If you haven’t run across a spline fastener yet, you haven’t taken an old BMW “airhead” apart. There are a number of them, especially in and around the transmission. Sometimes you can get a socket on them, but a ratcheting wrench works in almost all circumstances.
Enter Stanley Proto’s new ratcheting wrenches complete with spline box ends. And these aren’t just good for spline fasteners: They also do everything that a standard box wrench’ll do and they’re better than standard boxes at turning rounded-off fasteners.
We visited Stanley’s production facility a while back, and we were very, very impressed. Stanley’s production process includes an extraordinarily high number of quality-control steps, and though this does increase the wholesale cost of the tool it also helps to assure you that the tools you receive are right — every time.
The press release says that these wrenches are part of a “95-SKU line extension,” which means that they’re filling in gaps in the current product line. This looks like a great place to start.
And what tools don’t look great in a shiny black finish?
Ratcheting Wrenches (w/Spline) [Stanley Proto — Warning: PDF]