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Old 10-25-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

I need some help from my fellow tool hoarders. I've got a neat 3/8 inch drive NAPA pear-head ratchet that needs a repair kit. Identifying marks are "NB-40". I know that Napa has repair kits for the NB-41 ratchets (NAPA part Number: NHT 11907). I've been researching this thing, I think its an Easco mfg rat based on the handle design. The selector switch reminds me of the vintage Craftsman -V- arrowhead selector switches.

I did find this good thread with some great info on ratchet repair kits:
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=44430

Can anyone confirm that this is an Easco ratchet? Not sure if Easco made any pear-head designs, the ones I've seen are all round-head fine-tooth variety (RHFT).

I'd like to figure this out, find the original manufacturer and locate a repair kit to put this ratchet back into operating condition.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

My guess would be that the older Craftsman rebuild kits would fit it. Sears recently started carrying them again and there are a lot on ebay.

But, those kits are for a ratchet with a quick release. I think the gears are the same, so you can pop off the release button and make the gear work. My experience is that the pawls are also the same, between the Craftsman ratchets with or without the quick release button.

I can't remember the part numbers, but the giveaway is the round plate that goes over the gear.


EDIT- I found a couple examples.

This is the kit you would not need. It fits the current ratchets. Note the "figure 8" style plate that you can see.
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This is the kit that I'm guessing will work. As I said, Sears recently started carrying them again. In fact, I got one a couple weeks ago.
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AGAIN, I'M ONLY GUESSING.

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I think the gears are the same, so you can pop off the release button and make the gear work. My experience is that the pawls are also the same, between the Craftsman ratchets with or without the quick release button
Not sure if this would work... because of how the detnet ball releases in quick release ratchets.
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:38 AM   #4
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Not sure if this would work... because of how the detnet ball releases in quick release ratchets.
You might be right. I do have an extra gear, so maybe I'll try it out.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:28 AM   #5
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

Looks like a Cornwell and Matco ratchet had a baby. Actually, I wonder if a Matco gear and pawl would fit.
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

I had a short-handle 3/8" Napa ratchet. They rebuilt it for me while I waited. No cost.

I don't know the age of your ratchet but they might carry the kit you want.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

I could be way off the mark but I also need those kits and I was always under the impression that the NB napa ratchets were all made by the New Britain Company. So anyone out there have any different knowledge on this matter?
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

It is a old Danaher design that was used by Craftsman and Easco. I have the quick release version in a craftsman but I know they did make a non quick release version and a non quick release 1/4" version in a Easco as well.



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Old 10-26-2011, 02:52 PM   #9
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^^^^^^^This is exactly what I was talking about. ^^^^^


To the OP-
Have you tried opening up the ratchet? Then you'll know if you really need a rebuild kit or just a good cleaning/lube. It will also allow you to measure the gear and count the teeth. I can measure a gear out of one of my ratchets so you'll know if they're the same.

You can remove the gear on this ratchet and leave the pawl installed, so you don't have to worry about losing the pawl spring or ball.

To remove the gear, use a small pair of pliers to compress the two ears of the spring in the direction marked by the arrows. At the same time, pull the gear out.
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I was always under the impression that the NB napa ratchets were all made by the New Britain Company. So anyone out there have any different knowledge on this matter?
The original ratchets were made by New Britain, hence the "NB." But, when they switched manufacturers, they kept the same part numbers.

The brand new ratchets still use "NB" in the part number. Here's an example:
http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...B41_0006400677

This ratchet is clearly made by APEX tools, but the part number is "NB41."
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You might try to contact cripe distributing to see if they have a kit. I know they carry several other ratchet rebuild kits of that vintage.
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Default Re: NAPA pearhead ratchet - looking for repair kit

Well, finally got an update on my old Napa pear-head ratchet. I tried other sources, but could not locate a rebuild kit for an NB-40. I finally took it into my local NAPA parts store and asked them about a rebuild kit. Left it with my regular guy to track a kit down, if still available.

I got a call from my NAPA guy and went over... no rebuild kits could be found for that old pear-head ratchet. He did order me a new replacement ratchet. I went ahead and exchanged the old one for the new ratchet. (at least now I have a working tool) I told my NAPA guy I can't complain too much, that old NAPA ratchet lasted me for almost 30 years before breaking down.

Unknown as to the COO of the new ratchet, it is simply stamped "NAPA". Perhaps of Danaher manufacture? Photos of the replacement ratchet. The selector switch is plastic; that is the only thing I don't like about it.

I read this thread about mfg/COO of the NAPA pro tools line and it has me wondering about the maker of my new ratchet.
http://garagejournal.com/forum/showt...t=napa+ratchet
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #13
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The selector looks very similar to the ones Kobalt ratchets had before the new models came out. The older Kobalt ratchets were Danaher made and judging by the selector switch that is who I would say made it.

Oddly enough, the top of the head head kind of looks proto-ish but I don't think Proto makes any tools for Napa.

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It's your basic 36 tooth Danaher ratchet. Allen branded ones look the same.

The selector should be metal, they are on the Allen's (brass or similar).
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Yea like Plinker said above it is a Danaher 36 tooth ratchet. It is the exact same ratchet as a Allen only it says NAPA on it. I actually picked up NAPA NB-45 ratchet that is the same as the original one you had and am going to try to rebuild it using one of the new Craftsman kits for the old style ratchets because the main gear is still good in mine.
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Just wanted to share a neat old vintage ratchet I picked up off the road a few decades ago. This ratchet was made by MDF or Easco and is the equivalent of a Craftsman LLTD with QR. The model number is NB40, which goes all the way back to New Britain, but it was made by MDF or Easco none the less. I asked the guys at NAPA why they used a New Britain part number on a MDF/Easco made ratchet. They told me they never change model numbers when they change OEMs; any change would totally melt their fragile system. If you buy a new Danaher made ratchet at NAPA today, you will still see the old NB model numbers on their ratchets.
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Unknown as to the COO of the new ratchet, it is simply stamped "NAPA". Perhaps of Danaher manufacture? Photos of the replacement ratchet. The selector switch is plastic; that is the only thing I don't like about it.
Am I wrong or does the new ratchet say NAPA USA on the back side?
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I see that also MN Falcon. I was about to comment on that. I'd vote COO to be USA, based on that stamp...
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I see that also MN Falcon. I was about to comment on that. I'd vote COO to be USA, based on that stamp...
The Allen ratchets that are exactly like that one are made in the USA so I would wager that it is as well.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allen-Ratche...item35b4df16ea
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Am I wrong or does the new ratchet say NAPA USA on the back side?
Geez I must be blind... yes, the new ratchet does have NAPA USA stamped on the back side.
We have a winnah!

So it sounds like the consensus is that I have a Danaher-made ratchet.
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