If you have large nuts or bolts to turn, check out your local Wally
world. (Thats Wal Mart to the new guys). They have Large combo wrenches
on sale at $3 a pop.
Sizes available were 1 3/8, 1 1/2 and 1 3/4 inch . Also the larger
metric sizes. Taiwan import. At that price I can afford to let sit in
the draw till needed.
If you feel comfortable using a large import wrench that is great.
I use 1-5/8", 2" and 3-1/2" on a daily basis and give me the good name wrenches
like Williams, Matco, Mac and Proto. When I throw my 250lbs into that wrench, I
want to know the wrench won't fail.
I've bought those wrenches on ebay for $7-$50. That's cheap for a good wrench
that I can trust.
Nice heads up.
I recall buying a set of combinations wrenches from Harbor Freight a couple
years ago, 1-1/2" to 2", for a grand total of only $30 (made in, where else,
China). In appearance they rival the old Craftsman wrenches I've owned
for about 40 years, but I didn't have anything large, so they fit right in.
Like you, I figure at the price I can afford to sit on them endlessly, and
have used one of them since the purchase, so I'm very pleased I bought them.
They appear to be well heat treated, and properly sized to fit heads well.
If it wasn't for some kind of bargain price on large wrenches, not many of
us could justify owning them.
You forgot to toss in Snap-on. Who amongst us wouldn't like to own a
compete set of their combination wrenches? I know if I used my wrenches on
a daily basis, I sure as hell would.
Jim's point wasn't lost on me, though. For many of us, we don't use them
daily, and may not use them at all. Can't speak for you, but I don't think
I want to invest even $7 on a wrench that may never see the light of day
once it gets placed in my rollaway, not when I can do the same thing for far
less money, so the money I have left can go for a few more desired items.
Not all of us have bottomless wallets. Paying the low price for the
wrenches, that may just bail your ass out of a jam if you happen to need
them, to me, makes a lot more sense. I know I have no regrets having bought
the large set I spoke of. For the money, it's a far better buy than even
Snap-on. So far they have done anything asked of them, which, for the most
part, is to sit unused in the rollaway. How much quality do you need to do
Maybe you want to actually try them before you let them sitting in a
drawer long enough for the warranty to expire. I have seen cheap large
combo wrenches snap or (more often) deform when used. Apparently some
of them appear to be built with an alliage between cardboard and
Please not that not all of the cheap wrenches are built so, some are
o.k. Hence the advise to actually TRY them.
My set of Craftsman goes to 1 inch then "Made in China" to 1 ½.. I
needed a 2 ½ inch combo to remove a ball joints on a buddy's car. It
was Sunday so we couldn't buy one. So we made one with the trusty
Used a 2 foot long piece of 1x1 inch box as the handle then welded two
½ x ½ x 2 inch long sq. stock pieces to the end. The strips were
placed perpendicular to the "handle", one at the end and one 2 ½ inch
from the end.
Kind'a cheesy but worked great for the one time use. And I charged my
buddy an extra 6 pack to make the wrench. ;-)
If I need a large wrench, I would gladly spend $25 at Sears to get the
quality. I will NEVER try to cut corners and save a few bucks, because my
experience and also observation is that cheap tools will invariably BREAK or
otherwise not function properly.
One simple question - how much does it cost to ship a wrench all the way
from China and market it ? And after all of that is taken out of your $3,
how much of that $3 went toward manufacture ? If it is chrome-vanadium
steel, the material would cost about 25 to 50 cents. And you still need a
little margin for the retailers markup. After freight costs, material,
energy, tooling, marketing and retailers markup - damn - you can do all that
with $3 ??? Really ???
The Chinese are dumping tools on us below cost and it is very obvious. They
do not even understand that this is considered a trade infraction, and it
may well be intended as a move to destroy western manufacturing
Take your Chinese crap and shove it.
Made by slave labor and prison inmates - In China. Hah !!
I posted a comment about a vise I saw in Menards about 3 years ago. It was
marked somehow so that it was recognizable. I saw the exact same vise
sitting there almost 3 years later, and last week I checked and that same
vise is STILL sitting on the shelf collecting dust. No-one is buying these
things. Most people are not that stupid. Chinese vises will shatter like
glass when struck with a hammer.
Well said Critter.
A lifetime warranty on a cheap wrench does me no good if it breaks in use and I
fall and break my neck.
I also hate putting a good wrench on a fastener that has been buggered up by
someone else using an ill-fitting cheap tool on it previously.
And using a cheater bar on a cheap wrench? No way.
On Tue, 30 Dec 2003 04:00:13 GMT, "Critter" brought
forth from the murky depths:
Yeah, you'd much rather have Chinese/Indian stuff from Searz, huh?
"Made by street urchins instead of inmates" is better. :-/
Yea, though I walk through the valley of Minwax, I shall stain no Cherry.
A large part of the dollars valuation against any other currency is based on
what types and level of quality of product that we bring to the world
At the rate we are going, you'd better buy all the Chinese wrenches you can
now because before too long you wont be able to afford even the Chinese