
  • Call 1-888-HD-HUSKY for customer service and support.
  • Backed by a Lifetime Warranty. If your Husky product ever fails, bring it back and we will replace it for free. Click here for details.

2. Husky 1/2 in. Drive Deep Metric Impact Socket Set (11-Piece)
  • Set includes (11) 1/2 in. drive deep impact sockets: Metric - 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27 mm

3. Husky 3/8 in. Drive Thin Wall Deep Impact Socket Set SAE (10-Piece)
The Husky 3/8 in. drive Thin Wall Impact socket set features a 6-point design. These sockets are up to 2-times stronger than standard chrome sockets and 20% slimmer than impact sockets. This socket set can be used with a standard ratchet or with your cordless impact tools, removing the need for 2 sets of sockets.
  • Set includes (9) Thin Wall SAE Deep Sockets: 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4 in, and (1) 1/4 in. Hex X 3/8 in. Drive Adapter
  • Strength of an impact-rated socket with the thin profile of a chrome socket
  • Created for use with 1/4 inch impact drivers
  • Impact grade sockets, twice as strong as chrome
  • CR-MO highest strength material design
  • Thin-wall design for maximum access
  • Ideal for cordless (battery-powered) tools
  • 100% black oxide coating for maximum corrosion resistance
  • Exceeds ASME standards
  • Hi-vis laser markings easy recognition

4. Husky 100-Position Double Ratcheting Wrench Set SAE (6-Piece)

The dual-pawl technology on the Husky 100-Position Double Ratcheting SAE Wrench Set provides access to engage fasteners where other wrenches can't with its ultra-narrow, 3.6-degree arch swing box-end. Its 10% longer beam provides increased reach for accessing hard-to-reach fasteners and improves overall leverage. The innovative open-end ratcheting design improves the speed of ratcheting and allows access to an open-end without ever removing the wrench from the fastener.
  • Set includes 6 combination wrenches covering sizes 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, and 5/8 in.
  • Large size markings offer easy identification
  • Box end needs just a 3.6-degree swing to turn a fastener
  • Open-end also ratchets to quickly remove fasteners where box ends cannot reach
  • Alloy steel construction provides durability and long-lasting performance
  • Universal box-end fits 6-point, 12-point, square, E-Torx, spline, and partially rounded hex fasteners

  • Industrial black finish stands up to a lifetime of use
  • 0-degree offset box-end allows for maximum clearance in tight spaces
  • Open-end allows the wrench to be slid into position from the side of the fastener

  • Box-end provides additional leverage and less likelihood of slipping when used on hard-to-remove fasteners
  • Package doubles as a storage rack to keep your wrenches organized and in 1 place

  • Meets or exceeds ANSI standards

5. Husky 144-Position 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. Drive Mechanics Tool Set (125-Piece)

The Dual-pawl technology of the 144-Position ratchet in this Husky 125-piece mechanics tool set provides industry-leading access to bolts and fasteners where other ratchets simply can't. The 91 standard and deep 6-point sockets work to get the job done. The Husky 125-piece 144-position mechanics tools set is perfect for professional mechanics or the DIYer working around the house or in the garage needing access to hard-to-reach fasteners.
  • Set includes 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. drive 144-position long-handled ratchets, 22-1/4 in. drive standard sockets, 26-3/8 in. drive standard sockets, 21-1/4 in. drive deep sockets, 22-3/8 in. dive deep sockets, 24-bit sockets, and 8 extensions and drive adapters
  • 144-position, low-profile, long handle ratchet has an industry-leading 2.5° arc swing, turning a fastener in less than 3/4 in. of space

  • 6-point sockets grip the flat area of hex fasteners for superior torque
  • Includes SAE and metric sockets

  • Includes 24-bit sockets covering SAE hex, metric hex, and Torx
  • Tools are forged from chrome alloy steel for outstanding durability and strength
  • Sockets feature chamfered lead-ins to help provide fast and easy placement onto drive tools and fasteners
  • Plastic storage case is stamped with size markings for easy identification and organization

As usual, these Husky products are backed by a Lifetime Warranty. If your Husky product ever fails, bring it back to The Home Depot where they will replace it for free. Click here for details.
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Here again, are the links to all the Husky products aforementioned:

Husky 1/2 in. Drive Deep SAE Impact Socket Set (11-Piece)
Husky 1/2 in. Drive Deep Metric Impact Socket Set (11-Piece)
Husky 3/8 in. Drive Thin Wall Deep Impact Socket Set SAE (10-Piece)
Husky 100-Position Double Ratcheting Wrench Set SAE (6-Piece)
Husky 144-Position 1/4 in. and 3/8 in. Drive Mechanics Tool Set (125-Piece)

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