I pretty much have everything, that I needed in a 1/4" ratchet-set. I found a nice mid-length set of sockets by S&K. I try to buy 'contractor-grade' tools when I can afford them. Many years ago, I learned that buying cheap tools may work, but they can also fail at the most inopportune moments, as they say. At the quarter-inch drive level, 6-pt sockets are really the only way to go. You can see the difference between a regular short-socket, and a mid-socket. Especially, when a deepwell is too long.
S&K is a mid-level grade tool, not as expensive as Mac, MATCO, or Snap-On. They're pricey, but not Visa Gold Card insane like the wagon vendors sell.
You get ten metric, and equal number of SAE increments.
I've been using this brand since the early-70's, when they were featured at most Auto Parts stores. I bought a bag of combo wrenches in SAE to work on my brother-in-law's Chevy Nova back then, and they still look new. I'm currently looking at their set of 1/4" deep impact sockets, which I don't have. Then a set of metric 'saltus wrenches'. For those not familiar with the term they are this pattern:
Craftsman used to make a nice raised-panel set in this pattern USA-made, but discontinued them. So anyways: that's my tool of the week!
Edited by Zephyr One/Zero, Mar. 14 2018 - 01:41 PM.
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I have pulled a many of S&k tool, never had a problem.
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I grew up with S&K Tools in the truck shop. My dad loved them. I still have many SK ratchets, sockets and screw drivers. I also pick up any loose SK Tools I see in the bins at pawn shops.
When young, I hated forking-over the few extra bucks I had for S&K's. But they have stood the test-of-time, and hard usage. They have changed hands over the years, but never lowered the quality factor. Currently, they are a subsidiary of electrical giant Ideal.
I'm glad some things stay the same. I remember, when you could buy a genuine 'hard-rubber' ACE comb made-in-America. Now they're just cheap plastic made-in-China, that bust in two when you drop them. I inherited most of my Dad's Craftsman tool's when he passed-away. Back in the sixties, Sears had tools made by Stanley, and Western Forge who made screwdrivers for just about everybody (100 million alone for Sears). I was surprised to learn that Ideal now owns Western Forge also. So I may pick-up a few S&K screwdrivers for kicks.
Edited by Zephyr One/Zero, Mar. 15 2018 - 02:13 PM.