I bought this 1/2in. drive universal joint for work, had it for about 2 years till the small ball bearing fell out that holds the sockets. Probably from to much use. I use it every day, about (4-6) hours a day. It's worked great no problems till the ball bearing fell out. Other then that it still works. I had to order 2 more online, really don't have time to go and exchange it since it is a craftsman product. When I get a change I will do an exchange. Just easier to order online for me, for work. Great product!!!!
Great to get into those tight areas where impact gun or ratchet doesn't quite fit in. Pinless design is nice addition.
I bought this universal joint several years ago and just had it warrantied due to a retaining ring cracking causing the joint to have significant play which caused low torque transfer to my socket. Unfortunately, the joint has been redesigned and is terrible. The joint is a bit longer than my old one (which isn't convenient for the tight locations that require a universal joint) and gets SUPER tight on any sort of angle (same part number) wish I had my old broken one back.
I think this item is ok for doing most jobs. I used this to get a bolt out of a caliper mount, they are torqued to 210 ft/lbs. Using an impact it worked fine but started messing up the swivel. It was harder to turn or swivel by hand after using it on the job. I think the swivel needs a drop of oil or grease for lube.
Does the job
So much better than the ball and pin traditional impact style. This should last a very long time.