Are 12 Point Sockets Better?

Are 12 point sockets bad?

A 12 point socket on a 6 point fastener is significantly more prone to fail.

There are a few 12 point fasteners in use but they are very rare and when it’s necessary to use a breaker bar in a confined area the 12 point can be necessary.

A DIYer would rarely need them though..

Can you strip 12 point sockets?

Do most of you all have sets of both 6 and 12 point tools, or rely on just one kind? As long as you are capable of holding the socket on the nut or bolt head, a 12pt socket will not strip the nut or bolt head any faster then a 6pt socket.

Why is the 12 point box wrench more common than the 6 point?

1) Where the head is already damaged, a 12 is more likely to fit. In comparison a 6-point bolt head only needs to be ‘splashed’ a bit before a 6 point tool won’t fit on it. 2) When working in cramped space, a 12 pointer requires less rotation to get ‘on’ to the bolt.

Why do 12 point sockets exist?

The additional points make these sockets easier to connect with the heads of fasteners. This is ideal if you are trying to work on a fastener that is hard to see or you cannot see at all. 12 point sockets are also great for use in tight spaces as they allow you to connect to a fastener at more angles.

What are 8 point sockets for?

An 8 point socket set is essential, sometimes for pipe plugs that have been around too long, and sometimes working on old machinery where I may find square bolts, lags or nuts. … 8 Point sockets work great for removing square bolts and plugs.

Whats better 6 point or 12 point sockets?

If your fastener is 12-point, which is somewhat uncommon, then you must use a 12-point tool. For 6-point fasteners, a 6-point tool is your best choice. Matching up the points between the tool and fastener means that you will maximize the surface area of steel in contact, making the tool less likely to slip or fail.