Socket Wrenches

Socket wrenches are used to fasten or loosen fastenings in a similar way to spanners and wrenches, but their differences in design and functionality allow them to deliver more torque than other hand tools. Socket wrenches can also be used for a longer period without fatigue, especially when they are designed with an ergonomic, sturdy grip that guarantees safe and comfortable operation.

By employing the use of sockets and an internal ratchet system to assist in the turning of rotary fastenings such as nuts and bolts, socket wrenches eliminate the need to remove and adjust the tool after every turn. With a switch lever to active a quick change of direction, socket wrenches are incredibly versatile tools that are used across a spectrum of industries and applications. A quick-release system also means that the sockets can be changed quickly and easily between different fastenings, rather than having to locate a different tool.

Our range of socket wrenches features products from leading brands such as Bahco, Facom, Gear Wrench, Stahlwille, Stanley, Gedore and RS PRO.

What drive sizes and shapes are available?

Our selection of socket wrenches features a wide variety of imperial and metric drive sizes, with square and hex drive shapes available. From 1/4in to 3/4in and 6mm to 32mm, we're sure to have the drive size you're looking for.Popular sizes include 1/2in, 1/4in, 3/8in, 8mm, 10mm and 15mm.

How do they work?

The handle of the socket provides the leverage to turn the nut or bolt to loosen or tighten. A square-shaped projection at the top of the handle accommodates the socket. Handles come in various lengths, with the most common being around 8 in.

The ratchet mechanism within the wrench keeps the grip on the socket tight when turned in the right direction, turning the socket and therefore the fastening underneath it. When the handle is turned in the other direction, the grip on the socket is loosened and allows the handle to be readjusted while remaining attached to the socket, rather than lifting the tool away and reattaching. This allows for a quicker completion of the job as contact with the socket and fastening is maintained throughout.

Typical Applications

Socket wrenches are commonly used by professionals in a variety of industries, including car mechanics, engineers, builders, and DIY enthusiasts.


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Description Price Drive Size Handle Type Drive Shape Overall Length VDE/1000V Approved Model Height Safe Material Finish
RS Stock No. 772-3854
Mfr. Part No.2093 U-20
BrandGedore
TWD2,341.00
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1/4 in Non-Slip Square 127 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 123-1893
Mfr. Part No.135949
BrandWera
TWD4,371.00
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1/4 in Kraftform Square 152 mm - Zyklop - Steel Chrome-Molybdenum
RS Stock No. 705-4827
Mfr. Part No.003692
BrandWera
TWD3,401.00
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1/2 in Comfortable Grip Square 341 mm - Koloss - Steel -
RS Stock No. 123-1884
Mfr. Part No.133862
BrandWera
TWD4,083.00
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1/2 in - - - - Koloss - - -
RS Stock No. 253-419
BrandRS PRO
TWD719.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square - - - - Alloy Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 282-811
Mfr. Part No.4749XL
TWD1,453.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square 5 in - - - - Chrome
RS Stock No. 250-5490
Mfr. Part No.75.10
BrandFacom
TWD362.00
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10 mm Tube Hex 129 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 162-0043
Mfr. Part No.R.161BPB
BrandFacom
TWD982.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square 119.5 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 282-827
Mfr. Part No.5249XLBL
TWD1,813.00
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3/8 in Ratchet Square 8.5 in - - - - Black Oxidized
RS Stock No. 668-5846
BrandRS PRO
TWD1,598.00
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1/2 in Extendable Ratchet Square 445 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 162-4326
Mfr. Part No.76.7
BrandFacom
TWD262.00
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7 mm Tube Hex 106 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 282-798
Mfr. Part No.4749XLBL
TWD1,381.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square 5 in - - - - Black Oxidized
RS Stock No. 250-7452
Mfr. Part No.75.7
BrandFacom
TWD349.00
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7 mm Tube Hex 106 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 784-5967
Mfr. Part No.92A.5.5
BrandFacom
TWD233.00
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9.3 mm - Hex 95 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome
RS Stock No. 237-6573
Mfr. Part No.76.15
BrandFacom
TWD443.00
Each
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15 mm Tube Hex 169 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 735-778
BrandRS PRO
TWD180.00
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10 x 11 mm - - - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Chrome Plated
RS Stock No. 769-1776
Mfr. Part No.A.300PA
BrandFacom
TWD1,796.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square - - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel -
RS Stock No. 190-5782
Mfr. Part No.76.10
BrandFacom
TWD303.00
Each
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10 mm - Hex 129 mm - - - Chrome Vanadium Steel Satin Chrome
RS Stock No. 282-849
Mfr. Part No.5449XLBL
TWD2,724.00
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1/2 in Ratchet Square 10.5 in - - - - Black Oxidized
RS Stock No. 495-449
Mfr. Part No.003500
BrandWera
TWD2,535.00
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1/4 in Ratchet Square 152 mm - Zyklop - Chrome Vanadium Steel -