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Tool Review: Powerbuilt 8-pc 1/4” and 3/8” Drive Zeon Socket Set

Dec. 15, 2017
The reviewer appreciated the way these sockets gripped damaged fasteners.

Tools in the Powerbuilt 8-pc 1/4” and 3/8” Drive Zeon Socket Set, No. 941322, feature a uniquely designed broaching that allows the sockets to grab onto 85 percent rounded or damaged nuts and bolts, according to the company. These sockets are designed to give users a clean removal every time. Sizes include 1/4” drive sockets sizes 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm, and 3/8” drive sockets sizes 13mm, 14mm, 15mm and 19mm. The set come on a sliding card and includes a lifetime warranty. This set is also available in an SAE set that includes 1/4" drive sockets sizes 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 7/16", and 3/8" drive sockets sizes 1/2", 9/16", 11/16" and 3/4".     

The review

When a socket won’t grab onto rounded nuts and bolts, it creates a frustrating situation for technicians. Phil Fournier, owner of Phil’s Auto Clinic in Hemet, Calif., appreciated that these sockets were able to grip damaged fasteners.

“Sockets that work on regular as well as worn bolts or nuts are the ones to use all the time, rather than having to return to the toolbox to get another,” Fournier says.

Fournier used these sockets for engine removal and installation on a 2012 Prius, head gaskets and timing chain on a 2006 Cadillac STS and many other similar types of jobs. “The design of the sockets is great for gripping the top of an already damaged fastener,” he says.

The sockets were packaged in plastic shrink wrap. There was no manual included, but there was none needed. “It’s safe to assume a technician knows how to use a socket,” Fournier says. “They’re sockets. They were very easy to use.”

Initially, Fournier was concerned about the quality of the sockets. He says he’s bought off-brand sockets before and had the chrome chip off in pieces that would cut into the tips of his fingers whenever he used them. “These sockets, though they didn’t appear to be top quality, so far are holding up well. There is no chrome flaking and the steel seems to be of good quality. There is no visible wear at present,” Fournier notes.

“I have not heard of this tool company before, and I’m not aware of any other versions [of this tool set]. My only concern would be about the life of the chrome plating. Since I’ve only had these for three months, I can’t judge longevity, which of course is very important to a lifelong mechanic. Only time will tell for certain.”

Overall, Fournier appreciated that these sockets could grab rounded nuts and bolts, and that the sockets have held up to regular use. “So far, the internal design of the socket is superior to other expensive hand tools that are well known.”

About the Author

Stefanie Von Rueden | Assistant Editor - Vehicle Repair Group

Stefanie Von Rueden is assistant editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

Von Rueden’s background includes professional writing and publishing. Previously, she worked in the Continuing Education department at UW-Whitewater. She has covered the vehicle maintenance and automotive aftermarket since 2016.

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