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I was at my local Home Depot today, when I saw a display of Makita 1/4″ XPS impact socket sets at $10 each.
I don’t need more sockets, but… I always find myself running around trying to get the right cordless drill, impact driver, or impact wrench adapter for the socket most convenient for the task at hand.
There are times when I hit up my master kit and get what I need, and other times when I just need one small task and dig through a portable kit hoping I have the right combination of accessories there.
Improvising usually works, but it’s less than ideal.
$10 each for a SAE set? I’m sold! I figured I might as well get a metric set too, as my older Makita 3/8″ impact sockets have served me well over the years.
Makita Impact XPS sockets??
Earlier this year I wrote about Makita’s XPS impact-rated screwdriver bits. I asked Makita USA as to whether their Impact XPS sockets were any different than when they were branded under previous branding (such as Makita Impact Gold), but they never got back to me.
First there was Makita Gold, and now Makita Impact XPS. There was ImpactX in between, but I don’t remember seeing any ImpactX socket sets.
As far as I can tell, these sets feature a newer Makita Impact XPS hex to square drive adapter bundled with the same impact sockets that Makita has been selling for years, or at least this seems to be true for the 3/8″ sockets, as the 1/4″ impact sockets seem to be a more recent expansion.
But you know what? For convenient close-reach purposes I bought these for, they’ll do the trick.
Makita wouldn’t be my first choice as an impact socket brand, and they’re also not among my top picks when it comes to power tool accessories in general, but I think these will work out nicely, especially for the price.
The current (sale??) price is $10 each at both Amazon and Home Depot. It’s also worth noting that Home Depot has free no-minimum shipping on both SAE and metric sets.
SAE Sizes: 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″
Metric Sizes: 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13 mm
Each set comes with 8 pieces – 7 sockets and a 1/4″ hex to square drive adapter, plus a soft plastic holder.
Buy Now: SAE via Amazon
Buy Now: SAE via Home Depot
Buy Now: Metric via Amazon
Buy Now: Metric via Home Depot
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