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thumbwheel.jpgWhile trying to push and maneuver your ratchet into a space it was never designed to go, have you ever wished you could remove the handle and just use the ratchet head itself?  Yeah, S-K thought that, too.

Their Thumbwheel sports just that kind of handle-free operation for turning nuts and bolts in tight spots.  It features a completely enclosed ratcheting mechanism which is easy to remove and replace for cleaning by a pinching wire lock system that holds the mechanism in its sleeve.  The Thumbwheel, like other S-K Professional Series ratchets, features a hardened pawl and hardened teeth for durability and long life, plus a knobby grip for some extra cranking power.

The Thumbwheel is widely available on the web and can be found in sets with extensions that go for around $30 — or by itself for $15.  Though the set looks nice, if you already have extensions buying just the Thumbwheel itself might be the way to go.

Thumbwheel Ratchet [S-K HandTools]
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3 Responses to The S-K Thumbwheel: A Handle-Less Ratchet

  1. George says:

    Sears also has thie product in 1/4 & 3/8 drive.

  2. Myself says:

    I loooove my thumb ratchet! I picked up a cheap Chinese version for $3 at the local shady-import shop, and it’s come in handy embarassingly often. The mechanism is terrible, it takes about 15 degrees of sweep to “ratch”, and the backforce necessary before it does is sort of absurd. But being a thumb ratchet, I can just spin it in my fingers if there’s that little torque involved.

    Work sent me to another state a few months back, and I had some hard decisions to make regarding what tools to stuff in my luggage, and what to leave behind. I ended up taking a single set of Craftsman 1/4″ drive deep sockets and matching ratchet, some extension bars, and that Chinese thumb ratchet. Left all the 3/8″ stuff at home. Guess which piece got the most use?

    If I see a good American-made version at a decent price, I might have to pick one up. I can’t seem to find them on Sears.com, oddly enough.

  3. MT says:

    I wish there were more high quality palm ratchets available. I don’t like the look of any of them except the Snap-ons, so I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for one of those to show up cheap on ebay.

    I think that the Snap-on ones will provide just the right amount of torque vs. space for some of the work I do. And I’m pretty sure I’ll love it once I have it.

    On a ratchet-related note, has anyone used the Britool clutch ratchets? Or, for that matter, converted an SK “Tuff 1” ratchet to “Palm Control”?

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