It’s easy to understand why ratcheting action is so popular — it saves time that would be wasted repositioning the tool over and over again — but can a tool like an adjustable wrench also ratchet without sacrificing its already tenuous grip on the fastener? The makers of the Xceleracer 8″ ratcheting adjustable wrench claim their wrench meets ANSI performance standards, for what that’s worth, while turning fasteners twice as fast as a traditional adjustable wrench.
The Xceleracer’s CNC-machined curved jaw has a spring-loaded section that exerts pressure against the fastener when you pull the wrench in one direction, but allows the wrench to slip around the fastener if you push it in the other. The wrench itself is forged with chrome vanadium alloy steel and features an ergonomic grip for comfort and control.
The Xceleracer retails for somewhere between $15 and $20.