Worst tool I've ever purchased

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Review by Rick M. posted 522 days ago 2110 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some years back I needed another adjustable wrench and thought this might be handy. Rather than a worm gear at the head there is a slide on the handle that adjusts the jaws. Fit and finish of the tool is excellent and I like the color scheme but that’s where the positive ends. The slide mechanism is positioned where your hand or thumb will rest on it while using the tool and it opens very easy, way too easy, but typically binds when closing which means that it’s constantly creeping loose but takes fiddling to get it back snug again. There isn’t much more to say, it’s a horrifically frustrating tool to use, worse than a dollar store wrench. Current price is around $15, I don’t remember what I paid. If, like me, you saw this and thought it might be handy… it isn’t. I would give it less than 1 star if I could.

Time of ownership: half a dozen years roundabouts
Cost: $10-15, not sure

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#1 posted 522 days ago

Thanks for the warning.

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#2 posted 522 days ago

Thanks for the heads up

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#3 posted 522 days ago

I agree completely..I also bought one of those at Lowes a while back and returned it for a refund a few days later. There are many gimmick tools that come out when someone thinks they arre re-inventing the wheel…and the vast majority end up being flops…but innovation has to start somewhere

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#4 posted 522 days ago

Thx for the heads up. I have a few adjustable wrenches from Crescent and Snap-on sorry to hear this didn’t work out.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 522 days ago

Looks like the slide button is only one side as well. If so, it would be an even worse tool for us lefties. :-/

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#6 posted 522 days ago

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a museum of crappy tools.

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#7 posted 522 days ago

I’ve gone through a lot of hand tools in my life. I probably have a couple thousand dollars worth of pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches sitting in the overheads of office buildings all over Seattle. I’ve tried replacing them with the latest ‘new and improved’ versions. I learned early on that there’s really no substitute for a good old fashioned Crescent wrench or a pair of 430 Channelocks or a handfull of Craftsman combo wrenches. Can’t remember ever keeping a gimmick in my tool bag very long.

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#8 posted 522 days ago

What they need is on the standard cresent (adjust able wrench for you lot) is a locking mechinism on the adjusting screw so once locked it doen’t creep and re-adjust itself… But I probably would keep to the standard cresent…

However I prefer to just find the right sized spanner

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#9 posted 522 days ago

I’ve seen similar designs from other manufacturers and never cared for any of them. I’ve used adjustable wrenches in my line of work almost exclusively and I just never found one that operated better then the old standard design….Klein is still my preferred brand.

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#10 posted 522 days ago

Thanks for the review, even though I am the owner of a genuine Crescent, open end adjustable wrench. I appreciate reviews that point out crap. Oh, I acquired the Crescent when the ass hat that stole my wallet (left stupidly by me in my Maserati) broke the driver side window and left the wrench on the front seat.

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#11 posted 522 days ago

That must almost be as bad as the B&D battery operated wrench.
You spend more time adjusting than wrenching!

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#12 posted 522 days ago

that sucks, i’ve never seen a bad kobalt tool so far…guess every company makes crap sometimes!

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#13 posted 521 days ago

Sometimes the toolmakers like to get fancy and create a gimmick. I say just stay with the tried and true. A well made adjustable wrench made by Crescent, Klien, Snap-on, and other such folks will last a long time if not abused.

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#14 posted 521 days ago

I always thought those were worthless its good to know my instincts were correct. i always hated those gimmicky tools that claim to “save time and effort”

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#15 posted 521 days ago

Some tools, this one being a great example, that try to improve on time tested designs, usually seem to fail miserably. On some things, like these adjustable wrenches, the design was done right years ago. Improvements are, from my experience, always a step backwards.


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