If you must buy a gimmick gift this year, at least go for one that’s honest about its capabilities. We doubted the Auto Wrench’s 225 ft-lb torque rating, too, but in classic Toolmonger fashion we broke a couple back in 2006 to confirm that yes, they really do work right up to the rated torque spec.
Of course, we’re not so sure you actually need a motor to cinch down your adjustable wrench. And we suspect you might break even cost-wise by paying the neighbor’s kid a nickel to set the wrench for you each time as opposed to buying AA batteries repeatedly. But here’s the bottom line re: the Auto Wrench: It’s not a bad little wrench, even when the batteries go out. So at least you’re giving a gift that’ll work — even after the novelty wears off.