A modded ratchet is a ratchet that is “modded’ by putting a screwdriver handle on it. There are many examples of guys doing this on garagejournal.com and thegaragegazzette.com. I liked the idea so much that I sent a USA Granco ratchet that we had in the warehouse over to our friends at Wilde Tool Co and they sent me back their version today. What they’ve done here is take one of their pry bar handles and put it on a ratchet. It gives it a very comfortable grip with lots of leverage.
At first I thought it looked a little big, but when you put it in your hand it feels just right. (Click on any of the pictures to see the BIG version.) Wilde did a number of strength tests on the handles and were very impressed at how well they held up.
Here’s a shot of the back with Wilde’s name printed in big white letters. We only have one of these right now. Like I said, they just sent us a sample so the only one we have is sitting in front of me on my desk, but I’m planning on making a number of these and see how they sell. I’m also thinking, if a number of guys like the handle, that we would sell the handle separately, so you could hammer it on at home to any ratchet you have lying around. Whadda ya think? I think it’s pretty cool.
PS. Don’t bother looking for it online yet. It might take a few weeks to get the production started. Also, I’m going to visit Wilde next week and start making a small film about the company and it’s facilities.