Milwaukee Fuel Cordless Ratchet Review

The Best Cordless Ratchet – 2017

The Best Cordless Ratchet – 2017


What is a cordless ratchet? What is the best cordless ratchet? If you have ever worked on cars full time then you know how vital both speed and efficiency are. Cordless tools help make things even more efficient by eliminating the need for air hoses/compressors etc, it also makes it nice because you do not have to worry about air hoses getting in your way and having you or someone else trip in the shop. The right set of cordless tools in your collection can make a huge difference in your productivity/speed.

I have found a lot of the newer cordless ratchets actually have a better balance of weight/power, therefore making them easier to control when you are using them in tight spaces like underneath a dashboard, or inside of the engine bay. Below I am going to list a few of my favorite cordless ratchets along with a small review and their links so you can go check them out.

1/4″ Cordless Ratchets:


Ingersoll Rand K1 12V Cordless Ratchet Review

Ingersoll Rand 1/4″ 12V Cordless Ratchet


Consumer Rating: 4.4/5


The Ingersoll Rand R IQ series has proven to be one of the toughest brands around in the cordless tool industry so far. This ratchet can produce 30 ft-lbs of torque. It comes in a slender design, but with the battery facing sideways it adds an extra bit of width at bottom, so it can prove to be difficult when you need it for a small space. Overall this ratchet is an awesome tool to have, and at the price for the entire kit it is a great value. IR products always come with a factory warranty and that is one you can trust.



Best Cordless Ratchets


Milwaukee 12V Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Ratchet


Consumer Rating: 4.56/5


This Milwaukee unit is definitely my favorite among different 1/4″ ratchets I have used. It actually seems like it has a lot more torque than my previous air ratchets, and that is pretty awesome. This model has a slim head, making easy to fit in between tight spaces that most other ratchets would not be able to reach. It is my go-to tool for most interior/exterior trim work.

It has enough torque to bust loose things such as valve covers, intake manifolds, bumpers, and even some suspension bolts(although I would not advise that, always use the right tool for the right job, you do not want to destroy your tool too soon).

I have not seen many cons yet. Battery life is great. When using it on and off every day it would last around a week before needing a charge, and then the battery charges very quick. If you are looking for a badass quality tool then you will not regret going with Milwaukee.


3/8″ Cordless Ratchets:


Best Cordless Ratchet

Milwaukee FUEL 3/8″ 12V Cordless Ratchet


Consumer Rating: 4.51/5


The Milwaukee Fuel series is an air tool killer. It is built with the same ratcheting head construction as some of the top air ratchets out there, and it keeps the lightweight capabilities of a cordless tool, bringing you the best of both worlds and the most bang for your buck. If you are looking for a lightweight yet efficient ratchet. It is still fairly small so it does great in confined spaces, while still being big enough to give enough leverage so that you don’t have to keep switching tools and crushing your hand.


Best Cordless Ratchet


Ingersoll Rand 3/8-Inch Cordless Ratchet


Consumer Rating: 4.72/5


This IR is probably one of the most powerful cordless ratchets out there, coming in with a whopping 54 ft-lbs of torque! That is more than enough to complete any job you would need it on, and probably still a little extra to give your wrist a nice twist. This is not a light duty ratchet, so do not consider this if you want something for doing interior/trim work. This bad boy is there to be your heavy duty helper. The first time I used one of these I was very thrown back by the actual power that it was able to put out. With advance cordless tools like this becoming more common it seems we are heading away from the direction of air compressors as the main source of power supply.


Honorable Mention: 

I wanted badly for the Makita model to be in my top 2 selections, as Makita has usually been my #1 choice in cordless tools, but unfortunately this time it just did not keep up. The model in question is the Makita 18V LXT Cordless Ratchet. Since it has 1/3rd more battery supply voltage I expected more, but this actually had less torque retention and more slippage then the 1/4″ models listed above. Hopefully I just had a bad unit, and if not then I will cross my fingers that the next model is back to the quality that I am used to.

I hope you have found some of the info here useful and that it has helped you get closer to determining what your preference is when it comes to the best cordless ratchet. Remember, these are only my personal opinions!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them below!


  • Salvatore V Jenkins Jr. says:

    I’d like to first say I hadn’t known I was in the market for a cordless ratchet till now… I came across your site looking at Milwaukee tools because I have always been interested in the brand but never own or tried any of their tools.

    Both Milwaukee ratchets seem to be really good quality and powerful tools. Overall what is your opinion on Milwaukee as a tool manufacturer and do you think they produce higher quality products then Craftman?

    • GGrey says:

      Hey Salvatore, glad you found some good info here!!

      I think Milwaukee is a great manufacturer, and definitely on their way to one of the top brands in the industry. I would put them on a similar tier with Craftsman, the quality may actually be a bit better

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