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What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? #1032852 08/08/11 09:55 PM
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I've been thinking of getting a set but can't remember what they're called.

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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: off-roader] #1032853 08/09/11 12:55 AM
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Are you talking about the six-point sockets?


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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: Grasscat] #1032854 08/09/11 01:51 AM
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Spline drive? I have good luck with regular 6pts. Never liked gizmo tools.


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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: off-roader] #1032855 08/09/11 01:52 AM
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Lots of six point sockets use that design now. Craftsman started doing it maybe ten years ago. Those are probably the least expensive ones made (as I'll bet Snap-On/Matco, etc. cost a "touch" more).

It's standard across the Craftsman line in six-point now.

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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: off-roader] #1032856 08/09/11 04:54 AM
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GearWrench (IIRC) makes some that have a slight inward arch that supposedly transfers more of the torque load to the stronger flat rather than the weaker corners. I've used a couple of the larger sockets from a friend's set on an impact gun and it felt like it did less damage to the chrome on my lugnuts. Could've been me "wanting" them to be better, dunno. YMMV... I too am not a fan of tool gimmickry...


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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: hazy_daze] #1032857 08/09/11 06:03 PM
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Thanks guys. Not the 6 point sockets. I have a set already. I found the ones I'm talking about. They're the Metrinch type of wrenches.

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Are the spline drive wrenches supposed to work the same way?

Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: off-roader] #1032858 08/10/11 08:26 PM
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It looks like the wrench will break before a corner gets rounded off with that design.


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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: cmonty72] #1032859 08/11/11 12:35 PM
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I know them as C-Profile sockets.
I try to use nothing else.


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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: 4ePajero] #1032860 08/12/11 08:00 AM
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I saw Craftsman sells a set of wrenches that are suppose to not put pressure on the corners.

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Re: What do they call those sockets that only touch the flat area of a bolt? [Re: StockRaider] #1032861 08/12/11 08:37 AM
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The profile is not as pronounced as the schematic above, but the idea is the same; to exact pressure/torque on the flats of the nuts/fasteners rather than the corners. Therin lies my reference to Craftsman 6-pt sockets and their refinement to the present-day design. Not saying they were the first, but that's where I first noticed it. Makes sense for a lot of wrenches, etc.

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