Thanks to Titan, you no longer must choose between the convenience of a ratchet and the toughness of a breaker bar. They claim that their 18″ ratcheting breaker bar offers the convenience of both, withstanding up to 376 ft-lbs of pipe-stuck-on-the-end torque.
It’s made from chrome-plated heavy-duty chrome vanadium steel, and Titan coats the head with a black oxide finish to resist corrosion. The 1/2″ ratchet head swivels 180 degrees, and you can lock the ratcheting action so it functions just like a regular breaker bar.
But it’s not the handle that fails when you overtorque a ratchet — it’s the ratcheting mechanism. And before we can really get behind these, we need a) to see one handle the claimed torque in person, and b) to understand what they’ve done inside the bar’s head to make this possible.
Of course, Amazon is offering it for $30 right now, so maybe we need to just pony up and find out.