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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