3/8" drive sockets are generally a lot slimmer than 1/2", they suit spannering on bikes a lot better than the larger ones, especially in the confined nooks and crannies. Working with 1/2" drive tools all day can be quite tiresome, 3/8" is the tool of choice of all my mechanic friends. Of course, torque wrenches for higher torques need to be 1/2" or more, 3/8" is limited to around 50Nm.
In point of fact, if you were setting up from scratch now, you'd base all your sockets around what fits a battery drill. I visit a friend still working in the trade and his ratchets and Tee handles simply don't get used now. It's all done with a battery drill. His even has torque settings.....I totally agree with Piet - I have 1/2" but that was just the norm when I was building up my kit 40 years ago. I don't use them that often, but if I were spannering in a shop again i would go 3/8" for sure. In fact I use my 1/4" up to 13mm, with a high quality ratchet.
I have a preference for 1/2" for exactly the same reason. While I also have 3/8" and 1/4" sets, I only reach for the smaller sizes when space is tight and the 1/2" won't get in there. The smaller ones somehow seem like toys. They're not for serious spannering.Hi Piet,
my dislike for 3/8" is totally irrational and stems from my first pimply youth ratchet set which was of the ultra crappy quality type. I next got a 1/2" Hazet set including a torque wrench (20-200Nm) which I've been happily using for 35 years (including on the triple head bolts )
Maybe I'll have to revisit....
you can order the Gedore in any size you want, 1/2, 3/8 or 1/4"My only problem with the Gedore is the 3/8 size.
Yep, I've got a nice little Dewalt 1/4" drive device that gets used more and more. Actuall 1/4" hex fitted with a 1/4" square adapter. Fantastic for loosening/tightening primary covers and such. Although it has torque settings, I rely on a manual torque wrench in the end. Doesn't have the balls to crack a tight bolt though. I really wish I had one of these at the race tracks back in the days!In point of fact, if you were setting up from scratch now, you'd base all your sockets around what fits a battery drill. I visit a friend still working in the trade and his ratchets and Tee handles simply don't get used now. It's all done with a battery drill. His even has torque settings.....
I have him on about losing strength in his hands from underuse. i have to admit though, it's fast.
Sure, but those are usually heavy and ungainly. But, they're getting there. I have a 18V Makita for chores around the house, no comparison to the heavy 12V lump that the Makita replaced. Still, almost 3 times as heavy as the little Dewalt.You need more grunt Piet. My friend uses an 18V drill.