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offset-wrenches.jpgIf you haven’t seen a set of these before, we’re not surprised; Offset wrenches aren’t a common find.  They’ve been around for a long time, but you can go a long time in the shop without having a burning need for one.

But when you do finally come across that need it will indeed burn, and the virtues of the offset wrench can make your project go from nightmare to possible — as we found out recently trying to remove a water pump from an ’89 Porsche 944S2. 

Offset wrenches are just normal normal box-end wrenches with a bend on each end that helps them reach deeply countersunk nuts or bolts that you can’t get at with sockets or standard wrenches.

The kit shown here offers two sizes on each wrench and they’re available in standard or metric sizes.  It’s from S•K Hand Tools, and it’s available at a street price of around $110. Not cheap, but if you need them you need them pretty bad.

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PS: Time to ‘fess up.  The set we used was borrowed from a friend, and was significantly cooler than this set.  It featured an almost 90-degree offset, which was absolutely perfect for fitting into the deep pulley we were dealing with.  A lesser offset wouldn’t have handled the job.  We’re still looking for the details on the set we used, and when we find it we’ll pass it on — right as soon as we order one for ourselves.


5 Responses to Offset Wrenches: When You Need One, You Need One — Bad

  1. PeterP says:

    Amen. I was changing a power steering fluid hose this weekend and would have killed for a set of these. Alternatively, a 24mm S wrench would have been great, but I can’t find anyone who sells them in that size…

  2. Norman says:

    Toolmonger, I really like this website and I’m glad I found it for I learned a lot in a short time. Speaking of wrenches if you haven’t I would like for you to check out a wrench called a “Bionic Wrench” made by a company called Loggertools. These wrenches come in several sizes including an open-end style. Once you see this wrench and see what it does you might be tempted to throw all of your wrenches away and purchase a set of these. This wrench has won several prestigious awards including the most sought after award from Popular Mechanics who don’t impress very easily. I stumbled across this tool by accident while surfing the web and in the future I plan on getting me a set of these wrenches including the open-ended one.

  3. Teacher says:

    I know this is an older post, but thought someone passing by might find this useful. Sears is now selling deep offset wrenches in their full polish line. They look as good as any brand I’ve seen.

  4. Gena says:

    I was trying to figure out what I was buy my husband . The article was so helpful

  5. daniel says:

    why aren’t offset wrenches made with a open-end. I need one (18mm) to remove power steering hose without cutting it off.

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