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Myself says: “From the ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ files: Two socket drive sizes on one ratchet handle!  It really needs no further explanation.  I’ve seen these wtih all sorts of brands on the handle, and most of them have been well made with a 72-tooth mechanism, minimal reverse torque, and positive action from the direction switch.  One I played with in the store needed obnoxiously high reverse torque to freewheel, so this might be one you want to shop for in person rather than online.  On many models the head comes apart with Torx screws, too, so you don’t even need snap-ring pliers to clean and lube the mechanism.  (If you get the Astro Pneumatic Version, don’t get attached to the yellow grip — it won’t be yellow for long!)”

The version pictured above is made by Titan and available at Northern Tool, though as Myself said, there are lots of brands available.  Prices vary wildly, with the Titan clocking in at around $10 and the disassembleable versions discussed above running $100 or more.

Street Pricing (Various Models) [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Reader Finds: Dual Head Ratchets

  1. Andy says:

    The shop has a few of those, and they are pretty awful. The pivoting mechanism that allows you to use the wrench in confined spaces, wears out over time, and flops around. We have one where we welded the pivoting shoulder at a fixed angle.

    Also, the back ratchet makes it tough to get into confined spaces. So, it got cut off.

  2. Old Donn says:

    Another one of those novelty tools that looks like a good idea in the store, but winds up rusting in the bottom of the toolbox. Your money’s better spent on separate 3/8 and 1/4 drive ratchets that will provide years of service and less aggravation in the long run.

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