> 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!
> The 12 point socket gives you better odds that you won't have to pull
> the ratchet out and turn it. 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.
Okay, I'll give you that one... but I still think using the fineness
of the ratchet beats the disadvantages. :)
> And IMO, you always have to worry about rounding the fastener or
> breaking the bolt. Using a 6 point socket just tips the odds towards
> breaking the bolt.
I'm spoiled... the cars I work on are fairly new and breaking bolts
hasn't been a concern.
> Not to mention that there are such things as 12 point bolt heads.
I've run into six so far, and all six were on my clutch pressure
plate. That's when I get up, dust off the 12pt sockets, and use
them... then put them back and forget them... :)
Chris Heerschap - UNIX Systems Mutilator/Postmaster