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Old 04-27-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default What is the deal with 12 point vs. 6 point sockets and wrenches

I was at Sears yesterday looking at their deep well sockets and combination wrenches on sale. I was looking at my tools this morning and realized they are all twelve point, both my socket set and combination wrenches.

I have been looking to get a set of deep well sockets for a while now, but not sure what to get 6pt or 12? I also saw Sears sells a socket starter set, they come in 12 or 6 point and also 3/8 or 1/2 inch drive. All my sockets are currently 1/4 or 3/8 drive. Should I use this opportunity to buy a 1/2 drive set for larger applications? The set comes with deep wells, but also normal sockets, which I already have in 3/8 12 point. I never paid much attention to this before, but now I am curious as I see most bolts and nits are usually 6 sided, and I assume 6 point would give better leverage on larger nuts and bolts. As always, any advice appreciated.

This is very similar to the set I have, which Is my only socket set. I guess I am looking for the next logical upgrade, without duplicating too many tools.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:02 PM   #2
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They will ususally work fine, I have never had a 12 point not take off a fastener but lately i have came across a lot of 12 points where a 6 point would not work. If it's a good deal I say get it.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:04 PM   #3
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:05 PM   #4
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In general you use a 6 point socket on a 6 point bolt and a 12 point socket on a 12 point bolt. 12 point will fit on 6 points but not all 6 points will fit on the same sized 12 point. Most fasteners these days are 6 point but for example I have many 12 point bolts on my truck. Generally with impacts you want to use the proper socket as not to round off the bolt.

With wrenches you generally want 12 points as it is easier to get it on the bolt head in cramped spaces.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:10 PM   #5
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Here we go again....
I've read some threads and not trying to start anything, just looking to expand my tool collection and wasn't sure which was the best way to go.

So it appears that 12 is a better route for wrenches and sockets as it provides more versatility with on tool. When I get an impact set I should be sure to get a 6 pt as to not round off the bolt/nut.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:15 PM   #7
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Try the search function, there are at least a few covering the very same topic. Buy what you want, a quality 12pt should be fine.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #8
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I've read some threads and not trying to start anything, just looking to expand my tool collection and wasn't sure which was the best way to go.

So it appears that 12 is a better route for wrenches and sockets as it provides more versatility with on tool. When I get an impact set I should be sure to get a 6 pt as to not round off the bolt/nut.
This topic comes up about once a month. Similar repetitive topics come up in different forums.

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:27 PM   #9
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9 point tools are the only way to go. If you buy 12 point tools they will round off any fastener you look at while holding them, and 6 points wont fit on any fastener you look at while holding them. Also while we are at it make sure you don't buy that Craftsman crap it will round off all your bolts while you sleep, beat you knuckles till they bleed, and steal your women. Make sure you only buy good tools from a premium Snap-on or European tool snob dealer.

If you want to be serious i'm pretty sure I have replied to this same thread 5 times and it should be pretty easy to search up those old threads.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:42 PM   #11
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:48 PM   #12
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I have mostly 6 point. The first set of 1/2 metric sockets I bought were used and 12 point. I cringed at the thought of them being 12 point at the time. Well 2 years later and no bolts not busted loose, I havent found a reason to replace them

That being said. I still will buy 6 point if im buying new. I cant give you a good explanation, but thats what I do.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:53 PM   #13
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Don't think that members don't want to help you.....it is just that this subject has been beaten to death.
Just do a search ,this has been extensively covered many times.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #14
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I would alternate between sockets, get 3/8" in 12 point, then 7/16" in 6 point, 1/2" in 12 point, 9/16" in 6 point and so on, that way you'll have your bases covered.
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Get complete sets of both 6 and 12. But only use 6 in most cases...
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Okay everybody - so this topic has been "beaten to death".

I have never been able to figure out why sockets are sold as both 6 and 12 point in the same drive and depth series either.

If anyone can explain the difference in simple terms, that would be an appreciated opportunity to teach some of us non-pros.

I saw the OP's title and dove into this topic thinking I would finally learn the answer to what should be a common question. But no. I just see a bunch of guys jump on someone with a legitimate inquiry and essentially tell him to go pound sand.

Jerks.

Rant over.

Full disclosure: I have tried the search function. If you enter "6 point vs 12 point", the search will delete the words 6, 12, and vs. If you enter "six point versus 12 point", no results are found.

More full disclosure: Ryan - you can go ahead and ban me for calling some guys "jerks" who are ripping apart a newer guy who asks a fundamental question. I think I speak for a lot of guys who have questions on how things work and why, but are afraid to ask because of the anticipated onslaught of belittling which ensues. It's your board - do whatever you think is right.
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By all 6 point sockets and 12 points when/if you ever need specific ones.




Couldn't we just have that be a banner on the tool section.
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Official answer from Snap-on.

You need to have all drive sizes in all lengths in 6 point and 12 point.
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Okay everybody - so this topic has been "beaten to death".

I have never been able to figure out why sockets are sold as both 6 and 12 point in the same drive and depth series either.

If anyone can explain the difference in simple terms, that would be an appreciated opportunity to teach some of us non-pros.

I saw the OP's title and dove into this topic thinking I would finally learn the answer to what should be a common question. But no. I just see a bunch of guys jump on someone with a legitimate inquiry and essentially tell him to go pound sand.

Jerks.
6 points are better for high torque applications and for slightly rounded fasteners etc. They will also hold up better to being used on an air ratchet.

12 points are handy as they give you more options when working in a tight spot. When using a breaker bar (or low tooth count ratchet) you have a better chance of getting the tool where you can get a swing on it. Of course, there are 12pt fasteners too.
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This topic comes up about once a month. Similar repetitive topics come up in different forums.

9mm is better then .40 cal
Valentine One is the best radar detector
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Yeah, but all of the above are just flat out fallacies! 6pt vs 12pt is just an opinion.
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