With the 2021 release of its Ratchet Driver, Leatherman finally gave its DIY fans something they've wanted for a long time. The tool is an accessory, meaning that it works with a selection of Leatherman's other multi-tools, like the Wave or Surge, to provide additional functionality.
The Ratchet Driver slots into Leatherman bit drivers, and its bit holder works with the company's flat bits and 1/4-inch ones made by other brands, using a magnet to keep them securely in place. Like most ratchet drivers, Leatherman's has three settings: forward, reverse and full lock.
Measuring 3.26 inches in length and weighing eight ounces, the add-on is primarily stainless steel, though the setting adjuster is hard plastic. Unlike its multi-tools, which are made in the company's Portland, Oregon facility, Leatherman is producing the Ratchet Driver in Taiwan. Another notable difference is that it doesn't come with Leatherman's typical 25-year warranty — instead, it's good for two.
Last year's introduction of the Ratchet Driver makes a ton of sense, particularly given the popularity of Leatherman's Bit Driver Extender, another accessory that allows users to get more reach and torque out of their multi-tool screwdriver.
DIYers are already putting the new release through the wringer, too. One YouTuber called TX Tool Crib even rigged his up in a vice with a full-sized ratchet handle just to discover its breaking point. As one might've expected, this little ratchet is probably best for smaller jobs. "I'm not looking to change a motorcycle tire with it," says Gear Patrol editor Steve Mazzucchi.