Craftsman’s new premium ratchets feel great in-hand and perform exceptionally well. Their heads are as slim as Craftsman’s popular low-profile ratchets, with the 1/2″ being ever so slightly thinner.
The handles on these ratchets, reminiscent of Craftsman’s CrossForce wrenches, are different than the round and flat styles that I’m used to. I was skeptical at first, but grew to love the new handle geometry. I am usually more a fan of textured/knurled and cushion-grip ratchets, but these handles changed all that.
As for the ratchet mechanism itself – buttery smooth. The ratchet head is completely sealed, and contains an 84-tooth mechanism for a 4.5° swing arc. Its ball detent is stiff, but not excessively so; sockets attach quickly and securely.
The only downside to these ratchets are their scarce in-store availability. You can order them online, but many stores (at least those near me) still aren’t carrying them. These ratchets also carry a premium price, atypical of Craftsman ratchets, but not outlandishly so.
These ratchets are highly recommended, although more casual wrenchers will find the price of Craftsman’s thin-profile ratchets easier on their wallets.
And yes, they’re made in the USA!
Following is a brief photo gallery. Additional photos are on the way as soon as I can put together a lighting solution that works.
Thank you to Danaher for providing these samples without condition.