Stanley is coming out with a new “All-in-One” socket-type product – the TwinTec ratcheting wrench (STHT72123). The new TwinTec wrench adjusts to fit fasteners with inch socket sizes from 3/8″ to 1″, and metric socket sizes from 10mm to 24mm.
In addition to standard 6pt hex fasteners, the TwinTec wrench can be used on 12pt, eyebolt, rounded (damaged), and other types of fasteners.
While we have seen plenty of dog bone-style wrenches, such as the Black & Decker ratcheting ReadyWrench, Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench, and Craftsman rotary wrench, this is the first time I have seen a dog bone wrench with an adjusting socket design.
The wrench body is made from composite resin (a plastic material), which helps keep the weight down.
Socket size adjustment is done via the yellow quick-adjust dials, and both ends have levers to reverse the sockets’ ratcheting directions.
Stanley says that the TwinTec ratcheting wrench is a 27-in-1 tool that replaces 26 sockets and 1 ratchet.
The TwinTec wrench can fit up to 1-inch fasteners, but looks like it might be on the short side to be able to exert – or handle – an appropriate amount of leverage. The 6 narrow points of contact in each socket might also limit their gripping strength, but I like how they clear fasteners’ corners to help reduce the chance of rounding damage.
A potential downside is how grease and other contaminants could potentially foul up the movement the 6 sliding pins in each socket, but that doesn’t seem like a major concern. If grit does get inside the mechanisms, the sliding pins seem like they would be self-cleaning.
First Impression: the TwinTec wrench looks like a new take on the traditional dog bone socket wrench design. It looks a little bulky, and I have doubts about its plastic construction, but I find its adjustment mechanism to be interesting and potentially time-saving feature. Personally, I dislike dog bone wrenches in general, and I doubt that Stanley’s TwinTec wrench will change my mind.
Price: $29.99, available starting in September 2013.