Crescent has come out with a new locking adjustable wrench, model ACL10VS, which they say combines the versatility of an adjustable wrench with the gripping power of locking pliers.
The new Crescent 10″ locking adjustable wrench also boasts a max opening of 1-5/16″, for increased access for a wide variety of fasteners.
The wrench has grooved jaws, for “amplified gripping power,” for applications such as tightening and loosening of rounded fasteners. These jaws, and the locking pliers-type mechanism give it the ability to securely grip fasteners of different sizes and shapes.
A product manager for Crescent Tools said that:
Mechanics and plumbers will appreciate the quick release handle with dual material comfort grip. This innovative wrench is easy to use on even corroded fittings.
If this is the kind of tool you’ve been missing, you can pick it up soon, for around $25, possibly less.
Stanley offers something similar, for ~$12 via Amazon. The Crescent design has a shaped locking handle, gripped main handle, and grooved wrench jaws. But is it worth twice as much?
Sears also offers a nearly identical locking adjustable wrench, under Craftsman Extreme Grip branding, for around $20. Given Craftsman’s relationship with Apex Tools, it’s safe to assume the tools come from the same Apex Tools factory.
While the idea of a locking adjustable wrench seems awfully gimmicky, I have heard from more than one pro tool user who expressed interest in an adjustable wrench with jaws that can be fixed in place.