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Finally, a system that works!
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2018
Over the years I've had just about every type of socket organization system ever made. Prior to these I spent quite a bit on Ernst Manufacturing's stuff. For the most part I hated them. The problem is their clips just don't work. I tried the regular, the HD and the twist on clips. To be fair the twist clips DO work, but in my opinion they're a PITA. For bigger sockets, they're ok, but for the smaller ones and when your hands are oily and sweaty or you maybe only have one hand free - forget it, too much work.
So I've long been looking for something better. The requirements. Got to have at least 3 colors to differentiate between metric, sae and other. The bars themselves must be at least 16" long and be able to be cut to custom lengths. Of course the clips must be available in 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" drive sizes. Finally and MOST importantly the damn clips have to hold the sockets securely enough that when I grab a handful of sockets and lift, the whole holder and all the sockets come out of the drawer together in one piece - at the same time they can't hold so tight that getting individual sockets on and off their clips requires TOO much effort. These holders pass all the requirements. Crimp one factory end of the bar with a pair of diagonal pliers, just enough to keep the last clip from sliding off that end. Cut the other end to length with a hacksaw and slide on whatever combination of 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4" clips you need, crimp that end, then slide the vinyl cap back on to hide the cut. Viola, you're done. I leave the vinyl cap off the uncut end and I crimp both ends to ensure the clips can't slide off the bars. Even holding a bar upside down, I've never had a socket fall off a clip from its own weight (line up the hole in the your impact sockets with the ball bearing on the clip). Now the truth is, I don't work my tools as hard as I used to so maybe I'm not the one to testify to the durability of these clips. I will say that by the time I bought enough bars to hold all my stuff I have quite a collection of extra clips so unless they all break at once I should be covered, well, for the rest of my forever anyway. Now there's a bunch of these out there sold by ABN and others (my purchase decision was based on a combination of price and availability). They all look the same to me and I'd be surprised if they're not all coming from the same factory. True or not, the variety and interchangeability of these parts (as testified to in other people's reviews) gives me a warm fuzzy that these will be around for awhile. Ok, they're a tad pricey but they WORK! Get whichever ones you prefer and enjoy, I thoroughly recommend them.