With all the buzz about the new Pittsburgh Pro ratchets, we overlooked a similar but unique release from TEKTON. Employing the same head design and ratcheting mechanism, TEKTON’s Flex Head Bent Handle Ratchet is what was called a Spark Plug Ratchet back in the day.
Designed to provide increased function in an engine compartment, around framework, etc., the bent handle ratchet helps circumnavigate any number of obstacles that might stand between you and a fastener. It employs an 11″, 25 degree offset handle, in conjunction with 180 degree flex head, to provide clearance where standard ratchets can’t. The head isn’t a locking head, but it isn’t free swinging either. It uses a ball and dentent system to secure the head in one of 7 positions and does a good job of holding the head in place.
The ratcheting mechanism itself is is the tried & true, 72 tooth, dual pawl mechanism, commonly found in most of the higher quality Taiwan sourced ratchets on the market today. It’s smooth, has very little back drag, and I have personally tested the design in excess of 150 ft,/lbs. The offset handle doesn’t exactly make it an ideal choice for high torque applications, and if you can bust 150+ ft./lbs. with a spark plug rat I commend you, but the mechanism is good for it.
If you work on cars or any type of equipment, the bent handle ratchet is handy to have in your box. It isn’t something you’re likely going to use on every job, but it’ll save you a lot of aggravation when you do need it. While it may be genetically related to the HF Pro rats, you can’t get this ratchet at Harbor Freight. Available only in 3/8″ drive, it’s backed by TEKTON’s lifetime warranty and outstanding customer support. There aren’t any issues or dislikes with the ratchet, but we would like to see a comfort grip option.
As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned to TIA for more from TEKTON.