What is a universal socket?

     
     
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 Gator grip sockets have a collection of spring loaded pins within the head of the socket. 

A universal socket looks like a standard deep socket but the head is full of small metal pins.

 
     
   

How does a universal socket work?

 
 The pins within the head of a universal socket are depressed when the socket is pushed onto the head of a fastener allowing the remaining pins to surround the head and grip it. 

The pins inside the head of the universal socket are spring-loaded. As the socket is placed over the head of a fastener, the pins in contact with the fastener head are depressed, leaving the remaining pins to surround and grip the fastener head. 

 
     
 Universal sockets can be used to turn many fastener head shapes including hooks and eyelets. 

This design allows universal sockets to fit many different fastener sizes and head designs, as well as enabling it to turn damaged fastener heads in some cases.

 
     
 Pins inside the socket head of a gator grip socket surrounding the head of a fastener. 

However, the pins inside the socket head do not depress very far, so the universal socket is only able to grip the top of a fastener's head.

 
     
   

What universal socket sizes are available?

 
 Universal sockets come in two sizes standard and large 

Universal sockets come in two sizes: standard and large. The standard size has an overall diameter of 1" (25.4mm) and can be used on fastener heads ranging from ¼" - ¾" (7mm-19mm). It also has a ⅜" drive for connecting a turning tool. 

 
     
 Standard size universal sockets have an overall diameter of 1" where as large universal sockets have an overall diameter of 1.5" 

The large size has an overall diameter of 1½" and can be used on fastener heads ranging from 7/16" - 1¼" (12mm -32mm). The drive size of the large universal socket is ½" 

 
     
 Advantages and disadvantages of 

ADVANTAGES

 

DISADVANTAGES

 
   
  • Can be used on both metric and imperial fasteners

  • Can turn a wide range of fastener head designs

  • Can turn worn or damaged fastener heads

  • Can fit several size fastener heads

  
  • Cant apply as much torque as a standard socket

  • Does not fit the fastener head exactly so may round it off

  • Pins dont depress far so limited bolt head clearance

  • Larger diameter than many small sockets so may not be able to access fastener heads in confined spaces

 
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