Believe us when we tell you that when you need a crowsfoot, you need a crowsfoot. You’ve found yourself in some kind of nasty situation where you can’t reach the bolt no matter what. In those kind of cases, tools like this — that seem boring and unnecessary when you’re sitting around in your easy chair looking at the catalog — all of a sudden become really interesting.
We’ve seen — and used — crowfoot wrenches before, but this is the first adjustable crowfoot we’ve come across. Sounds like a great idea to us.
They feature metric and fractional scales — one on each side — and are designed for use with 3/8″ drive ratchets and extansions. They also adjust via a knurled nut on the side rather than via a center scroll like most adjustable wrenches, which helps to keep them thinner and therefore easier to get into tight spaces.
Interestingly, Snap-on recommends a maximum torque of 2,849 in-lbs, which translates to about 237 ft-lbs — about the rating of the Black & Decker Autowrench. We’d say the same concepts apply: You’re going to have a hard time putting even that much on them in the situations in whihc you’re likely to use them.
We’re not sure how much they’ll cost, but either you’re a pro (and you don’t need to ask), or these are going to be out of your range.