Anyone who regularly turns wrenches will agree that the ratchet is one of the greatest tool inventions of all time. It is one of the most versatile tools around and can be handy in some pretty tight situations. However, modern technological advances in automobiles, aircraft and heavy equipment etc have left us with less room to work much of the time. This is where the stubby handle ratchet comes in.
Stubby handle ratchets, like their bigger kin, are a mechanic’s best friend when it comes to removing threaded fasteners. Where standard ratchets can help us get into some tight places, stubby handle ratchets take it up a notch. The stubby handle allows us to access even narrower spots, all while being made of the same sturdy, high-quality materials of larger ratchets. And even with a shorter handle, we can still generate a large amount of torque on fasteners.
Stubby handle ratchets are typically found in ¼” and 3/8” drives and can be found in the flex-head style, as well. This style of ratchet allows us to perform the same duties as full-size models but in a more compact format.
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