Hammerest Electric Ratchet Wrench Review

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EXAM – With current supply chain issues and the general increase in the cost of goods and services, there has been a lot of focus lately on the “right to repair” for consumers. I’m a big fan of DIY, especially when it comes to auto repairs, but I’m often limited in what I can do by the tools I have. One tool I wanted to add to my collection is a good electric ratchet. These tools are great for automotive work, are relatively inexpensive and save a lot of time. I recently tested the Hammerest Electric Ratchet and while it did the job, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the tool or the $89.99 price tag.

What is that?

The Hammerest Electric Ratchet is a battery-powered 3/8″ ratchet that works like a normal socket wrench, except the head rotates automatically when you pull the trigger. Electric ratchets like the Hammerest are for low torque applications and work well in tight spaces where a traditional socket wrench wouldn’t fit.

The Hammerest arrives in a plain cardboard box without any markings. The unit and its components are shipped inside the plastic carrying case.

What’s in the box?

  • Hammerest Electric Ratchet Wrench with 3/8″ Head
  • 12V lithium ion battery
  • 12V power supply
  • Taken :
    • 10 millimeters
    • 11 millimeters
    • 12 millimeters
    • 13 millimeters
    • 14 millimeters
    • 15 millimeters
    • 17 millimeters
    • 1/4″ adapter

Hardware specifications

  • Voltage: 12V
  • Indicated torque: 40 ft-lbs.
  • Head rotation speed: 280 rpm
  • Handle size: 12 x 10 x 3.5 in.
  • Weight (with battery): 1 lb. 14oz.
  • Battery life: 45 mins – 60 mins
  • Charging time: 90 mins

Design and features

The Hammerest Electric Ratchet has a design similar to most tools of its type. The body is plastic with the steel head.

The Hammerest has a 3/8″ head which is most common for automotive work.

The Hammerest head looks and functions like a regular socket wrench with a socket connector on the front and a directional switch on the back. Turning the switch to the left rotates the head clockwise to tighten and turning it to the right rotates the head counterclockwise to loosen.

A small ball bearing holds the sockets in place once they are attached to the head.

As with a standard socket wrench, the sockets remain attached to the head and require a little force to remove. When used on particularly stubborn bolts, the sockets may come loose from the head.

The head is securely attached to the body with four Allen bolts.

The Hammerest Electric Ratchet handle feels great in the hand and with the battery installed it is easy to maintain control during use.

The Hammerest’s only controls are a trigger to activate the head and an on/off switch that acts as a safety lock preventing the trigger from being pulled.

When the device is charged, three colored LEDs on the handle indicate the battery level when the trigger is pulled.

The Hammerest Electric Ratchet comes with seven six-point metric sockets and a head adapter that all snap into the carrying case for storage.

The seven sockets vary in size from 10mm to 17mm, the head adapter is 1/4″.

All sockets included have a 3/8″ connection with the 1/4″ adapter used to use sockets with a 1/4″ connection.

For $89.99, I expected the Hammerest to include more than seven sockets like the other standard sizes, including 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and 3/4″ sockets. .

In addition to the sockets, the carrying case offers space for the Hammerest unit, power supply and battery.

The carrying case closes with two rather flimsy red plastic latches.

The case itself has a textured surface without any marks or marks on it.

There is a small handle built into the case, which makes it easy to transport the Hammerest and all of its accessories.

The power supply for the Hammerest electric ratchet is a standard 12V plug and cable.

The power supply connects to the battery via a small port on the top of the pack

The battery connects to the Hammerest and snaps securely into place with two side tabs. The three-sided design of the battery, however, makes it difficult to immediately place the battery. I often found myself spinning the battery several times before it went in.

A very disappointing aspect of the Hammerest was that all of the components looked like they had been used before despite being marketed as new.

The case showed obvious wear with parts of the interior broken off. Out of the box, upon close inspection, the battery had tons of scratches indicating that it had been inserted and removed from the device multiple times.

The Hammerest electric ratchet itself also had scratches, grease marks and scuffs all over it right out of the box, at $89.99 this is really unacceptable.

Install

The only configuration required for the Hammerest is to charge the battery.

Using the supplied power supply, a full charge from empty takes approximately 90 minutes on average.

Performance

I used the Hammerest electric ratchet on a variety of jobs for about a month, but the main test of the unit for me was removing some old rusty rock rails from my FJ Cruiser.

I’ve wanted to remove these rails for a long time now, but avoided them as the bolts are quite long, in tight places and rusted in place. A perfect scenario for using an electric ratchet.

Because electric ratchets like the Hammerest are for low torque applications, I first used a standard socket wrench to loosen the rusted bolts. While I barely had room to operate the standard socket ratchet in the tight spaces under my truck, the Hammerest had room to work with no problem.

Since only the Hammerest’s head moves, much less space is required to work with. The Hammerest’s built-in LED was also used as it was difficult to see when working under the vehicle. It would have been great to have an option to turn on the light without engaging the head.

The first rail came off with no problem and the speed of the Hammerest reduced the working time considerably.

The rail bolts on the other side of the FJ were a bit trickier and harder to reach.

Even with the space restrictions, it was not difficult to put the Hammerest in place

Once positioned and with the socket loosened by the standard socket wrench, the Hammerest made quick work of the remaining bolts as well.

The Hammerest electric ratchet worked well for this job and most other jobs I’ve used it on. Battery life and charging time were as claimed by the manufacturer, head torque seemed consistent with similar units, and features such as the LED light and battery indicator worked as expected. . I’m worried about the unit’s longevity, mainly because it looks like it’s been owned before.

What I like

  • Fits in tight spaces
  • Easy to use
  • LED light is helpful

What needs to be improved

  • Should include more sockets
  • Carrying case is flimsy and breaks easily
  • The unit seems already used

Final Thoughts

The Hammerest Electric Ratchet was able to perform all the tasks I used it for, but I was disappointed to find that the unit was worn, indicating that it had been used before. For $89.99, the Hammerest kit should offer more value like a sturdier carrying case and more outlets, especially an extension. While the Hammerest has most of the features you want in an electric ratchet like an LED, safety lock and power indicator, there are plenty of much better quality cheaper options from well-known brands.

Price: $89.99
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Source: The sample of this product was provided by hammerest.

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