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You may not see news like this on Reuters or CNN, but we love reading about the latest tool releases — like these new ratchets from Stanley Proto. In 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ sizes, these ratchets are narrower than Proto’s previous offerings so you can cram ’em into tighter spaces. They’re also quick release; just push the button on the back to free the socket.

Inside you’ll find a 45-tooth gear, which means that you’ll move the handle through eight degrees of arc to engage the ratchet’s next click. A lever on the back selects direction.

But I can hear your thoughts right now: “What makes this different than any other quick-release, lever-type ratchet?” One answer: it’s field repairable. Remove a snap ring on the bottom side of the ratchet and you can access the gear system to repair it right on the spot. Proto offers kits including the most commonly-failed parts to get your ratchet back on track and in use in no time.

For pricing and additional information, check out your favorite Proto dealer.


6 Responses to Stanley Proto Introduces New Ratchets

  1. Toolhearty says:

    Do they have more than 6 teeth per gear? (the reason I ditched my Craftsman ratchets in favor of S-K)

  2. Old Donn says:

    Wonder where they’re made?

  3. Mike47 says:


    “Inside you’l find a 45-tooth gear…”

  4. johnnyp says:

    I don’t see how a snap ring is any better than screws, which many ratchets have to access the ratchet mechanism. Ever have a snap ring go flying into space? Not fun. I think it would be more likely that the user would have a screwdriver than snap-ring pliers around.

    Normally ratchet kits include all the parts. Every set of instructions I have ever seen for ratchet repair state that ALL the parts should be replaced at one time, not piecemeal.

    I do wonder if they are still made in USA. Their 72-tooth items that look like Facom’s (and also SK’s) are made in Italy, probably at a Facom factory. Stanley will eventually ruin Proto and Mac in my opinion – move all production to Asia.

  5. fred says:


    Since Stanley owns Facom and SK was onecx part pf Facom before its management took it private – there is no wonder about the similarities

  6. Toolhearty says:

    Mike47 Says:
    “Inside you’l find a 45-tooth gear…”


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