Prod­uct Test

Fas­ten­ers in re­stricted spa­ces are eas­ily reached and quickly re­leased with th­ese tools. Gary Stret­ton helps us chose the best

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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.

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