Best Product – Hot or Not: Universal Wrenches are Back for the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season

Universal Box End Wrench

I’ve been having a friendly debate with Tools in Action. They posted about adjustable universal wrenches recently, and are convinced that these are pretty handy to have around.

They posted about the Geardrive brand specifically, but that brand sold out on Amazon. These Duratech wrenches appear to be identical.

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All of these universal box-end style wrenches remind of the Husky Total Socket from a couple of years ago:

The Husky wrench was decent, and priced at $10 for one wrench size. This Duratech has 2 sizes for $24.

I eventually gave my wrench away, as I never really used it. It wasn’t bad, I just didn’t find it particularly useful for my needs and work habits.

Is this a gimmick?

So I teased Tools in Action’s Dan a little bit, about 2013 calling and wanting their tool of the holiday season back, but he made a good point – this could be perfect for the times when you need a backer wrench when turning a bolt and nut from both sides.

Hmm…

Did I make a mistake in giving mine away? Is this something that ToolGuyd readers might be interested in again?

Inherent to the design, you can use either wrench on inch or metric sizes fasteners. The 2-piece set comes with 8″ and 10″ tools that together cover “44 sizes” from 3/16″ to 1-1/16″ and 5 to 27 mm.

Is it practical and useful, or another gimmicky holiday gift idea that one buys or receives during the holiday season but never really uses, which is what I experienced?

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Side note – I think this might also make handy punch or cold chisel holders, but don’t tell that to Dan.

Here’s what they said about it: