I had ratcheting wrenches 30+ yrs ago and never really used them because they were/are too thick/too large head. It always seemed when I tried I couldn't get the wrench on the bolt and if I could, a socket was much easier. Gear wrench has I think extracted about every improvement on a wrench possible. They now twist them to create another line of wrenches, the x-beam. THe theory is you push on the flat part of the wrench not the side/thin part. Does it matter much? I dont think so. I bought these because the price was right. I am not sure that the public would pay 50-60$ for a set of 5 wrenches just because they have this "twist". With all the gear wrench wrenches on such incredible discounts over the past two years, I hope they can survive when they cant sell these for 13$ a set. We will see. The heads are smaller than the old style ratcheting wrench, still bigger than a traditional box end wrench. So, with proper wrench technique, if you can get the box end on the nut/bolt, you should use it, since its got much more grabbing/surface contact. If you can't, you use the open end. These seem to be just small enough that they should be practical. Time will tell. Quality, fit and finish seem to be very good. Durability, practicality? Remain tuned for more info.
this set is really beautiful. Polished stainless, x beam design is clever. I like the sizes of this set, useful for most of the things i work on. So far so good. Minus one star for being made in china.
I purchased these wrenches based on the reviews that I read and they were just what I expected them to be. The design is great for doing work on hard to reach nuts and bolts. I love the 'twist' and the 'XL' style. With this design you don't have to apply as much pressure and the boxed end is smaller than traditional making it easier to fit securely on the surface of the nut and bolt head. More times than not the location of the nut or bolt is too small to use a socket set, now with these streamlined wrenches this problem should be eliminated for the most part. The ratcheting mechanism is well constructed and works great both ways. I have used the wrenches already on a couple of small jobs and am very pleased with their performance. I hope to cut down on the wear and tear of my elbows and to save my poor knuckles. You Can't Go Wrong... nor can you beat the price!
Best set to use. Once you use these you will never want to use the old style. They are comfortable and easy to use. More gripping power and no more hurt hands. Try em out, your gonna love using these wrenches.
buy it a great addition to my collection i use them frequently easy on the hands they should have made these back in the sixteys when i started fixing mack trucks and big equipment great tools thanks for the innovation good job definatatly going to buy a metric set thanks