Open socket test results

Agriculture.com Staff 01/01/2007 @ 9:00am

A team of Successful Farming magazine readers put the Exo-Drive socket set to the test in their shops and gave the tool a thumbs-up.

Danny Bolt of Des Moines, Iowa, plied the tool during a motor rebuild and appreciated the tool’s obvious advantage – its open-end sockets. “It was a big benefit when wrenching down nuts on long bolts," he notes. "Before, I would have had to use a box-end wrench."

The slim design of the ratchet handle appealed to Wayne Swartz of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. "It allows you to work in a tight work space," he notes. "The open head is better than deep-well sockets since all your leverage effort is right at the work point. The low-profile design provides more torque than conventional ratchets. I would, however, like to buy it in larger (½- and ¾-inch-drive) socket sizes."

Lila Thorson of Hancock, Wisconsin, said her husband found the "quick (socket) change, push-out feature nice. So was the ease with which he could reverse the direction of operation by simply turning the wrench over."

Ben Davidson of Kronberg, Nebraska, particularly appreciated the low-profile design of the tool, pointing out it allowed him to get into tight work spaces. "The 5° sweep of the handle didn’t require as much handle movement to snug down fasteners," he says.

The 21-piece Exo-Drive kit has a suggested retail price of $34.99 and is available from most tool stores.

A team of Successful Farming magazine readers put the Exo-Drive socket set to the test in their shops and gave the tool a thumbs-up.

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