It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Channellock adjustable wrenches, and with this post, hopefully I’ll make up for that.
Here are 5 reasons you need one.
1. Smooth Adjustments
There are some adjustable wrenches that you can *kinda* adjust with your thumb, and others that respond with precision and control.
Channellock’s adjustable wrenches respond smoothly and effectively, making them easier to use.
2. Strong and Wobble-Free Adjustable Jaw
The “shake test” can tell you about an adjustable wrench’s quality. These wrenches have a 4-thread knurl, whereas lesser wrenches only have 3, and they’re “tighter.”
Overall, it’s a finer mechanism, and the jaws won’t change their spacing on you.
3. Non-Protruding Jaw
Due to how the knurl and moveable jaw are designed, the jaw’s gear rack won’t protrude out the bottom of a wrench when fully opened.
This can be an access or wrench-swinging issue with other adjustable wrench designs.
4. Comfortable to Use
I own Code Blue cushion grip-handled and plain-handled versions, and they’re both exceptionally comfortable to use. They’re among my favorite hand tools, because they’re simply a pleasure to use.
5. Jaw Opening Width
The chrome-finish, black phosphate, and Code Blue versions all have great opening width capacity, but the Code Blue open a little bit wider.
This can mean being able to carry and use a smaller wrench – say an 8″ wrench instead of a 10″, or a 10″ instead of a 12″.
Channellock adjustable wrenches are made in Spain by Irega. They are simply fantastic to use – comfortable, precise, and convenient.
I tend to prefer using combination wrenches. I’ll use a 1/2″ wrench when I need a 1/2″ wrench, a 5/8″ wrench when I need a 5/8″ wrench, and a 13mm wrench when I need a 13mm wrench. But even then, there are times when an adjustable wrench is convenient, or even required.
If you are fastening two things together via a hex bolt and a hex nut, you’re going to need two wrenches, at least one of which could be an adjustable.
I bought my first Channellock adjustable wrench 9-1/2 years ago, and have purchased several more since. I have also purchased a few Irega wrenches, but I found Channellock’s pricing and availability to be a lot better.
There are great adjustable wrenches. This is one of the few tools I’d say “you should try one!” for. If you don’t know which one to go for, I think that 8″ is a good general purpose size. The Code Blue cushion grip material offers wider capacity, while the chrome finish version is less expensive.
The wrenches are available in a range of sizes, and in chrome, black phosphate, or Code Blue versions.