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GearWrench recently announced the launch of its new tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) kit. GearWrench says the new kit will help with TPMS sensor maintenance during tire and rim changes.

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GearWrench, well known for their ratcheting wrenches, also offers a nice line of configurable screwdrivers. Instead of just selecting the proper bit for a fastening task, you can choose which shaft and handle to use as well. GearWrench’s screwdriver handles also feature ratcheting mechanisms, which make these drivers even more appealing.

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GearWrench 10-Piece MetricBox End Wrench Set

In a promotion that ends tonight, Sears is selling its GearWrench 10-piece metric box end wrench set for just $30, half off the regular $60 price. With their thin heads and shanks, these wrenches excel in tight spots — the ratcheting mechanism requires only five degrees of movement instead of the usual 30 degrees needed by standard end wrenches.  The set includes sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18mm and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

For the same price Sears offers the SAE version of this set which includes sizes 1/4, 5/16, 11/32, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, and 3/4-inches.

GearWrench Metric Set [Sears]
GearWrench SAE Set [Sears]

 

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At a glance, a zero-offset ratcheting combination wrench (top) looks the same as a standard ratcheting wrench (bottom). But closer examination will reveal a one-way mechanism and a straight box end. These wrenches are still considered reversible — you just have to flip the tool to reverse the ratcheting direction.

What’s the appeal of this tool — the zero offset?  Sure, a perfectly straight wrench has its uses, especially in tight areas and when you have to hold the entire wrench flush against a surface. However, some people probably choose these wrenches because they’re cheaper than traditional reversible ones, or maybe they think the tool’s more durable due to fewer moving parts.

Let’s hear from you – do you find zero-offset wrenches appealing, or are they simply cheap alternatives to standard 15° offset wrenches?

Zero Offset Ratcheting Wrench [Gearwrench]
Standard Reversible Ratcheting Wrench [Gearwrench]

 
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Long-time friend of TM Stuey writes: “I scanned in the June 29th and 30th Craftsman flyer and posted it to the photo pool.  What caught my eye was the ‘50% off all in-stock GearWrench ratcheting wrench sets’ deal.  Items 44003 and 44004 — 8-piece reversible 5-degree ratcheting wrench sets in SAE and metric, respectively — are currently on sale for $35 from $60.  The flyer quotes them at $70, so these sets might remain at the $35 price (as opposed to 50% of $60).”

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Sometimes having the perfect tool is less important than having a tool that’ll work in kit you can easily carry — and that’s small enough to get past the guy at the junkyard front counter, too. That’s when tool like GearWrench’s ratchet adapters kick ass, letting you fit two tools into the space of one. Slide these into your wrench set and you’ve got both a wrench and a ratchet.

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A good tap and die set is an absolute must have for any serious Toolmonger.  They’re necessary for metalworking, but they’re also incredibly useful in more common situations as well — like, for exampel, cleaning out or straightening threads that (somehow) got mangled or making a bolt out of some loose stock when you don’t have the right size handy.

Because these are such simple tools, we haven’t really seen a lot of innovation in tap and die sets — until we came across GearWrench’s unique ratcheting T-handle.  It’s a great idea, and it’s packaged in a set that performed well in the Toolmonger shop.

Read on past the jump for our hands-on experiences and lots of pictures.

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We wrote in detail about the 3/8″ version of this kit in the past, and it’s quickly become one of our favorites around the Toolmonger shop.  Every time we put it away, it ends up back out.  It’s that useful.

Without repeating our raves about the 3/8″, let us just remind you that they also make a 1/4″ version which absolutely rocks for getting at difficult-to-reach screws underneath the dash of an F150.  (You can imagine why we discovered this today.)

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Donnie writes: “I just picked this up to add to my toolkit at work.  It provides 1/4″ and 5/16″ bits and sockets with a micro-drive gear wrench all in a small package — perfect for light duty work.”

We’ve been really impressed with Gear Wrench’s offering this last year, and they’re easy to find now that Sears carries most of the line.  It’s $25 right now (though as of this second Sears is out of stock for online orders).  A Google search turned up a number of other outlets that have them in stock for the same price.

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It looks like Sears is offering up some tools at 50% off again this Wednesday and Thursday for last minute shoppers.  We clicked through the links and found a couple of interesting buys, including:

  • A GearWrench 7-pc flex head wrench set in SAE or metric for $44.99 (normally $89.99)
  • A Craftsman 5-pc offset metric ratcheting wrench set for $19.99 (normally $39.99)
  • And a Craftsman 12-pc nutdriver set in a zippered case for $19.99 (normally $39.99)

Of course, YMMV.

Sale Items [Sears]
The Tool Section [Sears]