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Reducers, also known as socket adapters, are indispensable tools in any toolbox. These simple yet crucial devices ensure you always have the right tool for the job, especially during bolting tasks. Here's a closer look at how reducers function and the benefits they offer:

Bridging the Gap

Imagine you need to tighten a nut with a specific size (e.g., 10mm) but only have a larger socket (e.g., 13mm). Or you might have a small socket but a wrench with a larger drive size (the square end that fits the wrench). This is where reducers come into play. They act as adapters, allowing you to connect a socket with a different drive size than your wrench or driver.

Types of Reducers

Step-Down Reducers: These are the most common type. They feature a larger drive opening on one end to fit the wrench and a smaller socket opening on the other end to fit the socket.

Step-Up Reducers: Though less common, these are still useful. They have a smaller drive opening on one end and a larger socket opening on the other, allowing you to use a larger socket with a smaller wrench. However, they are not recommended for high-torque applications.