3/8" Drive Palm Control Rotator Ratchet - the 161 Series palm control ratchets
enable the user to apply steady pressure in line with the
fastener without switching the ratchet direction. Torque is
transmitted through 17 teeth in mesh for improved load
distribution through the tool. There are a total of 72 teeth for
precision access, ie, 5 degree increments...the teeth are heat
treated. Repair kits kept in stock (see below). Satin chrome
finish. Ratchet length is 175mm (approx 6.9").
Note - With proper maintenance,
this tool will provide a lifetime of service. The factory grease
for the ratchet and pawl may dry out and harden over time causing
the ratchet to slip.
Maintenance - Facom fine
tooth ratchets must be cleaned and lubricated periodically. It is common for the factory grease in
the ratchet head to harden with lack of use or environmental
exposures causing the teeth in the ratchet and pawl to slip or
seize. I have found that this grease can be loosened by spraying
penetrating oil (WD40, Rost-Off, Kroil, PB-Blaster, etc) into the
gaps between the ratchet body and the rotating square drive and
working the ratchet in both directions to disperse the oil. If
this doesn't work, take the ratchet apart as directed on the
maintenance sheet and clean the teeth on the ratchet body and
pawl directly with a fine brush. Check the spring tensioning pin on
the inside of the knurled cap
(if the pin is broken, you'll need a repair
kit...R.161C/J.161C/S.161C) and that the "heart-shaped"
tensioning spring is intact and positioned correctly upon
reassembly (if the spring is broken, you'll need a repair
Facom does offer a line of
maintenance free ratchets (these are factory sealed against
dust and exposure....no maintenance kits are available). These
are all available through the online store........
Drive........SL.161, SXL.161, SXL.171, SXL.180
Warranty - in almost all
cases, poor ratchet performance or failures are "maintenance
issues" (see above). Facom warranty is protection against
factory defects...these typically appear upon initial use of the
tool. Ultimate Garage will repair or replace any defective
ratchet it sells within 30 days of purchase assuming the failure
is not due to abuse (ie, using pipe extensions for additional
leverage, using the tool as a hammer, etc).