Craftsman has recently came out with a new cordless ratchet as part of their V20/20V Max cordless power tool system.
They didn’t exactly announce their new cordless ratchet, it quietly appeared at online retailers.
Craftsman says that the new CMCF930B cordless ratchet delivers superior fastening speed of up to 300 RPM.
The new Craftsman ratchet features a variable speed trigger switch, 3/8″ drive, and is said to deliver up to 35 ft-lbs (420 in-lbs) of max torque.
Additionally, it is “VersaTrack-compatible,” meaning you can mount it to their special slat-wall-like organization system.
Craftsman says that the handle withstands powered or manual fastening, and it also has an LED worklight, which can be convenient for use in dim compartments and spaces.
Craftsman Cordless Ratchet Specifications
- 3/8″ drive
- 0-300 RPM variable speed
- 35 ft-lbs max torque
- 14″ length (tool only)
- Weighs 1.75 lbs (tool only)
- Forward and reverse switch
- LED worklight
Craftsman says that the CMCF930B cordless ratchet can be used for a variety of applications from automotive to maintenance and repair.
Price: $79 – $99
I know what a lot of you are going to say. “Where’s the Dewalt cordless ratchet?”
Craftsman has teased about a V12/12V Max cordless power system, but has not yet come out with anything aside from a V12/V20 charger.
I would have thought that a cordless ratchet would be one of the first tools to debut as part of a Craftsman 12V Max cordless power tool system, but they’ve instead launched it as part of their V20 system.
The new Craftsman ratchet has better specs compared to 10-year old technology, but is still bested by the latest Milwaukee M12 high speed ratchets of the same 3/8″ drive size. That’s not surprising, given the pricing.
It’s interesting that Craftsman only came out with a 3/8″ ratchet size, but perhaps they’ll also launch a 1/4″ cordless ratchet if this one proves to be popular. You can always use a step-down adapter if your working space allows for it.
Overall, the new Craftsman ratchet has reasonable specs, especially given its price – $79 or $99 for the bare tool, depending on whether you’re shopping at Lowe’s or Amazon.
It’s surprising and frustrating that Craftsman isn’t talking about their new cordless ratchet, quietly releasing it to the market without so much as a peep. Apparently they don’t think it’s something worth writing home – or to press/media channels – about.
While not very exciting, it’s good to see Craftsman spending more time and effort to expand their V20 cordless lineup, even if they’re doing it slowly.
It has been nearly a year since we’ve discovered new Craftsman cordless power tools – let’s hope that the next expansion comes sooner.