It’s easy to forget that the adjustment part of adjustable wrenches don’t require much force; All that’s required is that you adjust the wrench’s jaws to fit the bolt — not crush it. Thankfully some manufacturers haven’t forgotten this simple fact, and have come out with some cool alternatives to the standard thumb-wheel adjuster. To adjust the RapidSlide, for example, you simply move the slide-button mechanism back and forth.
It looks like this would be a bit easier to accomplish one-handed, especially if you end up having to adjust the wrench a lot. There’s nothing worse than cranking and cranking to get the wrench down (or up) to size. You can actually run the RapidSlide from fully closed to fully open with a single motion.
Our only obvious concern with the RapidSlide is the durability of the mechanism. Will it hold up to constant shop use? Crescent added a “debris shield,” but it seems like grit, oil, and metal shavings could easily get in the sliding mechanism.
At any rate, they’re not too expensive if you’d like to try one out. Street pricing for the 8″ version (pictured) starts around $13, and you can find them at most big-box retailers as well as via various online distributors. (Read: They’re easy to find.)