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Link promotes their Lock-Solid feature and patented design as preventing “accidental disconnects and dropped sockets.” I have not found this to be a major problem when I’m working with my trusty old Sears sockets and drivers, but maybe I’ve been lucky. (By the way, Pete Roberts, the Link inventor, also designed the Sears quick-release ratchet.) Rather than connecting via a ball bearing, all Link tools have a case-hardened steel pin with a spring-loaded collar. They claim the connections can lift a 20-lb. weight without pulling apart.

A 41-piece 3/8″ tool set in a custom-molded case will set you back $160, but you can also get smaller upgrade kits that will work with your existing tools (“all the quality brands of detent sockets”). Their catalog, for example, lists a seven-piece 3/8″ upgrade kit ($120) and a two-piece 3/8″ “trial” kit ($29).

Do you suffer from frequent socket dropping? If so, are Link tools the cure or is this just not that big of an issue? Let us know in comments.

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5 Responses to Hot Or Not? LINK Tools

  1. Chris Farley says:

    I don’t have a problem with them falling off so much as getting frozen on. I have a cheap-ass socket set I got for $10 at a swap meet. The sockets go on and stay on, but I have a hell of a time getting them off. I could see getting a kit like this and I think it would be especially handy for someone with limited mobility in their hands from arthritis or something like that – for putting them on and off.

    I think it is a good idea and vote “hot.”

  2. I have had problems with my Craftsman sockets slipping off. But that is from having an ratchet or extension. My solution, take it to Sears and get another one. Works great after that. 🙂

  3. I have Craftsmen sockets, and they fall off the driver with some regularity. Not because they’re loose, but because I add a bit of torque, or they get stuck on the bolts and then the ratchet pulls away from the socket.

    It’s not a huge deal – I don’t see the need to spend extra to avoid this problem.

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  4. Joe says:

    Pete Roberts also got into a protracted lawsuit with Sears over their misrepresentation of the value of his QR mechanism, now ubiquitous. He eventually won.

    I remember when Link Tools were initially advertised on TV with Mario Andretti as their spokesman, in the days before infomercials and Billy Mays. I own a couple of sets. For a while they had some quality control issues, but they seem OK now. The whole Link tool set locks, including the u-joints, from the ratchet to the socket, and accepts standard sockets and other accessories. I would say ‘hot’.

  5. Pencilneck says:

    Hot, but not…. Locking… hot. The prices.. not. I’ve been using the same Craftsman “quick release” ratchets since the late 80s (well, exchanged them a few times as needed). They hold great and are really dirt cheap.

    Locking extensions, freaking awthSOME! Now the Craftsman quick release extensions are not so good, I’d not suggest them. I like the kind with a collar that is pulled down to release the socket. Mac, Snap On, Matco, S&K all carry them, all the same thing just different prices really.


    These type of locking extensions, to own them is to love them.

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