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Old 02-18-2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Need recommendations for 3/8 air ratchet

Looking to replace a crappy NT 3/8 air ratchet with something better.
Would like something shorter than 10" overall length if possible.

What are some of your recommendations as far as good quality/performance for the price you pay?

Also, any Cman ratchets recommended?

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Old 02-18-2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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Its about time for me to upgrade my air tools too.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Not cheap but I've had great service from my Far 720 from snap on,great power and good reliability.Had it for about 8 yrs.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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I always see several MAC and Matco air ratchets at the pawn shop near me for $50-100, but I have no idea if that is a good deal, or what models to look for.
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: Need recommendations for 3/8 air ratchet

My favorite 3/8 air ratchet is this Craftsman, push button direction change, not too big, mage in Japan, I paid 89.99 for it when it was on sale.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...tive+Air+Tools
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:06 PM   #6
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My favorite 3/8 air ratchet is this Craftsman, push button direction change, not too big, mage in Japan, I paid 89.99 for it when it was on sale.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...tive+Air+Tools

Looks nice...also, I haven't seen this one before:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...9692000P?mv=rr
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:23 PM   #7
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Cornwell CAT 250AR
http://www.cornwelltoolsonline.com/C..._CAT250AR.html

On sale for $114.95 this month
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #8
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Cornwell CAT 250AR
http://www.cornwelltoolsonline.com/C..._CAT250AR.html

On sale for $114.95 this month
My mistake... Misread it

CAT5000 would be my choice for a good 3/8

http://www.cornwelltoolsonline.com/C...CAT5000HD.html
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:21 PM   #9
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My Dads CP ??? 3/8 ratchet from the 60's or 70's still going strong for me at work.
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:48 PM   #10
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I have owned the Blue Point AT700F for many years. It is a lower foot pounds model but it has always been reliable.

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item....re&dir=catalog

You may also want to check out this company. I do not own any of their tools but they seam to have a good reputation for building quality products.

http://www.florida-pneumatic.com/

The FP730 looks pretty nice and it has 60 foot pounds.
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:23 PM   #11
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I have owned the Blue Point AT700F for many years. It is a lower foot pounds model but it has always been reliable.
That is the ratchet I have and it is now worn out. When the fastner stops cold, the ratchet mechanism continues to turn under air power.

I don't feel this ratchet is worth the money. It is my opinion that the Ingersoll-Rand or even Craftsman air tools are just as good and are less expensive.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:49 PM   #12
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I would reccomend worrying about air ratchet noise as well as everything else. The biggest reason I don't use an air ratchet more is it is just to loud for interior or most small space work.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #13
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That is the ratchet I have and it is now worn out. When the fastner stops cold, the ratchet mechanism continues to turn under air power.

I don't feel this ratchet is worth the money. It is my opinion that the Ingersoll-Rand or even Craftsman air tools are just as good and are less expensive.
I am not a pro wrencher so mine has seen limited use. Mine is also about 8 years old and did not cost as much as they do now. If there was a problem I would try and rebuild.

Ebay is also another option. I just bought a Snap on PDR3A for 49.00 shipped to the house. Looked in good shape, now if it will ever get here I'll post a pic in a new thread. I would check out ebay, the tools are still moving but not at the rate they were 2 months ago.

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:09 PM   #14
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IR1200. Just as good as the expensive truck ratchets IMHO. Had one minor problem with it in the past couple years. Doesn't see super heavy use, thanks to the 3/8 impact, but still, has some balls.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:20 PM   #15
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I wouldn't recommend any Craftsman air ratchet but, that's just my opinion. I don't know how much power you want so, I'll give you models to choose from. You really can't go wrong with IR air tools in my opinion. Either one of these will serve you well.

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/IR-1099XPA.html

http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/shop/IR-107XPA.html
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:33 PM   #16
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The FAR7200 Snap On ratchet is the only one I will use. I've had mine about 5 years now and still going strong after heavy daily use
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:52 PM   #17
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Default Re: Need recommendations for 3/8 air ratchet

I have a FAR7200, i used it good and hard when i was an auto tech, those days are gone, i still use it now. But only in tight spots where i can fit it and i don't want to click a ratchet. Got it on fleabay for $150 when i first used it i was not use to the power an jabbed my chin with it. But if your not using it daily, then i would stick with something more reasonable as far as price goes. When it comes to air ratchets get the most power you can get for your dollar, you'll thank yourself later.....
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:08 PM   #18
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Default Re: Need recommendations for 3/8 air ratchet

I am in the market for one, and my research seems to indicate that the IR 1225ti is the best unit, although it's not inexpensive. It's 8" long, iirc. If anyone has comments, I'd love to hear them before I order tomorrow! Supposedly this unit is among the best for fitting into tight spaces.

For 1/4 inch, btw, I am eyeing the Chicago Pneumatic (CPT7823) 4 Position Swivel Head Compact 1/4" Drive Ratchet. This looks pretty neat. Anyone have experience with it?
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:21 PM   #19
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My 3/8 Campbell-Hausfeld Professional has been working for me for about 11 years, bought it at Home Depot.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:08 PM   #20
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I ordered both of the units I mentioned on Thursday (IR 1225ti and CPT 7823). I'll report back once I get them!
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