Interesting and useful tool


#1

I bought this wrench and another bigger one like it at Big Lots 30 years ago. It has been one of my favorite tools.

It enables me to apply a lot of torque to a nut or bolt without the need to get out a socket set or find the box-end that is the size of the nut, which I might not have anyway because my biggest regular wrench is only 15mm. It gives a good feel to be able to lock it on cleanly so that the nut is protected from rounding. It adds a layer of stability, which helps leverage. I recently clamped it on brake line flare fittings and it was able to loosen the connections very easily. I use it most often on bicycles and I also particularly like using it on oil pan drain plugs.

Stanley has a similar one now, and I plan to get it soon.

If someone has that Stanley locking crescent-type wrench or another favorite tool, especially an unusual one, please post the picture if you can and describe how the tool has helped on projects.


#2

I had two offset box end wrenchs, craftsman, one end was 1/2 the other was 9/16. they were my favorite wrenches.

my son lost both of them…


#3

I had a little stubby 1/4" ratchet with an articulating handle that I really liked that I loaned to my daughter some years ago… thinking I could replace it of she didn’t return it… and she didn’t and I was never able to find another like it.


#4

It seems those stories are how it always goes!


#5

I would take the time to find the correct 6 point socket.


#6

Many times that’d mean buying a new one since mine are lost so often. And they can still slip off a nut. And, a six point socket won’t fit on something that has no end nearby to slip it over. Not all of us on here do repair except on our own stuff, too.


#7

I haven t lost a tool since my son movedout


#8

It looks like a cool tool, logic and engineering collaborate! @wesw I seem to loose tools every time I go to look for one, no kids involved, oh yeah right where I left it, where was that I do not know, last place I found it I suppose


#9

I had a teacher that would not let us use adjustable wrenches. He said they have no place in automotive. He was also a former Snap on sales man.


#10

Wesw, I could lose my head if it weren’t attached.

Barkeydog, it was a step up from using visegrips on bicycle wheel nuts!


#11

Nbpt100 he probably never knew about that locking crescent. It’s taken thirty years, and something like it just finally came out again, I’ve been looking, unless I missed it somewhere. Maybe the patent on the original (patent # visible in the picture for the very curious types here on the forum) was holding it back. I fergit how long patents are for on something like that.


#12

ndemb, I think he knew of almost every tool imaginable. Keep in mind he was a tool sales man for many years and was in 100 different shops every month. It was more ideological than anything else.


#13

Thanks Nbpt100


#14

That locking crescent looks like a great toolbox addition, but I’ll take box ends, open ends, and six and twelve point sockets any day. IMHO nothing beats a full set of each along with good sets of deep sockets. Ratcheting box ends are invaluable too. I also have full sets of crow’s feet, but I confess that I have never used one.

In truth, it’s good to have multiple sets of everything. When I drop that 11mm deep socket and it rolls under the car (and I occasionally do and it always does), it’s nice to have another handy. Besides, I’ve had to modify a tool on occasion, and it’s nice to have an extra one to modify.

By the way, nbpt, I agree with your teacher; a crescent wrench has no place in a student’s tool box. Granted, it comes with the “standard tool kit” that every new automotive student must buy, but grabbing it is a terrible habit to get into and should be avoided.


#15

A few oddballs. (I added the 1/4" stubby to make TSM jealous.)


#16

TS Mountainbike, I seem to recall once pounding a one-size-too small socket onto a rusted nut that had rounded. Maybe one of those sockets that grips the flat surfaces of the head or nut would have helped then, or maybe the locking cresecent-type wrench, which I don’t think I had found yet back then at that time. I’ve heard people mention that one can never have too many tools, which seems like something I could have said, too.


#17
A few oddballs. (I added the 1/4" stubby to make TSM jealous.)

That helped me identify that last one. I wonder if that top one feels a bit neglected these days with the trend toward doing away of distributors.


#18

LOL, d$%#, that’s the one!

Ndemb, I’ve on occasion had to grind the end of a socket flat to get a bite on an old rounded nut. And pound it too.

I would agree that there’s no such thing as too many tools. So, if I see something I don’t have, I buy it. Now if I could only remember that I have them and where they are when the need arrives…


#19

nothing annoys me like a tool not being where I can find it.

when I fabricated steel I had a layout and fitting tool box I made with 8 inch castors and doors that swung open and a flat top and shelf under and it bristled with holders and racks that I custom made to hold all my tools and squares and clamps and markers and shields and everything

I probably had about a hundred different things that were accessible when I opened the doors.

I took about 5 minutes every morning to unlock and open it up right, after that I could close my eyes and have anyone pick a tool and I could put my hand on it without even thinking.

I was good at my job…


#20

20 years ago I just had my original $50 craftsman carry around tool box it was filled with the original tools plus many additions. It was to stuffed and heavy so I added a small canvas tool bag. With TSM lamenting the loss of his 1/4" drive flexible stubby ratchet I dug my set of 3 that added 3/8" and 1/2" out of the closet so I could post a source of replacement. Guess which one was missing? On a whim I checked my old tool box and there it was! The set of 3 is Harbor Freight Pittsburg brand which in my limited experience with HF seems to be decent quality. The price sticker was still on the package. $12.99. In the past if I needed a tool and couldn’t find it I would buy another one. Now my next door neighbor is a master mechanic and has at least 2 of every tool you could think of. He even has a hydraulic lift. The best part is if I ask to borrow a tool he will usually volunteer to do the work.