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Old 09-03-2015, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

Does anyone know if these are chrome vanadium or CR-MO.....doesnt say on sockets or package or website.....Thinking of calling customer service....they are made in taiwan and look very similar to HF CR-MO impacts.
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Old Yesterday, 03:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

Almost certain those came from the same factory the HF ones do. Why not buy the HF ones with a 20% off coupon?
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Old Yesterday, 06:52 AM   #3
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

I have a set of deep 1/2 metric Kobalt impact sockets from Lowes and they are chrome vanadium (made in Taiwan). Bought them probably 1.5 years ago. They aren't the nicest out there but they work. In hindsight I wish I had bought the harbor freight CR-MO ones but it's not like they set me back enough money to be all that upset with them. I intend to replace them one of these days but just haven't gotten around to it. I don't use them professionally so I can't say how they'd hold up in that environment but I can say they've been fine for weekends.
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Old Yesterday, 07:03 AM   #4
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

Why do they make Chrome Vanadium impacts?
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Old Yesterday, 08:59 AM   #5
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Why do they make Chrome Vanadium impacts?
Thin walled and tough.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 AM   #6
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

If you want reasonably priced Cr-Mo's (and you know you do), get Sunex. Love mine.
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Old Yesterday, 09:07 AM   #7
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Thin walled and tough.
wasn't sure if they were any tougher than a chrome socket.
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Old Yesterday, 09:57 AM   #8
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

Anyone know if Mac, Cornwell, Snap on, Or Matco USA brands are made cr-mo or cr-v?
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Old Yesterday, 10:05 AM   #9
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

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If you want reasonably priced Cr-Mo's (and you know you do), get Sunex. Love mine.
Shhhhh... you're not supposed to tell anyone.
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Old Yesterday, 10:23 AM   #10
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Anyone know if Mac, Cornwell, Snap on, Or Matco USA brands are made cr-mo or cr-v?
something i've noticed, and not just on impact tools.. most of the cheap import brands will list the alloy on either the packaging or the tool itself while the better stuff doesn't need to

depending on the manufacturing process a CR-V impact socket could perform better than a CR-MO... that said i'd bet the truck brands are using CR-MO... the wording on their websites usually say stuff like "proprietary alloy" or "premium alloy" or something to that effect... they don't feel the need to tell us
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Old Yesterday, 10:24 AM   #11
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Thin walled and tough.
I thought chrome vanadium impacts were thicker than chrome moly for the same strength.
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Old Yesterday, 11:27 AM   #12
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I thought chrome vanadium impacts were thicker than chrome moly for the same strength.
Chrome moly impacts are actually softer and thicker and have some "give", whereas the the toughness of the CrV allows the walls to be thinner. Nothing wrong with either.
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Old Yesterday, 11:39 AM   #13
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I thought chrome vanadium impacts were thicker than chrome moly for the same strength.
Correct. I have both Cr-V and Cr-Mo sockets. The Chrome vanadium sockets are thicker.

The explaination I've heard is Chrome Vanadium is more brittle and needs to be thicker to avoid cracking.
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Old Yesterday, 11:47 AM   #14
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The Chrome vanadium sockets are thicker.
Depends on what you purchased

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Old Yesterday, 12:09 PM   #15
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something i've noticed, and not just on impact tools.. most of the cheap import brands will list the alloy on either the packaging or the tool itself while the better stuff doesn't need to

depending on the manufacturing process a CR-V impact socket could perform better than a CR-MO... that said i'd bet the truck brands are using CR-MO... the wording on their websites usually say stuff like "proprietary alloy" or "premium alloy" or something to that effect... they don't feel the need to tell us
mmmm debatable.

Many of the impact sockets you probably consider 'cheap import brands' are just as good as the higher cost brands. I mean it's not like you hear of impact socket failures all the time. Higher cost doesn't make it better automatically.
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Old Yesterday, 01:17 PM   #16
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I'm not a metallurgist, but I was told that Cr-v is a harder steel, and more prone to cracking. Cr-mo is tougher and has a little give, so it is easier on anvils and will resist shattering.

My Cr-mo and Cr-V Pittsburg impact sockets have identical wall thicknesses. I can't tell much of a difference between them.
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Old Yesterday, 01:32 PM   #17
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

If you get hf impacts make sure they are the shiny black ones made in taiwan. The exact ones that are chaulky looking are made in china and the sockets are not punched on center. Not the whole set but 3 or 4 out of them usually are. They are chome moly too
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mmmm debatable.

Many of the impact sockets you probably consider 'cheap import brands' are just as good as the higher cost brands. I mean it's not like you hear of impact socket failures all the time. Higher cost doesn't make it better automatically.
yeah these days the "cheap import brands" have improved drastically over what they were even just a few years ago... in fact import brands make up nearly all my impacts... i have a handful of SK and a couple Masterforce representing USA while everything else is either HF, Tekton, or Sunex
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Old Today, 03:12 AM   #19
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Default Re: Lowes impact sockets CR-VA or CR-MO

I've always heard it that Cr-Mo is not as hard of a steel alloy, making it more likely to deform over time rather than shatter, or crack outright. My impacts are a blend of Armstrong, Kobalt, Pittsburgh. They all work. I like the Armstrongs the most personally.

Now I need to go check if there is a steel stamp on my flip socket (thin walled impact) to see if it is CrV...
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