Bosch has quietly updated their impact sockets. Or maybe they simply expanded their lineup, it’s really hard to say. But to me, the new Bosch impact sockets look to be an update or upgrade.
At this time, I could only find information on a new Bosch 10pc 1/2″ drive impact socket set, model ITDSO12V10.
This set comes with socket sizes 7/16″ thru 15/16″, as well as a basic socket rail, and a 1/4″ hex socket adapter for use with impact drivers.
Here is what Bosch’s existing/older impact sockets look like.
In my opinion, the new sockets at least look much better, thanks to what I’m guessing is a high-visibility stripe.
The new Bosch deep impact sockets feature laser-etched markings, which Bosch says will last for the life of the socket. However, the online product images make the size markings look very small.
The sockets also have both O-grooves and through holes, for use with retaining rings and pin socket retention mechanisms.
Bosch says the sockets feature torque-absorbing construction, for providing tension dissipation to absorb high torque of newer impact wrenches.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the new socket set comes with a case, but it does come with a storage rail.
So far, this 10pc 1/2″ drive SAE set is the only new style of set I’ve come across.
Not to sound too critical, but while the new sockets seem to be an improvement compared to Bosch’s limited range of existing impact sockets, couldn’t they have done a little better?
Which impact sockets would you rather use, Bosch’s or Milwaukee’s new Shockwave impact sockets? Milwaukee’s new impact sockets have big and bold size markings that I can read at a glance.
I have not see Bosch’s new sockets in person yet, but the online images show smallish markings.
What do you think?