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Old 05-27-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Know anything about "O-Ratchet"?

Looks like a specialty tool where the guts can be removed and adapted so that a nut could be ratcheted on to a very long threaded rod or bolt. It also can be adapted to drive hex sockets or conventional 3/8" sockets. It is stamped "Taiwan" but also has markings of a Texas tool company. I couldn't find much on the internet. I don't have it in my possession, so I don't have a picture. Interesting looking thing. I tried google and ebay without much luck. Anyone?
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like a Gearwrench Pass-Thru set to me!
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:53 PM   #3
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They came out before anyone had a pass through ratchet.

I have metric set I bought back in 01.

When I get home from work ill snap a pic.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:16 AM   #4
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It does the same thing as the more modern versions of the pass through sets. I believe they were made in the USA initially, but then contracted production overseas. I could be wrong though. I have a partial set somewhere.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:19 AM   #5
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i have a set also will get a picture tomorrow
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:56 AM   #6
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I have a set. it was the first "pass through" socket set I ever saw. I bought mine off of the Matco truck many years ago. Pretty nice quality for an import. I will get a pick tomorrow.
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:45 AM   #7
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Funny you ask that! I just found a set I purchased in 1993 sitting in my toolbox. The early versions used a clip to hold the socket on, and that clip fell off. I emailed a couple of old distributers and asked for some advice, and they essentially told me they closed and no one would honor the warranty. Lifetime seems to mean life of the company, not life of the tool anymore...
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:13 AM   #8
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I have a set. it was the first "pass through" socket set I ever saw. I bought mine off of the Matco truck many years ago. Pretty nice quality for an import. I will get a pick tomorrow.
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It was the appearance of quality that drew me to it. Also, near as I can tell, all the original parts are present in the case cutouts. I think I may be able to get it for a couple of bucks since, with the parts disassembled, it kinda looks broken. I'll watch for the pictures from you guys for a comparison. Thanks. kr.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:20 AM   #9
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Sears sold them for a while. They were in last year's catalog, and used to be carried in a few of the stand-alone hardware stores.

This picture is from a Google search, but from a cached page.


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Old 05-28-2011, 06:27 PM   #10
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Here is a pic of my O-Ratchet set.
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Default Re: Know anything about "O-Ratchet"?

As with "metwrench", it was a fad that went away when ratcheting wrenches got better. Wait a year or two and it will come back. I saw "Robo-Grip" pliers as a new thing recently.
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Got 'em in SAE and metric, don't think I've ever used 'em, not even sure where they are at the moment. They do seem well made and I'll ditto the belief that they were one of the first ratcheting pass-thru socket sets offered, beating by a number of years the Matco Special Forces and Armstrong Eliminator sets. Have they followed the O-Ratchet into discontinued tool purgatory as well? Haven't set foot on a truck in ages.
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I have a couple of USA made armstrong o ratchets. I have 3/8" and 1/2" drive. I will try and get some pics.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:31 PM   #14
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That's it almost exactly. I went back to the shop today and picked it up for $3. I will snap a comparison photo tomorrow. Thanks for that shot.
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Here is the O-Ratchet I got a few days ago. Forgot to post it. A little bit different from Bigpigdave's. I couldn't pass it up for 3 bucks.
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See any patent numbers on these ratchets?
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Old 06-05-2011, 03:58 PM   #17
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See any patent numbers on these ratchets?
The other side of the handle has 3 patent numbers on it. "U.S. Pat 13002, 4520697,4602534 and says ''Taiwan" just below them. The label inside the box says it is distributed by Summit Tool company in Denton, Texas.

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Old 06-05-2011, 04:03 PM   #18
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Here is the O-Ratchet I got a few days ago. Forgot to post it. A little bit different from Bigpigdave's. I couldn't pass it up for 3 bucks.
i think that is the set i have. i purchased it new and they did not come with an extension. i beleive you had to order it direct.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:06 PM   #19
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To anyone that has one of these: what is supposed to hold the shifter button in place? Mine has come off and I don't see how to attach it so that it doesn't just fall off.

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #20
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i got the same o-ratchet set as dave, only in metric. seems well built.
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