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dan s
10-26-2008, 09:08 PM
A shortened reversible ratchet wrench. Itís as quick and easy to use as a cam lock mechanism, with the added benefit of producing a lot more torque. A short stiff spring between the base casting and the locking plate insures enough tension on the bolt to make the ratchet actuate.

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Carld
10-26-2008, 09:10 PM
Nice, now all you have to do is round the end so feels comfortable in the hand.

Ken_Shea
10-26-2008, 09:59 PM
Lots better the an open end !
Did similar on a small lathe but the ratchet was not needed as the stroke necessary to tighten and release was short, only mention that as I bet you thought twice about cutting that tool in half :D