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. 162-4332
Mfr. Part No.76.8
BrandFacom
MYR44.32
Each
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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. 742-8405
Mfr. Part No.SL.161PB
BrandFacom
MYR207.97
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 263 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 910-3029
Mfr. Part No.SL.171SLS
BrandFacom
MYR480.23
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1/2 in Bi-material Elastomer Square 262 mm - - Yes Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 123-4644
Mfr. Part No.S.161BPB
BrandFacom
MYR209.65
Each
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1/2 in Ergonomic Square 250 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 829-2897
Mfr. Part No.KL.161PB
BrandFacom
MYR682.42
Each
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3/4 in Ratchet Square 600 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 550-221
Mfr. Part No.J.360PB
BrandFacom
MYR420.39
Each
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3/8 in Ratchet Square 233 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 162-4354
Mfr. Part No.76.13
BrandFacom
MYR55.83
Each
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13 mm Tube Hex 152 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 251-1388
Mfr. Part No.76.32
BrandFacom
MYR293.88
Each
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32 mm Tube Hex 330 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5399
Mfr. Part No.76.25
BrandFacom
MYR144.96
Each
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25 mm Tube Hex 260 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5333
Mfr. Part No.76.18
BrandFacom
MYR94.41
Each
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18 mm Tube Hex 195 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5383
Mfr. Part No.76.24
BrandFacom
MYR144.96
Each
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24 mm Tube Hex 260 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 162-4348
Mfr. Part No.76.9
BrandFacom
MYR44.19
Each
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9 mm Tube Hex 122 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 111-6727
Mfr. Part No.R.180PB
BrandFacom
MYR224.08
Each
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- Compact Ratchet - - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 765-3370
Mfr. Part No.S.360PB
BrandFacom
MYR281.35
Each
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 251 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5490
Mfr. Part No.75.10
BrandFacom
MYR61.22
Each
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10 mm Tube Hex 129 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 910-3010
Mfr. Part No.JL.171SLS
BrandFacom
MYR317.92
Each
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3/8 in Bi-material Elastomer Square 210 mm - - Yes Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 250-7480
Mfr. Part No.75.13
BrandFacom
MYR71.32
Each
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13 mm Tube Hex 152 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5620
Mfr. Part No.75.27
BrandFacom
MYR180.52
Each
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27 mm - Hex 280 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5462
Mfr. Part No.75.6
BrandFacom
MYR51.24
Each
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6 mm Tube Hex 102 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome