Yesterday, a reader asked about where they can buy a USA-made adjustable wrench in 4″ size.
Oh boy. That’s a tough question.
I have one, a Craftsman wrench that I bought a few years ago, but I could almost guarantee that you won’t be able to find that same tool today. I also have an Irega-made Channellock wrench, 4.5″ long, but it’s made in Spain, and not the USA.
There is a Crescent 4″ wrench, but recent online user reviews complain about the wrench now being made in China.
So, that leaves Proto, specifically the Proto J704, with a satin finish, and J704S with a black oxide finish.
There might be others, but 4″ adjustable wrenches are incredibly hard to find. My Channellock has a 1/2″ jaw capacity, which is useful, but only for certain tasks.
If you know of another USA-made 4″ adjustable wrench, please let us know! Ridgid, for example, only goes down to 6″.
If you’re not set on a USA-made wrench, I really like Channellock’s adjustable wrenches. Their 804 wrench is small, and it feels a little coarser than their other Irega-made wrenches, but I consider it to have the perfect balance between size and function.
It’s a good wrench for EDC – for stowing in a daily work or tool bag, or anywhere else. It comes in handy for small stuff, and you have a chance at getting something done when your main tools are somewhere else.
The total jaw capacity is actually around 5/8″, and so it’s more useful than online specs might suggest. It’s also a little shorter than 4.5″, too.