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Old 03-27-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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Socket organizers for in-drawer storage. What's the tits?
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:06 PM   #3
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Yes, the Ernst. Most everything else is garbage, including the magnetic ones. The twist-lock is the way to go. I get mine from the Snap-on guy but it looks like Amazon sells them now, too.

https://www.amazon.com/Ernst-Manufac...cket+organizer
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EE does, as well.
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I have the Ernst socket holders. I hate those things. I have like three or four of them. If you want them Chris you can have them. I hate them.

I think I'm looking for a cleaner way to store the sockets in my box. Something that makes it easy to identify exactly what I'm looking for quickly. So something with a large size display, molded into the organizer and/or painted with a contrasting color. The Ernst organizers have every small size indicators. And when you have all these strips of sockets laying in your box it looks confusing. If I'm under the truck and I want my wife to hand me a T-20, I want her to easily identify that socket. I don't need the whole fucking set under the truck with me.

I don't want the sockets secured, either. I don't want to have to depress a button or un-snap the socket. I just want to grab it. And many times you may need two 10mm's at the same time. So I would like an organizer that would hold more than one socket at a time in the same location. I have 100's of sockets and I would like to store as many as possible in a single location. These sockets would have no reason to leave my garage. I have another set of tools in a bag if I ever need tools away from the house. So magnetic strips, built in lights, or MP3 player does not excite me here. Just something simple and functional.
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I use these:

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-socke...A&gclsrc=aw.ds

Don't have to put my glasses on to see the size printed on the tray. 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch drive trays have two rows for metric and two rows for SAE, which allows two of each size. I have one set of six point and one set of 12 points.
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Sounds like you need a 3D printer and a CAD program. You could build exactly what you want, with the exact organization you're looking for.
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I use the Hanson easy in out sizes are marked I have a set for 6 point and a set for 12

They come in different colors for SAE and metric
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You don't have to lock the sockets onto the Ernst rail. You can just place them onto the clip and leave it at that. I lock the sockets onto the rail that's in the truck Pelican but leave the toolbox sockets unlocked.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:36 AM   #10
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Sounds like you need a 3D printer and a CAD program. You could build exactly what you want, with the exact organization you're looking for.
You might be onto something here. In fact, kind of related, I'm looking at buying an AP Laser for work and I wonder how it would do....
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I use the Hanson easy in out sizes are marked I have a set for 6 point and a set for 12

They come in different colors for SAE and metric
This is pretty much it I think.
They are simple and effective. They have the size written cleanly on them and there is a spot for both a deep and shallow socket in each size.
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I use the Hanson ones for most of my shallow and deep sockets. For most of the other stuff I just use those cheap metal ones. I think most of mine are Snap On. I have them screwed down into the drawer. HEre's a pic of my socket drawer from 2013, not much has changed other than adding a bunch of Allen sockets.

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store the sockets in my box.
man...all of our unanswered questions were just solved.
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This is kind of what I had in mind. The clips on this organizer are optional. I don't like that it only allows for one socket of each size, but I can live with that....


https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...er/A-p8309643e

I also did not mind the Craftsman version. I went to Sears over the weekend and took a look, but their organizer will not fit my drawers. The Sears organizers are 16" deep and my Snap-On drawer is only 14.5". There was not way to trim the Craftsman organizer and it would not fit sideways, either.



I keep finding myself back on the Hansen website. These things are so cheap feeling, though. They're really a total piece of shit. I don't guess a socket organizer needs to be all that substantial, but this is some Harbor Fright type cheapness.

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As long as your sockets are all the same size or smaller diameter thats fine we have 3 tool boxes all with Hansons never broke one
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I don't like those big socket organizers. There's nothing wrong with the way they're built; I just don't like that they're dictating how they're organized for you. That's what I like about the Ernst rails--if I want to put a 1/4" drive u-joint next to my 1/4" drive 8mm, I can do that. I lay them out in the way that makes sense for me. I don't have a tool box yet but when I get one, I will probably put all of the commonly used sockets for a Defender on one rail so that I don't have to fish through 16mm when I'm looking for the 17mm. If you have only the ones you need in a row, you can quickly pick them out by sight and wouldn't even have to look at the marking.

The Ernst would solve this but you could do the same thing with a 3D printer. You could build one of those trays with your own organization, which would be really cool. In terms of CAD layouts, it would be really simple, too--a great first project.
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One annoying thing I should mention about the Hansen trays is that I got a replacement Snap On 13mm 1.4" drive deep socket and it does not fit properly on the rail. The hole in the center of the socket is too small.
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One annoying thing I should mention about the Hansen trays is that I got a replacement Snap On 13mm 1.4" drive deep socket and it does not fit properly on the rail. The hole in the center of the socket is too small.
Found that with other 1/4" Chinese sockets too
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I saw that as being a common issue with the Hansen organizers on Amazon reviews. If I run into that I'm wondering if I could use some sand paper to reshape the stem?
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