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  1. #1
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    ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    There must be a price mix up because on one page they want $37.58 for a set of two ratchets, and on another page, for the same ratchets they are asking $72.99

    I don't use hand tools enough to wear even cheap ones out. I never have had a problem working with my cheaper hand tools so I continue to buy them. I like the plastic handles because around here it gets plenty cold.

    37.99 link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...atchet-Cushion

    72.99 link https://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-81...592438011&th=1
    I've been everywhere but the electric chair, seen everything but the wind...the only two things I can't weld is the crack of dawn and a broken heart!

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    they look like harbor freights too..
    https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...het-62333.html

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    they look like harbor freights too..
    https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...het-62333.html
    They sure do look like Harbor Freight's ratchets. I'm guessing Gear Wrench has the same Chinese's manufacture build theirs, one would hope Gear Wrench requires better gears in their mechanism, but I would bet against it.
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    The way these chinese companies work to get the quantities needed for mass marketing they probably subbed the same specs out to a hundred different 'manufacturers' all over the country... so QC is probably all over the place...

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    they look like harbor freights too..
    https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...het-62333.html
    from far away.
    up close you can see differences.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Gear wrench bought Armstrong tools USA and shut them down, chose from that

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Well the moreexpensive bottom link is for horizontal ratchets while upper link for the cheaper ratchets are for vertical ratchets. Totally different useage.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    That Gearwrench stuff appears to be pretty good,
    unlike some of the older,cheap Chinese ratchets
    that always wound up breaking or slipping.
    Most days my 3/8 ratchet gets used all day long,
    so I consider my Snap-On to be a worth while
    investment. It’s a pleasure to use.Most of my other
    ratchets and wrenches are old SK,Craftsman,etc.
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Quote Originally Posted by walker View Post
    Well the moreexpensive bottom link is for horizontal ratchets while upper link for the cheaper ratchets are for vertical ratchets. Totally different useage.
    Don't forget a left hand version
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    AvE did a couple of interesting videos where he torques ratchets until they break, and measures the data. He came up with some surprising results

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KesUkDx-7LI
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    No mix up. Amazon does that frequently on lots of stuff. The higher price is shipped and sold by Amazon while the other is ship and sold by Beachaudio.

    I have seen the exact product ship and sold by amazon at different prices too. It's crazy how it works. I always check for '' ADD ON ITEMS '' too. They are usually smaller iems that cost to much to ship so you add to a order of like $25.00 or more. I got really lucky with this buying Dremel wire wheels. I got these a couple years ago for $0.99 EACH as a add on. https://www.amazon.com/Dremel-428-02...l+add+on+items

    They had a variety of items for the Dremel so I loaded up. I got lucky and got away with ordering 10 of each and they accepted it. I'm good for a while now. Their prices sure have increased.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    The cheaper ratchets have a 3 degree swing arc, while the high dollar ones are 4.3 degree according to the description. I did a torque test on a 1/4" Craftsman fine tooth ratchet years ago, it was hanging up at times and cleaning and lubing didn't fix it, it twisted the square drive, I figured the teeth or pawl would let go, but nope, and it took a pretty long cheater to accomplish it.
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    I like round heads. SK(old 42 ? tooth-course with light backdrag) and Wrights(post 1968 dual pawl so 42 x2. Plenty fine. TOUGH
    Old Williams were too but the collectors ate them up.
    For lower money the Gearwrench and EZ-Reds are great flexers. The EZ are super long.The 84 Gearwrench are the better over the 120XP.
    I have Snap-On stuff too. Mostly over-rated

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Well bonzooo.... looks like you have a handle on the driver situation.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Funny thing...…….I seldom even look for a ratchet handle anymore.

    Got these when they first came out, and they're the go-to for most work.

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    I think they're only available with the Craftsman name. All the other brands don't have locks, and just flop around, just about useless.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Yup. Armstrong made those for Craft USA. Good ratchet wrench.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    As long as they are reversible. I had a flange nut stuck up against another piece once when I wasn’t paying attention
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    We have a few of those flex head ratchets at work and I have found absolutely no use for them.
    I've found no use for them at home either so I have none.
    I know, it's just me!

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Then, you ain't a true mechanic (probably to your delight). I hate the hours I spend underneath, inside, or perched, on something that needs to run...…..but is telling me...…...No Way Jose...…….you's gonna get some busted knuckles this fine day It actually speaks to you...….and you speak back (although in not very polite tones)

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    ^^


    I have seen these kinds of wrenches in lots of wanabee mechanics drawers and even a few pros boxes never owned any myself... I suppose they *could* make a task a bit quicker... maybe easier... maybe even less blood spilt LOL but if I had every tool that *could* help I wouldn't have any room left in the truck for myself

    Also, I quit buying crapsman tools when they quit switching me replacements for broken tools.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Quote Originally Posted by farmshop View Post
    As long as they are reversible. I had a flange nut stuck up against another piece once when I wasn’t paying attention
    yeap.been there too!

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    https://goo.gl/images/GmoriY

    I much prefer a bent handle on a flex head. If that link doesn’t work google snap on F732.
    If those don’t fit your budget I’d still look for a bent handle.

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnmm View Post
    https://goo.gl/images/GmoriY

    I much prefer a bent handle on a flex head. If that link doesn’t work google snap on F732.
    If those don’t fit your budget I’d still look for a bent handle.
    My old boss had that Snap-on bent handle flex head when I turned wrenches back in the 90's.

    I bought the Craftsman version for about 1/3 the price at the time.
    Brought it to work, it was identical in every way. Completely indistinguishable from his Snap-on. Had to be made the same place.
    I'm still using it - I grab it almost every time.

    The 3/8" full polish, flex stubby ratchet is the 2nd most often used.

    (both were bought way before the china made tools came out)
    Last edited by MinnesotaDave; 02-15-2019 at 02:45 PM.
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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Maybe better link, but whoa the price went up

    https://store.snapon.com/Dual-80-174...t-P889615.aspx

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    Re: ordered two new flexible head ratchets

    Honestly. I seldom reach for a flex....
    Flex sexx
    There are more but a hint will do. Trying to grill a T-bone right now
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