"Pittsburgh" Harbor Freight 3/8 x 1/4 telescoping ratchet

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"Pittsburgh" Harbor Freight 3/8 x 1/4 telescoping ratchet

Post by theholycow » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:34 pm

3/8" x 1/4" Dual Drive Extendable Ratchet
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-8-eighth ... 98802.html
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Performance: I can lean on it really hard, put all my weight into it and bounce even when fully extended, and it takes the abuse.

Handling: Decently fine-toothed ratcheting action ratchets easily. Telescoping is easy to operate one-handed, though the detents can be mildly difficult to find sometimes...usually it snaps into place nicely.

Practicality: Very practical. It's one ratchet to do a lot of stuff. Need a regular-length ratchet? Got it. Need extra length? You don't even have to let go of the part you're holding with your other hand, just pull the collar and telescope. Done breaking it loose and need better swing? Leave it attached to the bolt and shorten one-handed. Need 1/4" drive? No need to go back to the toolbox! Well, actually, 3/8 x 1/2 would be much more useful for me. I don't use 1/4" drive much and when I do I want something shorter than a standard-length 3/8". Some day I'll probably break off the 1/4" drive and I won't feel bad about it at all, it'll just be a 3/8" ratchet after that.

Cost to own: Current price is $12.99 and you can certainly use a 20% coupon to make it $10.40. Nice.

Feasibility of sexual encounters: The rubbery plastic handle, which is not removable, isn't quite shaped for insertion (so you need a bigger pipe if you want more leverage), but the big problem is that it doesn't stay clean. If it was just chrome all the way you could clean it by wiping it.

Fun factor: I got pissed off at some stuff I was working on and hucked the ratchet at the ground. It left a nice ratchet-shaped hole in the dirt. Does that count as fun?

Summary: This thing is great. My only complaints are the silly rubber/plastic grip that gets dirty and doesn't come off (so I can't use my favorite pipe for more length, though if it's that tight I really need a 1/2" breaker bar anyway) and the lost opportunity for a 1/2" drive instead of the 1/4" drive. Like so many reviews on Harbor Freight's site, I can say that this is my "go-to" ratchet; I don't save this one for special jobs, I start with it and end with it.
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Re: "Pittsburgh" Harbor Freight 3/8 x 1/4 telescoping ratche

Post by Shadow » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:13 pm

Hmm...that's an interesting wrench. Both 1/4" & 3/8" drive (too bad it wasn't 3/8" & 1/2" instead) and a telescoping handle for more leverage. For the price, it seems pretty good as long as it doesn't break too quickly.

I used to be of the opinion that all hand tools sold at HF were complete crap, but I have to admit that some of my friends have found some decent quality tools there. I don't have an HF close to my house, but I might just have to take a ride one day and check out the nearest store anyway.

A good friend of mine just got their 13-drawer tool box and I have to admit that it's REALLY good quality for the price. Nothing Sears sells can compare with the HF tool box at that price level. I can't think of anyplace that sells a quality box of that size for that price.

http://www.harborfreight.com/44-13-draw ... 68784.html
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Re: "Pittsburgh" Harbor Freight 3/8 x 1/4 telescoping ratche

Post by watkins » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:08 pm

As a professional Automotive Wellness Practitioner, most of my key tools are Matco. However, I frequent Harbor Freight and own and use a ton of their products with great results. So do most of my coworkers.
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Re: "Pittsburgh" Harbor Freight 3/8 x 1/4 telescoping ratche

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:34 pm

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Beats telescoping ratchet any day.
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