I bought this set of Gearwrench Roto Ratchets about a decade ago, for $40-$50 or so on sale. Right now, it’s on sale again for slightly less than $40 with free shipping!
Note: This deal might end at anytime. Please let us know if it sells out or the price jumps back up.
Benefits: These swivel-head ratchets are essentially flex-head ratchets that let you use them as screwdriver-style spinners for fast turning, and then you can switch them 90° for higher torque applications. Or, use them as non-locking flex-head ratchet.
Downsides: Some users prefer locking flex-head ratchets. Nearly all swivel-head-style ratchets let you tighten down the pivot action, but only Wera’s allow you to lock the head in any specific angular position. Also, there’s no quick-release function, which is also a pro or con depending on your preferences.
Should You Buy One? I bought a set, and continue to use them regularly. I don’t use them as much as I used to because I have also purchased Wera Zyklop swivel-head ratchets. Despite also having the Wera ratchets, I’m never giving up my Gearwrench ratchets, as they continue to come in handy. I use this style of ratchet all the time, and very highly recommend it. Gearwrench is a good brand. I’m going to say YES. If it doesn’t work out for you, Amazon has an excellent return policy.
Is This a Good Deal? At the time of this posting, Amazon has the 2pc set priced at $40, which is a great price. This set is usually priced at $48 and up. Some dealers have it for $60+.
If you miss out on this deal, chances are it will come around again at a later time. I can only recall one occasion when the price was better than $40.
What Else You Should Know: These Gearwrench ratchets have cushion-grip handles, you get both 1/4″ and 3/8″ ratchets in the set, and they have fine-tooth 72T ratcheting mechanisms with a 5° minimum swing arc. The 1/4″ ratchet is 6.5″ long and the 3/8″ ratchet is 10″ long.
Deal Price: $39.81
How did we find this deal? Every now and then I use our Amazon Tool Deal Finder search helper. Amazon’s search results are a lot more cluttered now than when I first coded this helper script, but it still reveals worthwhile deals like this one on occasion. (If you need the link again, it can be found at the bottom/footer menu on ToolGuyd.com webpages.)