The EDC Toll Roll: Prestacyle T-Handle Ratchet

The EDC Tool Roll is a feature on Jerking the Trigger in which we profile various everyday carry worthy tools. The tools shown aren’t multi-tools but rather real tools, that by virtue of their compact size, light weight, usefulness, or unique functionality, can find a place in any range kit, emergency kit, or everyday carry bag.

Feel free to comment on the tools that you carry so we can all learn! The discussion on these posts has been very valuable so far.

The Prestacycle T-Handle Ratchet, like the previously reviewed Topeak Ratchet Rocket, is another tool you are more likely to find in a bike shop than a hardware store. This ratchet boasts an incredible combination of size, functionality, and a cool trick that makes it not just one of my favorite ratchets for EDC but one I reach for no matter the task.

Shown with Knipex Cobra Pliers (87-100) for scale.

The T-Handle Ratchet is available by itself or in kit form. I ordered mine with just the tool itself since I have a ton of bits and socket adapters already. However, it is available with a selection of bicycle-centric bits and a carrying case if you choose.

The T-Handle Ratchet looks similar to the previously reviewed Topeak Ratchet Rocket DX Lite in that it accepts standard 1/4″ shank bits, has a typical ratchet end, and the very handy, non-ratcheting, inline bit holder end. However, it is slightly larger (about 4.5″ long and 3 ounces) than the Topeak tool, making it easier to use. It also comes with an extension that knows one very cool trick.

The extension can be inserted into the ratchet end of the tool, as you would expect, to extend the reach of the ratchet. However, if the user lines up a witness mark on the extension with a witness mark on the ratchet end of the tool, the extension can pass through the ratchet end about halfway creating a very useable T-handle driver. This mechanism is not only very cool… it makes the T-Handle Ratchet a versatile multi-tasker for any EDC Tool Roll.

The quality of the tool is excellent. I would put it on par with VIM Tools Ratchets from previous reviews. It features a fine ratcheting mechanism that is reversible and has a thumbwheel. The bit holders have appropriate tension and the finishes seem to be very durable.

The tool and kit do not come with a hex shank to socket adapter. It is worth adding one on your own because makes a fine socket wrench and nut driver. I purchase them from iFixit.

Where to Buy:

You stand a good chance of finding this tool locally in your bike shop though it isn’t as widely available as some bicycle tool lines. If you can’t support your local spot, Amazon has it: Prestacycle T-Handle Ratchet

Previously Reviewed Alternatives:

  1. Chapman MFG Midget Ratchet and Accessories
  2. GearWrench MicroDriver Set
  3. Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX
  4. VIM Tools HBR3 Bit Ratchet
  5. VIM Tools HBR4/Prestaratchet Mini Ratchet
  6. VIM Tools HBR5 Bit Ratchet

See all the reviews for previous tools: The EDC Tool Roll

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