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Great tool box breaker bar
Pros: The main reason I bought this breaker bar is to put in my tool box that I carry in the truck which is not big enough to hold a regular size breaker bar. It appears to be well made for the money and everything (ratchet & extension) has functioned without problem. The extension has an easy to use ring and ball lock that can be locked in four lengths. The head can be angled at a few different angles, including parallel with the handle and perpendicular to the handle, i.e. 0 and 90 degrees and in between.
Cons: The finish on the ratchet head is only black oxide and likely subject to rust, which is why I gave it 4 out of 5. I'm not sure why they would chrome plate everything except the head. In a tool box that isn't used regularly moisture sometimes builds up and I don't like to have my tools rusting. The angle adjustment on the ratchet head is a spring ball and detent mechanism that can't be locked. You are limited to a few angles and they can't be locked so care must be taken when pulling on the handle not to let it slip to another angle. I suspect the handle extension is subject to excessive wear if not used carefully, that is if you don't pull straight in line with the head, the handle will tend to twist on the shaft which likely causes a small indentation in the detent in the groove that keeps the handle from rotating and sliding. If this is done repeatedly it will likely cause the lock to eventually jam. Also the shaft is a little small for my preference and not as strong as a regular bar. Still, a little care will prevent problems.
Other Thoughts: The main reason I bought this is that it will fit in my tool box. Those are emergency tools and don't get a lot of use so I'm not overly worried about wear and tear. It is well made for the money, good quality steel and a strong ratchet. I'm not sure how it would hold up to daily use but I would think it would at least be worth the money in this application. I would recommend this tool to a friend but would let him use mine first to become familiar with its operation.
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“The main reason I bought this breaker bar is to put in my tool box that I carry in the truck which is not big enough to hold ...”— Bluelake 11/1/2012