GearWrench makes some great tools. It is known for their time-saving closed end box wrenches and we previously posted about there two Gimbal Ratchets. Now we show you how effective and helpful they can actually be.
These ratchets debuted at last year’s SEMA Show and we were mesmerized by the engineering and thinking behind these ratchets. Unlike a typical thumb drive ratchet, the GearWrench Gimbal Ratchet floats inside two rings, so that like a gyroscope, you can tweak and twist what plane these ratchets match up to.
The beauty of these two ratchets, in both 1/4″ and 3/8″ drive, is they can always easily line up with the fastener you are working on, regardless of where they are in a car or other application.
Now I love my tools but before adding to my inventory, the tool has to prove its worth. Here is a real world application. On the firewall of a 2012 Camry is a bolt, arranged around a variety of metal tubing and some slightly flexible rubber tubing.
Clearly a box or open wrench will not fit. A typical socket wrench will need a few extensions and flexible joints to make it work and even then you’re going to have to be a contortionist to get decent use and leverage on that fastener.
Gearwrench Gimbal Ratchet
Now the GearWrench Gimbal Ratchet can easily reach the fastener without any more extensions or flexible joints. The two gimbals allow the ratchet to clear the metal tubing without any worries and your hand can control the exterior drive mechanism easily with your hand (and body) in a convenient place.
You can order these ratchets directly from GearWrench or find them at your favorite tool dealer.
Do you have another favorite tool from GearWrench? Let us know.