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#3287620 - 02/19/14 07:43 PM Pass-through ratchet and socket set
sciphi Offline


Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 10008
Loc: Upstate NY
I'm finding more situations where I find myself reaching for my pass-through ratchet and socket set. Being able to turn the nut while the bolt passes through comes in handy when a shallow socket won't fit, there isn't enough clearance for a deep-well socket on a ratchet, and a wrench would take forever. The flex-head pass-through ratchets that replaced my flaky fixed-head ratchets make the set even more convenient.

I thought the pass-through set was a bit of a gimmick. It's turned out to be a useful specialty tool that really do make certain jobs go much faster.
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#3287624 - 02/19/14 07:48 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2670
Loc: Richmond, VA
I sure as heck could have used a 10mm one this weekend while changing a water pump on my old Chrysler. Took forever with a wrench but I got it done.
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#3287659 - 02/19/14 08:16 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 962
Loc: America's Dairyland
I bought a set at Costco after replacing the sway bar end links on the Rainier. Still in the package unopened. Would have come in handy. No other repairs to use them yet.
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#3287708 - 02/19/14 08:53 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Ive had my eye on a set of these for a while.

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#3287735 - 02/19/14 09:25 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8440
Loc: Florida
I have a set of Gearwrench clones from Snap On tools, and they work perfectly in this situation.
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#3287837 - 02/19/14 11:18 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
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Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
I don't know what a "pass-through ratchet and socket" looks like. Do you have any picture/link ?
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#3288045 - 02/20/14 07:54 AM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: HTSS_TR]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 16018
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
This is one set that uses universal sockets. I read it is made by Gearwrench so i bought it for use on square nuts.
While i am generally not a fan of universal sockets these do a surprisingly good job on SAE, Metric, square, spline, Torx and a few others, so far it has held up well no complaints.

Pass through set.

Edit: These are not a replacement for a good socket set but for special situations like where a deep socket just isn't deep enough or you don't own a special type socket.
The universal design is acceptable because you don't need multiple sets.
Quality is good enough, going real high end IMHO is probably over the top on something like this.


Edited by Trav (02/20/14 08:00 AM)
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#3288122 - 02/20/14 08:55 AM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10993
Loc: NorthEast


Edited by Vikas (02/20/14 08:58 AM)

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#3288141 - 02/20/14 09:05 AM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: Vikas]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 16018
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Which one do you have? What makes it better than the Kobalt other than more sockets? None are USA made.
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#3288403 - 02/20/14 01:01 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
Vikas Offline


Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 10993
Loc: NorthEast
I got the smaller Gearwrench set. Sears was clearing them while ago for $30. The ratchet seems to be made better for the Gear-wrench brand.

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#3288532 - 02/20/14 02:31 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: sciphi]
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Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 3932
Loc: Olathe, KS
I bought a set quite some time (> 6 mos) ago, but have not used it yet. I know one of these days.....
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#3288558 - 02/20/14 03:04 PM Re: Pass-through ratchet and socket set [Re: Vikas]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 16018
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Good price! I got the Kobalt for $20 i think on sale, for what you use these for either one is fine if you can get them at the right price.
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