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#4714803 - 04/03/18 06:59 AM FlexHead Ratchet
klt1986 Offline


Registered: 04/08/09
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Loc: Southern VA
Looking for recommendations on a decent quality 3/8" drive flexed ratchet that won't break the bank. Would prefer one with a longer handle to help with loosening stubborn fasteners. I don't need one for heavy or daily mechanic work, just a once in a while DIY'er.
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#4714806 - 04/03/18 07:05 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
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I've had a Craftsman 3/8" flex head ratchet for at least 15 years and it's been great. Good leverage. Not a fine tooth, but I've not really needed a fine tooth, this one always gets the job done.

https://www.craftsman.com/products/craftsman-3-8-in-drive-flex-head-quick-release-teardrop-ratchet


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#4714812 - 04/03/18 07:10 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
vwmaniaman Offline


Registered: 04/18/13
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+1 on the Craftsman. Have 2 of those from different generations and just recently a HF with extendable handle. Haven't broken any yet.
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#4714819 - 04/03/18 07:22 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Autozone has one that's almost an exact snap on copy.
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#4714823 - 04/03/18 07:30 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
Alex_V Offline


Registered: 04/10/16
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Napa/Carlysle, hands down. It swivels on the axis of the ratchet hub rather than at the wrist so it doesn't try to fold over when a decent amount of torque is applied. Lifetime warranty, but if you get a good one and aren't usng it every day it'll last a good long time.
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#4714851 - 04/03/18 07:53 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
JeffKeryk Offline


Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 309
Loc: Los Gatos, CA
Well, Harbor Freight might fit the bill.
If your budget can afford 1 nice ratchet, you can get the Snap On long handle flex head for $120.
You won't be sorry; I flat-out love mine.

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#4714858 - 04/03/18 08:02 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
E365 Offline


Registered: 12/16/07
Posts: 464
Loc: USA
Iíve been more than happy with my Husky (Home Depot) ratchets. I like them better than my older set of Craftsmans.
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#4714871 - 04/03/18 08:14 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: Astro14]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
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Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Astro14
I've had a Craftsman 3/8" flex head ratchet for at least 15 years and it's been great. Good leverage. Not a fine tooth, but I've not really needed a fine tooth, this one always gets the job done.

https://www.craftsman.com/products/craftsman-3-8-in-drive-flex-head-quick-release-teardrop-ratchet


thumbsup I use mine all the time, no problems with it ever. I have mine as long as you if not longer, great tool for the money.
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#4714875 - 04/03/18 08:16 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
NoNameJoe Offline


Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 434
Loc: New York
Quote:
Autozone has one that's almost an exact snap on copy.

Yup, and it's a great ratchet. I think you're talking about the one with the batwing mechanism inside, I've had that for more than ten years now and it's my go to ratchet.

It feels so good in the hand, looks great too and the price is of course good. The flexhead has saved me many times in really tight places.

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#4714902 - 04/03/18 08:44 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19283
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
The old Craftsman were very good but don't confuse the trash they peddle now with them, the new ones are Chinese scrap metal.

This Proto is a good tool, its actually made by Facom in Italy or France. Good buy for the money.

Proto

The Williams is USA made and basically an old Snap On. With 36T it should be good and strong.

Williams
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#4714912 - 04/03/18 08:56 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
DriveHard Offline


Registered: 11/24/03
Posts: 1084
Loc: Middle of Iowa
https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-drive-professional-flex-head-ratchet-62321.html

I love mine...never a problem. I am slowly changing all my tools over to HF...not been disappointed yet.
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#4714925 - 04/03/18 09:10 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: Trav]
drtyler Offline


Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 413
Loc: GA
I have the Proto J5257F linked below. Amazon shows it as 8.5", but the length is actually 10.5". Proto increased the length along the way but did not change their catalog listing. Just an FYI to the original poster. It's a great ratchet.

Originally Posted By: Trav
The old Craftsman were very good but don't confuse the trash they peddle now with them, the new ones are Chinese scrap metal.

This Proto is a good tool, its actually made by Facom in Italy or France. Good buy for the money.

Proto

The Williams is USA made and basically an old Snap On. With 36T it should be good and strong.

Williams

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#4714930 - 04/03/18 09:13 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: E365]
fozzdesy2001 Offline


Registered: 11/22/13
Posts: 62
Loc: York, Pa
Originally Posted By: E365
Iíve been more than happy with my Husky (Home Depot) ratchets. I like them better than my older set of Craftsmans.


I have been using a Home Depot flex-head Husky for a while now and like it because of the fine teeth, length, angle lock and quick release.
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#4714955 - 04/03/18 09:36 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: Alex_V]
EdwardC Offline


Registered: 11/14/13
Posts: 1885
Loc: Chicago, IL
Originally Posted By: Alex_V
Napa/Carlysle, hands down. It swivels on the axis of the ratchet hub rather than at the wrist so it doesn't try to fold over when a decent amount of torque is applied. Lifetime warranty, but if you get a good one and aren't usng it every day it'll last a good long time.


Agreed! If you're looking for a flex head, I'd suggest getting a roto ratchet.

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#4714975 - 04/03/18 09:59 AM Re: FlexHead Ratchet [Re: klt1986]
old1 Offline


Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 1006
Loc: Columbus Nebraska
I wonder if SK Wayne still makes the one I bought 50 years ago. It is different than all the others. It pivots in the center of the socket, and you can spin loose bolts/nuts with it. I would hate to be without it. I wore out the mechanism a few years ago, and they gave me a repair kit and it is like new again.
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