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Bill in Ky
06-11-2010, 08:34 PM
One of the first things I bought after moving out from my parents home was the $79. Craftsman Tool set.
In that set was a very handy set of magnets that would slip up inside a socket to hold the bolt or nut in place. My brother-in-law bought that set but he no longer has his magnets. I told him I would look online for some. I can't find any.
Are they made by anyone anymore?

bob_s
06-11-2010, 08:44 PM
Just buy a bunch of neodymium magnets. $4 for a pack 5, 1/2 in magnets.

v860rich
06-12-2010, 12:27 AM
I still have mine, in the plastic pouch the came in!!!

THANX RICH

People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

Rookie machinist
06-12-2010, 12:32 AM
Never tried theese but the price is right for a test run http://cgi.ebay.com/Magnetic-Socket-Inserts_W0QQitemZ220605553626QQcategoryZ20773QQcmd ZViewItemQQ_trksidZm263QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DSIC%26it s%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%2 6otn%3D21%26pmod%3D390202890129%26ps%3D50

Highpower
06-12-2010, 01:30 AM
Yep, remember them well.... :p

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/Temp2/9-4404.jpg

Forget the magnets and use a sheet of paper towel.
Hold the sheet over the end of the socket, stuff the bolt or nut into the socket, then tear off the excess. Cheap and it works! :)

Tony Ennis
06-12-2010, 10:22 AM
I always kept a tool set of the lowest price in my ragged-out Mustang. That way if it got stolen I wouldn't be out too much.

One day I was changing the water pump (again) in my apartment's parking lot. When I was removing the last bolt, it resisted then felt "funny" as it turned. Of course I had broken the bolt off in the block. This was a disaster! I had no money for a tow or a repair! I reached down to pull the bolt out and it wouldn't budge. I was confused. I happened to look at the socket and it was round on the inside. The cheese-lead alloy socket had stripped out. I borrowed a Craftsman 1/2" socket from my room mate and completed the job.

The cheese-lead tool set went in the dumpster.

isaac338
06-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Canadian Tire sells those inserts still.

Paul Alciatore
06-12-2010, 06:22 PM
Yep, remember them well.... :p

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/Highpwr/Temp2/9-4404.jpg

Forget the magnets and use a sheet of paper towel.
Hold the sheet over the end of the socket, stuff the bolt or nut into the socket, then tear off the excess. Cheap and it works! :)


I always cut a 1/8" or 1/16" strip of electrical tape and put it in one side of the socket. Works quite well and will last for several bolts or nuts. If one isn't enough, put a second one opposite to it.