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Old 09-20-2005, 02:58 PM
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is this good ratchet?

is the Craftsman 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet, Quick-Release Stubby Flex good?
would you recommend it?

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It's a good Weekend warrior ratchet. If your going to use it every day I would step up and buy a Matco, Snap On or Mac.

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does snap-on sells a stubby flex ratchet?
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I wouldn't give you $.10 for a Craftsman. I have replaced mine more than I care to think. When you are wrenching away with one the damn things will slip a tooth or reverse itself. I have replaced mine three times and the last time I replaced my 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" and the salesman and I went thru 3 sets of each before I found a set that might work. That combined with the fact I was getting tired of going through them to find a halfway decent one. One way to check is take the ratchet, grab the part that goes into the socket between your thumb and finger and give it a few quick spins. See if it goes into neutral or reverses. If it does it will also reverse while wrenching. I have a Proto ratchet that when it is in gear it stays in gear. Shop around and get a good one. Nothing worse than being twisted around like a contortionist trying to tighten or loosen something and the damn ratchet has a mind of its own as to which direction it wants to go in.
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It's a good Weekend warrior ratchet. If your going to use it every day I would step up and buy a Matco, Snap On or Mac.

Steve
I agree with this, I was using my craftsman ratchet at home and it was ok but when i started out here at school wrenching all day basically, i stepped up and bought a snap on and it was the best decision i ever made.
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I wouldn't give you $.10 for a Craftsman. I have replaced mine more than I care to think. When you are wrenching away with one the damn things will slip a tooth or reverse itself. I have replaced mine three times and the last time I replaced my 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" and the salesman and I went thru 3 sets of each before I found a set that might work. That combined with the fact I was getting tired of going through them to find a halfway decent one. One way to check is take the ratchet, grab the part that goes into the socket between your thumb and finger and give it a few quick spins. See if it goes into neutral or reverses. If it does it will also reverse while wrenching. I have a Proto ratchet that when it is in gear it stays in gear. Shop around and get a good one. Nothing worse than being twisted around like a contortionist trying to tighten or loosen something and the damn ratchet has a mind of its own as to which direction it wants to go in.

i thought craftsmen had a lifetime warrenty or something like that
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does snap-on sells a stubby flex ratchet?
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i thought craftsmen had a lifetime warrenty or something like that
How many trips to Sears are you willing to make?

Craftsman ratchets do have the tendency to reverse and slip, I hate them. I would use a cheapo H. Freight before a Craftsman ratchet. Bust a knuckle or 3 and you will understand.
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is this a good ratchet?

Sears sells some good wrenches and ratchets. I personally do not like the flex ratchet any body sells. If your hands are greasy and the ratchet is not in a straight line you have a tendency to flex the handle and OUCH!!! 2cts worth. Having said that Sears has a great warranty and easy to find,cheaper than S O.
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I used to not like flexible ratchets until my brother turned me onto the SO locking Flex heads. Greatness. I love them.
1/4" Locking Flex Head
3/8" Locking Flex Head

Nothing better that I have used if you need flex head though I have seen other manufacturers, just not used them.

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To answer a question, Yes, Snap on does sell stubby ratchets. There are several on eBay now. Expensive.

I ended up several times under warranty replacing my "utility" Craftsman 3/8" and more times then I ever want to think about replacing the 1/4" ratchets. I convinced the sales guy the last time to give me a brand new top of their line ratchet in each size - but I still prefer my 30+ year old S-K ratchets, 1/2, 3/8 and 1/4. None of these have EVER failed even with cheater bars

Flex heads - have 'em, hate 'em. I've broken too many spark plugs, bolts and dripped too much blood from doing that.

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It seems that whenever the Craftsman name comes up it is always the same thing, "they will replace them no questions asked". If warranty is to be the scale by which a tool is judged then how often you will need to use this warranty is what counts not how easy it is to exchange a tool and in this regard Craftsman does not do so well.

Ireland, I know what you mean by that 1/4" ratchet being replaced so often because I had a Craftsman 1/4" set, I bet yours twisted off right at the socket right? I exchanged that thing several times because it took no effort at all to break it and this was the better fine tooth model which has apparently been discontinued because I was told they could only replace it with the standard model, which has faired no better. When I still worked on heavy equipment I saw more than one new guy go to Sears for his "starter" tool set but in every case it did not take them long to see why Snap-On and S@K were so popular, admittedly these tools took a terrible beating but the Snap-On and S@k held up just fine while the Craftsman sockets and ratchets did not do well at all. The 3/4" drive Craftsman tools did do somewhat better but the more common 1/2" drive and smaller were terrible.
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Ireland, I know what you mean by that 1/4" ratchet being replaced so often because I had a Craftsman 1/4" set, I bet yours twisted off right at the socket right? more common 1/2"
That was one of the failures of the 1/4", but most were just plain stripping the internals - which meant some more of that sticky red stuff leaking out of finger knuckles each time. One of the 3/8" ratchets came apart in my hand the first time I used it - others - stripped and of course, another leaky knuckle every time. 99% of the time, my 3/8" S-K winds up in my hand. 1/2", 100% of the time as the only non-S-K ratchet is in my 'traveling' toolbox.

I have to say - my single S-K 3/8" was rebuilt once after it wore out after about 20 years. My two S-K 1/2" - never and one is as old as the 3/8 ---- and that's old !!

Do I still use the Craftsman ratchets - yeah, but not doing anything heavy. They do feel good to my touch, regardless ....... and I have more then enough tools that a special trip to Sears is never needed. The broken one, it just gets put in the truck for "someday".

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I have a Proto that I use quite often and like it. I still hate the Craftsman ratchets. Now if you have one go bad, they either give you a rebuild kit or a rebuilt ratchet. Some are even stamped as rebuilt which I do not want. If they are out of both, they might and I emphasize "might" give you a new one in return. The next time one breaks, it goes to the trash.
At work I have a couple of ratchets that I picked up at Menards, and for a cheap ratchet, they have held up way better than the Craftsman ratchets. I repair and build dies all day long so they do get some abuse. I also have seen that Advance Auto has gotten rid of all of their Ampro tools and replaced them with Gearwrench brand, so I may get on of those ratchets to see how they pan out. And lately I have been picking up some Kobalt items. For the money, I think they are better than Craftsman.
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