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Old 03-14-2019, 11:23 AM
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This thing. A swivel head 3/8. I suggest buying two, a long handled one and a short one.



It'll make you a whole lot faster turning bolts. You break the bolt/nut loose at 90 degrees like a regular wrench, then twist the handle till it's like a screwdriver and spin nuts and bolts off faster than some air ratchets.

I saw a guy using one ten years ago and bought one off the truck the same day. I now own several of them, but the Snappy is the best.

I later noticed, doing some re-work the "other guy" torqued everything a bit higher than I did, I realized it was because his "go to" ratchet had a 10" (appx) handle and mine had a 6". We were both probably applying the same amount of force but...he had a longer lever.

I get away with using the 6" ratchet 99% of the time. It really works great in confined spaces as well.

If you ain't got one of these in your box, try it, and you can send me a thank you note later.



My biggest time-saving tools.

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How many years did you finance that ratchet for?
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Been using one for years
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I am a fan of nice ratchets, BUT have never had to use one of that style yet. My favorite is a 3/8 polished stubby craftsman that swivels. It fits in the palm of my hand.
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How would you know anything about using tools if you can't even do a brake job on an X3?
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, I realized it was because his "go to" ratchet had a 10" (appx) handle and mine had a 6". We were both probably applying the same amount of force but...he had a longer lever.

I get away with using the 6" ratchet 99% of the time. It really works great in confined spaces as well.

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Are you sure you are talking about your ratchet? Or were you comparing something else?
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How would you know anything about using tools if you can't even do a brake job on an X3?
How do you do a brake job on an X3 without a factory scan tool to retract the electric parking brake? Serious question.
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The 90* scratch awl is one of the best tools. I also like angle bent needle nose pliers paired with non swivel rachets. I grabbed a set of 90 tooth Kobalt rachets for the boat, and they are very nice for cheap. Got 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 all for $30 at Lowes. They look the same as the Snapons next to them in the drawer.
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How do you do a brake job on an X3 without a factory scan tool to retract the electric parking brake? Serious question.
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**** that ****. Get some power tools, peasant.
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Got those types from Harbor Freight 10 years ago, less than 15 bucks a piece with a lifetime guarantee. Didn't have to take out a second on the house to buy them, and they're still doing just fine. Many cars and aircraft have benefited from their use.
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How do you do a brake job on an X3 without a factory scan tool to retract the electric parking brake? Serious question.
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Originally Posted by TorchRedRocket View Post
How many years did you finance that ratchet for?
Torch, my ratchets are Snappy, my big air tools IR, my sockets and combos are Craftsman, and so on, on down the line to pry bars and other cheap bullshit from Hazardous Freight.

Many of my "small" air tools (die grinders, angles, cutoffs, 3/8 ratchets ...) came from pawn shops where I bought them for ten cents on the dollar. Good ones.

What I don't own are multi-thousand dollar toolboxes. A bottom-end ball-bearing toolbox works just fine for me. My dick is big enough I don't need to impress folks with a shiny red box.

Unless I can buy 'em on the side of the road for $500 plus a new set of casters, that is.

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72 tooth ratchet?
go 120 tooth with a GearWrench ratchet
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How do you do a brake job on an X3 without a factory scan tool to retract the electric parking brake? Serious question.

.... wouldn’t be caught dead w BMW. More Voys style....




If I was forced to own one -call the guy
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72 tooth ratchet? Go 120 tooth with a GearWrench ratchet
Hey, question about that. Obviously 120 teeth lets you swing it in smaller spaces.

But is it a trade-off between strength and # of teeth? As in a 72 tooth ratchet can handle more torque without breaking teeth than a 120?

I guess the answer is to have both and use the right one, eh?

I've had the Snap-On rebuilt once and it's due again. Not due to broken teeth but it binds when I try to shift from Forward to Reverse. Probably just needs cleaned/lubed.

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Originally Posted by wadenelson View Post
Hey, question about that. Obviously 120 teeth lets you swing it in smaller spaces.

But is it a trade-off between strength and # of teeth? As in a 72 tooth ratchet can handle more torque without breaking teeth than a 120?

I guess the answer is to have both and use the right one, eh?

I've had the Snap-On rebuilt once and it's due again. Not due to broken teeth but it binds when I try to shift from Forward to Reverse. Probably just needs cleaned/lubed.

Cheers
more teeth engaged = more strength
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