Tool review: NAPA 3/8" Super Duty Intimidator Ratchet

March 11, 2014
Ratchet with power streamlines repairs.

Napa offers the 3/8" Super Duty Intimidator ratchet, No. NPT 6-1127, part of the Pro Power Series. Features include an adjustable exhaust, a variable speed trigger, 110 ft/lbs of maximum torque and 100 ft/lbs of working torque, a comfort grip, full cage gearing and a lightweight composite body.

The review

Gary Miller, technician at Reliable Auto Repair in Fort Atkinson, WI, tested out the NAPA Intimidator ratchet. 

Gary found that the ratchet had quite a bit of power, and he used it for different jobs on brakes, water pumps, struts, changing a steering column and more.

One feature he pointed out in particular was the adjustable exhaust feature. 

"I like the exhaust on it, where you can change the direction of the exhaust so it doesn’t blow in your face in certain spots."

Overall, Gary really liked the tool and thought it saved him time by not having to use multiple tools to complete some of his work.

"It saves you time from having to switch to another breaker bar, or something else, to break a bolt loose, and then have to return to the ratchet. You can pretty much get what you need to with this tool all by itself."

Gary mentioned that he uses the tool often.

"I would say its pretty close to daily. I might use it four times per week."

About the Author

Erica Schueller | Editorial Director | Commercial Vehicle Group

Erica Schueller is the Editorial Director of the Endeavor Commercial Vehicle Group. The commercial vehicle group includes the following brands: American Trucker, Bulk Transporter, Fleet Maintenance, FleetOwner, Refrigerated Transporter, and Trailer/Body Builders brands.

An award-winning journalist, Schueller has reported and written about the vehicle maintenance and repair industry her entire career. She has received accolades for her reporting and editing in the commercial and automotive vehicle fields by the Truck Writers of North America (TWNA), the International Automotive Media Competition (IAMC), the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Azbee Awards.

Schueller has received recognition among her publishing industry peers as a recipient of the 2014 Folio Top Women in Media Rising Stars award, acknowledging her accomplishments of digital content management and assistance with improving the print and digital products in the Vehicle Repair Group. She was also named one Women in Trucking’s 2018 Top Women in Transportation to Watch.

She is an active member of a number of industry groups, including the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC),  the Auto Care Association's Young Auto Care Networking Group, GenNext, and Women in Trucking.

In December 2018, Schueller graduated at the top of her class from the Waukesha County Technical College's 10-week professional truck driving program, earning her Class A commercial driver's license (CDL).  

She has worked in the vehicle repair and maintenance industry since 2008.

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