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We’ve seen lots of swivel-head ratchets, but we’ve never seen one that swivels in this plane.  As PutnamEco — the reader who clued us in to this find — said, you can “start off like a screw/nut driver and finish like a regular ratchet.  This is one of those tools you don’t realize you need until you have it.”

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It features Snap-on’s now-standard “classic soft grip handle” as well as a slim head and 9-degree ratchet action.  The 3/8″-drive version (pictured) runs just shy of $100.

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Swivel-Head Ratchet [Snap-on]

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19 Responses to Snap-on’s Innovative Swivel Head Ratchet

  1. Mike Bretana says:

    I have an S&K just like it that I purchased 30 years ago.

  2. Old Donn says:

    You might not know you need it till you have it, but at $100 a copy, that puts it strictly in the realm of professional mechanics. Any weekend warrior with the dough to buy Snap-on doesn’t work on his own cars. He pays a pro who already has a set of Snap-on.

    • Mike Case says:

      I respectfully disagree. I am a “weekend warrior” that buys the best tools to do the job – even at $100 a pop for a ratchet. This is an amazing ratchet that obviates the need to pull the ratchet off of an extension and spin the extension by hand to start threading a screw. It also helps that I have a classic Chevy that makes my work a “Labor of Love” and not just a process to get my car back on the road.

  3. SlowJoeCrow says:

    S-K has made these for years, and http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artifacts/owatonna-tool-company.html shows an OTC 1/2 inch drive and states that they were in a 1935 catalog.

  4. l_bilyk says:

    SK has been making these for ages
    I’m surprised you have never seen one

  5. Guy says:

    I’ve seen these in the snap on catalog for years and didn’t think much of them. They actually looked weak compared to the standard swivel head ratchet. But then I saw a mechanic using one at the local motorcycle shop. Eureka- it was fast. The nut drive feature saves time and for some that means money. Yep, if you need an excure these pay for themselves. I have two now, 3/8 and 1/4. They really are amazing and strong.

  6. KaiserM715 says:

    I have one of the SK models that was purchased by my grandfather over 30 years ago. Still an excellent tool in excellent shape. SK still makes a similar model:
    http://www.skhandtool.com/Default.aspx?fusemode=10&pid=42775

  7. m4ff3w says:

    Griot’s has had one for a long time in their catalog:
    http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?&SKU=28098

    $32.99 for the 3/8″ and 3/4 of that for the 1/4″

  8. MattW says:

    This brings to mind a tool that I have seen mechanics for big shot motorcycle racing teams use. It is a speed wrench combined with a ratchet head. Picture the above tool with a speed handle and you get the idea. So, you use the ratchet part to bust the fastener loose, then swing the handle out spin it off. Totally slick. Not only have I not found the tool, but I can’t even find a combination of parts to bodge one together. It looks like it could be a Snap on product, but I can’t find it in the online catalog (big surprise). Can anyone help?

  9. Clinton says:

    My father has one of these and it’s a great tool. It’s the only swivel-head ratchet I can say that I actually like.

  10. PutnamEco says:

    I actually like tho older square screwdriver style handled one, but they don’t mak ti any more.

    T handle ratchet, goto

    http://www.pitposse.com/potra.html

  11. Sean McDonald says:

    Toptul makes several in thier 72 teeth ratchest including a stubby and a stubby with both 1/4 and 3/8 on same ratchet.
    http://www.toptul-usa.com/4-3_3_4th72.htm

  12. DavidtheDuke says:

    Snap-On’s newest ratchet is their FLF80 which is pretty awesome. It doesn’t swivel like this but it is on a flex head with 80 teeth and low ratcheting torque (almost none, really) and I already had another SO ratchet so I switched the heads (they’re interchangable, very cool). It’s $100 itself, so with SO you only buy where it really really counts.

  13. ShipsSK says:

    Now if we can only get Snap-on to honor their warranty with the Government. We purchased 50 of these about 6 months ago and it took them almost that long to get them all delivered. Problem is some of the first few that arrived started stripping out. The industrial snapon rep sent us an email blaming us that we need to take more care of their tools and that “they don’t warranty stupidity”. Needless to say, our CO was hot and I’m sure that email traveled the world…with the reps name and Snapon logo. Yet he’s still with the company and still won’t back up their “limited lifetime warranty”.

  14. Nuclear Wally says:

    Buy the Harbor Freight version, they are all Taiwan high end tools.
    Here the Numbers

    Long Handle Versions
    1/2″ 96783……………..3/8″ 96782…………1/4″ 96781

    Stubby
    3/8″ 98667 ……………..1/4″ 98668..

    you can get all five of them for less than the one snap-on ratchet.

  15. Chris says:

    Fantstic Ratchet!!!!!

    Just got the new 100 tooth a few months ago…. Been a pro mech for about 10 years and nothing has ever come close to this. 4.3 degree swing is crazy tight….

    Had the 72 teeth version for years… but the 100 tooth is awesomer… bout $130.00 and worth every penny… or find it on ebay for less

  16. roger moon says:

    does anyone have a part number for the s-k 3/8″ drive version of this ratchet?

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