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Old 09-26-21, 05:30 AM
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Not sure if this exists anywhere but I'm looking for a quick change ratchet allen key set? I know park tool have recently released the QTH-1 and I am looking for something similar but with a ratchet and maybe a slightly longer handle to save my wrists. Any suggestions would be great as I have searched everywhere and not really found much out there.
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Old 09-26-21, 06:39 AM
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Metric allen key socket sets should be readily available from a hardware store or e.g. Harbor Freight:


https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...SABEgJ5tPD_BwE
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If you don't want to carry around allot of large tools then the screwdriver type bit ratchet sets made by Topeak, Silca and others are a good type of tool.
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As John posted I use 1/4" drive up to 6mm and 1/2" drive above on my stand, a buddy has a Snap On 1/4" drive I want with an articulated handle to fit tight spots. That Park Tools looks pretty nice.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Metric allen key socket sets should be readily available from a hardware store or e.g. Harbor Freight:


https://www.harborfreight.com/38-in-...SABEgJ5tPD_BwE
I do have one of these sets already but I'm looking for a quick change option (single hand operation and not fiddling around taking bits off and on) .
I think maybe I will have to make some kind of bit holder with the hex shapes cut out. Possibly with a magnet on the back to keep the bits in place.
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Something like this, maybe? This is a representative sample only, not a specific recommendation. Many others seem available.

https://www.amazon.com/01148A-11-Pie...38495860&psc=1

This example doesn't specify the hex driver size used. Seems to be made to fit screwdrivers using interchangeable bits, so I'd guess maybe 1/4" - but I don't really know..

With the appropriate size socket, you could just change the bit vice having to change the socket. At least some sets I've seen are specified as being magnetic.

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Here are some options mini ratchet wrench set - Bing You'll have to narrow the choices down to wrenches that have metric hex bits and not T-Handles like OP mentioned from Park Tool but these will give you more leverage and would be less bulky to carry in a seatpack if you wanted to and less $$$. Check reviews on any of these as quality can be questionable on some of them. The Park tool really does look like a nice, quality tool though but not cheap.

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Old 09-26-21, 08:52 AM
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I may have found a solution to my problems. Using an old dewalt bit set holder I can fit a 6mm,5mm, 4mm hex and the release button on the ratchet that I have works really well for single hand operation. I have just ordered a rectangular magnet so I can attach the holder and the bits to my work stand. I will post photos of the finished project if all goes well. And thanks for all of the suggestions so far.
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Another approach might be to get some additional 1/4" ratchets, so that you can leave a few very-frequently-used bits more or less permanently installed on their own ratchets.
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If you ride in wet conditions, you might consider slathering the rust prone tools in a rust inhibiting lubricant stored in a drip-free parcel.
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