International power tool manufacturer, Chicago Pneumatic has highlighted the importance of differentiating between impact sockets and regular sockets in the workshop.
The main difference is wall thickness but it is very easy to differentiate between the two by just looking at them: impact sockets are matt while most of the standard sockets are glossy.
Chicago Pneumatic says the only two reasons why you should use impact sockets for your impact wrench is to ensure safety and achieve optimal efficiency.
Contrary to regular sockets, impact sockets are designed to support and absorb the momentary shock of each impact, therefore preventing cracks or breaks, and prolonging the life of the socket.
If a regular socket is used on powered tools, the possibility of ruptures is very high. This could result in a serious safety risk for everyone in the same work space as any cracks in the socket can make it explode at any time, causing severe injuries to any operator.
Impact sockets provide a perfect fit to powered tools, and therefore will avoid unusual deformation or damages to the tool’s square drive.