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Ken-Tool debuts Twist Socket

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Ken-Tool is offering the Twist Socket for removing nuts or bolts with damaged or rounded hex surfaces or severely corroded and frozen threads.

The Twist Socket grips positively into the surface of a damaged bolt head or nut to allow it to be removed by using a counterclockwise spiral grip surface integrated into the socket.

The mouth of the socket has six or 12 fluted scallops which cradle the damaged hex head, with the spiral grip surface gently tapering toward the center to pull the socket downward as turning torque is applied. As more leverage is applied, a greater gripping force is delivered against the nut or bolt head.

The Twist Socket can be used with a ratchet wrench, a breaker bar or an air-impact wrench.  In addition to fasteners, the Twist Socket can be used effectively on difficult to remove pipes, pipe caps, nipples or reducers as well as frozen studs, says the company.

The Twist Socket line encompasses a range from light-duty, one-fourth-inch (6.35mm) to medium-duty 3/8-inch (9.5mm) to heavy-duty one-half-inch (1.3 cm) drive applications. Each socket is precision CNC-machined from SAE 4140 steel, heat treated for added durability, then black oxide coated for corrosion resistance. Each socket has its size prominently stamped at the base of the socket for quick identification.

Ken-Tool Twist Sockets are available individually or in convenient sets. Twist socket sets are available with an organizer bar or in an impact-resistant, red blow-molded plastic carrying case. Many sets include a drive-out punch to drive the damaged part from the socket after removal.

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