On Tue, 23 Nov 1999, Randall wrote:
> Chris Heerschap wrote:
> > How so? A 12 point socket gives you 30 degree increments, as opposed
> > to the 60 degrees of a six point... granted... but with a 72 tooth
> > ratchet, you've got a five degree swing, so if the six point doesn't
> > quite line up, pull it out and turn the ratchet two clicks and you've
> > gone only 1/3 of the distance of the twelve point and don't have to
> > worry about rounding the fastener!
this is one of the best reasons to buy a fine tooth ratchet--they make
12-point sockets obsolete.
> The 12 point socket gives you better odds that you won't have to pull
> the ratchet out and turn it.
I'd rather pull my hand out than strip a fastener.
> This can be a significant difference if,
> like me, you have fat arms that sometimes have to be wedged into place
> to reach a particular bolt.
ah, well, you've got me there, if I had to deal with that things might be
> Not to mention that there are such things as 12 point bolt heads.
I've seen them on: the cylinder to case nuts on a '72 triumph daytona, and
hardly put them on some of their 'bikes'. on the triumph, they were
replaced with spline nuts, and if I owned a pig...er, hog, I'd sell it.
no wait, they get someone else to wrench 'em, so this is moot. and I'm
not a wrench (for money) anymore, so I don't need to sweat it. my point
is, on my personal machinery, I'd change the fasteners. to get them off
originally, I have the sears set in a tool box in the laundry room