Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: gedore

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What belongs in a good workshop, can not say flat rate, since each workshop must be considered individually and the tools are directed to the respective work. But there are also certain basic features that are mandatory.

A good socket set (nut box) with reversible ratchet is definitely one of them. How big this should turn out and whether one puts on the size 1/4 ", 3,8" or 1/2 ", decides the requirements or the existing budget.

With the GedoreRed 172-piece socket set, we have tested a slightly larger socket set, which covers all three sizes and can therefore be used very flexibly. It is priced with 118 € RRP to home and craftsmen who want to be armed with a handle for many tasks and still do not want to dig deep into the bag.


For many, GEDORE is simply GEDORE, as well as other manufacturers, but GEDORE offers two different product lines.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: gedore

Metal closures promise a long life.

While GEDORE (blue) is more extensively aimed at industry and craft from different areas with many special tools, GEDORE red stands for high-quality and smart tool for home and craftsmen. PricedGEDORE red with it in the middle range andNevertheless, you do not want to forego the performance promise of a quality manufacturer.

The difference between GEDORE and GEDORE red is not to draw a line between good and cheap, but rather to offer a different range of products between industry and home or craft. GEDORE red is therefore also available in hardware stores or online at Amazon.

Delivery and scope

Contents according to manufacturer information:

  • Phillips screwdriver set hexagon SW 1,5 2 2,5 3 4 5 6 mm
1/4 "3/8 "1/2 "
  • 2K lever reversible ratchet fine toothed, 72 teeth
  • Square drive handle
  • Socket insert hexagon SW 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  • Socket wrench insert hexagon SW 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  • Socket insert TX E4 E5 E6 E7 E8
  • Screwdriver bit inside hexagon 3 4 5 6
  • Screwdriver bit Slot 4 5.5 6.5 7
  • Screwdriver bit Phillips PH 0 1 2
  • Screwdriver bit Phillips PZ 0 1 2
  • Screwdriver bit TX T8 T9 T10 T15 T20 T25 T27 T30
  • Screwdriver bit TX with hole T8 T9 T10 T15 T20 T25 T27 T30
  • Socket extension
  • T-handle with slider
  • universal joint
  • Bit adapter 1/4 "square to 1/4" hex
  • Bits TX T5 T6 T7
  • Bits TX with hole T7
  • Bits TX plus security T10 T15 T20 T25 T27 T30 T40 T45
  • Bits tooth XZ
  • 2K lever reversible ratchet fine toothed, 72 teeth
  • Socket insert hexagon SW 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  • Socket insert hexagon SW 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • Socket insert TX E10 E11 E12 E14 E16 E18
  • Spark plug insert SW 18
  • Socket extension
  • universal joint
  • Bit adapter 3/8 "4kt to 5/16" hex
  • 2K lever reversible ratchet fine toothed, 72 teeth
  • Socket insert hexagon SW 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 27 30 32
  • Socket wrench insert hexagon SW 16 17 18 19 22
  • Socket insert TX E20 E24
  • Spark plug insert SW 18 21
  • Socket extension
  • universal joint
  • Magnifying piece / slider 3/8 "to 1/2"
  • Bit adapter 1/2 "square to 5/16" hex

The first impression

Deep black with red corners, metal closures and a large, raised lettering "GEDORE red" makes the tool case something. Externally it looks very stable and high quality.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: socket

For testing, the suitcase was lifted slightly and dropped.

When opening, however, a little disappointment spreads -individual inserts have been released from their bracketsand flutter around. Well, they are not welded and who knows how the shipping company dealt with the package. However, this results in the first test to hold the items in the suitcase.

Since I do not throw toolboxes around in use, it is raised slightly for testing and dropped onto the workbench. Due to its own weight, this is already powerful and usual ways to avoid it. The result is very different. While everything stays in its place with the insertion of the thin foam insert, some inserts dissolve without a foam insert and fly wildly around in the suitcase. Private, I pay attention to such deposits and use them always, but especially stable and durable it does not work. It remains to be seen whether, after intensive use of the socket set, it is still intact and usable.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: test

With insole, all parts are better kept and stay in place.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: test

Without an insert, many inserts are released and fall through the case.

In the further consideration of the suitcase and the individual inserts fallsgood lettering on. Every key andevery socket has a good lookwhich should also be dirty or slightly worn or read.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: test

Large inserts are well labeled even in the suitcase.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: ratchets

Bits are stored in well labeled holders.

The suitcase is in no way inferior. All the important sizes of the sockets clearly stand out from the smooth surface of the case and can still be seen in low light conditions. Smaller bits are housed in their own holders, which are also legible (white on black) labeled.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: reversible

With long socket wrenches you can also hold nuts.

A look at the contents promises already, which is also good to see in the suitcase -You should not miss anything. For all three sizes there is a ratchet, a toggle, extensions, a universal joint and a number of standard and special socket wrenches. At first glance, I miss nothing and am particularly pleased about the longer sockets. This also nuts can be used without the thread of a too long screw disturbs it. In many cases a problem solver.

Practical or not? On the 1/2 "extension (250 mm), the slider can be stuck and thus serves theExtension at the same time as a cross handle or gag. This saves material and space in the case, but you have to decide in which function you need the extension just. Tilt and extension at the same time does not work.

In any case, the practical ones areRatchets that are good in the hand, easy to switch but not too easy and have a bright red eject button. This not only stands out visually, it stands well over and can be served so well. Sockets and other adapters are held securely.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: socket

An eject button that attracts attention and is easy to use.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: socket

The extension is also the cross handle with slider.

The GEDORE red socket set with reversible ratchet in practical use

For the next two weeks, the socket set from GEDORE red accompanied me on my work, which was smaller or more extensive. Among other things, I have:

  • trying to repair a washing machine
  • the washing machine completely disassembled for disposal
  • disassembled an exercise bike for storage in the attic
  • built a cross trainer
  • a rowing machine overhauled and screws replaced

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: reversible

The bigger bet makes sureattempted repair and then dismantling the washing machine out. Here, the drum bearing should initially be replaced, but I had to realize that the washing tub was glued and not screwed. Thus, the drum can not be removed without destroying the washing tub and the camp does not change. The decision then fell on a new machine.

When dismantling the washing machine, I intentionally renounced my own tools and limited myself to the socket set of GEDORE red. Of course, the handle to a screwdriver or bit holder would have been the easier option every now and then, but all work could also be implemented with the GEDORE tool.

At theDisassembling the home trainer and building the cross trainer mainly the ratchets and various attachments from socket wrenches to hexagon socket were used. No question about it, more than probably ever needed to choose from. However, not quite as enthusiastic has the square-shaped handle (similar to a bit holder). The game of the plug-ins I felt as too big. Although they were held securely by the spring-loaded ball, but still wobbles on the holder back and forth.

TheWorking on the rowing machine showed two advantages of the GEDORE red socket set. On the one hand, thanks to the different sizes of ratchets, each of which has a complete set of socket wrenches, no other tools were needed, even though two 13-inch socket wrenches had to be used at the same time. On the other hand, the long sockets were handy when nuts were replaced with screws that were too long. Now the right carriage bolts are installed there.

Conclusion to the test: Socket set with reversible ratchet from GEDORE red

GEDORE red offers a more than extensive tool case with the 172-part socket set containing the drives 1/4 ", 3/8" and 1/2 ".Only there is nothing to complain about on the socket wrenches or the case.

Test socket set with reversible ratchets from GEDORE red: gedore

The tool case is sturdy and promises a long safe use with metal closures. The labels in the suitcase are very clear and visually he does not have to hide. Only the maintenance of the socket wrench in the case could be improved somewhat. Without the foam insert not all inserts - in case of a fall of the suitcase - remain in place. With foam insert, however, there are no problems.

The range of sockets, bits and extensions of the changeover ratchets is extensive and at no point to complain. Even special forms on screw drives, such as TX plus security, internal serration or TX with bore are covered. Of course, the combination of the three different drive sizes is advantageous. Not only because they serve different power transmissions, but because so can use multiple sockets of the same size at the same time.

GEDORE red does not promise too much with the 172-piece socket set. With an online price of about 100 € it fits into the budget of many home improvement and still offers a very high quality standard with a great equipment. The small reviews on the hold of the socket wrench in the suitcase or the imperfect fit of the bit receptacles on the square handle, may be seen as "complaining at a high level".

Review: Riccardo Düring

Photo Credits:
  • all pictures: Riccardo Düring

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