A ratchet wrench is a toolbox essential, making short work of assembling nuts, bolts and fasteners in DIY and professional jobs alike. At Ace, we stock a full range of ratchets, ratchet handles and sets to help your next project go smoothly. Learn everything you need to know about ratchets here!
Ratcheting Wrench Sets vs. Traditional Wrenches
A traditional wrench relies on elbow grease alone to tighten or loosen fasteners. A ratchet wrench has a more advanced action to make the work easier. Turning the ratchet handle one way tightens or loosens the nut while allowing free movement in the opposite direction to set up another turn.
This unique action means the ratchet is less likely to slip off the bolt and you don't need to constantly reposition the wrench on the fastener. You'll complete your tasks more quickly and safely while reducing wear and tear on both the nut and the tool.
What to Look for in a Ratchet Tool
We carry complete one-piece ratchets as well as high-quality ratchet handles and interchangeable sockets to suit fasteners of all sizes. For maximum versatility, check out our full selection of tools with the following features and options:
- Quick Release Mechanism: Switch out your sockets quickly and easily to handle all types of nuts and bolts.
- Socket Depth: Choose shallow sockets for reaching fasteners with little clearance, or use deep sockets for recessed fasteners or nuts on a long threaded bolt.
- Pass-Through Sockets: Alternatively, pass-through sockets can cope just as easily with long or short bolts, reducing the number of sockets you need in your tool kit.
- Adjustable Socket Angles: Flexible, adjustable sockets allow easy access in cramped spaces for tightening hard-to-reach nuts.
- Flex Handles: Reach nuts and bolts in difficult locations with a pivoting flex head that changes your turning angle.
- Head Types: Use either 6 -or 12-point sockets to fit the widest range of heads, along with universal sockets that fit spline, star, square heads and more.
- Material: Choose from ratchet handle materials including stainless steel, alloy steel and chrome for strength and long-lasting resistance to corrosion.
- Driver Sockets: Use your ratchet to replace a screwdriver by adding driver sockets, making it easier to turn difficult screws without stripping the head or thread.
- Breaker Bars: These help you deal with stuck or rusted nuts. These ratchet tools have a longer handle for more turning power and can be used to get stiff nuts turning, before completing the job with a standard ratchet wrench.
Lastly, we also offer ratchets with metric grading, SAE grading or both to suit your working preferences.
Expert Advice on Ratchets from Ace
Choosing the right ratchet set will add versatility to your toolbox, helping you get the job done right the first time. Our range includes the most popular and trusted brands, including Craftsman, Crescent, Milwaukee and Cobra, for great quality and value you can rely on.
If you need any advice on which ratcheting wrench will suit you best, our friendly staff can offer expert tips at your nearest Ace store.