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Impact Sockets

IMPACT SOCKET SAFETY

Impact sockets are manufactured specifically to work

well and fail safely with impact tools. Impact sockets have

many safety features that are simply not present in hand

sockets, so it is important to use ONLY impact sockets

on an impact tool. Impact sockets protect both the tool

and the mechanic by absorbing much of the punishing

vibration delivered by the anvil of the impact tool.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOFTNESS

An important safety feature found in an impact socket

is the metal. The alloy is heat-treated to just the right

amount to create a metal hard enough to do the job,

but soft enough to wear but not break over time.

FAILING SAFELY

For the user, impact sockets will fail safely by deforming

in one piece. Hand sockets, made from a harder

steel, can shatter or fly apart when they fail if used

on an impact tool, causing potential injuries to anyone

nearby, as those pieces can fly off at high speeds.

PROTECTING YOUR TOOL

Chrome hand sockets also punish the impact tool by

reflecting the torque vibration back into the anvil of the

tool. These tools expect the impact socket to absorb much

of the heavy vibrations, so hand sockets will wear down an

impact tool much faster than impact socket ever would.

CRUSH-GAUGE SAFETY RINGS

Another safety feature found on most

larger impact sockets are the safety ring

grooves found at the bottom of the impact

sockets. These are fittings for safety

rings, especially the crush gauge ring,

which tells you if the socket is not precisely

fitted to the anvil during operation. A

crush ring is an important early warning

device that a socket may be wearing out.

TORQUEPLUS FOR IMPACT SOCKETS

By moving the point of contact away from the

points of the fastener, TorquePlus helps to

minimize rounding and keeps the contact point flush

and tight against the side of the fastener.

1/2" Drive impact Sockets

EYE PROTECTION

Always remember to wear eye protection or a face

shield when working with impact tools. They are

important protections against unexpected events.

High quality impact steel has

higher consistency and fewer

aberrations for a higher lifetime of

wear and safety.

TorquePlus for Impact Sockets

is found on all but the very

largest and the very smallest

impact sockets.

4 4 POINT 6 6 POINT 8 8 POINT 12 12 POINT SPL SPLINE TORX ®

Torx ® hex HEX

BLACK OXIDE

WARNING: WORK SAFELY WITH TOOLS. WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES. 519

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