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Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
#1333770 Thu Nov 14 2019 04:55 PM
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I've been wanting a Metric and SAE set of these wrenches for a while. I was just going to get the ratcheting wrench sets, but I've been told by several people to get the flex heads. BTW, GEARWRENCH has a lifetime warranty.

Any opinions, pro or con?

SAE

METRIC

Thanks,


Andy

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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1333780 Thu Nov 14 2019 06:00 PM
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The swivel head ratchets are real Handy Andy. (Pun Intended)
But don't use them to break bolts loose or do the final torque with.
The ratchet is not that strong and you may strip the teeth off.

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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1333782 Thu Nov 14 2019 06:28 PM
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I have the Craftsman version of these wrenches. They are great for tight spots and odd angles, but as 2-Ton pointed out they are not so go good for torquing on. I also have a set of reversible ratchet wrenches, these have a thumb pawl for changing direction, these get the most use around my shop.


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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1333794 Thu Nov 14 2019 07:19 PM
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I have the standard/non-flex head versions. Haven't had the need for a flex head yet. Maybe my work doesn't require me to go around corners. I have a flex head ratchet that I haven't used in forever. It tended to bust knuckles more than the standard version.

Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1340131 Thu Jan 02 2020 07:50 PM
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I have both flex head and straight ratcheting wrenches. They are the Gear Wrench brand. I agree that I would be uncomfortable putting a heavy load on them. The Flex Heads are really nice to use when you have room for the head. And that is also a limitation. And in some cases even the head on the straight wrench is to big.

If I could only have one set I would keep the flex.


Rusty
Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1340261 Fri Jan 03 2020 03:17 PM
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FYI-I bought a 20 piece set of these: GEARWRENCH SAE and METRIC

Time will tell as to how well I like them. Thanks for the input!


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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1340715 Mon Jan 06 2020 03:32 PM
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Same wrench set on Amazon $20 less than NAPA
Chuck

Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1340726 Mon Jan 06 2020 04:01 PM
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You're going to find that the ratcheting box ends will be too big to get into a lot of the spots we work on around a stovebolt engine compartment. They're handy for spinning bolts and nuts down as long as there's plenty of room around the bolt head. I had a set of ratcheting box ends in sizes from something like 3/8" to 3/4", but a former employee liked them so well they followed him home when he changed jobs, along with a bunch of other tools.
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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
Hotrod Lincoln #1340773 Mon Jan 06 2020 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
I had a set of ratcheting box ends in sizes from something like 3/8" to 3/4", but a former employee liked them so well they followed him home when he changed jobs, along with a bunch of other tools.

Jerry, Maybe you should follow him home with a different "tool" to retrieve them. wink

I have a set of ratcheting box wrenches, but rarely use them (they're in metric for the modern stuff). I find a socket and ratchet wrench fits more places than a ratcheting box wrench. Some places just require a stubby box wrench (don't have any of those frown Hey, maybe I should go buy a set. grin )


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Re: Flex Head Ratcheting Wrench Sets
HandyAndy #1340837 Tue Jan 07 2020 04:09 AM
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I have a set of the offset box ens ratchet wrenches (MAC) and a couple of sets of the flat box end ratchet wrenches, also bought a set like in the original post (got them in a box of stuff from harbor freight) and actually use a couple of them quite a bit for certain things.


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