If your toolbox only contains a hammer, some duct tape, a pair of pliers and a couple of screwdrivers, tool organization won’t be a priority. If you’ve lost count of all the pieces-parts of your socket sets, though, you’ve probably wondered if there’s a way to organize all those sockets: different drives, six- and 12-point, regular and deep-well, SAE and metric… Well, there are ways – and one of them is these Craftsman Socket Racks. They can make the hunt a little easier.
The racks are chrome-plated steel ¾” wide with a handle coated in plastic. On the opposite end, there’s a little hole for hanging on a nail or pegboard hook. There are 14 square prongs made of spring steel along the handle, free to slide along the length. The square is 3/8” wide, just right to plug on a socket. The rack’s about seventeen inches long, including its handle.
The steel clips slide along the length of their strip, which lets you arrange a full socket set by size. Sockets snap on securely, and remove (fairly) easily by tilting them sideways. Removing one leaves an obvious gap so you can figure out which one is missing.
Craftsman racks are available in sets of 2 for all of the standard drive sizes – ¼”, 3/8” and ½”. I have a pair that I use for my 3/8” drive regular sockets, one for regular and one for metric sizes. I find that the steel shaft isn’t very good quality so that it’s a little too easy to bend, and the width makes the racks somewhat bulky for tool-chest drawers. On the other hand, they keep the sockets secure and well-organized, and it’s easy to grab an entire set at once. If your sockets didn’t come in a single plastic case – or if you find the case too bulky for storage – then a set of these for about eight bucks is a great way to organize that mess you call your tool chest.