A few months ago, I purchased a Skil Ratch-N-Lock pliers, which are awkward-looking self-adjusting ratcheting pliers. It looks like Skil has taken the same ratcheting jaws and built them into a new ratcheting adjustable wrench.
The new Skil 013-479 adjustable wrench has a double cam “slip-n-grip” ratcheting action and jaws that can open to 1-1/8″ to fit any fastener.
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The Skil Ratch-N-Lock pliers were so clumsy to use that I never got through testing them. I had a post-it note constantly reminding me to test the pliers, but by the time I found the will to force myself to use the pliers, it was after the 2013 holiday season and the tools vanished from Home Depot’s sales floor. So I tossed the pliers into a “save for later” pile and forgot about them.
The new ratcheting adjustable wrench looks quite similar to Skil Ratch-N-Lock pliers, but with a far simpler adjustment mechanism and handle. Although this design looks to be more user-friendly, the jaws still look like they will mar and damage fasteners.
I try to be open-minded about new tools and tool designs, but this is not the type of adjustable wrench I could see myself using.