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How to alter the ratchet setting of
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Altering the ratchet setting of a hand drill

Hand drill ratchets have either 3 of 5 settings to select from The ratchet setting of a hand drill is altered by pushing the small plastic or metal button in the centre of the ratchet forwards or backwards to the setting you wish to use.

A 3 way or reversible ratchet will have three settings, whilst a 5 way ratchet will have five settings.

Altering the ratchet setting of a brace

The two most commonly seen ways of adjusting a brace ratchets settings are a bar type ratchet setting adjustment or a collar type ratchet setting adjustment The settings of a ratchet on a brace are altered in two ways depending on the brace.

Some braces have a ratchet that is altered by turning a collar just above the ratchet mechanism, whilst others have a bar that is pushed forward or backward to select the ratchet setting.

With the bar on the brace ratchet in this position the 1st setting of the ratchet is selected

Altering a bar type brace ratchet

With the selection bar of the ratchet pushed fully forward, as can be seen here, the first position or setting is selected.

With the bar on the brace ratchet in this position the 2nd setting of the ratchet is selected As the selection bar of the ratchet is pushed back, it locates into the second setting position. This selects the second of the three ratchet settings.
With the bar on the brace ratchet in this position the 3rd setting of the ratchet is selected As the selection bar of the ratchet is pushed back further it locates into the third and final setting position. This selects the third ratchet setting.
Brace with collar ratchet setting adjustment set in 1st position so that there is no ratchet function engaged

Altering a collar type brace ratchet

With the collar above the ratchet mechanism set in this position, no ratchet function is engaged so the brace chuck will turn in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions as the sweep handle is rotated clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Brace with collar ratchet setting adjustment set in 2nd position so that the chuck will only turn in an anti-clockwise direction When the collar above the ratchet is twisted anti-clockwise to engage the second position and setting of the ratchet, the chuck will only turn anti-clockwise.

As the sweep handle is rotated clockwise, the ratchet mechanism will prevent the chuck from turning.

Brace with collar ratchet setting adjustment set in 3rd position so that the chuck will only turn in a clockwise direction When the collar above the ratchet is twisted anti-clockwise again to engage the third position and setting of the ratchet, the chuck will only turn clockwise.

As the sweep handle is rotated anti-clockwise, the ratchet mechanism will prevent the chuck from turning.