Tool fetishists rejoice, Silca has released details of two mini tools designed for on-the-go adjustments.
The T-Ratchet is a lightweight and compact multi-tool that converts between T-handle tool, ratcheting tool, and flag-handled screwdriver. It uses a 72-tooth ratchet mechanism, which is twice as many points of engagement as many other ratcheting tools.
The T-Ratchet uses magnets to hold bits in place. It comes with 10 hardened steel bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm hex bits, as well as T10, T20, T25 and #2 Phillips bits). The T-Ratchet is compatible with any 1/4in bits, so owners can customize it as the wish.
Ti-Torque is a extender for the T-Ratchet that uses a titanium torsion beam to measure torque readings from 0-8Nm.
"We started this project with great excitement, but the response from our test athletes and mechanics in the field has been truly overwhelming. We've literally had product testers refuse to send them back for evaluation as they felt the tools were too critical to their daily lives,” said Silca’s president, Josh Poertner. “Stories of fixing bicycles at the Dauphine and Giro, on the Tour Divide route, adjusting ski bindings in a helicopter on the way up a mountain and so many more. We are thrilled that we can finally bring accurate torque and along with superior ergonomics and function to this category."
Silca is launching this pair of tools on Kickstarter. Through the Kickstarter campaign, the T-Ratchet retails for $40. The T-Ratchet plus the Ti-Torque add-on will set buyers back $80. (UK and Australian pricing TBA.)
The company plans to bring the T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque to market in December.