How to get more effective power out of your impact wrench: thick sockets provide more power transfer

Its a common sight to see guys struggling with removing harmonic balancer bolts on Honda’s, and similarly on other engines.

Their guns are strong, their pressure is good, the socket size is correct, so what gives?

Its the thickness of the socket that makes all the difference when it comes down to transferring the power to the actual bolt.

The thicker the socket walls, the less the energy is wasted in the socket and gun jumping around and more of the force is placed on the bolt.

This has been recognized to the point where Lisle has recently began manufacturing and selling a specialty thick socket for Honda harmonic balancer removal.

Same principle displayed here with a home made heavy mass socket:

So the next time your top of the line gun isn’t doing the job, blame the sockets instead.

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