What’s A Ratcheting Wrench?
Ratcheting wrenches are often referred to as socket wrenches. A socket set includes various wrench heads for differently sized bolts. Most commonly, a socket wrench is a handle that has a 90-degree ratchet, with a set of cylindrical ‘sockets’ of varying sizes.
A ratchet is a gear mechanism which holds when going one direction and releases when going the opposite direction. You can set your ratchet to loosen or tighten, then keep the socket correctly in place on the nut as you turn the handle. Yes, it’s that simple. The designs of ratchet wrenches allow them to serve a broad range of functions. Some ratchets, however, are designed with specific tasks in mind.