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Philbert

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Depends on how many you have. I know professional mechanics who have multiple drawers of sockets (6/12 point, metric/SAE, standard/deep, all kinds of specialty sockets, etc.).
I try to keep 'like' kinds together (drive size, type, etc.). Some standard ones live in a tapered divider built into my tool box. Some (deep, metric, hex and Torx key) live on those socket organizer rails (photo above) in drawer in my shop. Some (smaller ones) live in a metal box in a larger tool box.

Key thing is keeping them together in 'families', not all mixed up.

Since I am the only one who uses them, my 'system' only needs to make sense to me. If they were a shared resource in a tool room, I would want something more formal, that was (1) easier to understand, and (2) made it clear when one socket (ratchet, extension, adapter, etc.) was 'missing' / in use. Lots of products sold for that.

Philbert
 
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I have tons of 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 sockets plus quite a few of odd ball ones with different attachments.
I was looking online at different organizers and just wondered what other people might use.
Probably move 1 complete set of 1/4 to my work bench since that is where I use them the most. Put the rest in a setup that I can take to the carport to work on my cars or lawnmowers.
 
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Probably move 1 complete set of 1/4 to my work bench since that is where I use them the most. Put the rest in a setup that I can take to the carport to work on my cars or lawnmowers.
That is really important: how YOU use them!

Rolling Snap-On boxes might make sense for an auto mechanic who primarily works in a garage. Pegboards make sense for a shop with a main workbench. Portable needs differ. Some guys have different sets that are just used for specific applications (chainsaws, motorcycles, lawn mowers, truck/car tool kit, etc.). I have some separate bicycle and chainsaw tools that are somewhat portable. Other than that, they are organized as described above. Except that I also have a box of 'duplicates' / extras / replacement sockets that I have accumulated from garage sales, etc.: those are mostly sorted by brand.

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Get a set of them cheap plastic case socket/wrench combos and put the sockets/wrenches back in the case as you use them. I have drawers full of Snap-On/ mac tools that cost $$$$. I bought a cheap Kobalt set for a road trip about 5 years ago. Now if I am wrenching on something, I grab that cheap Kobalt set almost every time. Its crazy but a rarely fire up the air compressor anymore. Zap most stuff off with battery tools. Now I still have backups but I sure don’t use them like I used to.
 
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Get a set of them cheap plastic case socket/wrench combos and put the sockets/wrenches back in the case as you use them. I have drawers full of Snap-On/ mac tools that cost $$$$. I bought a cheap Kobalt set for a road trip about 5 years ago. Now if I am wrenching on something, I grab that cheap Kobalt set almost every time. Its crazy but a rarely fire up the air compressor anymore. Zap most stuff off with battery tools. Now I still have backups but I sure don’t use them like I used to.
Yeah, I try to keep a traveling tool set together for the trunk. You never know.
 
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That is really important: how YOU use them!

Rolling Snap-On boxes might make sense for an auto mechanic who primarily works in a garage. Pegboards make sense for a shop with a main workbench. Portable needs differ. Some guys have different sets that are just used for specific applications (chainsaws, motorcycles, lawn mowers, truck/car tool kit, etc.). I have some separate bicycle and chainsaw tools that are somewhat portable. Other than that, they are organized as described above. Except that I also have a box of 'duplicates' / extras / replacement sockets that I have accumulated from garage sales, etc.: those are mostly sorted by brand.

Philbert
Yep. I have 2 basic areas I work. Work bench with a pegboard that I am getting setup for small projects and my carport where I work on big stuff. So kinda need a portable couple of tool boxes for the car port. Seeing what other people do helps give me ideas for mine.
My toolbox at work when I was on the assembly line was always nice and organized.
 
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I keep socket sets organized on racks. The red Husky ones from Home depot work very well. The gray ones from Harbor Freight are not bad either.
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I'm kinda out of room at the moment or do I need a bigger box??? Hmmmmmmm..... LOL

Got most of them on large racks with standard all together on left and same with metric on right. Got a few loose rails in there too.
 

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Philbert

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I keep socket sets organized on racks. The red Husky ones from Home depot work very well. The gray ones from Harbor Freight are not bad either.

I'm kinda out of room at the moment or do I need a bigger box??? Hmmmmmmm..... LOL
You guys have a way to keep them organized if carrying some out to the field, away from the shop?

Philbert
 
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I ended up getting those trays from HF with the clips that hold them on, but I have too many sockets. Guess I will get another set of the bench top ones that don't clip.
Then I can finally get rid of all the extra "cheap" sockets that clutter my tool box.
 
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