>I am considering buying a 1/2" air ratchet and I'm pretty sure which
>make I'm going to get. Problem is, you can buy it on its own, or,
>for about twice the price, as a kit with sockets etc. My question
>is, Do I need the sockets (are they impact sockets?) or can I just
>use ordinary sockets from my hand ratchet set?
>Thanks in advance,
You can use regular sockets on an air ratchet. Many times, they are the
only thing you can use because of the thin walls. Impact sockets are
thick wall and won't reach into tight spaces.
I have used regular sockets sort of part time for quite a while. They
are starting to show signs of rounding in the square end.
Normally, an air ratchet doesn't have the hammer effect that an impact has.
The heavy impact sockets are nice to use, especially when the are new.