Looking to buy a flex head ratchet. I have a SK SP90 in 3/8 that is my primary and it’s fantastic.
I’m wanting a flex head for other random needs and I’d like it to be smooth running but it doesn’t have to be pro level since I diy. Now I looked at and don’t immediately like the current SK flex head.
But I liked the Matco 88 model - which is a locking flexhead. I like the lock idea. It seems Armstrong made one at one time - but gearwrench doesn’t now.
So There is the Husky model at HD that looks like what the matco does - and the price is right. Does anyone have one - how do you like it vs others. How does the lock up flex head workout. feels reasonable in the store.
My other favorite doesn’t lock up but does have a full pawl engagement on the flex head. Tekton SRH31108
I’ve got a Craftsman from a dozen years ago or so. It’s almost as long as a breaker bar and is pretty great. It took a shorter wrench to pop off a Hilti anchor - and the resulting tearing up of my thumb - to realize how much better a longer wrench would be. I won’t make that mistake again…
I tried to look up SK SP90 and couldn’t find it, but I found the Tekton one.
Are you looking only for the type of ratchet that flexes at the bottom of the head, or would you include swivel/pivoting head ratchets like the Wera Zyclop:
I know Stuart has issues accidentally losing sockets with the Zyclop, but I think it’s user error :>) I really like my 1/4" set and wouldn’t hesitate to get a 3/8" or 1/2" if I needed it, but I need more ratchets like I need…fill in the blank.
I had a decent flex head at one time - but since I don’t do hangar work anymore I don’t bother.
But there have been a few times it would have come in handy so not I’m on the hunt for a set of features. I notced some auto mechanics the other day all using a flex head something - I think most were a snap on device.
One looked like a MAC tool - I say that because his other stuff was MAC
But what I noticed was - they all used one as their primary ratchet. No my LP90 is my primary (I got the letters wrong) but honestly I don’t need it. I do like the SK quality however.
But there are a few jobs I’m about to do where I think a flex head will come in handy - hence the search. I do really think I’ll buy and try the tekton device.
Roto - ratchets like the zyklop I’ve never felt comfortable with under higher torque loads. they don’t seen as stable. I do get the appeal - I think I’ll buy one of those in 1/4 drive.
I ended up buying the Tekton flex head in 3/8 and recently gave it to a friend. I didn’t like it and I sort of knew it going in but I bought it to try. It’s not a locking flex head - that’s really the issue. Form, fit, function it worked well but without a lock on the flex head it does give if you side load it too much. which all non-locking flex head do. Now the ratchet part - smooth and clean, seems plenty strong enough. I had no issues with it really other than the lack of flex lock.
I have since bought a gearwrench locking flexhead 3/8 in 80 tooth I think - works plenty well enough but I do think it’s too spendy for what it is. I tried out the Husky locking flex head and it’s lock is hard and the ratchet action while smooth was notchy under high load. scratch that.
The Tekton 1/4 drive swivel I still have and it has replaced my normal 1/4 drive ratchet for 1/4 drive function. Why because I haven’t bought a high tooth quality 1/4 drive. Still think I’ll end up buying a SK DT 1/4. but I might not I might buy a tekton 1/4 as they are 90 tooth and per the above, their ratchets run as smooth as any other I’ve tired. Yes I know they are made in Taiwan and I’m glad they don’t hid that.