I have mixed feelings about Wera’s locking extensions. I’ve got a couple that came with Zyklop socket sets I had purchased, and they’ve been seeing a lot of use these past few months.
My other mechanics tools, mainly a variety of ratchets, drive accessories, and Craftsman sockets, are still packed up in a few boxes somewhere. Until I get everything unpacked and in proper permanent places, my Zyklop 1/4″ and 3/8″ inch socket sets have been handling most of my needs.
Wera offers different sizes of Zyklop sets. I spent a little more on the larger sets that come with added screwdriver insert bits, because they also included locking extensions instead of the non-locking ones that come with the smaller and less expensive sets.
The 1/4″ square drive locking extensions are driving me bonkers.
The lock is very good, but changing sockets is a chore that requires lots of pulling, and back and forth toggling of the lock button with a fingernail.
I guess that’s a good thing. If you have a socket on a locking extension, it’s because you don’t want it falling off.
The 3/8″ locking extensions are easier to use – it’s the 1/4″ drive ones that have been giving me more frustrations. Plus, I tend to swap sockets and the bit adapter more with the 1/4″ size ratchet than with the 3/8″.
I think I have a 1/4″ non-locking extension with a small metric to-go set, which I purchased alongside a 3/8″ ratchet by itself when I first dipped my toes into Wera Zyklop waters. It’s now in a portable tool set somewhere. I use it regularly, but can’t seem to remember if it came with an extension or not.
I’d be happier if the locking extension had a pull-back collar to release the socket. But the current locking button and very stiff ball detent – even when in unlocked position – provide for a slimmer profile.
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What’s your take on locking extensions?
I don’t think I’d part with my locking extensions if given the chance. But maybe I’ll pick up a non-locking one or two to swap into the Zyklop set boxes. If I do that, the locking ones will be added to my main socket accessories drawer, whenever the bulk of my tools are finally unpacked.