Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: 12 point VS. 6 point sockets
I find 12's are more likely to break. But their advantage is only noticeable when using any driver OTHER THAN a ratchet. They let you set your breaker bar closer to the angle you want to apply max torque. (...and they're also handy on 12-point bolt heads.) The reason for 12-point heads is that you can apply more torque without stripping - kinda like 31-spline axles are better than 28's.
BTW I've built up my set by buying Craftsman tools at pawn shops - they're about 1/3 the price. And if you think it's somehow immoral to return a tool to Sears you didn't buy there, it's not: someone bought it there and paid for that lifetime warranty, so there's no reason not to use it!
83 Custom w/95 4.9L EFI, 78 NP435, 83 NP208, 83 D44IFS 3.07, 87 Ford 8.8ABS 3.08, Michelin LTX AT 31x10.50R15