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.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:
3/8 in. Drive Metric Impact Socket Set, 8 PieceAmazing deals on this 8Pc 3/8In Dr Metric Impact Socket Set at Harbor Freight. Quality tools & low prices.www.harborfreight.com
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:
1/2 in. Drive Metric Impact Socket Set, 13 PieceAmazing deals on this 13Pc 1/2In Dr Metric Impact Socket Set at Harbor Freight. Quality tools & low prices.www.harborfreight.com
Along these lines, what are your thoughts about different brands of impact sockets?
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!