I came across these new Husky Reversa adjustable wrenches the other day at my local Home Depot. These wrenches feature a double-sided jaw that, when reversed, turn the ordinary-looking wrenches into pipe wrenches. The set includes 8-inch and 10-inch sizes, and are priced at $15.
Not only are the jaws reversible, but the wrenches also feature Husky’s Double-Speed adjustment mechanism, which I tested and liked when the technology debuted last year.
I was curious to see how well the wrenches worked, so I bought a set to test out.
Husky Reversa in Ordinary Adjustable Wrench Mode
Both Reversa wrenches adjust smoothly and quickly. Aside from the Double-Speed jaw width adjustment gearing, these are your average unremarkable adjustable wrenches.
Two things I did not quite like about these wrenches are how large and heavy they are, compared to other 8-inch and 10-inch adjustable wrenches.
Reversing the Removable Jaws
As you open the wrench’s jaws, there will be a point where the lower jaw hits a ball detent embedded in the wrench. Keep turning the adjustment wheel and the lower jaw will push past that detent until the detent pops into a groove on the lower jaw. Keep turning the adjustment wheel and the lower jaw will disengage from the wrench.
The ball detent is a soft-stop that is intended as a signal that you’re nearing the maximum opening width. On the smaller wrench, the ball detent was more pronounced, but on the larger wrench, it was barely protruding from the wrench.
In practice, on the smaller wrench, the extra-proud ball detent gives a false signal well before the maximum opening width was reached. On the larger wrench, the near-flush ball detent doesn’t give any signal. All this means is that you have to keep an eye on the jaw opening width while adjusting the wrench.
After the lower jaw is removed, it is relatively quick and easy to reinstall and reengage it to the wrench body.
Husky Reversa in Pipe Wrench Mode
As a pipe wrench, the Reversa design worked reasonably well to grip the 1-1/2″ black pipe I had on hand to test it on, but not as well as adjustable pipe wrenches that have grooved jaws on both sides. Leverage might also be an issue, as 8-inch and 10-inch are fairly short sizes.
Comparison to Other Adjustable Wrenches
As mentioned, these wrenches are large, and they are heavy.
On the left is the 8-inch Husky Adjusta wrench opened to where the jaw hits the first ball detent. It can actually open up another 1/2″ or so.
On the right is a Channellock 8-inch WideAzz adjustable wrench ($25 via Amazon). The Channellock wrench is my go-to adjustable wrench, and also one of widest-opening ones I use.
Here’s a side view of the two wrenches on-edge.
Compared to other adjustable wrenches, the size of the Husky Reversa wrenches stands out even more. These are not wrenches I would want to carry around all day in a tool bag or tool belt pouch, but the extra weight wouldn’t be noticeable in a stationary tool box.
For $15, I’m not too disappointed with these adjustable wrenches. They adjust quickly and offer 2-in-1 functionality. But since I use short adjustable wrenches more often than short pipe wrenches, the disadvantages of the wrenches’ added size and weight outweigh the advantages of their added 2-in-1 versatility.
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