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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.

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9 Responses to Xceleracer Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench

  1. Trevor says:

    Hopefully the Xceleracer will prevail where its many predecessors failed. I’ve owned three related products, none of which I’ve used more than once or twice.

    Sears’ Craftsman Reflex ratcheting adjustable wrench (which seems no longer available on their site?), and which Toolmonger covered two years ago: http://toolmonger.com/2007/01/14/finds-craftsman-reflex-adjustable-wrench/. Rather than the Xceleracer’s retractable jaw element, the Reflex’s handle ratchets relative to the entire jaw. Unfortunately, the wrenches hang on the wall gathering dust, mostly because they are so bulky and inconvenient.

    There are also the slip-jaw open-end wrenches made by Ultra-Star (not adjustable), mentioned here about a year ago: http://toolmonger.com/2007/12/18/slip-jaw-open-end-wrenches/. As the comments then suggested, these aren’t particularly useful either, and have become a second-to-last resort for me.

    Finally, Crescent’s R2 RapidRench ratcheting socket wrench. This from almost three years ago: http://toolmonger.com/2006/05/19/crescents-r2-rapidrench-adjustable-ratcheting-socket-wrench/. Bulky, clumsy, easy to lose traction. Again, gathering dust.

    So … any positive experiences with the Xceleracer?

  2. Justin says:

    15 to 20 bucks? They seem confident…

  3. Mr P says:

    they dont work well but they do work well on the funny loking “TRY ME” plastic nut on the package it comes in.

  4. Mr. Tool says:

    I believe that it is a good tool as long as you know how to use it. Follow the directions on the back of Try-Me Kit: 1. measure the nut siae with the jaw tips, 2. Push in then don’t need to adjust the knurl any more then 3. ratchet it …. Try it again!

  5. Joe Birmingham says:

    Meeting ANSI standards is like a doctor bragging that they got C in med school. ANSI standards are just good enough to keep the lawsuits down.

  6. Old Donn says:

    Doesn’t matter how many bells & whistles, it’s still a knuckle buster. Better than nothing, but just barely. Sooner or later, they wind up at the bottom of the tool chest with the GatorGrip or under the kitchen sink with Mom’s screwdriver, pliers & hammer.

  7. frank says:

    I tried it and it works surprisingly well on fasteners as long as there is enough friction to allow the tool to ratchet, in the same way that any ratcheting tool requires. If the fit between the threads and a nut is too loose, a socket and ratchet wrench will just move back and forth, accomplishing nothing. It’s the same with this tool.

    I give the inventor credit for a very clever design.

  8. Paul says:

    Dear Trevor:
    You can try FasWrench and see the difference. As long as the 3 easy steps are followed, it works perfectly.

  9. kyle says:

    What is the problem with gator grip to me it wuold work well and I have considered getting one if it is reaaly not very useful please let me know

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