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Power of an impact with the reach of a ratchet… too good to be true?The Ingersoll Rand Hammerhead
July 2 2010 09:29 AM
Ingersoll Rand (IR) recently invited us to a press launch of the company’s new 2015MAX and 2025MAX Hammerhead low-profile Impactools, claiming that the new tools would be a “revolutionary product that is unlike any other tool on the market.” To say we were skeptical would be an understatement, although they did entice us with a ride in a 3-seat dragster driven by Roy Hill, which meant we were on our way in a heartbeat! But seriously, how revolutionary can you be in the market of ratchets?
As it turns out, you can be quite revolutionary, especially when you have the technological background that Ingersoll Rand brings to the table. The new tool can really only be explained as an air ratchet on steroids, with the ability to do things no other air ratchet can even think about. With a head height of less than 2-inches, 180 ft-lb of max torque and 7,100-rpm, it can do almost anything we could dream of with one major advantage - it doesn’t kickback! You read that right; it is “reactionless” which means you never have to worry about smashing your hands while working in confined spaces, a major plus for anyone doing there own work.
And yes, we mean tight spaces. Throughout our meet and greet, IR gave us a multitude of challenging spaces to work with the new Hammerhead, including a tight radiator-to-crank pulley bolt challenge, which really showed off how handy the Hammerhead can be. And with 180 ft-lbs of torque, it could easily break the crank bolt loose, a job that consistently gives other ratchets and even impact tools a hard time.
If you want one of these (trust us, you want one) they should be available any day now and will ship in either a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch drive. Check out www.ingersollrandproducts.com for more information.