We return to hand tools for Snap-on’s ratchets, more specifically of the 3/8″ variety that Project Farm on YouTube tested alongside many other, mostly lower-priced brands in September 2022. The video doesn’t specify the exact model, but from the specifications mentioned (3/8″ drive and “Dual 80 Technology”) and the price ($129.00 when the video was made), it looks like the F80, which goes for $135.00 as of this writing.
Compared to 17 other similar ratchets starting one from Performance Tool that went for $7.00 and went even beyond Snap-on’s price point but going all the way up to a $150.00 iteration from Mac Tools, the Snap-On performed well, but not ~$130.00 well. It did particularly well in the durability test that checked its failure load, scoring an A+ grade, but so did other, much more reasonably-priced ratchets from Kobalt ($28.00), Husky ($30.00), GearWrench ($34.00), Milwaukee ($35.00), and Icon Pro ($40.00). The top pick overall was the GearWrench, which scored an A+ in every single category, with the SATA ratchet being the best value pick at $13.00 since it scored at least an A- in every test category.
So at least in testing? The Snap-on ratchet was not the best, one that it had almost a 4x markup on was. But perhaps more tellingly, it was outperformed overall by a ratchet that it had a roughly 10x markup on. Compared to Craftsman, given the comparable warranty, Snap-on did better in some categories, including durability, but not all of them.