Think of this as a no-battery version of Black & Decker’s AutoWrench. Here’s how it works: the jaw is spring-loaded towards the “open” position, so when you pull down on the lever located where the knurled part usually is, the wrench springs open. You then release the lever and push the jaw closed around the fastener head with your fingers. It’s ratcheted, so it stays in that position until you pull the lever again. Irwin claims this action is two times faster than a standard adjustible wrench.
While the AutoWrench performed up to spec in our tests, many readers experessed concern over its appetite for batteries. This looks like a simple solution that might appease everyone.
Irwin tells us the 8″ version will retail for $20, and they’ll offer 6″, 10″, and 12″ versions as well. Look for it on shelves later this year, and keep your eyes out for a hands-on with it soon here on Toolmonger.