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Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: Microman
Date: March 06, 2021 10:36AM
I remember about a year ago, I was a a local Pick A Part, and I needed to get a fender. A really nice guy was working on the same car, but wanted something different. He offered to help me. And he had a hand held straight tool, that was a ratchet, say 3/8" on the end, so it was very compact, and easily reached and fit on the various bolts holding the fender. Needless to say, he had the fender off in 5-10 minutes, without doing any hand ratcheting.

Anyone have a recommendation. Was looking at the Earthquake 3/8" driver they have at Harbor Freight, but I was discouraged with their speed of "returns" showing up on my credit card, and the speed of their "club" purchase showing up on their website. They never recognized my joining in the store, so I gave up, and just got a refund for the whole mess.

Even though their Earthquake ratchet at Harbor Freight is $40 off clearance with their club price, I think I can find a better deal elsewhere . But a search of amazon ,does bring up a lot of choices.

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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 06, 2021 11:13AM
Do you not have any existing cordless tools that might one in their lineup, to share batteries etc?
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 06, 2021 11:44AM
And he had a hand held straight tool, that was a ratchet, say 3/8" on the end, so it was very compact, and easily reached and fit on the various bolts holding the fender.

I doubt any tool fitting the OP's description would have a battery that could be shared with another tool.

And the above is a handy thing to have, besides one of the larger power tools with a replaceable battery.






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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: Microman
Date: March 06, 2021 11:48AM
I have a DeWalt 20 V Brushless Drill. Uses the 20V Max Lithium ION Battery
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 06, 2021 11:51AM
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RAMd®d
And he had a hand held straight tool, that was a ratchet, say 3/8" on the end, so it was very compact, and easily reached and fit on the various bolts holding the fender.

I doubt any tool fitting the OP's description would have a battery that could be shared with another tool.

And the above is a handy thing to have, besides one of the larger power tools with a replaceable battery.

Running down the Amazon search link confirms this. They all use a form factor that fits inside the handle. The closest thing with a shared battery would be the stubbiest cordless impact driver you could find. But that impact driver would work just fine except in the tight spots. I use mine often with my sockets.

For tight spots, a right angle adapter on an impact driver would get you closer in the shared battery department, but it's a very clunky solution.





Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/06/2021 11:53AM by Acer.
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: March 06, 2021 12:53PM
OP is looking for a cordless ratchet, not impact or drill style. Ratchet can get into places other styles can’t.

Milwaukee has some that use the same battery as their other tools. I had hoped that DeWalt would come up with cordless ratchets. Might have to go with Milwaukee.
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: mattkime
Date: March 06, 2021 02:07PM
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Acer
For tight spots, a right angle adapter on an impact driver would get you closer in the shared battery department, but it's a very clunky solution.


I'd be very impressed if it could handle the torque.



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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 06, 2021 02:17PM
Using cordless ratchet brings up more of what might fit mm's parameters.

I'm not familiar with KIMO (Kemo Sabe, sure) but there's a Mikita and Milwaukee offering.






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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 06, 2021 04:17PM
bezosville Top 100 [www.amazon.com]

I lean towards Milwaukee, DeWalt, & Makita. If it's for 'hobby use', you
may get away with a $60-70 cheapo models with the weird name.



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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: March 06, 2021 07:17PM
Do yourself a favor and get a cordless Impact while you are at it. I have this set and it is perfect for the average DIY person. I probably use it more than the average person and it holds up great. I keep a set of deep metric and standard impact sockets in the bag and 3/8 to 1/2" Impact Adapters, one for each direction.

The last thing you want is some cheap POS tool to stop working when you are in the middle of working on something.



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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 06, 2021 08:24PM
Another option:

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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: Gareth
Date: March 07, 2021 12:32AM
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I wish Bosch would make a 12v ratchet, but instead I'm left debating between ditching Bosch for Milwaukee or going with Ryobi since I already have some Ryobi 18v tools. [www.homedepot.com]

But I think I'd prefer the compactness of the 12v Milwaukee, and since I'm more heavily invested in DeWalt 20v/60v tools, I try to keep the Ryobi tools to a minimum.
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: testcase
Date: March 07, 2021 01:44AM
I picked up a Milwaukee M-12 ratchet wrench a while back while it was on sale. I don’t remember using that tool yet but, I’ve been VERY happy with all the Milwaukee M-18 & M-12 tools I have used.
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 07, 2021 07:21AM
This is the first time I've seen a power ratchet by Ryobi.

I've got some of their stuff, but the batteries would be a little big and clunky for tight quarters.

Also, they seem to use a different plastic for their green kit, or some of it, that feels sort of cheap, like that one would find in a child's toy.

For my use, the Ryobi ratchet would be good enough, but if I could get that M12 on sale I'd do it, even though it'd mean another charger and battery.






I am that Masked Man.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Need Recommendation: Cordless Ratchet Tool
Posted by: Cary
Date: March 07, 2021 10:36AM
I have the Milwaukee m12 3/8" ratchet - works great. I'm a big fan of the m12 line of tools.
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