Milwaukee has announced that they are coming out with a full line of flex-head ratcheting combination wrenches.
The new Milwaukee flex-head ratcheting wrenches feature a 12pt box end design with 144 ratcheting positions for a 2.5° arc swing.
At the open end, Milwaukee’s MAX BITE grooves are said to improve fastener grip and allow for 25% more torque compared to smooth-faced wrench openings.
The wrenches have I-beam-shaped handle for user comfort and ergonomics, similar to Milwaukee’s other combination wrenches.
The flexible box end features a hex fastener at the pivot, allowing users to tighten them up if needed or to suit their preferences.
As an aside, Milwaukee does not make hex keys, L-wrenches, or T-handle drivers… yet?
Milwaukee will be offering the flex-head ratcheting wrenches in several different set configurations. Shown here are their 15pc sets, which are bundled with drawer-friendly trays.
Milwaukee will also offer 7pc sets that are bundled with convenient hand-carry organizers.
Additionally, all of the flex-head ratcheting wrenches will be available as open stock, meaning you can buy each or any size individually.
Milwaukee Flexible Ratcheting Wrench Set Options
- SAE 15pc set: 48-22-9413
- Metric 15pc set: 48-22-9513
- SAE 7pc set: 48-22-9429
- Metric 7pc set: 48-22-9529
SAE Wrench Sizing
1/4″, 9/32″, 5/16″, 11/32″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 13/16″, 7/8″, 15/16″, 1″.
The 15pc SAE set includes the full range of sizes from 1/4″ to 1″.
7pc SAE set sizes: 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″
Metric Wrench Sizing
8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 21mm, 22mm.
The 15pc metric set includes the full range of sizes from 8mm to 22mm.
7pc metric set sizes: 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 17mm
Milwaukee’s mechanics hand tools are covered under a lifetime guarantee.
Pricing and Availability
The 15pc sets are $290 each, and the 7pc sets are $170 each. Individual wrenches are priced from $20 to $45 depending on size.
ETA: May 2021
This seems to have been a natural progression for Milwaukee Tool – adding flex-head ratcheting wrenches to their mechanics tool lines.
They’ve been expanding their mechanics hand tools selection, and already offer ratcheting and non-ratcheting combination wrenches.
Thus, this isn’t a big surprise.
However, there’s one surprise takeaway that I didn’t anticipate, and that’s the open stock SKUs. All 30 wrenches have individual SKUs and prices, indicating that you can buy them separately.
As Milwaukee has been expanding their hand tool selection, their focus has been on sets and bundles. They have since started offering socket rails and separate ratchets, and this is another step in that direction.
When they were just starting out, sets made sense. But now, graduating to also offering open stock SKUs is a big deal that shows how serious Milwaukee Tool is about growing their presence in the automotive hand tool industry. And, they’re none done yet.