Fasteners in restricted spaces are easily reached and quickly released with these tools. Gary Stretton helps us chose the best
We test flexible ratchet spanners – essential for reaching fasteners in restricted spaces
Flexible ratchet spanners are ideal for tasks where a bulky wrench and socket can’t gain access, or a rigid ratchet spanner isn’t suitable due to the angle of access. Although ratchet spanners may never fully replace basic open ended or ring spanners, they can make some tasks on Land Rovers so much easier. Engine and transmission work, particularly in situ, calls for the removal of fixings in limited access areas.
As a general rule, the better the quality, the slimmer the ratchet head design due to the use of superior construction and metals. This is important and can make the difference between success or having to use an open-ended spanner which takes considerably more time.
The sets tested here are typical of good quality versions readily available via automotive retailers and online stores. Avoid cheaper unbranded versions as, typically, their ratchet mechanisms are inferior and flexible heads tend to shear off at the pivot pin under load.