Home Depot’s winter holiday tool sale displays went up a little early this year, giving us a chance to see what new tools they will enticing Christmas shoppers with. One of the more interesting tools we came across was this Husky 44-piece open socket set with SAE/inch sizes.
At first glance, the Husky open socket set looks to be heavily inspired by the Craftsman Max Axess and GearWrench pass-thru socket system. But instead of a proprietary ratchet and socket design, Husky went for a hexagonal thread-cutting die-type form factor.
Husky’s ratcheting handle features a flex-head and cushion grip. When looking at the demo model, which has only been on display for a couple of days, we noticed that it was slipping off the ratchet. The ratchet was also a bit short for our liking, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as stubby ratchets have their place can be very useful.
The set comes with 11 inch sockets, 1 bit adapter, 1 double-sided 1/4″ and 3/8″ square drive adapter, and about 30 screwdriver bits if our math is correct and we’re not missing anything.
Testing it out in-store, we found the flex-head to be a little wobbly (nothing a little hex-bolt tightening cannot fix), and the 6pt hex form factor required a little concentration to mate the ratchet with sockets and adapters. This could partially be due to the design of the demo try-me display, but could also be because of the hexagonal form factor.
The ratchet is not reversible, so to change from forward and reverse modes you must flip the ratchet over, as you would do with a zero-offset ratcheting wrench.
A 1/4″ hex screwdriver bit adapter and 1/4″ and 3/8″ square drive adapter is included, allowing the ratchet to be used with standard bits and sockets. There were no price tags on the display and we didn’t have time to check with customer service, but believe the set to be priced in the $20-25 range.
Overall, the 44pc Husky open end socket set looks interesting. From our few minutes testing it out in-store, we concluded that it does not match up well to Craftsman’s Max Axess open socket set. The Husky tools do not seem to be built as robustly, and the omission of metric sockets hurts its versatility.
But at less than half the price of Craftsman and Gearwrench sets, the Husky socket set will still likely sell well as a stocking stuffer or gift item.
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