There’s no tool combination more iconic of a garage than a ratchet/impact wrench and socket set. From small to large, they quite literally deal with the nuts and bolts of automotive and industrial applications. We may wonder if the world really needs another set with so many manufacturers in the market (answer: yes, of course!), but when it’s DeWalt taking a crack at them, we are all ears. DeWalt recently released a full line of toolsets for mechanics among which is the 23-piece DeWalt Impact Sockets, a 1/2-inch impact-rated socket set with SAE sizes ranging from 7/16- to 1-inch and Metric sizes ranging from 13- to 24mm (but excluding 20- and 23mm). Let’s take a closer look.
Socket to Me
The DeWalt Impact Sockets include a 5-inch long extension, 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch impact driver adapter, and a 72-tooth, single pawl ratchet with push button detent. That might all sound relatively unremarkable, but a look under the hood reveals some slick design.
DeWalt used 440 steel known for excellent bang-for-the-buck strength. The entire set boasts black oxide coating for added corrosion resistance. A close look at the milling inside shows that the sockets aren’t quick hexagonal – at each corner, there’s a curved area which is DeWalt’s DirectTorque technology designed to grip the fastener more securely and prevent rounding.
When you consider that the DeWalt Impact Sockets have a full lifetime warranty and a price tag under $50, it’s hard not to consider one for the shop and one for the truck.
Ratcheting It Up
Overall, the DeWalt Impact Sockets will appeal both to automotive and construction Pros, especially with its impact rating and impact adapter which could easily be used on the jobsite. That DeWalt’s bread and butter are dialed into the construction market should give us a clue about the company’s belief in the set’s crossover appeal, too. The black oxide’s corrosion resistance will also work well when the set is outside and not protected by an auto shop’s building.
This DeWalt DWMT74739 socket set is an excellent offering for a few different trades. While we’ve only had time to get some quick work done so far, Tim Johnson over at Shop Tool Reviews has done a full review after spending several weeks using these tools.
DeWalt Impact Sockets DWMT74739 Features
- Heat treated CR-440 steel
- DirectTorque Technology
- High visibility laser etched markings
- Black oxide coating
- O-ring and retaining pin compatible
- Quick Release Ratchet
- Stackable and Shatter-proof Case
DeWalt Impact Sockets DWMT74739 Specifications
- Item Number: DeWalt DWMT74739
- 1/2-inch Drive
- 6pt Impact Sockets
- SAE Sizes: 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16, and 1-inch
- Metric Sizes: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, and 24mm (excludes 20 and 23mm)
- 5-inch Impact Extension
- Impact Driver Adapter: 1/4-inch Hex to 1/2-inch Square
- Price: $44.09