A few months back we reviewed TEKTON's Composite Ratchets. While I reserve them mostly for situations where I don't want to mar the working service, they are still going strong. TEKTON recently added some new specialty ratchets to their lineup, and as the 1 or 2 of you who have read my reviews know, I have a thing for ratchets. Everyone should have at least 4 in every dive size if you ask me. Each ratchet in my repertoire has a task for which it preferred. Everyone has their “go to” ratchet that they use more than all the others, but there are some situations where you need something a little different. TEKTONs new Extra Long Ratchets are among that special purpose class of tools. They aren't something most of you are going to use daily, but they are certainly handy when you need them.
Available in both 3?8″ and 1?2″ drive, TEKTON boasts some pretty impressive specs on these. At 18″ long, the 3?8″ model is rated to 2340 inch lbs. (195 foot lbs.) of torque, which is plenty for a 3?8″. The 1?2″ measures 24″ and boasts a whopping 5850 inch lb. (488 ft. lb.) rating. As information, both ratchets exceed ANSI specs by 30%.
The feature set on the ratchets is nice. They have the same butter smooth 72 tooth gear that we liked on the composites which requires a mere 5 degrees of swing arc to operate. The quick release anvil makes attaching and removing sockets a snap, but more importantly, it ensures the socket doesn't fall off during battle when you've got these beasts dipped deep into an engine bay or something because lets face it, if you're working on something that requires an 18″ or 24″ ratchet to get to, retrieving a fallen socket is unlikely to be an easy task.
The other benefit to a ratchet this long is obviously leverage. An 18″ or 24″ handle offers significant mechanical advantage compared to a standard 7″- 9″ ratchet making them a go to tool for stubborn fasteners. The knurled handle provides a secure grip with oily/greasy hands and the smooth finish makes it comfortable to hold.
On the 3/8″ model, the knurled portion of the handle measures 4″. My hands are of average size, and while the grip length is sufficient for me, users with larger hands may wish it were a tad longer. This doesn't affect the functionality of the tool, but I feel it is noteworthy regardless.
Whether you need the extra reach for engine pulleys, the middle shaft of a 54″ or 60″ mower deck, or anywhere else you find your arms a little short of, or you need the extra leverage for a stuck fastener, the Extra long ratchets are a nice addition to the TEKTON lineup. As always, they are backed by TEKTON's hassle free, lifetime warranty, so you can wrench with confidence.