As Milwaukee Tool continues to expand upon their Hand Tool arsenal Chrome Socket Sets does seem like the next logical step. While these sockets sets are traditionally considered “mechanics tools” every electrician, plumber, HVAC, service tech and the list goes on, has a socket set in their bag or truck. Milwaukee’s new Contractor ratchet and socket sets, both SAE 48-22-9000 & Metric 48-22-9001 are designed for this market. The sets use a 3/8” ratchet with a pivoting head ideal for tight spaces and eight common deep sockets with some additional extensions/adapters. Priced at $69 each and should be here in April!
We really like the square base on all the sockets (would be good for mechanics as well) which keeps the sockets from rolling away. The square on the socket also allows it to be tightened by a wrench 1/8” size larger. The zipper pouch is good for travel and fits better into bags with more stuff. The click in/out base is very user friendly, ratchets have lanyard hole for safe use at heights and overall these sets make a lot of sense for trade professionals. Priced right at where a GearWrench 3/8″ socket set ($69) would be with 21 pieces but again if all you want is the deep sockets, more pieces doesn’t add value.
When asked if this was going to lead into mechanics sets they said “you’ll need to wait until June” when their New Product Symposium (#NPS17) will be held in Milwaukee. Check back soon to pre-order these Contractor Socket Sets – Milwaukee Tools