I didn’t think it could happen, but the new Fix It Sticks Ratcheting T-Way Wrench replaced my 3-way hex wrench as the “quick-fix” option. Like the three-way, it offers the convenience multiple tools in one, but amps up the usability factor with the addition of the ratcheting mechanism. Not willing to settle there, its versatility is leveled up with magnetic holders on all three ends that accept any standard 1/4″ bit.
I’m a sucker for a good tool, and Fix It Sticks has nailed it with the design and implementation of the Ratcheting T-way.
- T-way ratcheting wrench features magnetic bit holders on all three ends
- Magnetic holders will accept any standard 1/4″ bit
- Reversible ratchet mechanism
- Kurling on the main body for enhanced grip
- Bits not included
Wrenching with the Ratcheting T-Way
The Fix It Sticks T-way tool doesn’t include bits. My initial thought was that it should, but then I quickly realized it would be redundant, as I had quite a few options within my grasp on my workbench. Still, it wasn’t convenient and I didn’t like the idea of “borrowing” the bits from my other tools though so I made a quick visit to Harbor Freight and added an inexpensive bit tool kit, which at less than $10, was an ideal solution providing a full range of options.
It’s easy to misplace tools when you’re knee-deep in a repair. When there’s a stack of dirty and clean parts already strewn about, you’re just happy when you find a tool you’re looking for. Redundancy on a bench is good; I love my ratchets and have several in rotation on my workbench, as well as a range of Allens and hex wrenches. While many mechanics prefer t-handled hex wrenches, the T-way essentially is a hybrid between a t-handled hex and a three-way. I do have a set of Park T-handle hexes mounted on my repair stand and while I still find use for them, since the addition of the Fix It Sticks T-Ratchet it’s become the first tool I reach for.
I’ve become a big fan of this tool; the addition of a new and useful tool to home workbench always enhances the experience of wrenching on our bikes. I’m especially fond of the knurling on the main handle; the only thought I have that might improve the user experience of this tool might be to repeat it on the “T” section. That said, the ratchet mechanism seems of good quality, and based on my relatively short time with this tool, imagine it will be in use for quite some time. While $40 does seem high for a ratcheting tool, it isn’t far out of line when compared to other high quality, bike-specific service tools.