Face it. Offering a lifetime warranty on any tool is pretty risky. But Craftsman have been doing this since I can remember (somewhere in the late fifties). You can't do that unless you have great tools. These ratchet wrenches really help in areas where it is tight, like the area between the water pump and radiator on a Ford F340 tractor. This wrench saved me the hassle of removing the engine cowling, and radiator. And don't worry about the ratchet being able to hold the load.