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Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter #5423074 05/06/20 09:42 PM
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Yes I know, using chrome sockets on an impact wrench is a bad idea. The reason being is that the chrome sockets don’t absorb the impact force like the CR-V impact sockets do, and can shatter. Is it okay however to use a chrome socket on an impact, IF you use an impact-rated extension or adapter in between? That way there is still something to take up the force of the impact. And as many of you know, the more extensions/adapters you add, the more the impacting effect is reduced. I ask this because i have various size impact sockets (1/2, 3/8) and use them between my 1/2 impact wrench and my impact driver which has a 1/4 hex with impact-rated socket adapters. Most of the fasteners being worked with don’t require a lot of power to move, fwiw.

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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: Klutch9] #5423089 05/06/20 10:01 PM
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I use chrome sockets on Impacts daily.....If the sockets are good quality, You have nothing to fear.
I have a 1/2" drive 1-5/16" Snap-on Chrome socket for Dana 60/70 Pinion Nuts as Impact sockets are to thick, It sometimes requires a 3/4" Impact with an adapter to break loose! Haven't broke it yet.

Also have Chrome 3/4", 21mm, & 7/8" SO 1/2" drives for lug nuts.


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: Klutch9] #5423093 05/06/20 10:07 PM
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I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?

Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423095 05/06/20 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


That’s my thought too. As long as you have something impact-rated in the setup, you’re fine.

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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423100 05/06/20 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


I believe the anvil would be a harder steel.


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423111 05/06/20 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


It's well known that if you add extensions you lower the torque. There's actually torque sticks you can just instead of a torque wrench.

https://www.harborfreight.com/10-piece-12-in-torque-limiting-extension-bar-set-69870.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hdNk5XBqLs&ab_channel=RealToolReviews

Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: clinebarger] #5423122 05/06/20 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by clinebarger
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I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


I believe the anvil would be a harder steel.

Harder than an impact extension but still softer than a chrome socket, my point was that it's not really a good idea, lots of people may get away with using chrome sockets on impacts but I wouldn't risk it, I'm sure going to the hospital with a face full of shrapnel is a lot more expensive than just buying the right tool in the first place.

Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423126 05/06/20 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
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I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


I believe the anvil would be a harder steel.

Harder than an impact extension but still softer than a chrome socket, my point was that it's not really a good idea, lots of people may get away with using chrome sockets on impacts but I wouldn't risk it, I'm sure going to the hospital with a face full of shrapnel is a lot more expensive than just buying the right tool in the first place.


This 100% tire shop I go to, one of the techs needed stiches when a chrome socket exploded. If there was not a need than impact sockets wouldn't exists.


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: Klutch9] #5423128 05/06/20 11:33 PM
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Don't do it. It will be fine, till its not fine. Not worth losing an eye or getting metal in your tissue.


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: spasm3] #5423129 05/06/20 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by spasm3
Don't do it. It will be fine, till its not fine. Not worth losing an eye or getting metal in your tissue.

I assume the mode of failure is the hardened socket will develop microscopic cracks overtime using them with an impact then one day it will shatter and since it shattered the tool becomes unloaded very quickly and throws the shrapnel everywhere at full unloaded speed before you take your finger off the trigger.

Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423138 05/07/20 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by blufeb95
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I'm not sure how using an extension is much different than putting it straight on the anvil itself, the anvil on the tool would be made of a similar steel as an impact rated extension or socket wouldn't it?


I believe the anvil would be a harder steel.

Harder than an impact extension but still softer than a chrome socket, my point was that it's not really a good idea, lots of people may get away with using chrome sockets on impacts but I wouldn't risk it, I'm sure going to the hospital with a face full of shrapnel is a lot more expensive than just buying the right tool in the first place.


I opened myself up to get flamed.....That's Okay, I have thick skin!

I've busted FAR more chrome sockets using ratchets & breaker bars. The sockets I have busted with an Impact just split & rode over the hex of the bolt/nut. There are times where a Impact socket is too thick walled to do the job, Lug nuts & Pinion nuts are 2 that I run across frequently.

If good quality chrome sockets were prone to "explode".....I'd be well aware of it by now! BTW....Chrome sockets cost more than Impact sockets as a general rule for top quality brands.

I own more 1/2" drive impact sockets than I do chrome, Probably over $4,000 worth just in 1/2" drive! I will use a impact socket on a impact when I can except for lug nuts....I grab the chromes 100%.

Love to see some exploded Snap-on, Williams, Cornwell, Mac, Matco, Proto, Martin, Koken, Hazet, or Stahlwille chrome sockets!


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: Klutch9] #5423168 05/07/20 04:43 AM
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Doing this isn’t correct IMO. Plus, the anvil isn’t the same steel. Look at an impact socket that’s been used.. the square’s corners get rounded and they wear out over time. They’re consumables. An impact’s anvil not so much.

Not saying I’ve never done it before though. hide


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: blufeb95] #5423194 05/07/20 06:45 AM
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Been in the industry 23 years working on forklifts, tractors and semi trucks etc. We turn up the compressors in our service vans to get big the fasteners loose or tight fast . I have 3 sets of the sockets for breakage I have never had a chrome socket shatter don't know where everyone gets their ideas. I have cracked lots of chrome sockets though and worn out even more. That is with Snap on sockets.


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: Klutch9] #5423265 05/07/20 08:46 AM
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most good impact sockets are CR-MO, most "chrome" sockets are CR-V
some cheaper impact sockets are CR-V


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Re: Chrome socket with an impact, BUT using an impact extension/adapter [Re: clinebarger] #5423277 05/07/20 09:13 AM
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I have a 3/8 milwaukee stubby impact I purchased for my lugnuts. I went to northern tool and found a 3/8 21mm Klutch chrome socket to remove my nuts. Isnt Klutch a decent brand?

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