GO-2 Socket - Review
Sockets are essential, but the process of keeping an organized and complete set is nearly impossible. All it takes is one fall off a table and three pieces are never seen again. The GO-2 Socket is a one-size fits all (well....most all) socket head that is made to cover all of the sizes from 3/8 to 3/4 SAE as well as 10-20mm. The makers of the tool recently sent us a sample to check out. We worked it over pretty good and this is what we have to say about it.
The GO-2 Socket is a large socket head with a 3/8-inch drive.The socket side looks a little abnormal. The six-sided socket hole is elongated at one side and at the other side is a tightening screw. The theory is that you can fit any size bolt head (see sizes above) into the socket and then tighten down the screw to make a secure fit. At that point, you're all ready to go.
The set screw has a slotted head to it, but we never felt the need to use it. Hand tightening was always good enough. The screw moves easily and snugs to the bolt head with no problems. Because of the interesting set-up, it's actually easier to deal with a partially stripped bolt head.
The tool works great. Is it perfect? No, but that's fine. Because of the shape of the socket head and the way the set screw works, the ratchet drive will usually be off center from the fastener. This means that you will usually need a slightly wider berth for the socket head to turn. Add to this the fact that the screw may be sticking out of the socket as well and you have a tool that won't fit in the tightest of corners. It'll fit in a corner, but not hard up against something.
So whatever, there are a few places where this tool won't work better than the set that you keep in your truck. But honestly, who cares. If this one tool can cover about 90% of the times that you use a socket set than we'd call it a winner and worth every penny of the $10 that they're asking for it. You might still need to carry around the socket set, but you can at least leave it in the truck most of the time.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 21, 2013 6:17 AM