Sockets are used in conjunction with a socket wrench in much the same way a drill bit is used with a drill. The wrench itself is usually made up of a long handle with a head that contains a male end to receive the socket. This head is often ratcheting to allow for easier use. Below is some useful information about sockets to help you find the right type for your job.

What Are Sockets?

A socket usually consists of a tube-like sheath of metal with two female ends. One end features a standardized square recess that connects with the wrench, firmly snapping into place to secure the bit to the tool. The female end has a recessed opening featuring a six or twelve-point star that fits over any hexagonal fastener, such as a bolt head or nut.

Why Are They Useful?

The standardized connecting points, or drives, found on these socket wrenches contain a spring-loaded ball dent structure that keeps the socket in place. The drive comes in the following sizes.

  • ¼ “
  • 3/8”
  • ½”
  • ¾”
  • 1”

The different drive sizes allow for a wide variety of socket sizes and types to be used with any ratchet that has a matching drive. This eliminates the need to have 50 separate wrenches on hand. Instead, one small socket can be kept to correspond with each fastener head size. The larger drives are useful for more burdensome work that the smaller drives may not be able to handle.

Sockets can be found in every size and type, including metric and fractional inch sizes. Shallow and deep varieties for each measurement are also available. Call (800) 603-6887 now for more information about the sockets and construction accessories available at Copper State.