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aboard_epsilon
08-27-2009, 11:32 AM
For sockets that go on the end of ratchets

Ive just bought 4 packs of socket rails.

3 in each pack ..1/4 3/8 and half inch

Only one pack out of the 4... a different make was any good ..
the others will be returned cause of non springy steel..inabillity to hold sockets.

I wasn't willing to spend much ..2 a pack ...locally

The ebay ones ..you don't know what your going to get ...and difficult to return and works out more expensive....and even the cheap are too expensive ..for what they are IMHO

So whats the alternatives guys ..how do you organise your sockets in your tool cabinets..im NOW dismayed by the crap!!!

I have 250 sockets ..mixed 1/4 3/8 and 1/2

Lots of pics appreciated.

all the best.markj

smiller6912
08-27-2009, 11:47 AM
I find these work pretty well for me.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=95595

Black_Moons
08-27-2009, 11:52 AM
I keep the origional mastercraft case they all came in.. extras just go into the 'misc' tool drawer.

On that point. Maybe you could mill your own holder outta wood or plastic
(One that goes 'around' the socket)

Anyone got good suggestions for a material to mill your own tool holder drawer 'inlays' outta?

agrip
08-27-2009, 11:53 AM
Depends on the depth of the "drawer" where sockets are "organized".
(I also don't like fighting a clip)

If you keep them open end up, or drive end up, many many will fit the drawer but the drawer also needs to accept deep sockets.
In this case I have used a row of screws set into a back strip available.
The whole assy is portable as long as you dont turn it over.
Open end up, The screw head can be positioned to sort of retain the socket because it will overhang the drive hole a bit.

If you keep them on side, less fits in the drawer but the drawer doesn't have to be so deep.
In this case somebody sells (cheap) a plastic rack with a magnet strip down middle that allows short and deep sockets to be laid out on appropriate sides of magnet strip. The whole rack is portable and you can put greasy fingers into the ends an POP the sockets off easily.

Hth Ag

Black_Moons
08-27-2009, 12:06 PM
I tend to shy away from magnetic things.. I find my tools picking up all the grinder dust and shavings from my work table to be very annoying.
(Of course, I could just clean my workbench more often..)

Jim Shaper
08-27-2009, 01:53 PM
I've got a little magnetic base holder that's plastic with holes drilled to fit the sockets for 1/4" drive that came with a lot of tools I picked up off CL that I plan to replicate for my other sockets. I'll probably make the new ones out of aluminum on a cnc mill. (I have to make some projects for classes anyway)

It might be a little tall for some drawers, but I really like how that little one keeps everything contained, but doesn't fight when you want to pull one out or put one back. Maybe adding a rail that clips over the sockets so they don't fall out would be a solution to being able to lay it down.

Otherwise, I've been using the clip strips with reasonable success. I'm not really a fan of them, but since sets don't come in the little metal flip open cases anymore, there's not much alternative when you want to be able to bring the whole array to the job.

Edit:

This is like what I've got. http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/p-3954-mechanics-time-savers-721.aspx

BadDog
08-27-2009, 02:02 PM
I've got a bunch of cheap "rails" from places like HF. I cut them to length to suit the socket group I'm mounting, and they generally function quite adequately. They are always grouped 12 or 6, metric or fractional, deep or shallow. Sizes are always in order, and I can see if I missed on that rolled under the edge of the tire. Plus I can easily grab a rail or two carrying all sizes/styles I think I'll need and toss it in a bag along with related tools for transport to the location needed.

rockrat
08-27-2009, 03:31 PM
I found these at sears. They are not a sears brand and the manufacturers markings were on the cardboard that they were hanging on so I cant tell you who's they are till I get back to the store.

Click for larger photo.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/temp/th_IMG_7926.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/temp/IMG_7926.jpg)

I like them for a few reasons. First and foremost, I can grab all the SAE sockets and carry them to the job. They are all together.

Next, I can mark the plastic and see if I am missing something as well mark the sizes. For example, I am missing the 11/16 and 5/8 from the set in the drawer. The back lines should be covered by sockets.

They are in order and it is easy to grab the next size up or down without digging.

Lastly, they don't have deep pockets which makes the magnets easy to wipe off when there is swarf or rust all over them.

Just my 2
rock~

dave5605
08-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Well 'cheap' and 'good' are conflicting.

I have NEVER liked the spring clip ones. no matter who I got them from. Cheap ones from the Harbor Freight kind of stores were the worst. The best ones I have found are the ones that Sears/Craftsman sells that are square and have the retention ball in them just like ratchets/extensions.

You can mix/match them on the rails so you are not limited to any one size or number of sockets on a given holder. I probably have 300+ sockets stored that way.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00941829000P?vName=Tools&cName=Auto&MechanicsTools&sName=Socket%20Accessories&psid=FROOGLE01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

You can also buy packets of the pieces that go on the rail and hold each socket so you don't always have to buy the combo packs that include the rails.

Based on the weight of bigger sockets they will fall off the holder if carried in a haphazard way.

aboard_epsilon
08-27-2009, 03:47 PM
Well 'cheap' and 'good' are conflicting.

I have NEVER liked the spring clip ones. no matter who I got them from. Cheap ones from the Harbor Freight kind of stores were the worst. The best ones I have found are the ones that Sears/Craftsman sells that are square and have the retention ball in them just like ratchets/extensions.

You can mix/match them on the rails so you are not limited to any one size or number of sockets on a given holder. I probably have 300+ sockets stored that way.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00941829000P?vName=Tools&cName=Auto&MechanicsTools&sName=Socket%20Accessories&psid=FROOGLE01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

You can also buy packets of the pieces that go on the rail and hold each socket so you don't always have to buy the combo packs that include the rails.

Based on the weight of bigger sockets they will fall off the holder if carried in a haphazard way.

unfortunately ..i haven't seen in this country, any of the stuff linked to, so far .

all the best...markj

Jim Shaper
08-27-2009, 03:57 PM
Mark, I'm pretty sure they still deliver to you. ;)

Maybe you could convince an old-fashioned hardware store to stock some of the stuff?

aboard_epsilon
08-27-2009, 04:01 PM
will go and have a look around a local Asda ..

they are owned by wallmart and have a sign up outside proudly proclaiming it .

maybe they stock American inspired stuff too .

all the best.markj

Pherdie
08-27-2009, 04:18 PM
I have an older version of this:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00965172000P?vName=Tools&cName=ToolStorage&sName=Tools%20Storage%20Accessories&psid=FROOGLE01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

It allows me to easily find the correct socket/adapter with labels indicating size, points, SAE/Metric, drive size, adapter size, etc. It also allows me to quickly inventory my sockets after a job, or after Junior returns borrowed tools :eek:

Fred

aboard_epsilon
08-27-2009, 04:23 PM
I have an older version of this:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00965172000P?vName=Tools&cName=ToolStorage&sName=Tools%20Storage%20Accessories&psid=FROOGLE01&sid=IDx20070921x00003a

It allows me to easily find the correct socket/adapter with labels indicating size, points, SAE/Metric, drive size, adapter size, etc. It also allows me to quickly inventory my sockets after a job, or after Junior returns borrowed tools :eek:

Fred

i have plenty of 18 gauge stainless ..i could make something like that ..it will be easy but very time consuming .

all the besty.markj

BadDog
08-27-2009, 06:17 PM
You guys can knock the cheap spring clip rails if you like. I've been using them for years and have no complaints.

http://img4.pictiger.com/4a4/14437287_th.jpg (http://baddog.pictiger.com/images/14437287/)

rockrat
08-27-2009, 10:43 PM
Mark, if you really want a set of something that we have here in the US, I would be willing to send over a "care package" for an even amount.

Although, the sending of the package might incur a contract in which I might show up on your door step one day. One never knows where I might turn up. :)

But honestly, I will try to get to Sears and find the manufacturer of the ones that I have. They are probably made in china any way.

rock~

davidh
08-28-2009, 06:47 AM
check this out. . . .
http://www.lislecorp.com/tool_browse_list.cfm?browse=16

i have some of them and they work great. also have the clips and they too work great.

aboard_epsilon
08-28-2009, 07:15 AM
Mark, if you really want a set of something that we have here in the US, I would be willing to send over a "care package" for an even amount.

Although, the sending of the package might incur a contract in which I might show up on your door step one day. One never knows where I might turn up. :)

But honestly, I will try to get to Sears and find the manufacturer of the ones that I have. They are probably made in china any way.

rock~


well remember my quote


Only one pack out of the 4... a different make was any good ..
the others will be returned cause of non springy steel..inabillity to hold sockets.

well i took the three duff packs back today ..and exchanged them for the other make that were good ones

ironically the bad ones had the name AM-TECH..... name hinting that the company was American in origin....still china ...but us comp

the ones i swapped them for... were Toolzone.

so I'm OK for now .....they are still not as plush as yours..but they will do the job until i spot something better.

thanks

all the best.markj

rockrat
08-28-2009, 09:20 AM
DavidH has the link to a set like mine. Lisle, that rings a bell. Thanks.

rock~

aboard_epsilon
08-28-2009, 09:30 AM
oh yeah we got the magnetic ones ..

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_cate goryId_165667_langId_-1

when you work out the price ..them times it by the number of sockets i got ..it comes to something over 100........

all the best.markj