Ratchets & Sockets

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When completing construction or renovation projects, having the right tools is essential. As a contractor, you require a wide range of tools to carry out your work efficiently. Ratchets and sockets are essential hand tools used in different industries. That is why, at Tiger Supplies, we offer a wide range of Ratchets & Sockets to help you get the job done.

What is a ratchet?

The ratchet consists of a square drive gear that is round in shape and has teeth on its outer edge. This gear is where a socket is attached, and the number of teeth on it determines the fineness of the ratchet mechanism. 

The gear is housed within the sealed head of the ratchet, and below it, there are ratchet pawls. These pawls also have teeth on them, which interlock with the teeth on the main gear, enabling it to lock in the selected direction. The direction of the ratchet can be changed by adjusting the pawls.

There is a broad selection of ratchets available, and they all serve the same purpose. The ratchet has a square drive gear that comes in different sizes (1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", etc.) and is intended to hold a socket. 

The square drive can then turn or ratchet in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions to loosen or tighten a fastener. If the ratchet is set to loosen a fastener, it will only catch in the counterclockwise direction and slip in the clockwise direction. 

This characteristic allows the operator to move the ratchet back and forth, making it helpful in tight spaces and saving time as the ratchet itself doesn't have to rotate 360 degrees, but the fastener can still be turned 360 degrees to install or remove it.

What is a socket set? 

A socket set is a collection of interchangeable tools that are used to fit nuts and bolts of different sizes and types. These sets are usually packaged in a single case, box, or pouch for convenience. However, it is important to note that no single socket set can provide add-ons for every size of fastener available.

Comprehensive sets include sockets for most fastener types, but not all sizes. Therefore, it is important to consider the types of nuts and bolts that you are most likely to encounter when selecting the appropriate socket set or combination of sets. These sets are also known as ratchet and socket sets or socket wrench sets, depending on what is included in the kit.

Socket sets are commonly used for tightening or loosening a variety of fastener sizes and types, especially in the automotive industry. They offer a higher level of user-friendliness and can make tricky tasks easier. Socket sets provide a better grip on stubborn or inconveniently sized fasteners and minimise the risk of injuries or damage to tools and fixtures.

We recommend our 9 Piece Deep Socket Head Set. These are top-quality professional tools in highly polished chrome vanadium steel.  This set carries a lifetime guarantee that will give you peace of mind.

If you have any queries regarding our range of Hand Tools, do not hesitate to contact us. Please call us on 0844 848 3444 or email us at sales@tiger-supplies.co.uk