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You can magnetize a screwdriver to keep screws in place, so why not magnetize your sockets, too?  These Brocket magnetic socket inserts hold nuts and bolts captive so you don’t have to worry about them falling out and rolling into hard-to-reach places.

Made in the USA, the nickel-plated neodymium magnets are embedded in a hexagonal plastic housing that fits snugly inside each of your sockets.  They work with 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ drive sockets.  The SAE set includes nine inserts for 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, and 7/8″ sockets, and the metric set includes ten inserts for 10mm-19mm sockets.

You’ll pay about $10 for either the SAE or metric set, or you can have both sets for $18.

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5 Responses to There’s A Brocket In My Socket

  1. Ben76 says:

    Oh man that looks useful. I have used silly putty to do the same thing before while re-installing the intake manifold on a Miata!

  2. Milky2k says:

    I just tear off a tiny piece of paper and jam that in between the socket and the bolt head. This keeps the bolt nice and tight in the socket so I don’t worry about it falling off and getting lost in the engine bay or worse.

  3. fred says:

    The folks at Danaher (Fluke, Armstrong, K-D, Easco, Allen etc.) are having someone in the PRC manufacture magnetic extension bars, universal joints and drive-size adapters under their Gearwrench brand name. The Gearwrench part number are 81238 , 81236 and 81237 respectively. I saw them recently while Christmas shopping at Sears. Each appears to have a magnetic tip at its “male”’ end that would seem to extend into the socket ¼ inch or so. I’m not sure about how this might impede the walls on a standard length socket from engaging a nut or bolt head – but they certainly would work on a deep socket. I would think that the inserts pictured are thinner and might work better on short sockets – but might be a bit more time consuming (probably no big deal) to install or push out of a deep socket. The advantage of the Gearwrench concept (if it works well) is that it should work with any size socket – and has fewer pieces to go missing.

    My local Sears was selling them next to sets of Grip-Tite sockets which would presumably be an alternative. I bought neither type – but would be curious to hear the experiences of others who use either product

  4. Old Donn says:

    Bought the Craftsman version of these some time back, tried the 1/2 inch once and it let me down. Maybe the Gearwrench stuff works better, but these things? No.

  5. Mr P says:

    I use the grip-tite socket set it hold the bolt and can take out rounded bolts works on Stainless steel but cant be used with a impact driver

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