Snap-on Introduces New Flank Drive Xtra Socket System

Snap-on Introduces New Flank Drive Xtra Socket System

This is the first redesigned Snap-on socket since the patented Flank Drive system developed in 1965.

Snap-on is introducing its new Flank Drive Xtra (FDX) socket system. The first redesigned Snap-on socket since the patented Flank Drive system developed in 1965, Snap-on says the FDX takes the brand’s socket and makes it even better, offering more turning power, a more secure fastener engagement and greater efficiency.

“Snap-on has taken its genius, often-imitated Flank Drive design and completely reimagined a new, improved socket that delivers even better performance than before,” said Brian Benes, a Snap-on Tools product manager. “We’re proud to take everyday shop tools and turn them into revolutionary, time-saving solutions, and the FDX is just one example of Snap-on raising the bar.”

The company says some of the features include:

  • An improved design that grips fasteners further off the corners, which offers up to 25 percent more strength than Flank Drive sockets
  • Rounded corners – with its angled contour, the socket wall grips damaged fasteners more closely for 50 percent more turning power
  • An upgraded shape – an optimally chamfered lip on both the hex and drive ends of the socket, which allows for a better grip and more turning power, especially for shallow-headed fasteners and fasteners with limited top clearance
  • Grooved, grippable outer walls, a design feature that makes them easier to remove
  • Easier identification and improved readability through large, distinctive markings on the socket exterior

Find out more about the new Flank Drive Xtra socket system by contacting a participating Snap-on franchisee or other representative, visiting or calling toll-free 877-762-7664.

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