Great points made. I was just trying to explain some of this to a friend the other day. Done way better than I could, I’ll just show him this article.. 👍
I’d remind everyone that impact sockets are always hex-sockets….with six sides. Many of the chrome or traditional sockets are 12 sided. Using a twelve-sided socket with a an impact wrench can be asking for trouble. It’s more likely to either round-off the head of the fastener or crack the wall of the socket.
And Kyle FWIW, I have the same issue with painted wheels on my FD. Maybe it’s what’s pictured but I got a set of special sockets from a certain discount tool store (HF). They’re hex and come with a plastic sleeve around the outside. Placed on the lug nut the sleeve is stationary while the socket spins inside. The set is cheap (as you’d expect) and the socket is thin-walled, but I only torque the wheel lugs to 85-90 ft/lbs and they’ve held up fine. YRMV.
If this is partly in reply to my post…yeah. Figured that could be left unsaid. And they don’t need to be “higher-end” wheels. Wheels that are just expensive…BMW for example, should be torqued properly with a wrench.
Like with most DIY'rs, the tools you should buy are the tools you will need. If you cut down trees, buy a good chainsaw. If you make cupboard doors, get a decent table saw. Chainsaws and table saws have specific uses and are not interchangeable. If you tinker with watches, you sure as heck don't need a 1/2" impact gun and impact sockets. But since this is a forum mainly aimed at automotive maintenance, repair, restoration, and alteration, I would implore you to get impact sockets for those jobs that they are best suited for. Taking off your valve covers? Not needed. Breaking apart a crusty old third member from your '58 Chevy? Use CV 12-point sockets at your own peril, 'cause you are gonna break one sooner or later. So your level of involvement in working on your vehicle should dictate the tools you have in your kit. Get the right tools for the job, and you'll never be sorry. Try to "make do", and you'll be sorry all the time...