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Old 12-18-2009, 09:14 PM
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The next question though, is do you 'need' to make them softer to accomplish the end goal? Many sockets are case hardened, so a score with a grinder then allows a file or hacksaw to do it's job. Impact sockets aren't very hard at all, hence the need for thicker walls etc to handle the loads.

Welding hardened steel is something that can be done, knowing what steel alloy it is definitely helps, but isn't necessary. Knowing what hardness it is gives a better idea than a shot in the dark guess though, and lets one select a filler that will give comparable hardness when finished. One of the metals we welded a lot was M2, which was usually around 60-62 Rc.
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