Friday, April 10, 2020

Pittsburgh 1/4", 3/8" Drive Long Reach Dual Flex Head Ratchet

Ok, so picked this up on impulse. $30 and does two sizes. The length and the thin heads is what made me buy it.

Pros:
Thin heads. 
Enough teeth for a decent range.
Length when combined with the thin heads allows it to be a decent ratcheting belt tensioner tool.

Con:
The reverse switch seems to move on it's own, even if it isn't hit by something. Proves to be irritating. 

Overall, the fact that I can use it as a ratcheting belt tensioner tool makes it worth it.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Power Torque GM6146 3/8" drive ratchet

Seen this tool while in one of my local auto parts stores. Decided to give it a go. Here's what I found.

Pros:
Very slim head to fit in tight places, especially with low profile sockets.
Switch isn't easily knocked back the other way.
Sturdy feel.

Cons:
Handle doesn't feel comfortable. 
Not enough teeth in the gear.
Needs to be a bit longer for better leverage.

Overall, for $20, it's worth adding to the drawer. For me, the clunkiness from the lack of teeth is the biggest drawback.







Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sad day. Who's going to make Craftsman now?

Manufacturer of Craftsman Tools closing.

Sorry for just providing a link, but it's worth a read. Wasn't going to copy and past someone else's article. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Talking tools.

  Brand new adventure. We here at the shop are always buying, talking about, and using new tools. We always compare them to old ones and to current ones from different makes. We aren't being paid by any of these companies. We use these everyday. Some seem to last forever, some break the first use, and others sit and collect dust, but are invaluable that one time a year they are used. We will review tools, offer links and news stories, along with trying to keep you all well informed. Welcome!