TorquePlus for Impact Sockets TorquePlus is a fresh look at an old problem in sockets: worn, stripped, and stubborn nuts and bolts. Conventional sockets contact the fasteners near the points of both the fastener and the socket, where they are the weakest. Excessive force on this combination of fastener and socket can cause fastener rounding or cut through the socket wall. The TorquePlus design enables sockets to grip the fastener flats, away from the points. Allows up to 15% more torque to be applied safely to the fastener. Reduces the risk of fastener rounding. Improves the ability to turn worn or rounded fasteners. Rounded Corners. Nearly All Sizes. Every Proto ® socket, except the smallest or largest, have the TorquePlus feature. Blue indicates Stress Point. Point of Contact. 462 Stress point has moved away from the tip. Wall of the socket meets with the flat of the fastener for a much wider area of contact.
Impact Socket Safety BEFORE This is your sign of safety. Straight Pin with Smooth Sides. AFTER Bent Pin with Notched Sides. Retaining Safety Properly used, retaining rings hold sockets firmly in place on drive anvils. > > Always use retaining rings with pneumatic drive anvils and sockets. > > Install rings correctly to ensure all rotational force stays between the anvil and socket as rings are only intended to support the weight of the socket. > > Consider using crush gauge rings for added safety. > > Be sure to inspect both drive anvil and socket carefully before using. How the Crush Gauge improves safety Cracked or worn sockets pose a safety hazard. Our Crush Gauge Ring can indicate wear before there’s a catastrophic failure. When a socket is cracked or excessively worn or when an anvil is worn, the drive tool and socket don't rotate tightly together. That action crimps the pin or “crush gauge” on the retaining ring. If that happens, you know to inspect and replace the socket or drive anvil. Retaining Rings When used correctly, retaining rings improve both the safety and performance of pneumatic impact drivers. Proto ® offers three styles. One-Piece Rings eliminate having to handle two small parts. They work in much the same way, but the pin is integrated into the ring and installs quickly. Crush Gauge Rings work like one-piece rings, but they are specially designed to indicate damage or wear on sockets and drive anvils. Fast and reliable, they add an element of safety to your work. Traditional Rings are made in two pieces that include a steel pin and O-ring. To install, slip the pin through the socket and drive anvil and slip the O-ring into the socket groove. 463