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Lee Valley currently has the 7-piece Grip-Tite™ socket set for just $19.50. Labeled “A” in the picture above, it has seven sockets (3/8″, 7/16″ (11mm), 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″ (16mm), 11/16″, and 3/4″ (19mm)) in a molded storage case. The $19.50 introductory price is good until December 21. They also have a set (“B” in the above picture) of the three most-often-used sockets (7/16″, 9/16″, and 3/4″) for a special price of $11.90 while supplies last.

I have not used Grip-Tite™ sockets — I know, I’m falling behind in my acquisition of tools — but the reviews in Amazon are generally positive. For Toolmongers out there who have used these before — what do you think?

Grip-Tite™ Sockets [Lee Valley]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Grip-Tite™ Super Socket Sets [Manufacturer’s Site]

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4 Responses to Dealmonger: Grip-Tite Sockets 7-Piece Set

  1. Greg A. says:

    I saw one of these on the clearance table at sears last night might swing by to see if it’s still there.

  2. Old Donn says:

    $15 at Sam’s Club, got a set the other day.

  3. Jim says:

    Looking at the picture in the link below,

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413BHCMKSML._SS400_.jpg

    How would this work better than a six-point socket? Specifically why?

    I do alot of work on different types of equipment and cannot remember the last time I had the problem of a rounded fastener. If I anticipate a stubborn fastener, I first spray it with Kroil (penetrating oil) one or more times, before I even attempt removal. Then, I use a six-point socket, often in an impact, and done. I remember years back having trouble with header and exhaust manifold bolts, but it was a close quarters situation and I probably was not using the method outlined above. That was also before Flak drive socket design, which distribute the pressure away from the corners of the fastener.

  4. carfix says:

    To answer Jim’s question, cams in a socket act like a snapon Flank style. Where there is no flat point to round the corners of the bolt head or nut. Snapon and some others make spline sockets, which are like twelve point, but are basically just cams that touch the flat sides of a bolt or nut, like the Grip-tite. I’ve never used the grip-tite stuff, but I’m sure it works just like a spline socket or wrench, which means it probably works just fine.

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