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Making tools easier to use or more comfortable is good thinking and in general we always applaud the concept. The only trouble is once in awhile the end result may not be as usable as the original tool.

Take the Titan 17380 – 5 Pc. ratcheting combination wrench set for instance; It’s a good set of useable wrenches that now have a huge grippy rubber handle on them.  The logic is clear and seems like a good idea on paper, but the issues come when one sticks them down into areas that are confined anyway — like, say, an engine.  There isn’t room for your fingers in most cases much less your fingers and a huge rubber grip.  Not to mention the grip will often times reduce the rotation area by bumping into things or become slick with oil.

But hey — isn’t this brand the one we always see sitting (brand new) in the $1 discount bin?

Let’s give ’em points for a good stab at improvement.  Heck a set like this might even work well for projects with open areas, but the heavy majority of projects around the shop seem to include more than their share of tight spaces.  Combined with a higher price (we’re assuming for the rubber grip) the investment might not be worth the gain in comfort.

Street Pricing starts at $35.  Or just wait for it in the discount bin.

5 Pc. Ratcheting Combination Wrench Set [Titan]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Titan 5 Pc. Ratcheting Combination Wrench Set

  1. Rick says:

    Mmm.. ratcheting combination wrenches.. Mmm..

  2. Harry says:

    I’ve seen this style of wrench with the ruuber cover handle aimed at lube tech market. I guess it’s an attempt to make the guy’s life easier that drops oil all day long for a living. I haven’t actually seen anyone use the type of wrenches though and I don’t think the rubber would hold up long covered in oil and other chemicals.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Fact is, everybody’s making ratcheting combos these days. Why would anyone buy these? This is Secret Santa gift exchange material here.

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