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tech69 10-03-2013 11:17 PM

any opinion on Craftsman premium ratchets?
 
I'm reading about it and it says it has 84 teeth gears and it's made in the USA. I read in some on line reviews that it's essentially a matco ratchet but cheaper. Looking to replace my ratchets soon.

gearheadslife 10-03-2013 11:54 PM

matco/snap on come to you and you get it fixed or replaced

sears pro line you go to them or send it in if your local store doesn't carry them....
THat said I've beat the living crap out of my sears.. more than you most likely will as we have the rust monster here and every ratchet has had the long pipe on the handle to break bolts loose or snap them..
I broke one and it was a swivel head, and the pin at the joint let go.. but I had a 5' pipe on it, and was bouncing all my weight on the pipe while standing on the pipe.. 220lb with 5' of leverage.. not a shock the thing let go..
as long as you oil them (I opened mine and used wheel bearing grease)
you'll most likely never have an issue with them..

Irelands child 10-04-2013 11:10 AM

I have several 3/8" drive Craftsman ratchets which have served well - but I still prefer the ancient S-Ks in 3/8" as well as the 1/2". What I don't like on the Sears ratchets are the button releases that have on occasion dumped a socket and extension off when I least want it to happen. Many other like that feature, so it's a personal choice.

Dave W

dogwater 10-04-2013 05:19 PM

I grew up using my dads craftsman tools now all of those are mine. There intermingled with all of mine. If your going to get some new ratches get the 3/8 long handle with a articulating head, very useful tool. Those 3/8 extensions with the wobble end are great to. I'd love to have Snap on or Matco if I could afford them. I don't know about Lowes ratches but they have some nice wrenches that I've been buying, they have a open end on one side an a ratcheting closed end set at a 90 degs. on the other end.

Rodnit 10-04-2013 06:19 PM

All I've ever used is Craftsman. If you break one 20 years from now just return it and they'll give you a new one. No questions asked....

41 Buick custom 10-04-2013 08:47 PM

Ratchet
 
Was it made in the US or assembled in the US? I thought all Craftsmen were Chinese now.

GypsyR 10-04-2013 10:27 PM

I have one of the flex-head versions and use it every day. Two friends also use them. Mainly because they are like a quarter the cost of the equivalent Snap-On version and almost the same quality. I'm actually on my second one, wore out the first one. The first lasted right at two years which impressed me. I get about that much out of Snap-on ratchets. Or any other brand. I have a small collection of various sized ratchets. Not a single one of which has not been rebuilt or replaced under warranty. Warranties aren't worth anything if no one's around to handle them. I haven't seen a Mac truck for like five years around here. Folks complain about other tool trucks the same way. Cornwell was good for at least fifteen years here but I haven't seen a single truck for two years now. Sears has stuggled here and there but they keep hanging in there. They've been keeping me in tools for 35 years now.

tech69 10-08-2013 10:20 AM

I just swapped my 1/4" ratchet and they only exchange for rebuilt ratchets now, instead of new ones like it used to be. Getting it replaced wouldn't be an issue as the guy said if they don't have any rebuilt you can exchange them for new ones. Can't complain about their customer service, it's always great.


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