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Craftsman's 10-Inch Beak Jaw Adjustable Wrench

Posted in Product Reviews on April 1, 2005
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OK, OK. Hear us out here because we certainly never thought we'd ever praise an adjustable wrench either. Heck, we don't like using adjustable wrenches, even in a pinch. Or at least that's how it used to be. We actually bought a second one of these Craftsman tools to keep in the four-by. Why? Because with its relatively stubby 10 3/8-inch overall length, it fits in a lot of places other wrenches don't, while able to adjust to over a 1 1/2-inch opening. It's much like a 2-pound sledge with a cut-down handle, which tends to come in handy all the time. But this wrench comes with a built-in advantage-namely, those Beak Jaws. An amazingly simple idea, Craftsman eliminated a lot of the needless beef from the jaws, allowing it to fit in places a 1 1/2-inch wrench won't. Since you're not going to exert 500 lb-ft on a fastener with just 9 1/2 inches of leverage anyway, that jaw strength isn't needed, and those slimmer jaws make this Craftsman adjustable wrench work in a lot of places where regular wrenches or sockets don't. So there you have it-we not only admit to using an adjustable wrench, but we like this particular one so much that we recommend it to all 'wheelers. Yup, that surprised us too.

An adjustable wrench in "Neat Stuff"? Well, this one is not your average nut-rounder-offer, but a very useful tool. With its short overall length and slender Beak Jaws, it'll fit a lot of places where regular tools wouldn't, at least towards the upper ranges of its 1 1/2-plus reach. Normally not fond of adjustable wrenches, we've easily used this one (P/N 44715) more in the past year than we used our other ones in 10 years, combined. Besides, at $25, this Craftsman is also a lot less costly and space-consuming than the infinite number of secondary, or metric, wrenches it theoretically replaces (between 0 and 1.55 inches) in your four-by's tool box.

Sources

Sears, Roebuck and Co
www.craftsman.com

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