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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.

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6 Responses to Dealmonger: Black & Decker’s Auto Wrench For $19

  1. Jerry says:

    Anyone had one of these for some time and actually using it somewhat regularly? I’d love to hear the comments. Seems like squeezing the batteries in there would make it a bit “lumpy” in your hand.

  2. KMR says:

    NO! Junk tool…the jaws have too much slack in them for real use.

  3. fred says:

    One of my kids bought me one of these a few years ago – when it first came out – for Christmas . Although they probably know that I have all sorts of wrenches of both new and obsolete design (e.g. Coes Monkey Wrenches, Parmlee Wrenches, Heller Brothers adjustamatics, Crescent double-ended adjustables etc.) – and furthermore can bring home anything I need (from 6 inch to 4 foot) in a truck from the business – I think they could not resist the novelty. That’s how lots of tools are marketed – knowing that dads / husbands will not return them (nor try to use them)

  4. russ says:

    I thought they junked these after last year as I haven’t seen any for sale in the last month or two.

  5. Mike lee says:

    My wife use it as a hammer and broke it. However, with a little solder and some expoys it works fine. It’s quick and good for lite duty.

  6. jack says:

    Saw these in the bargain bin at the local DeWalt service depot for $5.

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