Tool Review: KTC Tools Nepros 1/4” Drive Ratchet and 10mm Socket

Dec. 15, 2016
The reviewer says this ratchet and socket are tools that techs would be proud to have in their collection.

The KTC Tools Nepros 6.3 sq. Ratchet Handle, No. NBR290, offers an oval head, which houses a 90-tooth gear, 7-level claw driving mechanism. With a feed angle of only 4 degrees and an overall length of 5", this compact ratchet handle is ideal for working in tight spaces. This ratchet offers smooth motion and light return travel. The tool's union mechanism ensures that the socket will not disconnect from the ratchet unless the button is pushed. A repair kit with gear and claw replacements is available.

The KTC Tools Nepros Socket, No. NB2-10W, offers a compact design that allows it to access bolts in tight spaces and a high-precision cold forging that results in tolerances approaching zero, according to the company. The NB2-10W socket design helps disperse stress, making it more difficult to damage the bolt or nut edges, and ensuring sure transfer of force for tightening or loosening. With the stress spread out along a surface, the wall thickness that was necessary for line-type contact can be reduced.

The review

When it comes to making repairs and performing routine maintenance, Lou Fort found the Nepros 6.3 sq. Ratchet Handle and 10mm Socket from KTC Tools was up for the task.

“I have used both the ratchet and socket doing normal maintenance and repair work on a variety of equipment and vehicles,” says Fort, the lead technician at K.A.R.S. Inc. in Huntingburg, Ind.

Like other similar tools, no setup is required. “Just attach the socket to the ratchet. Move the direction lever to the direction desired and get to work,” Fort says.

Both the ratchet, which came packaged in a sleeved black box, and the socket, which arrived in a small plastic pouch, offered smooth operation when put to use at K.A.R.S. Inc.

“I liked the overall size and weight of the ratchet,” Fort says. “This ratchet’s high tooth count – 90 – and smooth operation made it a breeze to use.”

The lead tech adds that switching directions was “effortless” as well.

“The socket attached, held and removed from the ratchet in a very nice, precise manner,” Fort adds. “It wasn’t a sloppy, loose fit in any way. The quality is obvious.”

The technician said more pronounced markings would be a beneficial improvement to these tools.

“The markings on both the ratchet and socket were hard for these old eyes to read without a pair of cheaters,” Fort notes.

Fort wasn’t previously aware the company made hand tools, but he is impressed with the result.

“They are well built, easy-to-use tools that anyone would be proud to have in their collection,” Fort says.

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