dealscraftsman 7pc open end ratcheting wrench set…

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Those type of wrenches are the worst ones I have ever had from Craftsman

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Coworker has a set of these, and I borrow them all the time.
Time to get my own set!

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The principal issue, I would see, based on other descriptions is that the ratching pawl is plastic. There are better made wrenches even at harbor freight, and even those pale conpared to 'good' ones like I have at work.

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@autotechinstl: I just never liked how the ends worked, and they do not work in tight places well at all. I'm just a classic wrench kinda guy.

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@chejkal: I believe the video says it's all metal,no plastic.

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@gusvonpooch: Just watched the video, which confirmed that it is all metal, with the narrator saying "no little plastic parts to break" as he thumbed the ratcheting bits. But he also said to use the box end for loosening frozen nuts or for tightening a bolt "extra tight." Looks to me like the ratcheting end is only for working with loosened fasteners - no thanks.

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I have this set. They actually helped me out of a tight situation. I know some people are picky about this but these are NOT made in the USA.

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The ratcheting end is the box end.

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@landbgarza: No, the ratcheting end is the open end. Watch the video or just zoom in on the wrenches, it is clear that the box end is non-ratcheting.

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I bought these the last go-around simply because my local store had them available for pick up. I am one of those people that would rather have a tool when I need it than need it when I don't have it and these were too cheap to pass up. Have not tried these out yet but the manufacturing quality seems to be pretty nice.

On the note about not made in the USA, last I knew about 90% of craftsman handtools were no longer made in the USA. The Professional series were, but I think that was changing also. I try to buy USA if possible, but that's becoming very difficult these days. The next best thing if you cant buy something made in the US, at least by it local at the hardware store.

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@bizman69: How much torque can you apply? The video stressed the use of the box end for "frozen nuts" or for "extra tightening", and also offered a semi-generic safety tip, to pull instead of pushing the wrench in order to minimize knuckle damage should the wrench slip. And it looks like a rather small shoulder receiving the brunt of the force.

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@rpstrong: I wan't worried about torque at the time. I was removing a brake booster and my other ratcheting set wouldn't ratchet enought to loosen the flare nuts. These did the job.

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I want the ratcheting box end type

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Lifetime warranty won't mean much when Sears goes bankrupt.

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Combination wrenches are SUPPOSED to be used the way stated in some of these posts... box end to break nuts/bolts loose and for final tightening... open end for everything in-between.

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Bought these last time the deal was posted. Haven't used them yet, but they look very well made, nicely packaged, and picked up at local store. Got both the SAE and Metric sets. I also have some GearWrenches (with the ratcheting box end). The ratcheting open end is something unique that will certainly come in handy (like when you can't get a box end over a bolt extended too far through the nut).

Lifetime warranty is a plus. Not worried about Sears going out of business. It may happen, but that rumor has been going for 10 years now. Plus, Kmart also sells Craftsman. Either way, at around $1.50/wrench, it's a great buy!

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@jlamb30: Yes, the box end is probably stronger. But what do you do when the nut is around a bolt whose end is inaccessible? I think you're SUPPOSED to use the open end.

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Got an email the other day from their Reward Shopping system that I had $12 in free 'surprise' rewards. Jumped on this deal and got them for FREE. Got them store pickup and they look pretty nice. A little bigger than what I was expecting - which is good for more torque.

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I own these, use these and own other wrenches. These are great for most purposes. The open ratcheting end (yes people, look at the pictures before commenting, or own them before 'guessing') works much better with non-stuck pieces. I use the box end to break it loose, then use the open ratcheting end to get the nut off. This is very useful in a bolt/nut in a confined area where a ratcheting BOX end set (i have those too) is too thick to slip between a nut and some surrounding metal. This is very common in certain engine or exhaust areas where a socket set may be too long to work properly due to installation of brackets etc...

I keep one classic set of non ratcheting wrenches specifically when things are really tight or need impact wrenches on the other side (exhaust especially) to get things loosened up.

Ratcheting ends save you time with nuts with long bolts where the bolt may be crudded up or lightly rusted. For $10. it's a good deal. But 7 pieces isn't really enough to span...

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I also purchased these the last go around. They are pretty well made, no plastic bits, the ratchet nub is indeed metal.

As with any standard box/open ended wrenches, you're supposed to use the box (closed) end to break loose tight or seized bolts. If you use open ends it can slip and you will start to round out the bolt and no longer be able to get a grip on it.

I finally used these yesterday when I was doing an oil filter conversion kit for my car. To summarize; my car uses the paper cone/cylinder filters. I hate it. There is a conversion kit that allows use of metal canister filters. Used these wrenches in some places where a ratchet set wouldn't reach. the box end loosened it and the ratcheting open end allowed me to speedily remove the bolt. OItherwise a standard open end would be a 1/4" then have to take it out and re-position and then 1/4" turn again.

With these I was able to simply ratchet out the few bolts I used them on, and put them back, saved me a lot of time.