Combining products for hard-to-reach places 22 November 2022

To help combat those hard-to-reach places in the automotive industry, GEARWRENCH has created its Ultimate Access Solution: 120XP Locking Flex Head Ratchet and Stubby Socket. When combined, these products enable easy work in tight spaces.  

Modern cars use smaller and more compact components in the production process, presenting a new challenge for automotive technicians trying to access already hard-to-reach fasteners. “Mechanics need to move fast and lacking the proper tools to tackle tight fasteners in compact spaces can be a major hindrance to getting the job done,” says Chris Coll, senior project manager, GEARWRENCH.

GEARWRENCH insists the combined height of its Locking Flex Head Ratchet and Stubby Socket is up to 50% thinner than standard ratchet systems. The flexing head of the ratchet allows mechanics to reach places which had previously been untouchable. “Understanding the pain points of our customers is always critical to our product development process. With them in mind, 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 120XP line that customers have come to trust,” adds Chris Coll.

The locking flex head ratchets and stubby sockets both exceed ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) torque performance requirements, providing extended reliability when used in high-torque applications. The company insists 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 ¼ inch and 3/8 inch drive sizes, with both metric and SAE sets.

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