Milwaukee Socket Set – One Year Update

4September 2021

What’s up everyone? Welcome back to The DurbinCompound! If you haven’t met me already, my name is Devin Durbin. So today I thought I would do an update on the Milwaukee socket set. If you haven’t seen my original video, you can check it out here in the right-hand corner of the screen.

You can go over there. I did an unboxing of this set. I got reallyexcited. It’s been 11 months and a couple of days since I’ve owned this set. So I figured I’d do a one-year update.

Sorry I’m cheating you out of one more month of owning this set, but this is howit’s going to be. So, this set has been absolutely amazing! I have a couple of critiques and we’ll go over them in detail here. I’m going to change the cameraangles so you can see the set better and we’ll talk about it. And I’ll tell you what I like and don’t like about this set.

All right, first things first. What I would like to say about this is, it’s absolutely awesome! It does have someimprovements that can be made, but for the most part, this set is pretty darn good.


So one of the things that I always find with this kind of plastic that is used is that, for some reason, it getsreally dirty and you can’t wipe it off. So, you know, it’s something that I like to keep my toolsnice and clean, but for the most part, this reddoes not wipe off. It kind of makes me mad that you can’t wipe it clean when you get dirty, but, you know, that’s just one of those things. I’m picky about the appearance of everything, and I like to be able to wipe it down.

So, just the materials that were used, not too shabby, but they are not cleanable. Now I will say something about this case. About two weeks into using this, my buddy Dillon, you’ve seen him on the channel, ran over this case with his F-250 with the tools in it.


Sohe had a bunch of other..

He had some other tools lying on the socket set, had it behind the wheel, and literally backed right over it. It did crack the case in the hinge area. I hope you can see the camera, but he did crack the hinge area, but it does not affect the way the case opens and closes, which is nice. So it can literally be run over by a truck and you’re not worried about it.



So, the theratchet has proven to be awesome. We’ve worn the finish off the little thumb selector. Not a big deal, it does not affect the fit or function in any way. I’ve put some dents in this handle with a sledgehammer before. So, this thing has taken abeating.When you’re in tight spots and you really need to get that fastener loose, you know, I dobang on the hammer, or I do bang on the handle of a hammer from time to time.

So it has taken a beating and really just kept on going. The 4-points, or the 4-sided sockets, are awesome. I like that, you know, I like the fact that you could use a socket, or a wrench, on the socket, but I never have.


And I’ve never found a place I need to go to. One thing that I do not like is that they’ve only laser etched the number, or, you know, the designation of which socket it ison two sides of the socket.

So sometimes, when you lay the socket down in the set, you need to reorient the socket so that you can see the number. Yeah, that’s a little nit-picky. But if they put it on all sides, you could literally sit down in the tray, whichever way you want, and you would be facing the number that the socket is. So, that’s a little nit-picky thing, but I think it would make this set a little easier to use if you had a number on all four sides.


So I did notice after a while, some of the laser etching didn’t look so hot, but for the most part, you know, it’s not bad.

You can see the numbers. They are packed with grease and dirt. They stay fairly clean, and they’re easily identifiable.So, we’ve got some of these sockets really dirty and haven’t cleaned them out. And I’ll probably take the parts washer to it–soon, you know, something like that to clean them up.

The extensions are really nice. I like the knurling. The knurling could be a little bit longer, and maybe have a crosshatchpattern. So, it’s not too bad on the 3-inch because the one-inch knurling takes upquite a bit of the handle.


But when you have something like this, I’d like to see the knurling further down or, you know, a bigger patchof knurling on this actual extension.



So, those are kind of nit-picky things, but, you know, I would like to see some updates after using this for a year. It could be a little bit better, you know, with that knurling. One thing I will say is, we’ve never evenpicked up this universal joint. I think that it’s a little too sloppy and a little too loose. I don’t even think I’ve put it in a socket. I certainly have, or have not.



Dillon might have, but I just don’t even use this universal joint. I think it’s cheap and I feel like I’ll probably break it if I use it. Or bind it up in any certain way. This would definitely be the first thing to break. Andit already looks a little catty-wampus if you will.

Looks like it’s, you know, half brokenalready. And I have never even used it. So, three little critiques of the set. Not a bad setat all. I figured, you know, a one-year update iswhat you guys deserve from the original video.

This thing is absolutely awesome. If you’re only watching this video, I’ll put the part number at the bottom, but this is 48-22-9508. And this is the 3/8 metric set.So, I’ll put it in the description so you know exactly what you’re getting into in this video. The one thing that just bothers the heck outof me is that these aren’t marked on all four sides.

So often, when you’re working with someone else and we put the tools back, you know, I’m overhere spinning the socket so that I can see what size is which in the tray.


Yeah, it takes a couple minutes, but I’m all about efficiency andworking, you know, working with the least amount of steps possible. And if I can put the socket down, however it fits, you know, it’s better to do that. You don’t really have to worry about these because they go up and down. You know, they’re vertically oriented in the tray instead of horizontal like this. So, you know, it’s just the way these deep sockets sit.

I thought from my original video, I thought I was going to have an issue with maybe not having12-point or 6-point, and I found that, you know, I don’t run into very many 12-point sockets, or 12-point bolts, or bolt heads, at all.


Very few times have I been ableto just go get a socket from the toolbox and take care of it. I thought that that was going to be a real, you know, kind of hitch in this kit, but this kit has been very, very good. The sockets still fit on the bolt heads perfectly well. They’re great.

I highly recommend the ratchet. It’s fine-toothed. It’s tough. The case is awesome. It’s definitely a “must buy” if you’re looking into something like this.

Don’t hesitate to go out and buy it. It’s absolutely, without a doubt, a 10 out of 10in durability. The value is definitely there.Yeah, it’s still a little bit pricey, but I think that for what you get, it’s pretty darn good for the money. You’ve got to pony-up a few extra bucks compared to, you know, some offerings fromCraftsman.

But if you’ve watched any of my videos on Craftsman and Tekton, I think that they definitely take the cake, every single time compared to those cheaper socket sets.


So, definitely a “must buy.” That’s a great one-year review. I don’t think I have anything else to say about it. I’m sure if Dillon was here, he’d have other things to weigh in on, but it’s a great set and I like it a lot.

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