Tools and Equipment
Lowell’s dual-end lineman’s ratchet wrenches
By Anthony Capkun
November 14, 2014 – Dual-end ratchet wrenches from Lowell Corp.—101TDE and 103TDE—give high-line utility workers multiple options in a single tool when tackling a variety of common pole fasteners, lag bolts and C clamps.
The ratcheting socket end of each wrench is a triple-square providing three sizes: 3/4-in., 1-in. and 1-1/8-in. The socket is made of cast-iron for durability and painted fluorescent orange for visibility. The other end is a ratcheting box hex with a low-profile for use in tight spots. The two hex sizes are 9/16-in. and 3/4-in (the latter will also turn 5/8-in. square nuts). The 100TDE is 8-in. long and weighs 1-1/4 lb, while the 101TDE is 9-in. long and weighs 2 lb. The 103TDE is 12-in. long and weighs 2-1/4 lb. All three have steel handles and a bolt-through feature that allows long bolts and threaded rods to pass completely through the head. Each wrench also has a large control lever on the side of the head to make reversing easy.