When you’re trying to hold a nut inside your truck frame where your fingers don’t fit, you’re either going to need a more nimble-fingered helper or a way to attach the nut to a wrench. While I’ve used tape over the end of the wrench in the past, something like the Strong Hand Tools magnetic wrench attachment might be a better solution.
Strong Hand Tools makes a set of five different magnetic holders. One is meant to be used with wrenches, the others slip onto hex keys or screwdriver bits.
The magnetic wrench attachment supposedly clips onto any wrench to hold a nut or bolt in place. I say supposedly because the attachment looks like it only fits over an open end wrench since box ends are usually bent at an angle.
Four magnetic rings round out the other tools included in the set. They fit common hex wrench sizes of 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, and 3/8″. They seem to slide over the shaft of the wrench and are apparently held in place solely by magnetic force. Or it could be a frictional fit, as magnetic forces would be weak between the tool and ring.
The 1/4″ magnetic ring looks like it could also be useful for use with power bits, insert bits that are poorly magnetized, or bits inserted into non-magnetic bit holders or chucks.
All five tools weigh just 36 grams (0.08lbs) in total, and so when using them you might not even notice that they’re there.
You can find this set at ArcZone and Pipefitter for a little over $4. We don’t have any experience with these sellers, so if you do order from them, please let us know about the experience. Pipefitter currently offers the best price if you include shipping (estimated as $5 for me)
A few other tool retailers sell only the magnetic wrench attachment. Snap-on, for once, sells the cheapest version I could find at just slightly over $3. Interestingly Snap-on lists their version as having a pivoting magnetic head and only fitting nuts sized 3/8″ to 3/4″. So maybe it would work on a box end wrench.
The one listed at Snap-on, model YA207, is listed as being made in the USA.
Buy Now(Wrench-only accessory via Snap-on)
If you have used these, do you like ’em? Given how cheap these are, we might have to give them a try.