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      Do you use impact sockets mostly for suspension work, or are there other automotive uses?

      What do you think about saving money and getting 3/8" drive shallow impact sockets instead of 1/2" drive?

      Here's a link in particular:


      I already have a 1/2" to 3/8" impact adapter to use these sockets with a 1/2" drive impact, but a set of thirteen 1/2" is only $20 at Harbor Freight:


      Along these lines, what are your thoughts about different brands of impact sockets?

      Thanks
       
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      AutoMechanic, that's what the website says:

      "The chrome molybdenum construction and black phosphate coating make each of the sockets in this deep impact socket set durable and rust-resistant." Source:


      "This high quality impact socket set is durably constructed of rugged chromium molybdenum ..." Source:


      The Icon line is also Cr-Mo:


      Speaking of Icon, is there any practical advantage of the Icon over the Pittsburgh impact sockets?
       
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      AutoMechanic, that's what the website says:

      "The chrome molybdenum construction and black phosphate coating make each of the sockets in this deep impact socket set durable and rust-resistant." Source:


      "This high quality impact socket set is durably constructed of rugged chromium molybdenum ..." Source:


      The Icon line is also Cr-Mo:


      Speaking of Icon, is there any practical advantage of the Icon over the Pittsburgh impact sockets?
      Sockets, no. The HF impacts stay true to form, and they definitely don't rust, my craftsman and walmart sockets rusted within months and the harbor freight impacts don't have a spec of rust after a year or two I've had them and they've been rained on and left in bins with water. You need a seperate socket rail for the HF impacts, they are heavy AF and the plastic rails break too easily.

      The Icon ratchets are worth the money over the pittsburg ones. The 180 degree flex swivel head 1/4 drive icon ratchet is the coolest and most useful tool I've ever owned or used, and it was like $20 or less.
       
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      Do you use impact sockets mostly for suspension work, or are there other automotive uses?

      What do you think about saving money and getting 3/8" drive shallow impact sockets instead of 1/2" drive?

      Here's a link in particular:


      I already have a 1/2" to 3/8" impact adapter to use these sockets with a 1/2" drive impact, but a set of thirteen 1/2" is only $20 at Harbor Freight:


      Along these lines, what are your thoughts about different brands of impact sockets?

      Thanks
      I have had a set of Pittsburg Impacts metric back when they had truck load sales and tent sales for over 20 years. Never had one break. That said I have used them on 1986 4Runner, 1982 Starlet, 2003 Camry, 2007 Camry, 2008 Saturn Aura, 2001 Tundra, 1995 Tacoma,1995 Buick LaSaber,2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab and on and on......From 1992 until today I can count on 1 hand how many times I have taken a vehicle to a professional mechanic.In fact in the last 15 days I have replaced 7 wheel bearing in just my immediate families vehicles. I do wish they made some thin wall impacts for those tight spaces. If their impacts were junk I think I would of had one break by now. I have broken tools with just my own strength from many brands Craftsman, Eastco, Proto,Snap-On, MAC, Matco, Dowidat,SK Tools etc.....Like all companies some of Harbor Freights tools are really good especialy for the price and some are total junk no matter what the price point and some are just decent. In this case I have ZERO negative things to say about them.

      I would say this I bought a set of flair wrenches and one wrench was not fully machined and I did not notice until 5 years latter it was one of the smallest ones. I had not problem swapping it out. 10 years latter the one I used the most on GM car's was starting to get a bit wonky so they gave me a brand new set that had 2 or 3 addition sizes, more Snap-On like contour and polish and they let me keep the old set! So Open the set before you pay for it and check each socket to make sure they are all nicely machined. If you break one which is a big if they have a forever warranty!
       
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      Do you use impact sockets mostly for suspension work, or are there other automotive uses?

      What do you think about saving money and getting 3/8" drive shallow impact sockets instead of 1/2" drive?

      Here's a link in particular:


      I already have a 1/2" to 3/8" impact adapter to use these sockets with a 1/2" drive impact, but a set of thirteen 1/2" is only $20 at Harbor Freight:


      Along these lines, what are your thoughts about different brands of impact sockets?

      Thanks
      I mainly use Snap-on as I am a professional. For the home user HF should work fine. Generally impact sockets are slightly thicker and may pose a clearance issue. Otherwise you should have no problem with them. As far as using 3/8 over 1/2, it depends on what you're using them for. I realize that people here like to tinker with their vehicles but that's becoming harder and harder with the advent of ADAS systems etc. Don't overspend on tools unless you plan on becoming a professional someday.
       
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