New FOD and FME Compliant Ratchets From Snap-on Industrial

Kenosha, Wis., February 26, 2013 – Snap-on Industrial has introduced three new ratchets that meet foreign object damage (FOD) and foreign material exclusion (FME) conformance.

These ratchets are ideal for aviation and other critical applications where FOD and FME prevention is crucial. The ratchets are FOD and FME compliant because the coverplate and reverse lever are permanently affixed to the ratchet head with rivets to prevent the chance of small parts from separating from the tool.  

The new 3/8-inch drive ratchets feature Snap-on Industrial’s Dual80® Technology, which include dual pawls and an 80-tooth gear for more power in less lateral space (1/4-inch drive has 72 gear teeth). The ratchets are also designed to have a low profile to fit in tight spaces, and work with the shortest swing arc, providing better access to restricted areas. 

Another feature of the ratchets includes added teeth – seven teeth come in contact with the gear to provide extra strength and durability; sealed head keeps dirt and other contaminants out of the head mechanism. All three ratchets come with a black industrial finish to prevent any chrome chips from breaking off and becoming FOD.

•     Stock No. GFL80FOD      3/8” Drive Long Handle, 80 Gear Teeth

•     Stock No. GF80FOD 3/8” Drive Standard Handle, 80 Gear Teeth

•     Stock No. GT72FOD 1/4” Drive Standard Handle, 72 Gear Teeth

For more information about FOD- and FME-compliant ratchets, call 877.740.1900, or visit

About Snap-on Industrial

Snap-on Industrial is a division of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users.  Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources.  Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distribution and Web-based channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 Company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.