Generally, socket sets are a collection of attachments for fasteners in varying sizes. They can be grouped into different categories depending on their types and designs. They are widely used in metallurgy, shipbuilding, and mining industries. They are also commonly used in the auto repair industry. They offer greater grip than open-jaw wrenches.
Socket sets are typically packaged in a convenient case. These sets may include a ratchet, screwdriver bits, and other attachments. They also often feature quick-change capabilities. They are designed to fit many different types of fasteners, including standard nuts and bolts. They are commonly coated with protective coatings.
Sockets are made from chrome vanadium steel. They are generally dipped in chrome to improve their mechanical properties. They are more durable than stainless steel. They are also less likely to shatter. Most high quality tools are made from chrome vanadium.
Sockets can be used with a variety of tools. They are also designed to fit over protruding nuts or bolt heads. Some T-handles feature sliding bars that allow the user to apply torque with just two hands.
Sockets come in many different sizes, and most are small. However, large socket sets are often necessary for larger fasteners. They generally have a head size ranging from 19mm to 50mm.
Sockets are available in a variety of materials, with many made of chrome molybdenum steel. These alloys are thicker and less likely to shatter. They are also resistant to corrosion.