Today we are going to take a closer look at the Ingersoll Rand 3/8” air ratchet model number 1207MAX-D3.  You may have read our review of the Ingersoll Rand 1105Max ¼” ratchet and how much we liked using the air tool.  Well long story short, the 3/8” is no different.

Power Tool Review – Ingersoll Rand Ratchet

Power Tool Model – 1207Max-D3

Pros: Good Balance, Powerful, Forward/Reverse location, Trigger

Cons: None that we could see

Specifications

  • Air Inlet NPTF: 1/4 Inch
  • Av. Air Consumption: 113 l/min (4 cfm)
  • Sound: 95/106 dBA (Pressure/Power)
  • Performance Rating: MAX
  • Maximum Torque: 65 foot-pounds
  • Square Drive: 3/8 Inch
  • Free Speed: 200 rpm
  • Min. Hose Size: 3/8 Inch
  • @ Load: 453 l/min
  • Length: 10.75 Inches
  • Weight: 2.75 Pounds

Nuts & Bolts of the 1207Max-D3

Specifications

This was a tool we picked up and enjoyed using right from the start.  Before we get into the review and what we did, let’s take a closer look at the overview of this tool.  As you know,  it’s a 3/8” ratchet, but a couple items to note is the power this harnesses.  The torque on this is 65 Ft-lbs. and an rpm of 200.  Now the 1207MAX is a little longer coming in at 10.8” so it gives the user a nice grip and large area to hold on to this tool.  The weight is great weighing only 3.2lbs.  One item to note is the forward and reverse is controlled by a collar which comes in very handy.

Review

When we do a review one of the main items we look at is the overall balance of a tool.  If the balance is bad in a power tool, we immediately give it a bad rating because balance is everything.  Balance allows a user to control what they are doing and also plays a big part in user fatigue.  The first thing we noticed picking up the IR 1207Max was how great the balance is.  While most air powered tools are, surprising there are still a lot that do not have great balance.  With the MAX tool, we felt this was a tool made for the users hands.  With the ¼” ratchet we messed around in a mechanics garage.  With  the 3/8” we took this one to a job site and messed around to let some of the guys play with it to see what type of feedback we received.  We used it primarily on a local contractors backhoe which was a Cat 428.  The first item we messed with is the lug nuts on the front tires to loosen them and tighten them.  What we found out was working with the IR Max was a real treat.  Very easy to control the speed, especially with the variable speed power regulator.

Now when we were using the tool, it was about 72 outside, so we didn’t get a chance to test how the air tool is made from a composite handle to insulate from the cold.  Another note is the housing.  IR uses a Nickel plated housing to help protect against corrosion.  We ending up getting under the backhoe and trying to find anything we could loosen or tighten in open or confined spaces.  Again and again the tool outperformed our expectations.  We were very happy with the end results of this.  Actually everyone was impressed except for Timmy and that was just because it was his Backhoe we were messing with.  He actually had to take the MAX around and make sure everything was tight.

Conclusion

If your looking for a great air ratchet, take a look at the Ingersoll Rand 1207MAX-D3.  The balance is great and feels like a solid tool.  The ratchet has a lot of power and great features such as the easy to control trigger and the collar forward and reverse.  For the money, this is a great air wrench.