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We’ve posted about ratcheting adjustable wrenches from Sears before. Now it looks like they’re selling a more promising ratcheting adjustable wrench from Schroeder. Unlike the laminated steel Reflex, the Schroeder wrench is actually forged from chrome-vanadium steel and heat treated.

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The wrench appears to ratchet by using a spring-loaded worm gear that allows the adjustable jaw to move when it turns in one direction and probably jams the jaw against the fastener in the other. A switch on the side of the wrench controls whether the worm gear moves, allowing the jaw to ratchet, or remain fixed.

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There’s not much more information about this wrench. For instance they don’t list the length, but the etched scale on the head shows the jaws only open 25mm (1″ wide), so this isn’t a large wrench, maybe a 6″ or a 8″.

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After doing a bit of searching, it seems that Sears has a monopoly on this wrench. They’re charging $15 plus tax at the store.

Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench [Sears]

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9 Responses to Re-Adjusting Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench

  1. ToolGuyd says:

    I also saw this in the recent Sears tool catalog, but didn’t quite know what to make of it.

    The ability to lock the jaws is a bonus feature. Too often I’ll nudge the thumbwheel when using an adjustable wrench.

  2. Shawn says:

    I recently discovered Channellock’s “Code Blue” adjustable wrenches. While expensive, they’re changed my entire perspective on adjustable wrenches.

    Most adjustable wrenches have some shortcoming. I’ve tried Irwin’s ratcheting model – total fail. Many are loose and don’t hold their size. Some have jaw openings that are too narrow for large nuts (think welding compression fittings). Almost all have jaws that are too thick to fit into tight spaces.

    The Code Blue wrench solves ALL of these problems. The wide mouth – WITH A SMALL HANDLE – is perfect. The thin jaws let me get it into tight plumbing situations. The fit and finish is excellent – no more slipping. And, last but not least, no gimmicks that don’t work (Sorry, Irwin, but you suck)

    Who knew a wrench could be so compelling?!?!

  3. Jerry says:

    There it sits, page 40 of the Sears Christmas Catalog,
    Just a note that you might not spot this at your local store. It is marked as “Catalog/Online Exclusive.”

    Lots of fun new stuff in the catalog though!

  4. @Jerry:

    I quickly checked the availability online while I was writing the post and confused the appearance of the store on the result page with it actually being available.

    Looking at the results again, the wrench isn’t available in any of the 16 stores near me.

    Sorry for the mistake.

  5. fred says:

    We long ago switched from adjustable wrenches to Knipex smooth jaw pliers for most applications.

    While I was checking out with birdseed at my local Lowes – I did see an end cap display of Bostitch “ratcheting adjustable wrenches”

  6. Daniel says:

    A wrench is a wrench. It will help you in most fixes. Having this kind of tool around will make you feel comfortable in fixing(or at least trying) those pipes. It really does make you feel like a handyman doesn’t it?

  7. A.Crush says:

    They must be selling it through the catalog since they couldn’t license it for use in stores as a Craftsman Professional model, or they’re trying to gauge interest before shelling out to produce it as a Craftsman.

    I can just see a set of 3 of these with red and black coated handles being sold for $99.99…but hopefully less.

  8. KoKo the Talking Ape says:

    I believe the spring visible in the photo is intended to prevent lashback, not to prevent the worm gear from turning in a certain direction (if that were the case, how would you ever open the jaw?) Lashback occurs where there is slop in a mechanism, especially in screw mechanisms. In adjustable wrenches, the pinion doesn’t fit the worm gear tightly, and the worm gear itself isn’t tightly head in the wrench head, so the jaw can slop a little more open or closed. You can often change the opening just by shaking the wrench in your hand. I believe the spring is intended to force the worm gear against the pinion, so that when you adjust the jaw, the jaw goes to a spot and no further. You see the same principle in things like adjustable router mounts, with large screw pillars that crank the router up and down.

  9. John says:

    @Tool… I saw the same thing, not sure what to think about it.

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