Ratchets are a mainstay of the automotive mechanic. They are used on all sorts of applications, usually on rusted hard to loosen bolts. For years mechanics have been tied to an air compressor with their pneumatic ratchets. Ingersoll Rand is known for quality pneumatic tools and as an industry leader. IR has taken their knowledge of ratchets and mated it with a 18/20V power source. The result is a quality professional automotive tool that will last.
First thing you notice when you pick up the 4.4lb tool is the stellar ergonomics, balance and quality. The tool really has a good design to it and is slim enough to fit in tight areas. The battery layout aids in gripping the tool for maximum leverage. Once the bolt is broken free the 54 ft.lbs of torque will rotate the nut off with ease. I really like the idea of not having an air hose limit my movement and the ability to take the tool to the job. An air compressor really limits you.
The variable speed trigger produces 0-225 rpm to allow for precise tightening. The tool survived falls and even being run over with not even a scratch. The kit comes with a case that you easily turn into a tray by removing the the top door. The 1 hour charger has a USB charge port on it. I really like the USB port, it gives you the ability to charge your phone or tablet right on your tool box. The tool comes with a 1.5 Ah battery and is compatible with the IR 3.0 Ah battery also.
Overall I think this the best 1/2″ cordless ratchet on the market today. My only complaint is the lack of an LED light. Mechanics really liked the tool and the freedom from air. A 3 year warranty covers this tool from any manufacturing defects. The ratchet comes in a bare tool IR 3150, a one battery kit IR3150-K1 and a 2 battery IR3150-K2. Battery life was good depending on the application. The battery charges in under an hour.