GEARWRENCH INTRODUCES 120XP RATCHET WITH 120 POSITIONS AND THREE–DEGREE SWING ARC AND NEW MID-LENGTH SOCKETS AT 2012 SEMA SHOW

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GEARWRENCH INTRODUCES 120XP RATCHET WITH 120 POSITIONS AND THREE–DEGREE SWING ARC AND NEW MID-LENGTH SOCKETS AT 2012 SEMA SHOW
(Booth Numbers # 10508, 10509)

SEMA Attendees Will Have the Opportunity to Demo the New Ratchet at the Show

LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2012) – GearWrench®, a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, known for tools that deliver speed, strength and access, today announced the launch of the 120XP™ Ratchet and Mid-Length Sockets at the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market
Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

“GearWrench strives to provide users with innovative solutions to problems they face on the job,” said Jim Stewart, product manager for GearWrench. “The 120XP Ratchet and the new Mid-Length Sockets offer automotive technicians unprecedented access, helping them get their jobs done faster and more efficiently.”

New products at a glance:

GearWrench 120 XP
The 120XP is the only ratchet that features 120 positions for every full rotation, allowing it to turn fasteners with a swing arc of as little as three degrees. Its unique design makes it easier than ever for technicians to reach fasteners in severely limited access applications. The Double-Stacked Pawl™ Technology of the 120XP consists of a 60-tooth gear that alternately engages two offset pawls to produce the 120 positions and three-degree swing arc. The ratchet’s teardrop-shaped head has a low profile, which also improves access in tight spaces.

The 120XP ratchet design provides all the benefits of a fine-tooth ratchet without sacrificing strength or durability. The product exceeds ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) requirements for torque performance and delivers the strength and durability that have become synonymous with all GearWrench tools. The 120XP ratchet’s long handle is designed to provide comfort and a good grip for users. It has an easy-to-clean, full polish chrome finish and comes in three drive sizes: 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2”.

GearWrench Mid-Length Sockets
The new GearWrench Mid-Length Sockets improve access and productivity for end users.
The 1/4“ and 3/8” drive Mid-Length Sockets are 0.7” shorter than the equivalent GearWrench deep socket, offering extra clearance. The new sockets are intended for use when a standard socket is not long enough to give access and a deep socket will not fit in the space available, making it easier than ever to reach fasteners and complete projects faster.

The Mid-Length Sockets feature unique GearWrench Surface Drive® technology, which engages the fasteners on their sides instead of their corners and helps avoid rounding of fasteners. All sockets include a double line (SAE) or knurled line (mm) to easily identify standard versus metric sockets. Each socket has a large hard-stamped size on both sides for fast, easy identification.
The following Mid-Length socket products are now available:
• 13-Pc 1/4" Drive 6 pt Mid-Length Socket Set Metric
• 10-Pc 1/4" Drive 6 pt Mid-Length Socket Set SAE
• 14-Pc 3/8" Drive 6 pt Mid-Length Socket Set Metric
• 11-Pc 3/8” Drive 6 pt Mid-Length Socket Set SAE

In addition to ratchets and sockets, GearWrench also produces ratcheting and non-ratcheting wrenches, screw/nut drivers, pliers and other specialty tools.

About GearWrench
GearWrench is a premier hand tool brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Since the launch of the original patented five-degree ratcheting wrench, the GearWrench brand has continuously led the industry with breakthroughs in pass - thru ratchets, sockets, screw/nut drivers, pliers and specialty tools. Millions of GearWrench products have been "Professionally Tested" throughout the world. Additional information about GearWrench is available online at www.gearwrench.com.

About Apex Tool Group, LLC
Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being
the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information about Apex Tool Group is available at www.apextoolgroup.com.

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