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Ratings & Reviews
This 3/8 in. ratchet wrench provides true power and durability. This ratchet features a traditional all-metal housing with comfort grip and ratchet head cover, providing both comfort and durability. Provides 45 ft/lbs. of maximum torque and 160 rpm free speed. 2.5 lbs.
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Added on July 26, 2010
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The Craftsman 3/8" air ratchet was purchased in a set, combined with the 1/2" impact wrench rated at 340 ft/lbs. Both are OK tools, but I mainly bought the set (for a markdown price) for the air ratchet.
To me, air tools are a novelty and more of a hassle than regular hand tools. Sure impact wrenches are fun to use and can shear a stud bolt off in 2 seconds if you're not careful, but an air ratchet is not necessary, IMO. Convenience for taking things apart, that's about it. Some assembly can be performed with an air ratchet, but be mindful of the torque requirements of what you're tightening!
This air ratchet works well. It does a good job at a decent torque rating. At 45 ft/lbs of torque (unstalled), it is adequate for most jobs. Stalled torque is only 15 ft/lbs, however. This may be a characteristic of all air ratchets.
I think one downside is the exhaust port. Though it blows away from you, it can get oil on your hands. I have a good habit of stabilizing hand ratchets with my left hand, so I do the same for this tool. If well oiled, my left hand gets soaked!
For a decent price, I recommend this tool. It may not be as powerful as some air ratchets, but for the price and for what it's worth, it's a good tool overall.
I did some more tests tonight. First I would torque a lug nut using a torque wrench and try to loosen it with the air ratchet. I would also reverse the process and tighten the lug to the point of the air ratchet stalling, then checking the torque on the lug with the torque wrench. Overall, OK, but not great. See below:
Lug torque-wrenched to 50 ft/lbs (limit of air ratchet) = air ratchet cannot loosen @ 100 psi.
Lug torque-wrenched to 40 ft/lbs = air ratchet may be able to loosen if you let the socket ride the nut first.
Lug air-racheted to the point of stalling @ 100psi = Torque wrench-checked to be about 45 ft/lbs.
So the Craftsman 3/8" air ratchet is better at tightening than loosening bolts/nuts. The consistency is not 100%, however. It's good to use to speed-tighten long bolts, but usually the air ratchet will stop/stall around 25-35 ft/lbs.
Also, if you rest your hand or grip the head of the air ratchet too tightly (over the rubber), you will bog it down! Now I know why Sears put the rubber there! Underneath is rotating parts, so if you squeeze that area for more stability while using the air ratchet, you will affect its power. This is foolish.
For this new information, I am subtracting two stars.
Using a brand new 30 Gallon Air Compressor rated at 5.3 CFM at 90 PSI, the tool was tested. Initially, the tool came on automatically in the forward direction. The trigger needed to be pulled out slightly to keep the tool from auto running. Next, the socket test was run by holding a socket still with one hand on the tool and running it in both forward and reverse. In the forward direction, the socket spun well, no matter how hard we held the socket...good test; however, when the socket was held with only moderate pressure in the reverse direction, the tool would not turn it. The same test was performed on an even larger compressor with the same results.
So the stickers were loose on the side of the handle, but the tool otherwise is good...has enough torque to spin off some rusty strut bolts I had, can't ask for much more than that.
Grand Prairie, TX
Rebuilding a craftsman pressure washer (gas powered), connecting rod broke. Used this and a 1/4 inch craftsman air ratchet. Got the pressure washer back together, haven't tried the pressure washer out yet (as of the time of writing this review, I live in New England and it's still winter). But, this thing, along with the other ratchet worked great in tear down and reassembly.
This thing is big and durable looking so i expected it to be somewhat powerful. No-sir. It works good for small bolts but anything over a half inch aint breaking free with this thing. Call me picky but i shouldn't have switch to my impact to take off a small brake line retainer nut. I got a 5.0 CFM @ 90 PSI compressor so that wasnt the problem. On the up side the price was really good...
Las Vegas, NV
La Mesa, CA
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