You need to know up front that the Irwin Quick Adjust ratcheting wrench isn’t a standard adjustable. It’s a totally different tool intended for different use.
Almost everyone who picked it up in the shop made fun of the fact that our test model is marked specifically for SAE. “Why mark it for SAE if it’s adjustable?” they ask, then laugh. Why, indeed. Read past the jump to find out, and to see why you might want one of these in your kit.
After removing the mercifully simple packaging, the wrench fell into our hands with a solid thump. Its 8 ¼” frame is pleasantly heavy and feels good in hand. The blue and yellow handle feels just like it looks: very comfortable to hold. It’s easily among the most comfortable wrenches we’ve ever tested.
A large large metal button slides down to free the wrench’s teeth and let the jaw slide open or closed freely. Letting go re-engages the teeth, preventing the wrench from opening further — but allowing it to ratchet closed in 1/16″ (for the SAE model we tested) increments. To ratchet it close, simply push on the side of the moving jaw.
This is important enough to bear repeating: this wrench doesn’t crank closed to just any old size. It ratchets closed in 1/16″ increments. Hence the 1-inch SAE scale broken into 1/16″ markings running along the bottom of the jaw.
Read on to page two for our in use experiences with the Quick Adjust.
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