Socket tool sets contain sockets or socket bits of various sizes. Socket sets are advertised by the number of pieces that they contain, so it could be a small 13 piece socket set or a comprehensive 573 piece set. However, each piece may not specifically refer to a socket. Socket accessories, screwdriver bits, turning tools and even non-socket-related tools such as spanners included with the set are often classified as pieces.
When you need to tighten one nut onto another to secure them onto a bolt shaft, non-socket tools like spanners might be helpful since the spanner can be used to hold the first nut in place while the socket twists the second nut. A socket set will be more adaptable the more parts it has. Though extremely useful for storing and organizing tools in a workshop, really big socket sets, such as those with 500+ pieces, will typically be sold in a tool trolley or chest, which is not easily portable if you have to travel out to a job.
Smaller socket sets, on the other hand, are simple to transport and carry, but they might not include all the necessary socket sizes or accessories. You should consider where you will use the socket set as well as what it needs to have before choosing one.Instead, focus on the size variety of sockets supplied, including both standard and deep lengths, in metric and imperial sizes, and aim to get the socket set that will best extend your tool collection.
Metric or Imperial?
The most cost-effective course of action would be to purchase a socket set that has only sockets in those sizes if you are certain that you will only use it to work on a single item or a small number of products that you know only have metric or imperial fasteners.
It is preferable to purchase a socket set that includes both metric and imperial sockets if you occasionally work on other goods and may need to use both metric and imperial sockets. Although you may always buy the second set later when you need it, if your budget does not initially permit it, you should get the set that you will use the most right away.
The type of work you'll be performing and the equipment you'll be working on should help you choose the drive size of the socket set. The most adaptable and useful set will be a 3/8" drive ratchet and socket set. You should buy a socket set with a drive size more appropriate to the size of work if you plan to do a lot of work on small or extremely large goods.
A 3/8" drive size ratchet and socket set is among the most adaptable because, with the use of an adaptor, the ratchet may be used with either 14" or 12" socket sets. With the help of an adaptor, a 14" or 12" drive ratchet can be used with the 38" drive socket set. A large socket set that you buy will probably include more than one size of ratchet and sockets. You will be able to work on a variety of projects as a result.