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#3198022 - 11/25/13 06:23 PM Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets
jdmstr22 Offline


Registered: 12/04/12
Posts: 275
Loc: Illinois
Bought a 1/4 inch ratchet to try out today along with the coveted 1/2 inch drive 25 inch breaker bar. What do you guys think of the composite ratchet? Anybody else have one? Appears to be a Nice quality tool.


http://m.harborfreight.com/1-4-quarter-inch-heavy-duty-composite-ratchet-66312.html

http://m.harborfreight.com/12-drive-25-breaker-bar-60819.html


Edited by jdmstr22 (11/25/13 06:31 PM)
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#3198036 - 11/25/13 06:44 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 894
Loc: The Midwest
I'm a journeyman UPS semi diesel mechanic. I have the same breaker bar in my box at work. It does the job.

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#3198041 - 11/25/13 06:46 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12123
Loc: apple valley, ca
I really like mine. I use my 3/8's one every day at work. Its the first ratchet I grab.Never any problems with it. The only bad thing is keeping it clean. A metal tool can be wiped off with a rag but that rubber/plastic stuff gets dirty and stays dirty.
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#3198070 - 11/25/13 07:22 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
Spazdog Offline


Registered: 09/06/10
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Loc: Arlington
I love it.

I use my 1/4 drive a lot. The ratchet drive feels as good as anything you would get from Kobalt, Husky, or Craftsman. (significantly better than Craftsman 1/4 drive)
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#3198093 - 11/25/13 07:50 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
mount Offline


Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 250
Loc: North Dakota
I usually grab the 1/4" Harbor Freight ratchet over the 1/4" Snap-On sitting right next to it. The HF seems quicker and easier to ratchet back, and I don't feel the beefy teeth of the Snap-On clicking through my wrist every turn. Yes of course the Snap-On will essentially never break and if I wanted to I could blow out the HF if I misused it, but you usually know what you're getting into before you grab a few tools out of your box.

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#3198153 - 11/25/13 08:56 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
oilboy123 Offline


Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 6703
Loc: Everett, Washington
I have 3/8 a 1/4 and they both seem decent for the price.
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#3198215 - 11/25/13 09:50 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: oilboy123]
rrguy Offline


Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 91
Loc: MN
good to know I was going to try one but figured it would slip or break & I could'nt get even scrap price out of it lol.

the stanley/proto small head 72 teeth rachets are my favorite Armstrong has one also...
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#3198962 - 11/26/13 05:53 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
Lce Offline


Registered: 10/07/13
Posts: 6
Loc: California,USA
I have the 3/8 and will be picking up the 1/4 soon...pretty comfy in the hand and decent ratcheting action to. Time will tell how long it will hold up.I have only had the 3/8 for about 2 months.

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#3198976 - 11/26/13 06:16 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 22200
Loc: NY
I have all three sizes for well over a year now and they've seen their fair share of use. So far so good, no complaints.
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#3202578 - 12/01/13 03:07 AM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
oilboy123 Offline


Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 6703
Loc: Everett, Washington
I was using the 3/8 one today on a pressure washer that I got done painting the base. It dawned on me that if I was using a metal ratchet I would have been scratching the paint.
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#3202607 - 12/01/13 06:18 AM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
ronbo Offline


Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 660
Loc: western ny, usa
I bought all three in 2010 after reading positive reviews on them. They are my go to ratchets. I like the beefy handles and the composite material is warm to the touch, which is good on cold New York days.

Great to use the 1/4" to disconnect the vehicle battery and no chance of causing a spark.

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#3202667 - 12/01/13 08:05 AM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
Kruse Offline


Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 3200
Loc: Kansas
I've got the 3/8" composite ratchet. I was working on my Jeep one day and I walked in the house for just a couple of minutes. When I went back outside, it was gone. Since I don't have any neighbors within a mile of me, I couldn't figure that one out. I eventually found it about 20 yards away, with teeth marks in the handle. My border collie seemed it like it as much as I do. It wouldn't have happened if it was an all steel ratchet.

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#3204056 - 12/02/13 03:20 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
KenO Offline


Registered: 10/29/07
Posts: 1300
Loc: Auburn, GA
I have a 3/8 & 1/4". I like them, and plan to buy a couple more of each as well.
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#3210892 - 12/08/13 10:37 PM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
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Registered: 02/21/13
Posts: 82
Loc: The City of Texas
I use my 3/8" at least once a week.

I bought a 1/2" breaker bar but sadly it sheared on its first use. On the plus side getting another one at HF was a no hassle experience though.
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#3210954 - 12/09/13 06:00 AM Re: Harbpr Freight Composite ratchets [Re: jdmstr22]
GMBoy Offline


Registered: 11/22/04
Posts: 6735
Loc: Texas
I keep reading such good reviews on these rachets that I am going to get the 1/4 and 3/8 to have in my box. Never know when I may need something insulated.

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