Kincrome K2072 Socket Rail Set Review - K2073, K2074, K2075
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Neat tool storage is always a challenge, and having loose sockets rolling around risks damaging them (and other things) and makes it hard to find the right one. Socket rails are a good way of keeping track of them, and Kincrome offer a reasonably priced set of three rails covering 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive sockets. The part number of the socket rail set is K2072, and the rails are K2073, K2074 and K2075 respectively. The set in question:
The 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" clips are all on separate rails:
The top of the rails has a hole for screwing the rail onto something, and a little plastic tab which allows the clips to be slid onto the rail but prevents them from sliding off again:
Finger pressure on the plastic tab lets the rail slide off, though it can be hard to reach with larger sockets on the holder:
There's another screw hole at the other end:
Partway up is the Kincrome logo;
The K2072 set has 20
1/4" drive clips, 17
3/8" drive clips and 14
1/2" drive clips. You can mix and match, so if you have a set of a certain socket type which has half 1/4" drive and half 3/8" drive you could set them all up on the one rail.
The clips themselves are of a style similar to the ball bearing retaining system you find in many ratchet heads:
Using some of Kincrome's own sockets - a 1/2" drive set - and some additional clips, we could fit the entire set from 8mm to 24mm onto one rail:
Additional clips are available in sets of 5 - the 1/4" set is part number K2076, 3/8" K2077 and 1/2" K2078.
There's surprisingly little flex when it's fully loaded. Overall the build quality is quite good, despite being made of plastic, and sockets clip on and off with firm enough force that it's not difficult but they shouldn't budge once on. The K2072 set seems to go for around $30-35 delivered on eBay
at the time of writing (early 2016) and the additional clips seem to go for $5-7 a set, though you don't seem to see those on sale nearly as often. The individual K2073
rails generally seem to be $15-18 on eBay so the set is relatively good value.
A worthy addition to your toolkit if you're looking for a way to neaten up your socket collection.