What is socket wrench?

  • (noun): A wrench with a handle onto which sockets of different sizes can be fitted.

Socket Wrench

A socket wrench is a wrench with interchangeable heads called sockets that attach to a fitting on the wrench, allowing it to turn different sized bolts and other fasteners. The most common form is a hand tool popularly called a ratchet consisting of a handle with a ratcheting mechanism built in, so it can be turned using a back-and-forth motion in cramped spaces. A socket has a cup-shaped fitting with a recess that grips the head of a bolt. The socket snaps onto a male fitting on the handle. The handle supplies the mechanical advantage to provide the torque to turn the socket. The wrench usually comes in a socket set with many sockets to fit the heads of different-sized bolts and other fasteners. The advantage of a socket wrench is that, instead of a separate wrench for each of the many different bolt heads used in modern machinery, only a separate socket is needed, saving space.

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Socket Wrench - Accessories
... socket wrenches Extensions, sometimes called "extender arms", attach to a socket on one end and a ratchet on the other end of the extension ... These "extend" the length of the socket and allow access to nuts or bolts that are difficult to reach ... Wobble extensions have their socket attachment ends ground to allow the socket-extension interface to bend up to about 15 degrees ...
Wrench - Types
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