When I first saw this socket set, I knew that I had to get one. My father had an o-ratchet which I believe were the first pass thru ratchets. The craftsman max axess looks much better than the o-ratchet. Pros? What I love about this ratchet set is.... 1) go-thru feature. I have yet to have issue with any bolt/nut that fit a socket.. 2) polished ratchet style that makes it seem to be better quality over the regular craftsman ratchet... 3) 45% stronger than the regular ratchet. I can't test that but I will take their word. I believe it considering the contact points and pass-thru sockets are slighly larger... 4) All the other accessories are nice and work well. Go-thru adapters, extensions, hollow shaft handle and standard adapters are great additions... 5) Perfect carrying case. The tools can be grabbed easily as they don't click into the plastic which is a good thing but remain in their spots when case is closed. While someone else said that they could have made the case smaller, I disagree as the sockets "do a lap" around the case. It is only like 13" long so it is still very small case. Latches are nice and strong. Cons? None because the design of the tool could only do so much that it wouldn't be fair to subtract stars for something that is impossible to create. For example, the 3/8" max acess extension bar will only naturally be slightly larger than a regular extension bar. It is technically impossible to make it smaller or the same size as regular 3/8" extension bar because it needs to have a hole. That means I may not be able to fit the max axcess extension bar into a real tight spot like to get at some nut holding a cylinder head cover so don't necessarily think that you won't ever need regular long sockets. It may fit but you could really scuff up the extension bar. Also, I heard some poster complain that bolt would go through socket but not go through the ratchet. I could see that happening if one had to face a really long thick bolt and was using the handle and adapter. The handle hole is smaller but one shouldn't use a handle for such thick bolt task. You have to use the right driver ratchet for the job. For example, the 1/4" 13mm socket has a small hole while the 3/8" 13mm socket has a much bigger hole. Someone could put on a 13mm nut and actually be stopped because they simply used the wrong drive (1/4") instead of using the correct 3/8" drive. Not the tool's fault. Just look at the 2 holes and compare. The socket holes increase and get really large so it really shouldn't be an issue. The 3/8" racquet hole and extension perfectly lines up with the largest 7/8" socket hole. That has to be one huge bolt to be stopped. Someone else expected larger sockets and expected a more fine toothed ratchet? I think that is unrealistic expectations because this is a 3/8" drive ratchet and it goes upto 7/8" and 19mm and any more is a job for a 1/2" drive larger ratchet even though the 3/8" max axess drive is suppose to be stronger. How much is a really fine tooth pass thru ratchet and how much was this craftsman max axess set? I bet it is a big difference in price. Does a 3.5 degrees or over 100 tooth pass thru ratchet even exist? I never saw one. I highly recommend this socket set and you should be happy with it especially if you reasonable expectations. Just don't expect this set to completely replace your traditional set and deep sockets.
Very disappointed to find out was made in China. Have to return to store some sockets will not fit in ratchet.
This is a wonderful idea & to some it might seem like a gimmick, but No Gimmick on these!! It's one of those tools that you wish you had but didn't. They have saved me countless times in very awkward & hard to reach spaces!! Very Highly Recommended!!
I even bought a 2nd set of ALL of the Max Axess Socket Sets!!
Works great for bolts that are too long for a deep well, and can’t fit a ratcheting combo wrench.... and need an extension. I don’t think it would handle the torque of a standard socket, but seems well built. Took one star off for only getting 3” extensions..... a 6” would be super handy.