Facom, which is now part of Stanley Black & Decker, is an automotive and industrial hand tool brand that is based in Europe. I’ve posted about a couple of interesting Facom tools before, such as their adjustable locking pliers, extendable ratchets, and hinged handle. Here’s another excellent unconventional tool worthy of discussion – angled socket wrenches.
I only have three of these, in 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ sizes. Facom makes other fractional sizes, from 1/4″ to 1″, and a range of metric sizes, from 7mm to 30mm.
These angled socket wrenches have 6pt fastener recesses, but some metric sizes are available with 12pt boxes on the short end and 6pt on the other.
Facom angled wrenches are not as long as regular combination wrenches. Sometimes a regular box end is better, other times these will save you a little bit of time and effort. But, since they’re shorter, you can’t exert as much torque as with a standard length wrench.
I bought one wrench in a size I use a lot (7/16″), and then bought two more sizes once I knew they would actually be used.
Although complete sets are still on my wishlist, I cannot justify the added expense. If you’re on the fence about these, maybe consider doing what I did and try just one size first.
I have grown to really like using these wrenches. They save me the hassle of digging out a ratchet and socket when working on light duty fasteners that are easy to reach.
There are plenty of good things to say about the wrenches. Fit and finish are excellent. Why can’t USA brands produce a satin finish as well as Facom? Not even my one or two satin finish Proto tools look this good. Wera’s satin finishes are excellent as well. Maybe it’s a cultural thing and here in the USA more users prefer shiny fully polished tools.
But, besides the great build quality, there’s the pass-thru aspect.
I use these socket wrenches more on shallow nuts and bolts, but it’s good to have the pass-thru feature just in case. It’s come in handy when working with threaded rod, which is why I wish Facom made these wrenches in smaller sizes.
A photo of the back end of the wrench wasn’t necessary, but I figured you would be interested in seeing how the pass-thru capability is achieved. There doesn’t seem to be any compromise in strength.
As mentioned, these fractional wrenches come with 6pt box ends. The metric ones have 12pt recesses on the shorter box ends.
It’s kind of funny how Facom makes the fractional wrenches only with 6pt box ends, but the metric ones have one of each.
Overall, these wrenches aren’t what I would consider problem-solvers, but they’re nonetheless convenient to use. I probably don’t use them to their full potential, but I’ve certainly at least gotten my money’s worth.
You can buy these at Amazon, and the Ultimate Garage is another of my favorite Facom sources.
I ordered two of my Facom wrenches through MSC when they had a great coupon promo going, and cannot find records of where I bought the third wrench from.