Add ing “ratcheting action” to tools is all the rage now — sorta like the “kung-fu grip” of the 70’s — and one of Craftsman’s newer offerings is the reflex adjustable wrench. It’s an adjustable wrench that can ratchet a bolt home in tight spaces.
The ratchet action takes place at the handle joint to the wrench head. You can readjust the tightness of the jaws on the nut by ratcheting the handle. It’s a cool idea, but (as always) there are a few catches: It does have a pretty small opening size when compared to other adjustable wrenches of the same size — the picture above shows it about as wide as it gets.
Also, because of the ratcheting action you can only use the wrench in one direction. Otherwise, the ratchet action would make the jaws wider when cranking. That might prove a little tricky if you’re using it all the time.
The idea looks and sounds good, but the larger space required to fit the tool on the nut or blot may also be an issue in close quarters.
If anyone out there has some experience with this one drop us a line and let us know how it went.
Street pricing starts at $24.