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GEARWRENCH hand tools help techs tackle tight spaces

Compact components in today’s vehicles present a new challenge for technicians trying to access already hard-to-reach fasteners

SPARKS, Md.—Modern cars use smaller and more compact components in the production process, presenting a new challenge for technicians trying to access already hard-to-reach fasteners. Until now, hand tools haven’t kept pace, relying on specialty ratchets or adapters to reach these fasteners.

To tackle these pain points, GEARWRENCH created the Ultimate Access Solution: 120XP Locking Flex Head Ratchet and Stubby Socket. When combined, these two unique product lines provide the ability to work in tight spaces. The combined height of the socket and ratchet is up to 50% thinner than standard ratchet systems. The flexing head of the ratchet allows mechanics to reach places others can’t.

“We created a sleeker compact designed ratchet head, using the trusted 120XP double stacked 60-tooth pawls providing a 3° swing arc, delivering the same dependability and durability as our our 120XP line that customers have come to trust,” GEARWRENCH Senior Project Manager Chris Coll said.    

The locking flex head ratchets and stubby sockets both exceed ASME torque performance requirements, providing extended reliability when used in high-torque applications. The compact head design of the ratchet and shallow height of the sockets improve access to hard-to-reach fasteners by up to 22% compared to standard ratchets and sockets.

The GEARWRENCH Ultimate Access Solution Sets are available in 1/4″ and 3/8″ drive sizes with metric and SAE sets.

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