After selling my last car, I pledged to myself that I would start buying some new tools, and there is no better way then doing this by buying a new socket set. I purchased this Supertool 43 piece Imperial and Metric ½ Drive Socket Set from my local Autobarn for the special price of $119 Australian, normally around $140. The supertool name is quite good, and from what I’ve been told, it’s apart of the kingchrome group, which are one of the best brands in automotive tools.
The socket sizes range from 32 right down to 10, aswell as 1 ¼ to 3/8, allowing for a much wider selection of sizes then any other basic socket set. As said on the inside of the box, these sockets are made of High Quality Chrome Vanadium Steel with Peripheral Drive, meaning that they have been designed so that the socket has more contact with the bolt than most other brands. The set also comes with a 375mm flex handle, 75, 125 and 250mm extensions, 2 spark plug sockets, the universal ball joint aswell as the ratchet it’s self.
After putting my tools to good use, with timing belts, engine swaps, radiator installs, as well as the odd brake disc change, I’ve noticed these sockets are showing no signs of wear, and should stay good for a long long long time. The sockets seem to snap on easily and are easy to pull off.
One thing I have noticed is that during a spark plug install one of the rubber collectors that are used to pull up the spark plug seemed to come off, leaving my spark plug far out of reach. Although not very serious, I didn’t expect such a problem in my set, and have since glued the rubber bit back in. Other then that, the set is going strong and is a good investment for any diy car enthusiast or home mechanic, but I’d buy something a bit more expensive if you were a mechanic.