X-CORE PINLESS™ Impact Sockets come in chrome molybdenum construction.

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X-CORE PINLESS™ Impact Sockets feature corrosion resistant black-oxide coating and Off Corner Load™ anti-fastener rounding technology. Units are incorporated with hard stamped size markings, and turned up socket base. Products come with four‑lug ball‑and‑socket design which provides 30-degree off-center operating angle. Suitable for automotive technicians and industrial mechanics, sockets are available in plastic socket rail package and ½ in. and 3/8 in. size.

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GEARWRENCH® Introduces X-CORE PINLESS™ Universal Impact Sockets

New pinless universal impact sockets deliver improved durability and excellent access compared to standard pinned universal sockets

GEARWRENCH ®, a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, known for tools that deliver speed, strength, and access, today announced its new X-CORE PINLESS™ Universal Impact Sockets. The pinless socket design offers exceptional strength, durability, and value.

The exclusive X-CORE PINLESS four‑lug ball‑and‑socket design provides increased durability, speed, and strength, allowing automotive technicians and industrial mechanics to quickly remove stubborn fasteners, even in the most cramped spaces. The design provides smoother operation for longer life and allows a 30-degree off-center operating angle for superior access in tight spots.

"X-CORE PINLESS sockets are top performing impact sockets," said James Stewart, Senior Product Manager for GEARWRENCH. "The durability and life of these sockets is exceptional and the greater operating angle will get end users out of trouble time and time again."

The new X-CORE PINLESS Universal Impact Sockets all feature:

  • Chrome molybdenum construction
  • Hard stamped size markings
  • Corrosion resistant black-oxide coating
  • Turned up socket base for easy grip when changing
  • Off Corner Load™ anti-fastener rounding technology

The four‑lug ball‑and‑socket design's 360‑degree movement gives technicians a greater range of motion and the socket wall dimensions are optimized to provide strength while retaining access to restricted fasteners. Like all GEARWRENCH sockets, X-CORE PINLESS Universal Impact Sockets incorporate the brand's Off Corner Load™ anti-fastener rounding technology, whereby the socket engages the flats of the fastener, reducing corner rounding and increasing engagement with worn fasteners. Sizes are hard-stamped into the side wall of every socket for easy identification that will stand up to years of service and stay legible for the life of the tool. X‑CORE PINLESS Universal Impact Socket Sets come packed on a plastic socket rail.

Individual 3/8" Drive X-CORE PINLESS Universal Impact Sockets (Metric 8mm – 24mm and SAE 3/8" – 3/4") are available now, as are the following 3/8" drive sets:

  • Cat. No. 84974 – 7-Piece SAE 5/16" – 3/4"
  • Cat. No. 84975 – 11-Piece Metric 8mm – 19mm
  • Cat. No. 84976 – 3-Piece Metric 21, 22, 24mm

Individual 1/2" Drive X-CORE PINLESS Universal Impact Sockets (Metric 13mm – 24mm and SAE 1/2" – 1-1/8") will be available in December 2017, as will the following 1/2" drive sets:

  • Cat. No. 84978 – 9-Piece SAE 1/2" – 1-1/4"
  • Cat. No. 84979 – 10-Piece Metric 10mm – 24mm


GEARWRENCH is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since the launch of the original patented five-degree ratcheting wrench, the GEARWRENCH brand has continuously led the industry with breakthroughs in pass-thru ratchets, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers, and specialty tools. For more information, visit www.gearwrench.com.

About Apex Tool Group

Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. For more information, visit www.apextoolgroup.com.

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