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Black & Decker MSW100 Ready Wrench (Review)

In my home work shop, I have every power tool imaginable.  I like a clutter free shop and at times I need to have a ratchet and a handful of sockets out is a bit annoying, this nifty little too alleviate all of that!

Like the advertisement says, this wrench has 16 of the most used socket sizes ready to go on one hand tool. I can dial in the socket size I need and never have to pull out different sockets. Everything is right where I need it.  I do work on my woodworking tools,lawnmower and bicycles and I also am the neighborhood handy man. Would I say that this one tool would replace a mechanic’s tool set? No, definitely not. But it does come in quite handy in a pinch for household tinkering that I do. If I need to perform any car repair, I do have my ratchet sets. If I am under the car and in difficult spots under the hood, a ratchet still is the best choice. It may ,however, be quite useful as a breaker bar.

A couple things 1368479678222_Black-Decker-MSW100-Ready-Wrench.jpg to note –

1. The sockets are 6 point and not the cheaper 12 point versions. For those that are unfamiliar with the difference, professionals will use 6 point sockets because they have less of a tendency to round over bolts. 12 point sockets can do a lot of damage to a bolt when applied with too much torque. I am pleased they went with the higher end sockets.

2. This tool, in most situations, will reduce the need for deep sockets and will reduce the amount of times you need to use a wrench instead of a socket. Sometimes bolts are long and when you attempt to use a socket, the socket is too short to fit over the bolt. I run into this when assembling and disassembling my kitchen table. I have to use a wrench because the socket bottoms out on the bolt before touching the nut. The way this is designed, the bolt (most times) could slide through the socket on the opposite side, allowing the socket to grip the nut firmly.1368479703399_Black-Decker-MSW100-Ready-Wrench.jpg

3. Only complaint of this tool (and not really a large one) is that the 45 and 90 degree stops for the sockets do not lock. There is a stop for the angles, but not a full locking mechanism. During high torque situations, this might make for more tricky situations. This is where the choice of using 6 point, rather than 12 point sockets is a large factor.

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