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Impact Socket

Discussion in 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Get Help Fast Here!)' started by ddickey, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. ddickey

    ddickey United States H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

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    Would I be able to turn and drill/tap an impact socket? The brand is Masterforce from Menards, the description says nothing about being heat treated. I'd like a hex holder for my tailstock round die holder.
     
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    ddickey,

    You probably can - I made a spanner from a cheap Home Depot impact socket last year. This was to re-install the bearing on my Rockwell mill, which was torn apart, so I milled this socket with my little Sherline mill! Less than .010" DOC and it took forever, but did it with a HSS end mill.
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    Impact sockets are heat treated, but are not especially hard, instead they are tempered to a very tough state so they will not be brittle and crack under the pounding. They are machinable but will probably require carbide tooling. A good surface finish might be difficult. Tapping might also be difficult, choose a smaller percentage of thread depth like perhaps 55%. Those are general guidelines as I see them, but there are lots of tool makers out there, and their products are not all the same, sometimes by wide margins...
     
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    HF impact sockets cut like butter with HSS tooling, the masterforce brand may be similar
    as Bob said they are not hard, but they are varying degrees of tough between manufacturers
    i have not tried to tap them, but i'd consider other methods unless tapping was the very last option (or something i'd have to prove to myself ;))

    in my experience, the less expensive sockets don't have a very long service life, post modification.
    but i expect that in the first place, and am rarely let down:)
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I ended up taking apart a hand hex die holder and turning it down on the lathe. Then I made a piece that fits into my current round die holder that holds the hex. Came out pretty good. The only thing that really stunk was the material I had was a 2.5" round aluminum. There is an enormous amount of chips or stringy fries out in my garage.
     
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    I haven't had a socket yet that I couldn't mill with HSS endmills. I have milled many different brands to make special sockets. I would think that if it cuts real easy with HSS then you should be able to tap it without a problem. Just don't use a dull tap.
     
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    i have turned down many large socket outer diameters for clearance reasons. sharp tools, great results. . .
     
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    impact sockets are way softer than chrome sockets as mentioned by others, They tig weld nicely too. (at least the cheap one's do)
     
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    I have drilled tapped and welded some Thorsen sockets to make die holders. I think they were impact sockets based on the wall thickness.
     
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    I have made die holders from good quality American made impact sockets. I machined them with HSS tooling and drilled and tapped them as well, without any problems.

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