Top positive review
like the ABS plastic for this more than I thought I would
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
I have quite a few sockets and these items allowed me to organize my sockets very effectively. Frankly, there are sockets I forgot I owned because I did not have as central a place to keep them all before. Many sockets sat in drawers for years, not getting used. While nothing is perfect, these organizers hold my larger/deeper sockets, without worrying me at all. I had previously been using metal organizers, but I actually prefer these quite a bit for my commonly used sockets, for a few reasons...
1) The combination of bar length and cost allow me to indiscriminately keep socket sets on their own bar, keeping the grab-n-go factor high. Since a lot of my sets are only ~8-10 sockets, the shorter bar length of the organizer is very welcome, allowing for more sets on more bars instead of trying to cram a couple sets on one long bar to get better use out of my space. Since I already had some metal organizers, I still use the metal bars when I need length, but this is the minority for me. Further, short bars fit a grab-n-go work bag, making it easier to grab a set of sockets when I need to dash off to my rental property for repair/maintenance work.
2) I do not use sockets daily, and I do not keep the sockets where UV hits them, so I am confident in the .ABS plastic lasting years. It does not feel cheap to the touch and feels like ABS piping used for drains in terms of hardness. The lower cost of the material makes me inclined to buy more than the metal ones I had been buying. Further, since plastic is molded and also softer than metal, the sockets come on/off smoother than my metal variants, which tend to have sharp edges and catch my sockets and hands. A ball bearing in each plastic holder eliminates concern about the plastic being too soft to keep heavier sockets on.
3) The flat plastic bar and rubber bumpers make it easy to set the sockets on a work surface, facing up. This is nice, compared to my metal one. Further,the rubber/plastic means less concern about the tools scratching surfaces.
4) I really like the color coding. Buying two orders' worth allowed me to mix/match color coding and socket holder size to get everything organized, using one color (blue) for metric and the other (red) for SAE, which is a big improvement over my metal holders, too.