Affordable Tools was started eight years ago by an energetic local West Texas entrepreneur. Our business philosophy is simple, "Treat your customers right and they'll keep coming back."
By doing this we have been able to grow the store and our customer base a lot of the last 8 years. Affordable cuts out the middleman and buys direct from the supplier to bring the savings to our customers. Our prices are competitive and the store offers a quiet clean relief from the crowds and roaming the Big Box stores looking for knowledgeable salespeople.
If you're in Midland Texas looking for tools to use in the oil-field and need to outfit your roustabout or welding truck or need tools for your mechanics, you will find the enjoy the personal service from a small shop that knows you by your first name. We offer a great inventory of high-quality tools at competitive prices.
Higher torque is what impact wrenches were designed for. With up to 1000 ft pounds of pressure they can torque the bolts up or bust them loose. But most people use regular sockets with their impact wrenches which will affect the performance of the tool and it's a huge safety concern as well.
The biggest problem with using the regular sockets in the impact wrench is that it is not able to with stand the amount of torque and that can cause the socket to shatter, which would be a safety hazard. The reason for this is that standard sockets are made from chrome which is brittle and can split all over and the vibrations can make it shatter.
Most impact sockets are a dark grey color or even a black chrome color
Impact sockets are specifically designed to be able to handle the torque and is flexible enough to work without failing or shattering. Chromoly Bdenum is a softer material which enables it to be more flexible and handle the vibrations. Impact sockets can still split with over excessive amounts of torque, they just wont shatter and send debris flying at you.
Using the wrong socket can actually wear out your impact wrench causing the anvil to split or get worn out. That can cost up to $150 to repair. Repairing a socket can cost up to $10, so make sure that your using the correct impact socket for your impact wrenches not only to save yourself some cash but keep yourself protected from flying debris.
If your not sure of the difference between the two or need to pick up the correct impact sockets for your impact wrenches, come into Affordable Tools today and let us help you choose the right tools for the job!
Tip #1: Clean Your Work Area
Before lifting anything with your hoist, make sure the location where you're using the hoist is secure and all precautions are observed. Lifting heavy objects can be harmful if you do not have the space to get out of the way in case of a fall.
Tip #2: Always Use Straps
One of the biggest mistakes that electric hoist owner will make is they don’t use a backup strapping system. If the chain breaks for any reason, having the strap there will ensure you have time to get out of the way or reposition the item back to the ground.
Tip #3: Using Strong Cables
Your Electric Hoist is only as good as its cables you put on it. Some hoist will come with cables that you can use but its better by working with stronger cables. Always make sure they are rated for the weight that you are going to be lifting with them.
Tip #4: Level It
It’s important to always keep your hoist level but even more, the items you are lifting need to stay level. It helps to always even the weight out so it sits in the center of the hoist. This will even out the force and prevents anything from tilting.
Tip #5: Help Your Hoist
Electric Hoist are great tools to life heavy objects however there can be times when helping your hoist will make the lift safer and prolong the life of the hoist. Using a jacks or leaving items in truck beds will reduce the amount of lifting the hoist will have to do by reducing the distance.