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2015/10/25
Chrome Socket

Six-Point Sockets vs. Twelve-Point Sockets

Do I need a 6-point socket set or a12-point socket set?

A hex nut has 6 points. Both 6-point and 12-point sockets can be fitted on hex nuts, the primary differences being convenience and torque. The more points a socket has, the more points of contact available. Compared with the 6-point socket, a 12-point socket has twice as many points, so it can more easily slide onto a hex nut. In other words, you would need to rotate only up to 30 degrees to fit a 12-point socket onto a hex nut. This can prove to be a time-saver and make life easier when you’re working within confined spaces.


On the other hand, 6-point sockets help reduce wear on the nut corners, and they also have better torque performance than 12-point sockets, for two reasons:

1) As the flanks of a 6-point socket are thicker than those of a 12-point socket, torque can be evenly applied on each side of the hex nut.

2.) Torque power load is borne by the flanks of the nut or bolt instead of by the corners.

Hex Socket Corner Round

 

However, you must use a 12-point socket with a 12-point fastener (such as the old Camry internal bolts).

12 point fasteners

 

In conclusion, every professional craftsman should own a complete set of 6-point sockets. While a 12-point socket set isn’t absolutely necessary, it is nice to havel. 


Fun Fact

In 1996, Snap-On patented its 12-point flank drive, designed to reduce wear on hex nuts or bolts. To this day, this invention remains one of the most popular socket patents applications in the world.

Snap-On Frank Drive

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Tien-i's hand sockets are made of Cr-V steel (CR-V).

Compared with the raw material "CR-V" for hand sockets, the raw material for pneumatic sockets, CR-MO, has stronger toughness, i.e. stronger shock resistance. Suitable for use with air and electric guns. CR-V steel (CR-V) has higher hardness, but in the need for shock-resistant use environment will lead to reduced service life.

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