Stanley Proto redesigns universal sockets


Stanley Proto says its new line of universal sockets, which consists of SKUs in the Proto and the Blackhawk by Proto lines, is designed to offer increased strength and reduce the chance of foreign object damage to equipment.

The new SKUs include /-, 3/8- and 1/2-inch drives with sockets in metric and SAE sizes. For users who want to use their existing sockets, each drive size also includes a universal joint designed to connect the drive tool to a standard socket.

According to the company, all of the new SKUs have been engineered to meet and exceed ASME hand-tool standards, where the strength of the joint is critical. The enhancements, which Stanley Proto says will allow users to apply a high maximum torque, include a central block that has been thickened to facilitate greater strength, and a fixed pin rather than a screw to help hold the joint together. The fixed pin is nickel-plated for added wear and corrosion resistance.

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