Over at Sears, their almost predictable Gearwrench 20pc ratcheting wrench deal is back. You get all this, for $50, which according to Sears reflects a 50% discount off the regular price of $100.
Actually, the set is $45 right now, but that’s because Sears is holding a friends and family deal tonight. By the time you see this post, the deal will be back to $50.
I first became aware of this deal during the 2011 holiday shopping season, but it could have existed before that. Since then, it’s been a doorbuster and a regular holiday item, with $50 being the typical price.
These are non-reversible ratcheting wrenches, which means the wrenches must be flipped over if you want to reverse the ratcheting direction. That’s not a bad thing, but some of us (like myself) prefer reversible wrenches.
I discussed my dislike for zero offset ratcheting wrenches in a previous review of Gearwrench’s X-beam ratcheting wrenches. Gearwrench’s X-beam wrenches are awesome – I just don’t like zero-offset non-ratcheting wrench designs.
If you don’t own any ratcheting wrenches, or are looking for a wrench set for a portable kit, this 20pc set will get you going for a good price.
If shopping for yourself weigh the low price against the benefits and downsides of the zero offset design. If shopping for someone else, you could probably get away with spending about the same or maybe less for an okay ratcheting wrench set from a slightly lesser brand.
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I wouldn’t buy this for myself, unless I was looking for a good bang for the buck set and didn’t care about the zero-offset box end.
For automotive and industrial use, reversible ratcheting wrenches are better (in my opinion) as they help to prevent situations where you can get stuck backing a fastener and the tool into an obstruction.
But for homeowner use, these wrenches should work just fine.
What do you think – hot deal or a pass?