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Title: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 10, 2015, 06:15:10 PM
I am in the process of cleaning my garage and re-organizing my tools, new work bench bla bla bla.  One of my points of contention is that my sockets are not the most organized.  I keep most of my sockets on those cheap long storage rails that the sockets snap onto, but I am not super pleased with them and I have a bunch of odd ball sockets that simply have no home.

Ideally I would love it if a reputable manufacturer sold a durable tray that contained the sockets that I can slip into my drawer, which might exist, I just didn't find it in my search.

I really liked Ian's setup with the pedestal type holder and I will probably go this route, but figured I would ask to see what other have.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Bluerocket on April 10, 2015, 10:50:48 PM
I have pedestal ones for most of mine.  A few of them annoyingly don't fit.   
I have yet to find somehow nice to store swivel impact sockets of you have any ideas for them I'm all ears. 
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jerry k on April 10, 2015, 10:57:04 PM
John, I'm not sure if your talk of slipping sockets into your drawers is appropriate for the public section of the forum.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Ian on April 11, 2015, 04:59:54 AM
for those who haven't been to iFab, this is what i use.
http://local.sears.com/Hansen-dr-Metric-Socket-Tray/p-00933932000P?st=1388&sid=IDx20141117x00001xlpla#!/


Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: SPYDER on April 11, 2015, 09:08:18 AM
I use the same things as Ian but for the swivels and other odd ball sockets I have I have long magnetic rail with adapters that 1/4 turn to lock the socket on.  id take a picture of my socket drawer but im pretty sure you will all hate me if I do.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Axle on April 11, 2015, 09:53:14 AM
do it
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 11, 2015, 10:36:34 AM
I have the Hansen socket trays.  I think HF sells some too for less.  The Hansen's are nice, but I have a few sockets that don't have a home.  Not a huge issue, but they do roll around a little.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: SPYDER on April 11, 2015, 11:22:47 AM
do it

ill post it up when I head to the shop in a little bit
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 11, 2015, 11:26:29 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/HazzzMatMan/0411151141c_zpsyr0vzxlv.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/HazzzMatMan/0411151141b_zpsif7qx3xi.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/HazzzMatMan/0411151141a_zpso91omdqq.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/HazzzMatMan/0411151141_zpsocrf3qoh.jpg)
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: SPYDER on April 11, 2015, 11:33:14 AM
(http://i1159.photobucket.com/albums/p638/Spyder05/IMG_1098_zpsm1pobahk.jpg)

that's just the socket drawer in my work tool box....the home one looks similar just on smaller scale.  I also have 2 other drawers full of more specialty sockets.  I fully admit I have a problem. :woot:
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 11, 2015, 01:01:20 PM
I have a drawer of impact sockets too, but I use the box and plastic liner that they came in to keep them organized.  My 3/4" socket set lives in a blow-molded carry case.

Nothing sucks more than having to stop a project to get a socket you don't have.  I was stopped the other night when I didn't have a 9/64" socket.  Occasionally I would need large sockets for pitman arms and taking the piston out of hydro cylinders, but I bought a 3/4" drive set at the Chelmsford sears that was going out of business.  I love sockets.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: JayZR2 on April 11, 2015, 02:17:11 PM
I use the same things as Ian but for the swivels and other odd ball sockets I have I have long magnetic rail with adapters that 1/4 turn to lock the socket on.  id take a picture of my socket drawer but im pretty sure you will all hate me if I do.

That's not why we hate you...
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 11, 2015, 04:27:02 PM
So I spent the whole morning at my friends shop using his lift to rotate tires, front brakes and oil change. he has the hansen pieces and they are nice, but at $60 for just a couple, I'm gonna head to HF tomorrow and see how I like those ones. One thing Ref told me was the hansens have a lift time warranty which is nice for a profeaaion mechanic, but for a back yard hack like me I should he fine with some cheap knock off.
I did use his impact swivels and Ted made his holder.  His were holes in plastic that was raised about an inch, they fit in nicely. I'll snap a pic next time I am over there.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: SPYDER on April 11, 2015, 05:13:43 PM
 
I use the same things as Ian but for the swivels and other odd ball sockets I have I have long magnetic rail with adapters that 1/4 turn to lock the socket on.  id take a picture of my socket drawer but im pretty sure you will all hate me if I do.


That's not why we hate you...

I'll remember that the next time your about to take a swim in really cold water.....  :P
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Ian on April 11, 2015, 05:41:51 PM
while i like what i have..... upon further review, this is what i wish i had.


http://westlingmachine.com/ToolHolders.html

(http://westlingmachine.com/image/4.jpg)




Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 11, 2015, 06:13:57 PM
Not much more that the hansen, not that bad, I really like those!
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: JayZR2 on April 11, 2015, 06:36:52 PM
I use the same things as Ian but for the swivels and other odd ball sockets I have I have long magnetic rail with adapters that 1/4 turn to lock the socket on.  id take a picture of my socket drawer but im pretty sure you will all hate me if I do.


That's not why we hate you...

lol

I'll remember that the next time your about to take a swim in really cold water.....  :P
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 11, 2015, 10:02:45 PM
Not much more that the hansen, not that bad, I really like those!


That's what I was thinking.  I broke one of the little posts off of my Hansen socket tray, which is always a concern when I take them out of the box and to a work location.  Seems like the AL ones would be much more durable. 

The Hansen posts are hollow, and I found a wood screw that fit inside perfectly.  I just glued it and tightened it down with the screw from the bottom.  Been holding fine for a few years now.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Axle on April 12, 2015, 07:39:15 AM
those aluminum ones are nice, but i like the way the plastic ones have the size sticking out. I use the metal clip strip type, they hold together even in the back of the jeep on the trail.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: HEYzipupyourfly on April 12, 2015, 10:37:28 PM
John when anything is ever in question always check mcmastercarr first.
I have some of thoe upright rails like tim pictured, and i like them for my standard everydays, but all of my swivel heads, allens, torx, square, and odds and end sockets i have on these rails sold by mcmaster. it is a quality part and i like it a lot.

(http://images2.mcmaster.com/Contents/gfx/small/5836a54s.png?ver=1288341357)

http://www.mcmaster.com/#socket-clips/=wq7z5m


They also sell the plastic ones that snapon makes a similar ripoff to.
(http://images2.mcmaster.com/Contents/gfx/small/4940a251p1s.png?ver=1288340555)
http://www.mcmaster.com/#socket-clips/=wq805h

When you come over to watch playoff hockey next season you can check mine out.  :o
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 13, 2015, 10:12:09 AM
I ended up de-winterizing the boat and doing yard work the whole day and never made it to Harbor Freight.

Ultimately for the cost involved, I really think I am going this route.  Worse case they absolutely suck and I am out $20-40 depending on how many I need.

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-pc-sae-socket-trayorganizer-68100.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-pc-metric-socket-trayorganizer-68102.html
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Krome on April 13, 2015, 02:24:31 PM
harbor freight really is the best place for this stuff
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 13, 2015, 04:07:02 PM
None of the trays have a space for 1 3/16.  I hate having those roll around.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 13, 2015, 04:59:41 PM
I keep my 13/16 in my boat tool locker, spark plug size..

My 1  3/16 is also rolling around in a drawer with all my large sockets. I might make something simple out of scrap steel to hold all the large sockets similar to the hansen setup.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jwebb1998 on April 13, 2015, 06:35:17 PM
I envy you all, i wish i had your problems.  I dont even have a real toolbox to worry about organizing, good ole blow molded case.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: HEYzipupyourfly on April 13, 2015, 06:58:52 PM
harbor freight really is the best place for this stuff
I partially disagree with this, but it all depends what your looking for in the long run.
Like tim says missing one size and having that swinging around in a box or drawer is a pain and to me thats worth an extra $20-$30 to me just to have that organization or ability to expand in the future.

I will say though, if you buy the metal socket rails from HF you may as well buy a peice of double stick tape because the second you pick one up your going to loose sockets.  that style rail really shouldn't be skimped on.
here is that combiation rail i bought from mcmaster. I like it a lot and i have one in my "travel" tool box also.
I think they wrk so well because they are all attached instead of single separate strips. it allows them to have some more weight behind them when you pull something off of it and your not bending it and other sockets aren't falling off in the process.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7595/16517697394_ebb568a7aa_c.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8706/17140130715_ac64d89eb6_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: HEYzipupyourfly on April 13, 2015, 10:47:20 PM
john just get these, dont buy from HF
its only a difference of $4 a tray, and i will put money on the fact you will be disappointed in the HF stuff.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#socket-trays/=wqqkb1
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 14, 2015, 05:28:44 AM
Thanks Tony,
if you factor in that I need about 8-9 of these and shipping, turns out to be about a $45-50 difference. I still think I am going to go with HF stuff, like I said earlier, if I learn my lesson and end up buying something else, I can always resell what I have. I am only a part time hack garage mechanic, If this was my profession or the tools were being used constantly every day, then I would go all out.

On another note, I have two 26" three piece roll away boxes, one is a good quality craftsman and the other is a set up I bought from Northern Tools when I was probably 14 yrs old. It is in great shape, but non-bearing drawers and somewhat shallow top drawers.  I am in the process of building a new work bench in the garage and I was planning on getting the US general bottom box to go under the new bench, but it appears this is similar quality wise and cheaper by over $100 including the HF 20% off coupon. Going to check it out today in store.

The 44-46" box is a perfect fit, if I could put larger I would, but damn chimney is in the way.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-46-in-9-Drawer-Mobile-Workbench-with-Solid-Wood-Top-HOTC4609B1QBD/203859406?MERCH=REC-_-NavPLPHorizontal1_rr-_-NA-_-203859406-_-N#customer_reviews
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 14, 2015, 05:32:00 AM

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7595/16517697394_ebb568a7aa_c.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8706/17140130715_ac64d89eb6_c.jpg)


This is (same style to) what I have now and I hate them. I have to pick up the entire strip to struggle with reading socket size, then two hands to fight the socket off and/or put back on.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 14, 2015, 06:29:41 AM
John, look at the US General 44" box at HF.  Very nice unit.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 14, 2015, 08:05:39 AM

I was planning on getting the US general bottom box to go under the new bench, but it appears this is similar quality wise and cheaper by over $100 including the HF 20% off coupon.


Gotcha, Thanks Tim
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: Twisty on April 14, 2015, 11:04:13 AM
I guess I missed that.  The 20% coupons do not apply to tool storage.  Read the fine print below.
Title: Re: Best socket storage solution
Post by: jps4jeep on April 14, 2015, 11:56:17 AM
And I guess I missed that. I have a stack of them, everytime I get one, goes into the pile.  Never really looked at them.