Proto 1/2-Inch Plastic Ratchet Repair Kit

Last updated date: September 22, 2021

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Proto 1/2-Inch Plastic Ratchet Repair Kit

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We looked at the top Ratchets & Pawls and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Ratchet & Pawl you should buy.

Update as September 22, 2021:
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Overall Take

This repair kit is designed for a 1/2-inch drive and contains replacement parts for the Stanley Proto J5449 ratchet. The kit consists of standard-length pear head ratchets and related parts made with a black oxide finish. It'll work with other brands.

In our analysis, the Proto Proto 1/2-Inch Plastic Ratchet Repair Kit placed 2nd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Standard Length Classic Pear Head Ratchets. 1/2-inch Drive size. Black Oxide Finish. 10-inch Overall length. Made in USA.

An Overview On Ratchets & Pawls

Depending on the kinds of projects you take on around the house, you might get good use out of a ratchet, winch or pawl. A ratchet is any mechanical tool used to provide linear motion around a fixed point in one direction while stopping movement in the opposite direction. This term is often used when people are referring specifically to ratcheting socket wrenches. However, a ratchet can also be a winch, which is discussed in more detail below.

A pawl is a pivoted and curved bar that allows a ratchet to spin in one direction. Its end meets and engages with the edge of the ratchet or a cog to permit linear movement but prevents movement the other way.

Related to these are winches, which consist of a rope or cable, a pawl and a rotating drum. They allow you to lift items or simply adjust the tension on the rope or cable by turning the handle. A pawl is at the heart of any winch, as it prevents the drum from spinning backyard, just as it would in a ratchet.

Most hand-crank winches are mountable assemblies that contain a ratchet (a hand crank installed at a certain gear ratio for ease of turning) and a mooring hook with a safety pawl so that you can hang on to significant loads. These winches are often used to haul equipment, like bikes, canoes and lawn equipment, either up to the top of a barn or garage or onto a platform for transportation.

Two-way or reversible winch sets can both load and unload an item easily with a small adjustment to the assembly; this makes the process much easier than having to switch handles or sides to alternate functions.

The Ratchet & Pawl Buying Guide

  • When buying a ratchet or pawl, be sure it will coordinate with tools you already have. This is especially important if you’re buying pieces for an existing winch setup.
  • The gear ratio helps to determine how easy a winch is to hand-crank.
  • The length and construction of the hand crank on a winch also determines how easy it is to wind. If you suffer from chronic pain or weak joints, look for a model designed with a higher length and ratio.
  • You may need steel rope or a high-quality strap for a winch, so check the weight ratings on both before you buy.