It’d been a long time since I got really pumped about an innovation in ratcheting wrenches – then I saw these Ultrastar slip-jaw ratcheting wrenches on the Garrett Wade site. Schwing! You hold it in your hand like a normal open-end wrench. But since you never have to take it off the fastener, you don’t lose your rhythm — and you just keep rocking it back and forth, back and forth, til you’re done.
In the time it took to write this, both the metric and the standard sets went from “available” to “backordered” on the site. D’oh! I’m not surprised at the “backordered” status – wrenches like this don’t stay in a warehouse for long. O, why didn’t I place my order before I started fantasizing about the wrenches?!
Maybe I’m building these things up too much. For all I know, the design is crap, and I should just stick with my trusty old hand wrenches that have served me through thick and thin. If you have any experience with these slip-jaw ratcheting wrenches, please comment about it. Until they become “available” again, I won’t be able to think about anything else. Street pricing is about $40.