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Opinions Wanted - Who Makes the Best Ratchets?

Okay guys, share your opinions here. I have used the same set of Craftsman ratchets for more than 25 years and feel like upgrading. They have a large disc on top to change directions and they often reverse direction during use. I find this is annoying and uncalled for.

I bid on a set of Snap-On ratchets recently on eBay, but when I noticed they didn't have the push button socket release I stopped bidding. That set went for $145 plus shipping.

I was considering this "New Generation" set from Sears for $79, but after handling the 1/2" drive ratchet it just seemed too heavy.


My second choice might be this design with polished handles.


What do you guys think? I do not use these every day as a professional, but as a hobbyist on the Camaro and such. Some of you make your living with hand tools and probably have you favorites.

Are the Snap-On ratchets worth the money? How about the SK brand?

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 10, 07:02 PM
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My wife got me a nice Stanley rotator ratchet that wasn't very expensive. It's got the pushbutton release and contoured rubber padded handle that is geared with the head. When you get in tight places, you can just rotate the handle (like revving a motorcycle) in either direction and it rotates the socket.
http://www.stanleytools.com/default....otator+Ratchet


You know, being Craftsman tools you could always beat the heck out of them until they broke and get replacements with some new ones. Ha ha.

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i believe those first heavy Craftsman ratchets are made in China. and even if they were made in the USA, they just feel wrong in my hand. i also think that they don't have the same lifetime warranty as the older ratchets, but i may be wrong about that.
i don't know about the second ones you showed. are they the professional series?

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My wife got me a nice Stanley rotator ratchet that wasn't very expensive. It's got the pushbutton release and contoured rubber padded handle that is geared with the head. When you get in tight places, you can just rotate the handle (like revving a motorcycle) in either direction and it rotates the socket.
http://www.stanleytools.com/default....otator+Ratchet


You know, being Craftsman tools you could always beat the heck out of them until they broke and get replacements with some new ones. Ha ha.
I took them by Sears today to complain about the design and ask if I could trade them in for new ones, but they wouldn't accommodate me. Guess I should abuse them up some and take them back again.

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i believe those first heavy Craftsman ratchets are made in China. and even if they were made in the USA, they just feel wrong in my hand. i also think that they don't have the same lifetime warranty as the older ratchets, but i may be wrong about that.
i don't know about the second ones you showed. are they the professional series?
They didn't feel good in hand either, kind of bulky and heavy. I don't know if the second ones shown are professional series, but they are not the cheap ones either. Their handle is very similar to what I have now, but with a better ratcheting head.

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Is anyone familiar with this SK tools model?

We use all SK at work but the model with the standard checkered grip and I don't believe they are the fine tooth ones. Nothing special as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Opinions Wanted - Who Makes the Best Ratchets?

Hands down Snap-On are the best ratchets I've ever owned
I personally don't like or have many of the 'push-release' modles - but, there are 'push-release' rebuild kits and part available to convert older units if wanted. Price was pretty resonable (hard to say about most Snap-On stuff ) for the shaft and other parts ...

I have several Craftsman sets at different locations for use when I'm there.
Never liked the feel and the newer (last year or so ??? ) internals stink - I've broken two of them in a row I had just exchanged an older 1/2" unit that worked flawlessly for decades ...
Son has a 3/8" set with that newer handle design and I find it is hard to hold and handle in tight places. Chrome has started to peel on one near top, but we are afraid to exchange it and get a crappy newer internals model ...

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I just picked up that same SK ratchet in the picture
very nice very impressive love the fine tooth

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Snap-on feels great/works fine for me.
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Of the professional brands:
Snap-On number 1 and most expensive
Mac (My Favorite) number 2 and second most expensive
Matco number 3 and third most expensive

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What are your intentions with it? Gearwrench isnt a bad tool at all for ratchets. I own almost one of every brand big name to no name and the Gearwrench has been the best and i work at a diesel shop.

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Hands down Snap-On are the best ratchets I've ever owned
I've always had Craftsman ratchets, but they aren't what they used to be. Skipping teeth, changing direction, just cheap in my book. I've got all Snap On ratchets at work, and I love em. Considering replacing all the Craftsman ones I've got at home. I bought all my Snap On ratchets off eBay. Looked up the price on Snap Ons website, cut it in half, subtracted shipping, and that's what I bid. Took me a couple months to get all of them I wanted, but worth the effort.

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I've always had Craftsman ratchets, but they aren't what they used to be. Skipping teeth, changing direction, just cheap in my book. I've got all Snap On ratchets at work, and I love em. Considering replacing all the Craftsman ones I've got at home. I bought all my Snap On ratchets off eBay. Looked up the price on Snap Ons website, cut it in half, subtracted shipping, and that's what I bid. Took me a couple months to get all of them I wanted, but worth the effort.
The skipping of teeth and changing direction usually occurs when they get gummed up inside the head,or when the spring gets weak.This spring pushes againsed a ball.This ball gives you the positiveness in the direction and ratcheting.

Take it part and clean it.

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My favorite: Matco Part#: BFR88T Price: $84.00
I've got them all, snap on with and without button, coarse gears, they work but are my last pick
Old school craftsman, well, good for at home
SK, I like both of mine

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