Gents, I have been bitten by the ratcheting wrench bug…but not too badly, yet. I am not sure whether to look at models with the ratchet switch or the non-offset models you flip over use in the other direction. My use is mainly electrical maintenance to include commercial appliance repair, motor controls, motor installs and replacements, along with a number of other tasks that are not necessarily direct install of conduit and conductors though I do some of that too. So for the most part I do not need twenty different sizes. the typical imperial stuff from 1/4 up through around 5/8 or 3/4 would be more than sufficient. Maybe the odd metric ones too.
I freely admit to an American and European bias in tools I don’t hate Asian tools but will almost always look homeward first. I admit to really liking the look and feel of the Wera Joker models. They can get pretty steep in price though. I can never seem to find a good online retailer for the SK X Frames or the nice Proto polished made in America models. Heck, locally for that matter. So where to start? I know about all the Gearwrench stuff and I looked at Kobalt today and was little underwhelmed but the finish was nice. I could not find the gearless models anywhere. I typically like very slim models since wrangling your way around a motor frame mount is not always and easy access sort of thing. The Husky stuff at HD always seems a bit clubby and over sized. Certainly no need for SnapOn quality since I do not use these daily. I see the Crescent brand over at Menard’s but realise this is not exactly what it used to be either. Suggestions?