Have ample auto tools here including lots of sockets and two way too heavy
rolling tool boxes - needed a small 1/4 drive type deep wall socket to do
something on a riding mower and my local true value hardware had a whole set
on a spring clip holder for like $10. It has been so handy in the house I
later bought a matching 3/8 set for it seems like about the same bucks.
Great to have inside the house !
True Value lifetime guarantee sockets & they are an amazing quality for so
little money. If you buy just one socket the hardware price socks it to you
but for the price of two individual sockets you can get a whole set !
Small sets usually come with the regular sockets. But look
around before you lay out your money. I've had a really
cheap set to augment my regular tools and they are ok for
some stuff but the sockets or wrenches will strip if used
hard. About 2 years ago, I bought a set to carry in my car
and was so impressed I bought another set for my son. They
are marked Stanley Professional with 1/4 and 3/8 wrenches
and include both SAE and metric sizes with some 6 point and
some 12 point sockets and also some deep sockets in a blow
mold case for $20.
The answer to your question is, NO. Regular sockets are
easier to work with and will do most of what you will want.
Sometime, though, you will definitely need a deep socket.
Individual sockets are very expensive so at that time I
would buy a set of deep sockets that includes the size you
need. For deep sockets, check the 6 point impact sockets at
Harbor Freight if you have one near you. A set of 1/2"
sockets through 1-1/4" will cost about $18 on sale and they
are tough. Most of the time, you will only need deep
sockets for some plumbing aspects, e.g., changing the rubber
in a valve in the wall or changing a heating element in an
electric heater. Of course you need a deep socket for
changing spark plugs but usually one of those is included in
a small set and they have those individually anyway.
IMHO it would be a tossup. Sometimes a deep socket can't be used
because of space constraints; sometimes a deep socket is necessary.
You have a 50-50 chance of having the wrong socket at some time or the
other unless you own both. Then there's times only a box or open end
wrench will do, or...
it is a simple choice for me
3/8 ratchet = deep wall sockets for light duty if I was choosing an initial
set to start with.
If you're gonna really lean on it you'll want 1/2 drive and use deepwall
only when needed
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