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    Looking for a decent set of Sockets 1/2" Drive 26mm and Larger

    I would like to add a set of larger sized shallow and deep well sockets, 26mm and larger. Seems like I have run into the need for these fairly often with the tractor implements, etc. Want something of decent quality, I don't need to spend Snap On premium pricing as they are not something that is frequently used. Obviously, I don't want something breaking in my hands when used either.

    Prefer to stay in the 1/2" drive size so I can use existing ratchets, impacts, etc.

    I have a set of SAE sockets that are 3/4" drive that go from 1" up to 2.5", so I really don't need the SAE sockets. Plus the 3/4" drive size with the bulk of the ratchet, extension, etc makes the use of the smaller sized sockets (26mm - 34mm) tough......

    Seems like many of the Metric sizes over 26mm are in the 3/4" drive size only. Even if I could get the sockets up to maybe 40mm in 1/2" drive, that would be good. I don't have a problem going with the 3/4" drive size for larger sized metric sockets.

    Ideally, getting a 1/2" drive to 3/4" drive adapter would be another solution so I could use the 3/4" drive sockets with the 1/2" impact, etc on the smaller sizes (up to maybe 40mm?).

    Has anyone found a good set of 1/2" drive, metric sized 26mm and larger, shallow and deep well sockets that fit this description?

    Thanks for your responses..................
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    Not sure how popular they are in 'the real world" but we use a lot of Grey Pneumatic sockets at work. (GP) We use a company called Toolweb, which I dont believe is something the general public can just use without an account.
    Anyways, they have 1/2 drive up to 36mm.
    I see they sell them direct on Amazon so, that may be an option for you.
    I have also used Sunex for larger sizes and they hold up just as well as Snap Ons do.
    https://www.toolweb.com/toolwebv3/To...9M/p/GRE82629M

    https://www.amazon.com/Dr-29pc-Metri...gateway&sr=8-1

    SK, Im sure you know of, also has a set up to 36 mm but at the same time, its also $100 more
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=SKT4037&ref=nb_sb_noss

    Neither of the 3 I mentioned will do you wrong.
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    Look at dewalt sockets. They have some big ones on the shelf at rural king. Not sure how good they are but may be a place to start.

    Also lowes/kobalt have some larger sizes, they pretty good quality. They also have adapters to go from 1/2 to 3/4".
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    If you're in Canada try Princess Auto. Decent tools, fantastic warrantee. There seem to be a number of manufacturers who make large sockets, but they all seem to want to use 3/4" drive so you may have to get a 3/4" to 1/2" drive adaptor. Good Luck.
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    Happened to see this yesterday

    I was talking with a local mechanic and a customer showed up returning a 3/4 drive ratchet he had borrowed. It was a substantial ratchet with about a 3' handle. He had also borrowed some sockets and a 3/4 to 1/2 adapter.

    Surprisingly, the adapter sheared off before an old 1/2 drive Craftsman 12 point socket broke. I was shocked that the socket gave up first but the 1/2 stub was still in the socket.

    I too have a set of 3/4 sockets but rarely use them. At times, I've haunted pawn shops for odd sockets with surprisingly good results. I've paid as little as a couple of dollars for a large name brand socket which might be $20 new. The down side is I don't have complete matched sets and sometimes don't have a socket for that new use. Buying a set certainly is the way to go if you can find what you want.

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    I have this exact set, except my set is labeled "Stanley"

    Goplus 21pcs SAE 3/4 Drive Socket Set w/Case Jumbo Ratchet Wrench Extension (21pcs) - - Amazon.com

    I got it in a guys Christmas exchange,,, IIRC, he paid $39 at that time,,
    it has been flawless,, and I have used the set over 100 times.

    A year later, another guy was moving,, and gave me a matching set of combination wrenches,,

    The two sets take up a BIG area on a shelf,,,
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    I have decent luck with amazon and eBay with Nieko and Tekton names-not sure if they make sockets that size though-but I’d they do I’d buy them.
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    I have a harbor freight 3/4 drive set that’s worked great so far. I think it was $50.

    The sockets are so big and clumsy you might as well get the new drive size, and two adapters. 1/2-3/4 and 3/4-1/2 that way in medium duty applications you can still use your existing stock of swivels, extensions, drives.....I can step up my airgun or use the drives for a increased leverage breaker that’s one more step before adding pipe.

    They come with a case so they can be stored away and organized without filling important toolbox space.
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    Something I would look for if I were shopping for these: 6 point impact sockets. I have the Craftsman standard sets and a bunch of Harbor Freight ones including the 3/4" drive. Also had to get the 3/4" torque wrench for a single task. Now I have it for next time.

    Side note. The Harbor Freight click type torque wrenches are surprisingly good. I have several and one day took them in to a PMEL shop on base and had them calibrated. They were almost spot on and adjusted easily. My friend rated them better than most of the expensive ones he had to do for the military. I can't speak for the new ones they are bringing out at much more $$. Sure beats the beam balance one I started with.

    I also get only the impact driver bits now. Messed up a lot of screws and bits before I caught on.
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    If you want large 3/4" drive stuff, tractor supply has a set plus open stock 3/4" stuff.
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