Dec. 3, 2009
Low-profile socket/ratchet sets from Snap-on Industrial, a leader in tooling solutions for mechanical, hydraulic and industrial applications, answer the need for sockets and ratchets that fit cramped quarters.  Sizes include 1/4” drive metric and fractional and 3/8” drive metric and fractional – all up to 33 percent shorter than competitive options*.  Applications run the gamut – from windpower turbines in the renewable energy market to aircraft and aerospace segments. The 1/4” drive metric set features a low-profile ratchet and ten 6-point, low-profile sockets.  A mini-ratchet with a 72-tooth gear means maximum torque with minimal movement in tight spaces.  A thin handle design and easy-action reverse lever allows greater access in small areas.  Socket sizes range from 5mm to 13mm. Also, a ten-piece, 12-point low-profile socket/ratchet set is available in fractional sizes ranging from 3/16” to 9/16”.  This set is applicable in a variety of markets, particularly aerospace.The 3/8” drive sets feature an 80-tooth, low-profile ratchet and either nine 6-point or nine 12-point low-profile sockets; metric socket sizes range from 8mm to 18mm, with fractional sizes ranging from 1/4” to 3/4”.  The 3/8” square drive also works with standard sockets.  Thanks to Dual 80™ technology and a tighter torque ratio, the 3/8” ratchets require only a 4 ½-degree arc to engage the next gear tooth.  The dual pawl ratchet mechanism engages seven teeth to provide strength and durability.  All Snap-on Industrial low-profile sockets and ratchets are manufactured from a special alloy steel that’s forged to exacting tolerances and heat treated for optimum strength and durability.  Nickel-chrome plating protects against corrosion and makes each piece easy to wipe clean.