These new Gearwrench Gimbal Ratchets are available in 1/4″ (blue) and 3/8″ (red) sizes. The ratchets appear to be the same size, except for the square drive ends.
These remind me of a palm ratchet that Gearwrench used to make for Kobalt, but with much beefier build quality. They’re more closely akin to Gearwrench’s Roto Ratchet and Wera’s Zyklop ratchet, but with an additional degree of freedom and limited range of motion.
Each ratchet features 72-tooth gearing for a 5° swing arc, an anodized aluminum finish, and milled finger-friendly grooves.
As with other palm-style ratchets, these new gimbal ratchets are designed for low-torque applications.
Catalog numbers: 81027 (1/4″), 81270 (3/8″)
Look for these new ratchets starting in November 2013 via select Gearwrench dealers. At least one dealer is currently listed these ratchets as KD Tools products. Both sizes appear to be priced at about $16-21 each.
Personally, I wish that there was a third gimbal ratchet – one sized to fit 1/4″ hex screwdriver bits, but I suppose either of these can be fitted with a screwdriver bit socket adapter quickly and easily enough.