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Ratcheting Wrench Set
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Can someone explain why a ratcheting socket is 12-points instead of 6?

IgorSkovoroda said:   Can someone explain why a ratcheting socket is 12-points instead of 6?
Perhaps because 12-point sockets work better with 6-point heads than 6-point sockets work with 12-point heads?

Seriously, I see a lot of these that have more 'squareness' on the points, and are billed as "universal":
"works with 6-point, 12-point, 4-point, torx, rounded heads, .... " And the most useful for most people
is probably when they have to use them on a square-head bolt.

Bought similar sets at Sears under different label for my mechanical engineer son. Marvelous tools, also amazing that such a relatively simple concept had not flown until this late date.
I suspect these "Craftsman" wrenches are rebranded versions of the ones I bought.

I find the open end "ratching" part is gimmicky and rarely useful

bas157 said:   I find the open end "ratching" part is gimmicky and rarely useful
I'm not surprised; on all the sets I've seen, the ratchet is part of the closed end.



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