I did a bit of search and didn’t find a dedicated thread already. So I made this one.
Looking to get a new ratchet or two. Requirements - 1/4 drive and 3/8 drive. American Made. Smooth action - fine mechanism. Now I don’t so much care if it’s 80 tooth, or ___ dual pawl. Or 120 tooth etc.
I’ve looked into Proto and SK as well as Williams. I have some SK stuffs - I like them. I have Stahlwille german stuff also. In fact the 1/4 driver ratchet I’d be replacing is a Stahlwille. It has too much slop now that it’s worn. Before buying replacement parts - I think I want to just buy an american made quality ratchet.
Handle size - Not to particular I don’t need a long handle - but I’m not against a 10 inch for the 1/4 drive. I might consider a flex head provided it has solid engagement. I don’t often like flex heads and thus never bought one.
Poly handle - also don’t care.
Push button release - is a nice to have but not a hard requirement. My favorite 1/2 drive is a Quick release. I would do thing for the socket retention I would like to get my 1/4 and 3/8 in the same fashion. but the smoothest ratchet I’ve ever used up till now was not a QR style (SK 120).
SO I have an idea what I want but thought I would open up a thread to see what other like and why.