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Old 03-15-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Recommend a set of impact sockets and adapters?

My Harbor Freight 3/8" to 1/4" adapter just broke (while using a harbor freight breaker bar and a harbor freight impact socket 21mm). Yeah yeah, get what you pay for.

Ok... what should I buy as a replacement that's good bang for buck.

I'll probably end up going Craftsman (cuz the hard tools are supposedly still good) or Costco if they carry anything that's impact.

(yeah, I know I can get Snap-On for $$$)
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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for an adapter i'd only use a snapon. i've broken everything else. just pony up the few bucks more and be done with it.
or buy the correct sockets and not need to use an adpater.

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Old 03-15-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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Wiggle sockets=Snap on. Yeah they're expensive, but they work the best out of all the sockets. Regular sockets=Craftsman or GP. I've only found GP on tool trucks though. S&K is another good name, but they might be 'spensive.

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Old 03-15-2008, 08:13 PM   #4
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Craftsman. There impact sockets are still made in America from superior to Chinese tool steel. In the unlikely event you do break a socket, you can get a free replacement on a sunday.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:29 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:39 AM   #6
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i've used REGULAR craftsman sockets as impact sockets for a long time, works great! I've never had one explosively destruct itself, I have had 2 sockets bellow out on the socket end, which as someone else mentioned, was a quick trip to sears on a sunday. no questions asked, i dropped it on the counter and they gave me a new one.

I've actually had more of a problem shearing off 1/2 to 3/8 adapters with impact wrenches or breaker bars, like the OP. (again, quick trip to sears!)
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