April 30, 2013

GearWrench 120XP Flex Head Ratchet - Giveaway

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GearWrench has been nice enough to set aside 10 (ten, diez) of their new 120XP Flex Head Ratchet for us to giveaway here at the site.

They also sent one a couple weeks ago and we're nothing but impressed with the thing. It has an adjustable head with six positions, a 3/8" drive and a nice long handle - 11-1/2" from pivot to tip. The rubberized grip is comfortable and the action on the pivot is nice and firm. The head of the tool has a low profile and the toggle switch is even recessed a little, making this a great tool for tight spaces.

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The scene stealer, though, is the ratcheting action. The 120 in the name of the tool comes from the number of 'stops' in one complete revolution. This is done with this double pawl mechanism, so there are actually two locking mechanisms in the head of the tool. If you click it slowly enough, you can hear the difference between clicks. Our pal Stu from ToolGuyd, took one apart and posted up this video of the gears in action:

So yeah, I've got ten of these to giveaway. To get in the mix for the random drawing, just leave a comment at this post explaining:

1. Why you like the looks of this tool.

OR

2. Your most recent DIY disaster. I'm in the middle of a 2 year renovation and need some support group help. There must be others out there like me....

Either question is fine and doesn't affect the outcome. The drawing is completely random.

If you don't like the looks of the 3/8-inch flex head, GearWrench has the following which should be available at fine tool retailers everywhere:

• 1/4" Drive Flex Head Ratchet in full polish or cushion grip

• 3/8" Drive Flex Head Ratchet in full polish, stubby and cushion grip

• 1/2" Drive Flex Head Ratchet in full polish

• Two-piece cushion grip Flex Head Ratchet Set, with a durable foam storage tray

• Four- piece full polish mixed ratchet set, which includes ¼", 3/8", and ½" drive 120XP full polish Flex Head Ratchets and 3/8" drive 120XP full polish stubby Flex Head Ratchet in a durable foam storage tray

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 30, 2013 7:52 AM

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Recent Comments

Double Paul does it for me. Also gear wench has a great reputation of making high quality tools. These tools have many good features.


Posted by: Jim Straub at July 23, 2013 12:52 PM

These would be great in tight quarters. Think they would really help when you can get a good swing of the tool handle. Have run into this many times before and this would make a great addition to my toolbox. Love Gearwrench - all of the ones I have purchased have been excellent quality.


Posted by: KenB at July 4, 2013 10:27 AM

Winning this means I won't have to buy one at Harbor Freight. Most recent DIY disaster? Buying a brand new house and then tearing out the drywall in one room of the finished basement to improve the insulation...just because I can. Could live with myself they way it was, but I ain't got time for that.


Posted by: Tim H at May 29, 2013 5:53 PM

This would have come in handy the last time I installed spark plugs in my Dakota, the angles sometimes are hard to get to.

Thx,

Ralph


Posted by: Ralph A at May 21, 2013 3:51 PM

Nicely cushioned for when I drop it on my foot.....


Posted by: Bob at May 20, 2013 12:17 PM

Trying to replace the old interior door between my garage and house, I ordered the door online trying to save a buck. Of course the door was delivered and I never bothered to double check the measurement. I removed the existing door, destroying it in the process. I set the new door in the opening and it fit width wise but was about 1 1/2" too tall. I could not do anything with the header as it was a double support beam holding up the roof right over (additions - the house started out as a 1 room cabin in the 50's). I went to cut the door and of course it ends up being hollow core. I removed the bottom piece, sawcut 1 1/2" off the door, peeled the skin off the bottom piece, and glued the bottom piece back into the door. I rehung the door and it turned out pretty good, now I just need to find a new door sweep. Triple check anything you buy online!


Posted by: Richard K at May 17, 2013 8:19 PM

I have had my master bathrolm apart for the better part of a year trying to figure out who would build a sub of floating 2x4's right over the old roof and think it would be okay. This house is definitely a tear down in the longterm


Posted by: Jack Elliott at May 16, 2013 12:00 AM

Great looking wrench with softgrip on the handle. Really like the 120 stops.


Posted by: G-man at May 15, 2013 4:37 PM

This looks like quite the thing with which to beat my son-in-law (who has trouble with anything more mechanically complex than a fork) about the head and shoulders when he neglects to return it to my toolbox. The cushioned handle shouldn't leave any marks.


Posted by: RainDog at May 13, 2013 10:38 PM

Looks like a nice quality ratchet, better than the craftsman rebuilts I've been using, which seem to last me about a week. Would love to finally step up to something better built. This looks like the ticket. Thanks!


Posted by: Doug at May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

I like that it looks like a ratchet.


Posted by: Wesley at May 13, 2013 3:28 PM

The comfort grip and swivel head do it for me.


Posted by: Ryan B at May 13, 2013 9:59 AM

I especially like the sleek, low profile look. Perfect for getting into tight spaces like in between my vintage mopeds.


Posted by: D. Brooks at May 13, 2013 9:55 AM

I especially like the sleek, low profile look. Perfect for getting into tight spaces like in between my vintage mopeds.


Posted by: D. Brooks at May 13, 2013 9:54 AM

I have a set of Gearwrench open end wrenches and wouldn't trade them for anything else. They make fast work of anything I throw at them. I can only imagine how well the ratchet system works.


Posted by: Ryan R Pardue at May 13, 2013 7:33 AM

What's not to like? Good strong handle, an adjustable head and micro gear action. This thing rocks!


Posted by: Thom J. at May 13, 2013 6:49 AM

I have a pile of broken snap-on tools(including my 3/8 flex ratchet). There is no store and every time i see a truck I don't have my tools with me. This looks like a good replacement.


Posted by: Chris at May 13, 2013 6:18 AM

I like the 120 stops/gears in the ratchet head. Two locks would always be better then the standard one lock system on many other ratchets. I own the combination wrenches and they are the only ones I reach for nowadays, my other wrenches sadly are collecting dust.


Posted by: Jeff L at May 13, 2013 2:44 AM

I like the small head to fit tight places and the ratchet.


Posted by: Cas at May 13, 2013 1:47 AM

That 120 stops is mind blowing. Every time I've had my hand twisted and contorted around something hard to reach I wish I had close to that.


Posted by: Ian at May 12, 2013 11:36 PM

I love my GearWrench combination wrenches. Their ratchet would be a nice addition to my tool collection.


Posted by: John at May 12, 2013 11:09 PM

Worst DIY disaster happened when I was replacing a rear brake carrier in my car. The car had spent 10 years in Michigan and those bolts were toast. I snapped 1 bolt off flush with the beam axle. Ended up drilling the hole larger and now I've got a lovely 5/8 bolt back there. Only SAE bolt on my whole car. Still embarrasses me today, but I didn't know any better at the time.


Posted by: JBob at May 10, 2013 11:28 AM

That'll get er done.


Posted by: BParris at May 9, 2013 11:59 PM

I like the streamlined body, the candy colored cushion grip and the chrome finish, but most of all I like the precision cut black oxide internals.


Posted by: Kevin at May 9, 2013 11:46 PM

My husband has taught me how to do numerous DIY jobs such as rewiring, putting up sheetrock yet try to put up a set of hooks? Failed miserably! I now have a rather large hole to patch.


Posted by: Prickly Pinecone at May 7, 2013 1:10 AM

I want one! Pick me!! Pick me!!

Why do I like the looks of this tool? Hmm...

Got it! It reminds of something I found while peeking in the cabinet drawers at my wife's gynecologist's office (don't ask).


Posted by: Jason (yeah, u know which one) at May 6, 2013 10:12 AM

I like the looks of this wrench because it doesn't look exactly like my husband's wrench(es) and he therefore will not have an excuse when I find it in HIS toolbox instead of mine!!


Posted by: LynnR at May 6, 2013 5:28 AM

I can tell just from looking at it that the action on the pivot is indeed "nice and firm." This has got to be the most important feature that one would expect (but which is usually lacking) in a flex-head type ratchet. I want one!


Posted by: James J. O'Hara at May 6, 2013 12:54 AM

Like the grip on the handle and the fine tooth ratchet.


Posted by: Bill Ryan at May 5, 2013 3:55 PM

i like the comfort grip!


Posted by: douglas kwan at May 2, 2013 10:57 PM

No particular disasters, but we decided to power-wash the front door after stripping it to get it clean for priming..and found out the weather stripping wasn't exactly up to the task.


Posted by: Aaron at May 1, 2013 7:19 PM

I wish to give this item the pain it looks like it can handle.

Nice mechanism!
Simple and efficient!

Gimme one!


Posted by: Dave Atwater at May 1, 2013 10:55 AM

So I have been working on remodeling/updating a home from the 1940s. Every project I did went a little like this, "oh shouldn't take too long, maybe I can finish it in a week", tear in to wall or other item, figure out it's not what I thought it would be, look it up a solution on the 'net, find out no one has the problem like I do, make up something, Finish 2 months later.

P.S. the one thing that did go right? That Paslode finish nailer I got from you. Drove finish nails right through the base into my brick (not lathe)and plaster walls. Sweet!


Posted by: Adam at May 1, 2013 12:02 AM

I honestly am most impressed with the looks (and presumably the feel) of the soft grip. I expect a tool of this caliber to have quality ratcheting action, but it is nice to see a tool like this look as if it would be friendly/comfortable to use for once!


Posted by: John S at April 30, 2013 10:26 PM

beautiful tool - that long handle would sure be nice for breaking stuff loose, and the 3 degrees per click sounds awesome - I hate when I'm in a tight spot and can't get my darn ratchet to click.

Recent DIY disasters - I thought I'd save some time by spray painting a cabinet I built..... lets just say that I didn't realize you need experience to use spray paint cans... that and an iron finger to get through a whole can. I hope I can spot fix the runs with sand paper, and fix it with a 2nd coat - I'd hate to have to strip the whole darn thing.


Posted by: joel spangler at April 30, 2013 9:39 PM

I could really use a quality tool like this one to replace the random mis-mash of old random ratchet parts I have in the tool box.... None ever seem to work right, all seem to have too short of a handle, too long of throw, or the twisty direction selection wheel is stuck in one way. I also have never had a swivel head unit which would be a god send when working on fixing things as everyone calls on me to do. Would have been very nice to have when having to rip out the radiator on the Kubota last month when I discovered the rodents got in and chewed through every last radiator hose... Also got the truck... And a screen door.... And a bike tire.... Could really put this thing to work! I'll keep my fingers crossed and clear a special spot in the toolbox for it in anticipation....


Posted by: Ryan at April 30, 2013 8:42 PM

I like how the back looks with it's flat appearance, the 120xp logo, and the reverse/forward ratchet lever.


Posted by: Gary at April 30, 2013 6:27 PM

Best DIY disaster: I was prying a 2x4 off the trusses during our guest bathroom remodel. The darn thing popped loose spun around and the nail stuck me in the head. I pulled the nail out but my youngest son saw me and started crying. His mom determined that he was not allowed to "help" me any more till he was 5. We cheated.....


Posted by: Dan Clark at April 30, 2013 5:36 PM

I like the handle grip and the length. Should be easy to get plenty of torque with it.


Posted by: DaveD at April 30, 2013 1:24 PM

I figure its a tool for really tight spaces so the 3* stops is really nice. Hopefully the head flex stop are pretty solid.
No real DIY disasters in my current house but it did take me 2 1/2 years to remodel my guest bathroom (and it still isn't quite finished).


Posted by: Dave at April 30, 2013 12:23 PM

DIY Disaster - I'm working on finishing my basement and was removing a partial wall the builder had installed which ran right next to the 2" PVC drain pipe for the kitchen and laundry room. When removing a stud for this wall my hammer richocheted off and back into the PVC pipe quickly making a 1"x2" hole flush with the concrete. So my day turned from wall removal to concrete cutting and plumbing repair...


Posted by: Jon L at April 30, 2013 11:35 AM

Looks like a really nice ratchet - I like the flat head style, the reverse lever, and the super small ratchet angles. The double pawl is a clever idea as well. I am not sure on the rubber - I tend to get it greasy enough that I prefer bare metal.


Posted by: Dev at April 30, 2013 10:51 AM

I like the looks of it cause it looks tough and it is shiny:)


Posted by: Von at April 30, 2013 10:22 AM

Though not really a "DIY disaster", I have a peculiar situation I'd like to share.

Bought my first house a while ago. There's about two feet of water in the basement, which I knew when I bought it.

But here's the catch: the water isn't just coming through the walls, but from a medieval sewer system that's still in the ground underneath my basement and the surrounding houses in the neighbourhood.
There's some kind of chimney coming out of the floor of my basement which looks down into a long hallway filled with water.

And now the question is... Will I be able to get the city to pay for (some of) the costs to get it dry (as it is their sewer system, no matter how old)? Or do I risk having it turned into an archaeological site?


Posted by: Dieter at April 30, 2013 9:58 AM

I like the grip handle that's on it. I usually hate grips on tools because they add bulk but this one actually flows with the tool. Love it!... which means I must have it!!!


Posted by: Minh Nguyen at April 30, 2013 9:29 AM

I like the looks of this a lot. I have a couple of flex head ratchets, but this one has a nice combination of features, with the soft grip, long handle, and fine ratchet mechanism. As long as the "stops" in the flex part stay tight and don't get floppy with age, this looks like an excellent ratchet to have!


Posted by: Josh W at April 30, 2013 8:29 AM

I just like that it says 3° on the toggle switch, which is the amount of rotation you need to operate the thing (albeit REALLY SLOWLY) with 120 stops.

Sorry no recent DIY disasters, just the disaster that is my lack of time to DIY.


Posted by: Joe at April 30, 2013 8:28 AM
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