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Reader Andy sent in this gem from the “I have these, so why haven’t I posted about them yet” category.  Sure, you’ve gotta be careful with these: a small drive to large drive can break the tool, and a large drive to small drive can break the fastener.  It’s always best to use the correct size, but sometimes you just find yourself with only one socket that fits — and you’d better be able to use it.

This set from Craftsman goes for $20 and includes:

  • a 1/4″ to 3/8″ (be careful with the ratchet!)
  • a 3/8″ to 1/4″ (be careful with the fastener!)
  • a 3/8″ to 1/2″
  • and a 1/2″ to 3/8″

Craftsman 4-Piece Adapter Set [Sears]


7 Responses to Reader Find: A Socket Adapter Set

  1. nrChris says:

    That’ll work for me with a lowly 3/8″ ratchet and some miscellaneous sockets, that will really help me. Someone remind me not to use it with a power screwdriver though. Speaking of that, I found a 1/4″ hex (for power screwdriver) with a small chuck on it–for using small drill bits with a power driver–but you could also use it to hold miscellaneous bits / sockets / really anything cylindrical–into a 1/4″ ratchet.

  2. Paul says:

    I have two sets of socket adapters and they are pretty handy. I have a fair number of socket sets, but I could probably due for getting a few more sets. Til then it is socket adapters to the rescue! Anything that extends the range, and usefulness of the tools that I already possess is scrumdillitiousness to me. Mmmm-mmm good for me, good for you.

    Tools are nice, but I already have a lot of tools now, it is the accessories that really get my blood pumping anymore. All the real stylish folks know that the key is in being able to accessorize properly. heh

  3. Bruce says:

    Craftsman Tools, Yes!

    You don’t have to worry about braking the rachet because you can take it back and get another free!

    If the fastener is going to brake using a 3/8″ rachet instead of a 1/4″ rachet it would probably brake anyway.

    Go for it! Craftsman the best deal you can get for the money!

  4. MikeR says:

    Another way to go with these is an impact adapter set from HF. Theoretically they would be stronger than a standard set which would be a good thing when reducing from 3/8 to 1/4, etc. Plus they are cheaper. I’ve got a set of the HF ones and they are working out well so far.

  5. Crispy says:


    I know this is going to sound dumb, but I have to say it. I would rather spend the extra money on something American made at Sears then sending more money to China. China is already rumored to have a ONE TRILLION DOLLAR U.S. cash reserve. Why help more than you have to?

  6. ambush27 says:

    I think if the feds thought it mattered they’d increase tariffs on imports from china.

  7. Crispy says:

    Just what I need, more government deciding for me what I can do myself.

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