The perfect wrench for starters

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The perfect wrench for starters

Post by Ridlbox » Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:10 am

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I have found an open and boxed end 14 millimeter ratcheting swivel head wrench. It's easy to get to the back and bottom starter bolts with this wrench.
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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by Ridlbox » Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:15 pm

With this wrench I can do the starter from the top no more jacks
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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by dlb » Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:30 pm

i have a set of these and use them a fair amount but i don't like how the swivel head flops around when you're trying to use it. another forum member came by one time and he had a set but they had a lock for the swivel head -- you set it to the flexed position you want and press a pin to lock it. i've been looking for a set of those for a decent price ever since but every time i find them, they're over $100 for a set. too rich for my blood. i'll keep putting up with the annoying floppy flex heads for now.

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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by Ridlbox » Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:07 pm

In my opinion at all is worth its weight in gold if it does what it's created for
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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by Gottolovem » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:47 pm

Ridlbox wrote:
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I have found an open and boxed end 14 millimeter ratcheting swivel head wrench. It's easy to get to the back and bottom starter bolts with this wrench.

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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by lannvouivre » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:41 pm

I have some from Husky, they're pretty awesome. Unless they have the reverse lever and you spend 20 minutes continuously bumping the lever without realizing it.
But...did you try hitting it with a hammer?

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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by dlb » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:18 pm

Well, it took about 5 years but my dad just surprised me with a set of these ratcheting, LOCKING flex head wrenches.

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It's too bad I don't wrench on old cars as much as I used to but I'm still pleased as punch to finally have a set of these things in my tool box -- so pleased that I had to revive an old thread and shout about it, haha.

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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by Petros » Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:45 pm

I have been eyeing those types of wrenched for a long time. almost bought a set more than once, but I managed to work on all manner of cars, trucks, etc for 45 years without them. So I always cheap out before I buy them.

Several other items concern me besides the cost: the extra bulk of the box end, the extra weight in the hand can be annoying, and the strength/durability of the tiny ratchet mechanism.

If I had a set I might find them more useful than I think, OTOH I might not.
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Re: The perfect wrench for starters

Post by dlb » Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:39 am

Yeah, I could never bring myself to shell out the $$$ for them either. I got a set of the non-locking ones on sale for a good price and they did the jobs I needed so I couldn't justify buying the locking ones. They're the kind of thing I only would have bought if I came across them for cheap at a garage sale or something. But I sure am happy to get them as a gift!

The only thing I don't like about ratchet wrenches is the box ends have to be fatter to fit the ratcheting stuff in there, and there have been a handful of times where that made them too big to fit in where I wanted them to go. That's my only complaint though.

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