Know what else the holidays entail? Checking out all the new gimmicky tools that magically arrive just in time to become gifts. Kidding aside, not all “stocking-stuffer-esque” tools are junk. Each year we come across a few that’ll serve a useful purpose all year long — and a few that’ll end up in the trash by Valentine’s Day.
So which bin does B&D’s new ReadyWrench fall in? First, let’s take a look at the basics.
Each end of the ReadyWrench consists of a rotating set of four sockets for a total of eight sizes. On the SAE wrench you get a 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, and 3/4″ and on the metric you get an 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 14mm, 16mm, 17mm, and 19mm — representing most of the common sizes we see around the house. The set’s rotation allows you to swivel the wrench around to fit (and still turn) in tight spaces.
I know, I know. As a hardcore Toolmonger you’ve probably got a full set of sockets, so B&D’s video suggesting that the ReadyWrench will “save you time searching for sockets” doesn’t apply to you. But before you thumbs-down the ‘Wrench in favor of your big set, consider this: what about your friends? What about that guy down the street who has four sockets left out of the set his father gave him when he was 24 — and they’re like a 1-1/4″, a 12mm, a 6mm, and an 11/16″ (but he lost his 1/2″ drive, too)?
And what about what my Dad used to always call “emergency situations”? He endlessly pointed out to me that when the s#!% hits the fan, having any tool that’ll accomplish the task (even if it breaks in the process) is better than none. The ReadyWrench might not be a bad choice for a downsized car toolkit.
Of course, torque specs’ll be interesting in terms of a car kit. We’ll see if we can’t find some for you. But it certainly looks sturdy enough for the tasks you see in B&D’s promotional video, like tightening a bolt on a bicycle or assembling lawn furniture.
It’s $30. What do you think?