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Forget finding a length of pipe to slip over the handle of the puny wrench you’re using. If you need some extra torque, grab this two-foot adjustable wrench from Olympia Tools.

To make this monster they drop-forge alloy steel into a die, then harden and temper it. They precision-machine the jaws, and to make it pretty and corrosion-resistant they chrome plate and polish it. The end result is a wrench that can be used to spin fasteners up 2-1/2″ wide.

You’ll pay $40 to $45 after shipping for this wrench.

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12 Responses to Two Foot Adjustable Wrench

  1. Shalin says:

    Adjusts to what you’re trying to loosen or tighten *and* can adjust someone’s attitude – bonus! 😉
    –S

  2. ToolGuyd says:

    Shalin, don’t count on that. I use a 24″ adjustable wrench occasionally, and its weight is waaaaaay too imbalanced to use as an “attitude adjuster.”

  3. shopmonger says:

    Haa haa yeah i think i still like teh Mag light for that…. but i think that also for car geeks the chrome may make this a tad slippery? with grease and chrome there is lots of knuckle busting. I will stick to my 2′ pipe and my 3′ pipe wrench for when i am stuck

    ShopMonger

  4. Chris S. says:

    i have the harbor freight version and its come in handy a few times. Its great for fitting larger size valves without having to chew up the brass with a pipe wrench. Also great for holding back on stuff like large unions where theres not enough room to fit two pipe wrenches. HF has a 3 piece set 15,18,24 thats under 40bucks when on sale. Worth it just for the novelty.

    The 15 & 18 are useful too. If anyone here does air conditioning repair, they are great for the rotolock fittings.

  5. fred says:

    Ridgid #25’s offer a better – although more costly alternative:

    http://www.toolup.com/ridgid/31280.html

  6. fred says:

    BTW the other pattern ajustable wrench (Ford Wrench, Monkey Wrench or Spud Wrench) is also still available:

    http://www.mytoolstore.com/diamond/dmdpage.html

  7. Cameron Watt says:

    Pipe over wrench handles? That’s millwright talk!

    Attitude adjuster? Use the right tool for the job, boys! Use the wrench on fasteners and get yourself a proper hittin’ stick…

    I use an adjustable a lot for general stuff; my mechanic friend calls it a Saskatchewan(or your favourite locale) socket set.

    My larger ones have tapered handles; I noticed the one above doesn’t. Have any of you guys used both types and have an opinion about which type is better?

  8. Brau says:

    AN adjustable can be a decent tool if it’s made well. Unfortunately they have a bad rep because most are not.

  9. fred says:

    @Brau

    I generally don’t like this style of wrench – having but having worked with better-made ones from Williams, Crescent (old USA-Made ones) and Reed – compared to some cheapies we had in the Scouts – I can attest to what you say.

    It looks like the Reed CW24 costs quite a bit more than this Olympia – and I can’t comment on the current quality of either:

    http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/Reed-CW24-Adjustable-Wrench-Chrome-24-%282218%29/108411/Cat/843

  10. Jim says:

    I have a set of Irega brand adjustable wrench from Spain. They are very well constructed and the action is smooth and tight. They have several different models include a superwide that, as the name implies, have a greater mouth opening range than comparible wrenches of the same size.

    JIM

  11. Jerry says:

    HF carries a 48″ made of aluminum. About the same price as this “tiny” little 2 footer. Attitude adjuster? I prefer the shortie bat from my fishing gear. 15 inches of ash filled with a generous bit of lead. As a plus, it has a nice lanyard loop for gaining a little distance.

  12. fred says:

    @ Jerry

    Now if you want a real attitude adjuster we have some old lead-working tools that fit the bill nicely. One is a tool called a lead-bend-egg. It consists of an egg shaped hunk of steel at the end of a 3 foot long spring steel rod with a hickory handle. It was used to remove “dimples” from large lead pipe or WC lead-bends. Holding the handle, you inserted the egg end into the bend and then bounced the egg back and forth against the offending dimple.

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