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Link Tools has designed and produced a new all-metal locking ratchet manufactured with a tether hole at the bottom of the handle, allowing users to attach the ratchet to a wrist tether or tool belt.

Called the Locker, it utilises the proven connecting mechanism found on other Link drive tools: the case-hardened spring-actuated steel pin, recessed groove and ribbed releasing collar, which provide simple yet secure locking in mechanics’ hand tools.

A simple push-on of a standard socket or drive tool it all that’s required to securely lock any tools together from hand-to-work; pull back on the collar to release when needed.

In addition, an opening on the top of the ratchet allows the attachment of a second ratchet to double the speed and productivity.

Link tools have been shown in real-world user tests to allow technicians to complete a task 25-50 per cent more quickly than ordinary hand tools.

This could mean significant savings at any facility that uses mechanics’ hand tools.

The Locker ratchets constructed from high-polish, nickel-plated, heat-treated chrome vanadium steel, with built-in tether hole, are available in 1/4in and 3/8in drive sizes.

They join the 1/2in-drive Locker ratchet with composite handle and tether hole to provide manufacturers that require Foreign Object Exclusion, Foreign Material Exclusion, Foreign Object Damage mitigation, height-risk minimisation or dropped-tool mitigation with the utmost in security, safety and productivity.

Link tools are in already in use at some of the nation’s most demanding manufacturers in aerospace (such as United Space Alliance, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman), the majority of North American nuclear power plants and various US military facilities.

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