Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The battery in one of our cars was dead so I grabbed the correct socket & ratchet to remove it for charging. When I returned them to the toolbox It occurred to me that people might like to see a few pictures of my 1/4” driver collection. I love these driver handles as you can snap a ratchet into the end. I have a weakness for tiny ratchet drivers. Tiny wrenches too, but that’s a post for another time. The largest 1/4” driver is one I rarely use. I have no idea where I bought it. It’s unconventional as it isn’t a ratchet, but is more of a 90 degree drive. Rotating the handle turns the driver. On mine it was really rough so I decided to disassemble it for repair/cleaning. Here’s the patent. It can be used as a drive adapter as well. The handle is threaded into the body and the lock nut, uh, locks it in place. It also sets the backlash for the gear and pinion. The lock nut was on too tight and I had to use the vise-grip chain wrenches. You can see that one slipped and wiped out the knurling in a short section. Pressing out the guts. The problem isn’t anything more than dried up old grease. It was easy to clean off with some oil, a steel brush and a dental pick. Cleaned parts look almost new.Lubricated and reassembled.