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I haven’t tried any of these out yet, but the idea looks pretty interesting.  The “ratcheting” concept applies to these wrenches in that when you’re pulling in one direction the larger side of the wrench acts as a brace and it functions like a normal wrench — yet when you pull in the other direction, the short end allows it to slip relatively freely.  Of course, you can flip it over to “change directions.”

I’m a little concerned with how well these wrenches stay on the bolt/nut while you’re “ratcheting;” they look like they’d slip off.  Do any of you have experience with these?

Street pricing appears to start around $50 for a 4-pc set.  (I say “appears” because these seem to be released under a wide variety of brand names.)

Ratcheting Open-End Wrenches [Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Armstrong’s Ratcheting Open End Wrenches

  1. Collin says:

    I’ve used these, and they do work pretty well. Though it is easier to round-off something, and they don’t work as well on rusty things, or if you’re using the wrong size. But as far as “racheting” goes they work well.

  2. eschoendorff says:

    Sears has been selling a version of this under the Craftsman name for some time. I have a 13mm version made by Husky (USA), but I’ve never used it.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Craftsman discontiued their version of this, (Quick Wrench), some years back, about the time they decided to start selling wrenches with ratcheting box ends. I’ve got an old Craftsman set, and they work fine, however, the swing required is a lot wider than a ratcheting box. Because of that, they don’t get much use these days.

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