AKRON, Ohio – (February 12, 2010) – One of a mechanic’s worst nightmares is removing a nut or bolt with damaged or rounded hex surfaces, or severely corroded and frozen threads. The problem is “How to remove the bolt or nut?”
The solution is the Twist Socket from Ken-Tool, a leading manufacturer of innovative tools for the automotive and tire-service market.
The Twist Socket grips positively into the surface of a damaged bolt head or nut to allow it to be removed by using an ingenious 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. Consequently, the Twist Socket has a wide range of uses in any automotive or fleet service shop.
The Twist Socket line encompasses a range from light duty, ¼-inch (6.35mm) to medium-duty 3/8-inch (9.5mm) to heavy-duty ½-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. All Twist Sockets are U.S. made and carry a limited lifetime warranty.
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.
New additions to the Ken-Tool Twist Socket Sets include:
#30106 13-Piece Medium Duty Twist Socket Set w/ Plastic Case (3/8” drive w/ 3/8” socket, 10mm – 3/8” socket, 11mm – 7/16” socket, ½” socket, 12mm socket, 13mm socket, 14mm socket, 9/16” socket, 15mm socket, 16mm – 5/8” socket, 17mm – 11/16” socket, 19mm – 3/4” socket, drive-out punch)
#30107 Nine-Piece Twist Socket Set w/ Plastic Case (3/8” drive w/ 10mm – 3/8” socket, 11mm – 7-16” socket, 12mm socket, 13mm socket, 14mm socket, 15mm socket, 16mm – 5/8” socket, 17mm – 11/16” socket, 19mm – 3/4” socket, Drive-out Punch)
#30108 13-Piece Medium Duty Twist Socket Set w/ Organizer Bar (Same sockets as #30106, no drive-out punch)
#30109 Nine-Piece Twist Socket Set w/ Organizer Bar (3/8” drive w/ 10mm – 3/8” socket, 11mm – 7/16” socket, 12mm socket, 13mm socket, 14mm socket, 15mm socket, 16mm – 5/8” socket, 17mm – 11/16” socket, 19mm – 3/4” socket)
#30117 Eight-Piece Light Duty Twist Socket Set w/ Organizer Bar (1/4” drive w/ 6mm socket, 8mm socket, 10mm – 3/8” socket, 12mm socket, 13mm socket, 14mm socket, 15mm socket, 17mm – 11/16” socket)
#30118 Five-Piece Heavy Duty Twist Socket Set w/ Plastic Case (1/2” drive w/ 19mm – 3/4” socket, 13/16” socket, 7/8” socket, 15/16” socket, 1” socket, drive-out punch)
Ten-Piece Slim Twist Socket Set for use in tight quarters. Slim Twist Sockets have a through-hole design for use on long studs. Designed for use with open end wrenches or with a socket. 3/8” drive. Available with a plastic carrying case or Organizer Bar.
#30270 10-Piece Slim Twist Socket Set with External Hex with Plastic Case (3/8” drive w/ 9mm-5/8” ext hex, 10mm/3/8”– 5/8” ext hex, 11mm/7/16” – 11/16” ext. hex, 12mm – 3/4” ext. hex, 13mm/½”– 3/4” ext. hex, 14mm socket, 9/16” – 13/16” ext. hex, 15mm – 7/8” ext. hex, 16mm/5/8” – 15/16” ext. hex, 17mm/11/16” – 1” ext. hex, 19mm/3/4” – 1-1/16” ext. hex)
#30271 10-Piece Slim Twist Socket Set with External Hex with Organizer Bar (Same sockets as #330270)
New Ken-Tool Individual Double-end Fluted Twist Sockets:
#30151 3/4″-drive, 12-flutes. 19mm/3/4” x 21mm/13/16”
#30152 3/4″-drive, 6-flutes. 19mm/3/4″ x 21mm/13/16” (w/ punch)
#30153 3/4″-drive, 12-flutes. 7/8” x 1”
#30154 3/4″-drive, 6-flutes. 7/8” x 1” (w/ punch)
Ken-Tool products are available through leading tire industry supply distributors worldwide. For more information about these and other professional tire-changing tools, visit www.kentool.com.
Ken-Tool is the world’s leading manufacturer of tire service hand tools. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Ken-Tool has been providing the tire industry and automotive aftermarket with quality products for nearly 90 years.
Rock Tyson, CME
Director, Marketing & Sales
768 E. North St.
Akron, OH 44305
635 Shaker Drive
Medina, OH 44256