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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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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.

Link Tools [Manufacturer’s Site]
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