SKIL Ratch-N-Lock claims to be a one-handed, self-adjusting combination ratchet, pliers, and clamp. They say it’s easy to use and replaces a dozen other tools. But who really makes it and does it really work as they say?

We found out that the SKIL name is merely licensed by Iron Bridge Tools. This is a company run by Glenn Robinson with 41 employees in Florida and 13 in China, where the products are made, assembled, and stamped with the SKIL imprint (Home Depot is one of its biggest customers). They have a B+ rating from the BBB.

The SKIL Ratch-N-Lock Pitch

First, SKIL Ratch-N-Lock uses the prestige of the SKIL brand to hook would-be handymen (and handywomen). SKIL began to earn its reputation in 1924 with the invention of the circular saw in 1924 and the SKILSAW Model 77 in 1937. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Nowadays, SKIL is just a name anyone with a wad of cash can put on their products. To add to the appeal, they employ charismatic spokesman Steve Watson for the guys, and Arianny Celeste for the ladies (or maybe it’s vice-versa?) to show you how easy it is to use this tool.

How SKIL Ratch-N-Lock Works

SKIL Ratch-N-Lock touts its spring-loaded ratcheting cams and jaws that also self-adjust. To use SKIL Ratch-N-Lock, they say you need only one hand: just grip the head, click on the lock, and ratchet away! (They add the clamp and pliers work in a similar one-handed fashion.)

Each SKIL Ratch-N-Lock Order includes:

  • SKIL Ratch-N-Lock
  • 22 Piece Precision Screwdriver Set

It Costs:

$25.98 ($19.99 plus $5.99 S&H). It has a 30 day guarantee, minus what it costs for you to ship back and the $5.99 you initially paid.

SKIL Ratch-N-Lock Privacy Policy

Privacy?! What privacy? They can basically do anything they want with your name, address, email, and phone number, including “from time to time” selling it to “reputable” third parties. Check out the nitty gritty on their so-called “Privacy Policy” page.

Bottom Line: Is Ratch-N-Lock a Scam?

Ratch-N-Lock is not a new idea, as there are many other combination tools like this in the market. The fact that SKIL is just a licensed name and that it’s made in China gives us the gut feeling that there are better products out there. The limited customer reviews mention the product seems to stick between settings and is difficult to use. Top it off with their lousy privacy policy and that to us means stay away.