I saw that one. Let us know how it holds up. Maybe use it with a 3'
"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire.
Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us)
off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give
them self determination under "play nice" rules.
Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you
for torturing the cat." Gunner
I just tried out a Crescent wrench that I picked up on my last trip to
Costco. Til now I hated adjustable wrenches, but these are great! They'rer
called "RapidSlide." Instead of the knurled worm adjuster that we have all
come to know and hate, these adjust by movement of a tab that slides up or
down the handle. Somehow this is geared to the adjustable jaw, and it
allows you to close the jaws on a nut while holding the wrench in one hand.
On top of that, once the jaw is closed on the nut, it doesn't wiggle or slip
open even slightly.
I broke mine in on a plumbing job, where I used it to tighten things like
unions and bushings. Since they are cast, the flats where the wrench fits
are not precise. With this wrench you can open the jaws, slip it on the
fitting, and close the jaws, all with one hand.
Usual disclaimer: I have no interest in Crescent or Costco--I just want
others to know about this new toy.
I bought one for the GeeWhiz factor. There has been a time
or two the rapid slide action has come in handy, but I don't
like the bulky feel. My favorite 'Crescent' wrenches are
Proto. Nice and slim...
Yes I saw that design adjustable wrench more than 30 years ago. Operated by
sliding a button on the side up & down. I worked at a home & auto store &
there were a few non-regular stock items like that on the tool counter.
Don't know who made them or how long we'd had them but they were priced at
$11.95 IIRC. Too steep for me in those days.
Speaking of adjustable wrenches, before I retired I took some of mine out to
work and in the grinding shop set up the monoset grinder with a wheel shaped
for the job and after removing their movable jaws, I ground an additional
notch in them to gain more opening width. Seems that in use I always was
having to go get the larger wrench b/c the span of the one I picked fell
1/16" or so too narrow for the work. Not a problem now.
I like my 10" for the ease of adjusting and the jaw locks up well. I've put big
cheaters on it without problems. But, it's heavy and bulky and it's easy to end
up with your pants around your ankles. (assuming you carry it in your pocket)
"Steve Monroe" (clip) I ground an additional
On the package, Crescent claims that these wrenches have a wider opening. I
haven't checked, but I don't think they would lie. So you probably won't
need a Monoset grinder to make them usable. While I was checking this
poinjt, I noticed that they cite the "extra wide handle for extra comfort."
That may be stretching things a little, but OTOH, I certainly don't find it
LESS comfortable. As far as pants falling down, mine already fall down, kuz
I keep too much crap in my pockets.
Loved the original Diamalloy wider-opening back in the 80s. An 8 inch
was perfect to keep in your back pocket. Would open up to 1 1/8 and much
lighter than 10 inch wrenches. Just did a search and found they were
bought by Cooper, who later bought Crescent...
" By 1983 Diamond Tool had become a subsidiary of the Triangle
Corporation, the parent company of the combined Utica, Herbrand, and
Bonney tool companies. Triangle itself was later acquired by Cooper
Industries, the corporate parent to numerous other tool companies.
Cooper Tools had also acquired the Crescent Niagara Corporation, the
parent of Crescent Tools, and over time the production of Diamond
adjustable wrenches was merged with the Crescent production."
Boo hiss on mega conglomerates!
I have one which I picked up at Brookstone (back when they
really *did* carry interesting tools) about that long ago. It has a hex
socket where the normal round hanging hole in the end of the handle is
(and no -- I don't know what size).
My experience with that one is that I have to keep my thumb on
the button to keep it from loosening. It is nice for a quick fit, but
it is not as good as a regular Crescent, let alone one with the
anti-rotation lock on the thumb-worm.
It is also more massive in the head, because the original worm
screw is still present, but turned by a bevel gear pair at one end.
I have one adjustable wrench which is about a 24" handle, and
instead of the worm, it has a set of matching holes for different sizes,
and a bolt with a locknut to go through the selected pair. Not as quick
to change the size, but once it is set, it will *not* change on you.
I don't remember finding a familiar maker's name on it, and I
picked it up at a hamfest, so I have no idea where it really came from.
Fella at work showed up with a new Black & Decker "crescent"
wrench. Battery operated, push button. Hasn't
broken,.......................yet. Gets a nice hold on stuff.
We'll see. Wonder how long the battery lasts.
I wonder how they work if you use them in a hostile environment where debris
can get it. FWIW, I recently received a 6" conventional Crescent brand
adjustable and the heat treat in the jaws was soft. I've never had a
quality adjustable wrench jaw get marked up before.
So -- you also have one which is set by a bolt through matching
I just went down to get mine. Yes -- it is 24" long overall.
Maximum hex size is 2-7/8" (marked in the handle).
Maker's name (marked on the head near the sliding jaw) is:
Owatonna Tool Co.
OA-24 Pat. Pend.
And - on the flip side (marked in the handle)
and a small 'S' inside a hollow larger 'B'.
I don't need it too often, but it is occasionally really nice to
O.K. I've found OTC, and *maybe* the wrench, but without an
image, or more of a description, this:
"Gunner" No..just a 3 ' piece of pipe big enough to go over the handle of
That was meant to be a little joke, Gunner, but, since you are "sticking to
your guns," I did it as a thought experiment. In my mind, I was able to
twist off a 10-32 and a 1/4-20. How far do you want me to carry this? The
jaws of the 10" wrench open to 1.2"--I'm 80 years old, and my body has
shrunk to 5'5", so even with a 3' cheater, I don't think I am strong enough
to twist off a nut on a bolt that size, or pull hard enough to damage the
ah common Leo..latch onto at least a 9/16" bolt and bounce on it a
bit. Its great for stretcing the spine a bit.
Find a nice bridge or something assembled with bolts, something high
enough to hang that snip from comfortably and bounce her a bit.
Bridges are cool, cause of the cops stop to ask what the hell you are
doing, you can tell em you found a loose bolt and you were doing your
"Gunner" wrote: (clip) Bridges are cool, cause of the cops stop to ask what
the hell you are
Gunner, this is all your fault. Drop everything and run down to your
favorite bail bondsman and see what it will take to get me out of here.