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Eschoendorff writes: “I thought it was cool, so I bought it.  It appears to be a ‘new old stock’ adjsutable socket — think of a drill chuck driven by any 3/8 tool.”

We weren’t able to find it as an active Channellock product, so as Eschoendorff suggests, it’s probably available only as “new old stock.”  Still, it’s pretty interesting.

As of this moment, Froogle picked up one on eBay for $25.  But if you’re interested in owning one, you’re probably best off checking around at your favorite boutique tool shop that might still have one sitting around.  Let us know if you find one!

Street Pricing [Froogle]
Eschoendorff’s Garage Journal Thread About It [GarageJournal.com]


3 Responses to Reader Find: ChannelLock’s Adjustable Socket

  1. nrChris says:

    Two words: Gator Grip. I am surprised that they have not created a similar product, either with their pin system, or in addition to it. If it could tighten easily, it would be great for removing stripped bolts, etc. You obviously can’t do this with a drill chuck–which just seems like a bad idea on so many fronts. But with something on a ratchet, well that seems reasonable.

  2. Paul says:

    One tool does it all solutions are not good tools to me. Like something off the home shopping network. Throw out all of your wrench sets! Our new wonder wrench one size fits all! That is impossible because we all know that in wrench specifications there are also clearance allowances.

    And as far as removing stripped hardware as nrChris brings up, I depart from wrenches entirely in those situations. Either resorting to the old faithful vise-grips, the smoke wrench (oxy-acetylene torch), a grinder, a whizzer, an air hammer, a hammer and a chisel, or some escalating combination of the afore mentioned implements of destruction, as the situation allows, or warrants.

    Once a fastener is stripped you are no longer removing a fastener. You are now clearing an obstruction. The fastener has morphed into something else entirely. In order to be considered a fastener an object must adhere to specific dimensions to earn the designation. Once the item falls out of spec you’re dealing with a different sort of an animal entirely. I use the term obstruction because that is all the item is anymore.

    You’ve past out of the realm of mechanics and into the twilight zone of demolition. At this point wrenches will only spread the demolition impact area onto your knuckles too.

    I am a hardware geek, so I prefer not to strip the hardware out to begin with. Not only to avoid transitioning into the realm of demolition from the comfort of mechanics, but also to save the hardware from destruction and ultimate replacement. To that end I will offer some suggestions as to how to avoid changing your hardware into obstructions.

    Examine the hardware. Is it clean and free of rust? If not clean hardware with a wire brush. Now use a good penetrating lubricant. WD-40 and Liquid Wrench do not qualify as such. PB Blaster works. Is it still very rusty? Apply heat. Relubricate if necessary. Always lubricate metal to metal contacts. Torque ruins metals, impact techniques free metal surfaces from one and another. So loosen the hardware with repeated tappings on your wrench that you feel the hardware can withstand. Be patient. Wrecking the hardware will only waste more time than removing it properly. They don’t call it work for nothing you know? So work with the hardware. Work equals movement over time, expend the proper amount of both to accomplish the task.

    Following my methods I have removed hardware that well I didn’t think I stood a chance to at the outset myself. What I am trying to say here is that impressive results can be achieved with the proper technique. One could liken mechanics to following a recipie, substituting one ingredient for another will rarely produce the desired result. Which is to say that excessive force is a poor substitute for time.

    By the way, this is why impact wrenches kick ass so much. BPM = more patience than most uf us are capable of normally displaying. But by hand one can surpass all but the most deft of impact wrench users. Nothing, and I do mean nothing can strip out hardware faster than the overzealous use of an impact wrench can!

  3. Tom J says:

    I own one of these, got it around 1987. It’s a cool concept but really only works on new hardware, under ideal circumstances. It’s one of those tools I cobble with though, a couple years ago I had to drill out and extract a broken starter bolt and it saved the day.
    It was way up and no drill here could get to it past the subframe and stuff so I cut the female end off a cheap 3/8″ extension and was able to use the adjustable socket as sort of a remote drill chuck.
    Aside from odd stuff like that I never use it but my Dad bought it for me when I got my first mechanic job so it stays in one of my boxes.

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