When Dewalt came out with a new impact wrench, I searched and I searched, but I could not find any Dewalt impact sockets aside from a couple of sizes intended for drill and driver use.
Things are different now.
I recently spotted dozens of new SKUs, for Dewalt impact socket sets, drive accessories, and individual sockets.
Some sets come with a Dewalt stackable organizer box, such as this 3/8″ and 1/2″ universal, extension, and adapter set.
Others, like the 28 piece 1/2″ SAE set shown above, come in a blow molded case.
Sizes go from 1/4″ drive to 3/4″ drive. There are shallow sockets, deep sockets, internal Torx sockets, and even hex bit sockets (1/2″ drive, so larger sizes).
Some of the SKUs are available now, others are said to be coming really soon.
Hand Tool Teaser
Dewalt has also expanded their non-impact mechanics hand tools. At the media event, a product manager had given me a stubby 11/32″ wrench, which symbolized 2 things. First, that he followed ToolGuyd posts and reader comments (HI!!). Second, that Dewalt was making an effort to expand their mechanics hand tool offerings.
What’s so special about 11/32″? It’s a size of wrench and socket I use fairly often, and corresponds to the size of 8-32 nuts. A lot of wrench sets aimed at automotive use exclude 11/32″, and some brands don’t even offer 11/32″ as an individual tool. Aerospace and industrial brands do tend to offer 11/32″ wrench and socket sizes.
So I use 11/32″ as a quick test to see whether a wrench set or product lineup is aimed at automotive use (or general DIY use in the case of consumer brands), or industrial use.
With knowledge that Dewalt offered an 11/32″ wrench, and a cute little sample/gift in-hand, I’ve been actively watching for new releases.
At the 2016 media event I kind of raced through the end, since I was a bit behind and had to fit 3 rotations in the time it normally takes to work through 1.
With new SKUs appearing on Amazon and elsewhere, it’s time to revisit my media event photos and notes. That’ll come in another post, I’ve already digressed too much from impact tools.
Here are some of the new Dewalt hand tools that are coming soon:
- Offset double box end wrenches
- Flare nut wrenches
- Reversible ratcheting wrenches
- New ratchets
- Torque wrenches
- Combination wrench sets
- Flexible ratcheting wrench sets.