Ratcheting Hex Wrench


Every once in a while, I stumble upon a product that makes me say to myself, “Yeah!  Why didn’t somebody think of that a long time ago?”  The Ratcheting Hex Wrench from ProTool Manufacturing is one such product.  Each tool contains a full set of either standard or metric hex wrenches that can be folded down into one compact tool.  The user selects the desired size hex wrench and grips a handle that is integrated into the case body.  The beauty part is a mechanism that allows the tool to ratchet while tightening or loosening (a switch reverses direction), allowing an easier torquing action.  Unfortunately, at this time of this writing, the ProTool Manufacturing website seems to be down, but the Ratcheting Hex Wrench can be quite readily found on the web by doing a search, usually for less than $10.00 per set.

10 comments… add one
  • Leroy Anderson August 24, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Now we need a angle one!!

  • Steve August 24, 2009, 4:27 pm

    Now that’s what I am talking about. Going on the Christmas list!!

  • turn.self.off August 24, 2009, 7:32 pm

    you may want to check on the product link, it seems to contain useless data.

  • Allan August 27, 2009, 5:38 am

    During the decades that I made a living with Hex Wrenches I never once felt a need for one of these. Did use some thicker Hex Wrench bits welded into sockets with a socket ratchet wrench or torque wrench though. These guys can’t even spell ‘ratchet’ and now they’ve invented a new one.

  • Allan is an idiot August 27, 2009, 8:15 am

    During the decades that you made a living with Hex Wrenches, you should have bought a dictionary too, you ass.

  • Andy Jacobs August 27, 2009, 12:06 pm

    My bad on the misspellings of ‘ratchet’! Post has been edited. Looks like I only misspelled it like 4 times–hey, at least I’m consistent! 😉

    • Julie August 27, 2009, 12:13 pm

      @Andy According to the dictionary, the way you spelled it is a variant. No harm, no foul.

  • Andy Jacobs August 27, 2009, 1:55 pm

    Yep, I see that, but I think the actual product name is spelled with the extra “t” so I thought I’d just update to avoid any potential confusion.

  • Kooter Jonez September 1, 2009, 3:51 pm

    Seems like it wouldn’t take the torque needed by big hex’s without breaking. Seems like it would be too big to fit in where most small hex’s are needed. Looks like a nice toy, but not for real mechanics.

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