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Ratcheting Wrenches #5355171 02/20/20 08:27 AM
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Hello, I have been wanting a set for a while and am close to prying open the wallet and getting one... Unless I can find an amazing deal on a full set, probably metric first. What do you recommend? I am curious about the ICON brand from HF but at the $150 price tag, I feel I could get a set of barely used professional brand (SnapOn/Mac/Matco). Thanks for the insight.

Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355179 02/20/20 08:37 AM
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Used but not abused Snap on. Yes start with metric unless you mostly own or work on old stuff that uses SAE.

Edit: There are some Euro brands but they cost more than a set of used Snap on. Snap on makes one of the best of this type of tool and well worth the money.

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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355180 02/20/20 08:37 AM
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I have the cheaper set from HF. They work fine. Didn't know their ICON brand was that expensive. That's a lot of scratch for an HF tool.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355182 02/20/20 08:41 AM
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Your not going to find a used snap on or mac set here for $150. Imo the taiwan made ones are slightly better than the chinese ones.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355185 02/20/20 08:42 AM
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Gearwrench. I have the regular open ended ones with the ratcheting on one side and the long zero offset box wrenches. Those are nice but they scratch easily.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Chris142] #5355193 02/20/20 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
Your not going to find a used snap on or mac set here for $150. Imo the taiwan made ones are slightly better than the chinese ones.


Ebay is getting expensive but once in a while you find a gem or two but you need to move fast, I go to garage closing sales a few times a year and sometimes get some good buys. I wouldn't pay $150 for Taiwan wrenches from HF.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355194 02/20/20 08:52 AM
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Try Tekton. Made in America

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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355196 02/20/20 08:54 AM
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GearWrench brand has been working good for me about three years now. Check the prices on Amazon.

My set does not have the flip switch...just flip the wrench over. If there is enough room to swing a wrench, I would rather use a 72 tooth ratchet wrench than a ratchet and socket.

If you have the money, flex head ratcheting wrenches would be my choice, but any good quality flex head is going to be expensive.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355208 02/20/20 09:05 AM
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I just got the HF cheap set. So far love it but didn't realize they lacked the switch. Oh well just have to flip it over.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355229 02/20/20 09:34 AM
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Gearwrench are the worst. Any other brand will work better. The HF value brand is magnitudes better. Never tried their ICON's but you can rest assured they are better than Gearwrench. Every single Gearwrench and their free lifetime guaranteed replacement I own have failed. Locked in gear by what any other wrench would be considered normal use.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: dawgn86] #5355237 02/20/20 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by dawgn86
Try Tekton. Made in America


Nope, their ratcheting wrenches are made in Taiwan per their website.

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Originally Posted by sloinker
Gearwrench are the worst. Any other brand will work better. The HF value brand is magnitudes better. Never tried their ICON's but you can rest assured they are better than Gearwrench. Every single Gearwrench and their free lifetime guaranteed replacement I own have failed. Locked in gear by what any other wrench would be considered normal use.

I've had good luck with mine. Their new 90 tooth offerings look interesting.


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Originally Posted by sloinker
Gearwrench are the worst. Any other brand will work better. The HF value brand is magnitudes better. Never tried their ICON's but you can rest assured they are better than Gearwrench. Every single Gearwrench and their free lifetime guaranteed replacement I own have failed. Locked in gear by what any other wrench would be considered normal use.


I bought mine before the switch over to the China made. My GearWrench set was made in Taiwan. Anyway, my wrenches have been working good...no failures yet but I don't use them every day either.


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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: Redright9] #5355247 02/20/20 09:47 AM
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I think there is currently a 20% off Icon tools coupon floating around the web now that puts them around the $128 mark. The Icons are much longer then my other brands and have 90 tooth action (as do the Carlyles) and are reversible. The Dewalts are a great value if you can find them and are super easy to warranty if needed.
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Re: Ratcheting Wrenches [Re: drtyler] #5355259 02/20/20 09:59 AM
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Try Tekton. Made in America


Nope, their ratcheting wrenches are made in Taiwan per their website.


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