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October 01, 2012 at 11:37 AM EDT
GearWrench Introduces First of Its Kind 120XP Ratchet With 120 Positions and Three-Degree Swing Arc
Innovative Ratchet Design Enables Unprecedented Access and Provides Benefits of a Fine-Tooth Ratchet Without Sacrificing Strength or Durability

SPARKS, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 10/01/12 -- GearWrench®, a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, known for tools that deliver speed, strength and access, today announced the launch of the 120XP™ Ratchet. The new hand tool is the only ratchet that features 120 positions for every full rotation, allowing it to turn fasteners with a swing arc of as little as three degrees.

The Double-Stacked Pawl™ technology provides an ultra-narrow swing arc allowing users to reach fasteners in severely limited access applications, while still delivering the strength and durability that have become synonymous with all GearWrench tools.

The 120XP ratchet has a 60-tooth gear that alternately engages the double-stacked pawls to produce the 120 positions and three-degree swing arc. The 120XP ratchet's long handle is ergonomically designed to provide comfort and a good grip for users. It has an easy-to-clean, full polish chrome finish and comes in three drive sizes: 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2". The 120XP ratchets are sold separately and come in select SAE/Metric standard/deep socket sets.

"The GearWrench brand is well known for delivering tools that not only offer speed, strength and access, but also deliver extreme productivity," said Jim Stewart, product manager for GearWrench. "The 120XP ratchets take those brand attributes to a whole new level and help users complete jobs faster."

The ratchet's teardrop-shaped head has a low profile and flush mounted on/off switch, which also improves access in tight spaces. The enclosed head design resists dirt infiltration. The product exceeds the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) strength requirements.

The following 120XP products are now available:

  • 1/4" Drive Full Polish Teardrop Ratchet
  • 3/8" Drive Full Polish Teardrop Ratchet
  • 1/2" Drive Full Polish Teardrop Ratchet
  • 51-Pc 1/4" Drive SAE/Metric 6 pt Standard & Deep Socket Set
  • 56-Pc 3/8" Drive SAE/Metric 6 pt Standard & Deep Socket Set
  • 49-Pc 1/2" Drive SAE/Metric 6 pt Standard & Deep Socket Set
  • 3-Pc Full Polish Mixed Ratchet Set (1/4", 3/8", 1/2"), which comes in an EVA foam tray

The 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" ratchet and socket sets come in GearWrench branded blow molded cases with removable lids for easy storage and distinguishing yellow latches.

In addition to ratchets, GearWrench also produces ratcheting and non-ratcheting wrenches, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers and specialty tools.

About GearWrench

GearWrench is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since the launch of the original patented five-degree ratcheting wrench, the GearWrench brand has continuously led the industry with breakthroughs in pass-thru ratchets, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers and specialty tools. Millions of GearWrench products have been "Professionally Tested" throughout the world. Additional information about GearWrench is available online at www.gearwrench.com.

About Apex Tool Group, LLC

Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information about Apex Tool Group is available at www.apextoolgroup.com.

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