Socket Wrenches

Socket wrenches are used to fasten or loosen fastenings in a similar way to spanners and wrenches, but their differences in design and functionality allow them to deliver more torque than other hand tools. Socket wrenches can also be used for a longer period without fatigue, especially when they are designed with an ergonomic, sturdy grip that guarantees safe and comfortable operation.

By employing the use of sockets and an internal ratchet system to assist in the turning of rotary fastenings such as nuts and bolts, socket wrenches eliminate the need to remove and adjust the tool after every turn. With a switch lever to active a quick change of direction, socket wrenches are incredibly versatile tools that are used across a spectrum of industries and applications. A quick-release system also means that the sockets can be changed quickly and easily between different fastenings, rather than having to locate a different tool.

Our range of socket wrenches features products from leading brands such as Bahco, Facom, Gear Wrench, Stahlwille, Stanley, Gedore and RS PRO.

What drive sizes and shapes are available?

Our selection of socket wrenches features a wide variety of imperial and metric drive sizes, with square and hex drive shapes available. From 1/4in to 3/4in and 6mm to 32mm, we're sure to have the drive size you're looking for.Popular sizes include 1/2in, 1/4in, 3/8in, 8mm, 10mm and 15mm.

How do they work?

The handle of the socket provides the leverage to turn the nut or bolt to loosen or tighten. A square-shaped projection at the top of the handle accommodates the socket. Handles come in various lengths, with the most common being around 8 in.

The ratchet mechanism within the wrench keeps the grip on the socket tight when turned in the right direction, turning the socket and therefore the fastening underneath it. When the handle is turned in the other direction, the grip on the socket is loosened and allows the handle to be readjusted while remaining attached to the socket, rather than lifting the tool away and reattaching. This allows for a quicker completion of the job as contact with the socket and fastening is maintained throughout.

Typical Applications

Socket wrenches are commonly used by professionals in a variety of industries, including car mechanics, engineers, builders, and DIY enthusiasts.


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Description Price Drive Size Handle Type Drive Shape Overall Length VDE/1000V Approved Model Height Safe Material Finish
RS Stock No. 282-849
Mfr. Part No.5449XLBL
MYR407.48
Each
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 10.5 in - - - - Black Oxidized
RS Stock No. 162-4332
Mfr. Part No.76.8
BrandFacom
MYR44.32
Each
units
8 mm Tube Hex 114 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5894
Mfr. Part No.S.120A
BrandFacom
MYR109.27
Each
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1/2 in T-Handle Square 275 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 253-116
BrandRS PRO
MYR222.33
Each
units
1/2 in Ratchet Square - - - - Alloy Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 495-451
Mfr. Part No.003550
BrandWera
MYR436.50
Each
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3/8 in Ratchet Square 199 mm - Zyklop - Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 123-1893
Mfr. Part No.135949
BrandWera
MYR756.56
Each
units
1/4 in Kraftform Square 152 mm - Zyklop - Steel Chrome-Molybdenum
RS Stock No. 742-8405
Mfr. Part No.SL.161PB
BrandFacom
MYR207.97
Each
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 263 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 688-0360
Mfr. Part No.8150-1/2V
BrandBahco
MYR1,296.15
Each
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 270 mm Yes - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Insulated
RS Stock No. 812-6260
Mfr. Part No.004064
BrandWera
MYR370.07
Each
units
1/2 in Ratchet Square 281 mm - Zyklop - Chrome Molybdenum Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 812-6248
Mfr. Part No.004063
BrandWera
MYR424.30
Each
units
1/2 in Ratchet Square 281 mm - Zyklop - Chrome Molybdenum Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 123-1884
Mfr. Part No.133862
BrandWera
MYR646.26
Each
units
1/2 in - - - - Koloss - - -
RS Stock No. 668-5834
BrandRS PRO
MYR154.39
Each
units
1/4 in Extendable Ratchet Square 200 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 253-172
BrandRS PRO
MYR160.55
Each
units
3/8 in Ratchet Square 210 mm - - - Alloy Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 812-6251
Mfr. Part No.004004
BrandWera
MYR250.36
Each
units
1/4 in Ratchet Square 141 mm - Zyklop - Chrome Molybdenum Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 509-4921
Mfr. Part No.8150-1/2
BrandBahco
MYR348.88
Each
units
1/2 in Ratchet Square 270 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Nickel Chrome Plated
RS Stock No. 254-9232
Mfr. Part No.100470040
BrandRose
MYR26.78
Each
units
8 mm - Square - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3029
Mfr. Part No.SL.171SLS
BrandFacom
MYR480.23
Each
units
1/2 in Bi-material Elastomer Square 262 mm - - Yes Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 688-0265
Mfr. Part No.28MV-10
BrandBahco
MYR247.61
Each
units
10 mm T-Handle Hex 200 mm - - - Alloy Steel Insulated
RS Stock No. 668-5846
BrandRS PRO
MYR256.58
Each
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1/2 in Extendable Ratchet Square 445 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 282-827
Mfr. Part No.5249XLBL
MYR320.24
Each
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3/8 in Ratchet Square 8.5 in - - - - Black Oxidized