If you want a 1/4 socket set, you want something small — a quarter of an inch, to be exact. Superseded in size by all other socket sets, a 1/4 drive socket set is that teeny-tiny option you want for the finest applications — such as electronics, appliances, bicycles and small machinery. With sockets only a quarter of an inch long, you can loosen and tighten nuts and bolts in tight corners. You’d want your socket pocket-sized for precision and manoeuvrability, just as you’d want the finest needle for the most intricate tapestries.
Coming back to basics for a moment — socket sets are resources you’ll want in your corner for affixing and dislodging nuts, bolts and other fasteners. They consist of a series of sockets: cylindrical attachments with a hexagonal or square-shaped opening on one end, corresponding to a specific fastener. They also contain a ratcheting wand or handle, which you can use to turn your sockets with ease in either direction.
A 1/4 drive socket set will pack a pocket-sized punch. However, like any of its counterparts — such as the 1-inch socket set — it will still contain sockets varying in size. Because a quarter of an inch is the base length, you will undoubtedly find sockets scaling from the small to medium range of the scale. If you’re looking for larger sockets, anything upwards of 1/2-inch socket sets may be more your speed. Even at twice the size, 1/2-inch sockets spell the difference between intricate work and larger tasks like machine maintenance and automotive repair.
We’ve already examined how larger socket sets allow for more heavy-duty work. 3/4 socket sets are the midway choice between those defined by a half and a full inch. However, if you want something slightly — but not significantly — bigger than a 1/4 deep socket set, we can only recommend 3/8-inch socket sets. Ultimately, it all depends on what kind of work you want to do.
Seeking a 1/4 socket set? You’re in luck — we have plenty of 1/4 socket sets for sale here at Bits4Blokes. If you want to keep your handy work dainty, look no further than our collection right here. Look around and find that quarter of an inch, at a pinch, that fits your ratcheting wand like a glove.