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I need some kind of special tool for tight places...

Hello forum! I have a 3/8th bolt that is in a really hard-to-reach place. Not only is it hard to get to, there is almost no room to get a socket or box wrench onto it. I'm looking for a tool, a socket wrench of some kind, that will get into an extrememly small area where there's no room for a regular crescent wrench, or socket w/driver. Something like a worm drive ratchet attachment, with a super thin, low-profile socket on the end of it. Ever heard of such a thing?

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There is a ratchet made that you can twist the handle and it runs the drive anvil of the ratchet, allowing you to turn the bolt without the "swing "of the handle.
Just google " twist ratchet"
stanley makes it
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extra fine spline 1/4 drive ratchet?
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Why not a "gear wrench"?

Basically, they're a ratcheting box end wrench that can be fixed or flex headed.

The wrench below has a very fine ratchet- there are 72 "clicks" per revolution.

Several manufacturers make them, Sears carries them, etc..

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we use a lot of those ratcheting box end wrenches at work, they are nice but dont try to break bolts free or get them really tight with them, you will only get so many before the gears inside give up... yet another reason i hate the Snap On fine geared ratchets, sure they are smooth but they cant stand up to ANY pressure with out the gears breaking, i have thought for a long time about how to make a ratcheting open end wrench and now it seems that craftsman has come up with one, it seems kinda gimmicky and has a very weak spring inside it, but a cool idea none the less... i also picked up a cool ratchet from Harbor Freight a long time ago, it was basically a few universals attached to some extensions, with a 90* swiveling ratchet head and a t-handle, Harbor Freight has all kind of random stuff you may find what you need there... they have a lot of the onetime use tools that you will never need except for the 1 job where there is only one tool that will work... which you have just lost because you havent used it in forever
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