Understanding The Differences Between Socket Set Sizes

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Understanding The Differences Between Socket Set Sizes

An integral part of any tool kit, a socket set is a handy accessory that comes with multiple sizes and types of fasteners to accommodate a wide range of nuts and bolts. Socket sets, like these from RS Components, are primarily aimed at meeting a wide range of needs in the field of construction, maintenance and DIY projects.

However, sorting through the different attachments and changing the sockets can be a little confusing at times. The sockets could all look similar to the untrained eye. In order to choose the right socket for your job, you need to understand the differences between socket sizes. There are chances that you may damage both the tool and the fastener if you choose a socket that is too large or too small for the job. You could even injure yourself by using the wrong socket size. 

Therefore, it is important to understand the differences between sockets sizes and choose the exact socket size that fits your specific fastener or bolt.

The different socket sets

Sockets sizes that are measured in mm are metric and those measured in inches are known as imperial. The sockets that are measured in Torx are displayed as TX followed by a number.

For the convenience of the users, in general, socket sets come under small-sized or large-sized socket categories. While the small-sized socket sets have head sizes starting from 3mm and go up to 22mm with a 1/4″ or 3/8″ drive socket, larger-sized sockets have a head size of more than 19mm and can go up to 50mm with a drive socket in the range of 3/4″ or 1”.

While smaller sized sockets are ideal for smaller fasteners found in confined spaces, larger socket sets can be used on larger fasteners that need more torque while tightening or loosening. 

There is another category known as the half inch socket set that, as the name suggests, falls between the small and large categories. For instance, the 1/2″ drive socket and the head sizes in the 8mm to 32mm metric range fall in this category. 

Sockets are also categorised based on the size of the head and the size of the drive socket. The portion of the socket that attaches to the socket wrench is known as the drive socket. The most common drive socket sizes are 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″. The part of the socket that fits onto a fastener is known as the socket head. The head sizes start from 3mm and go all the way up to 50mm.

Another categorisation is based on the shape of bold heads. The different bolt heads start from those with six points that are used to fit over hexagon bolts, eight points that can fit over square bolts, and 12 points that are known as double hexagon and can fit both hexagon and square bolts. 

Need a socket set to add to your tool box? RS Components have an array of socket sets that are available in different drive sizes, drive types, socket sizes, materials, head types, finishes, and brands. To know more about our socket sets and buy the best one to fit your requirement, visit our website.

Originally posted 2022-04-21 03:49:35.

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