As recently discussed, Williams – a Snap-on Industrial Group brand – is one of 5 USA tool brands of affordable professional and industrial-quality wrenches, sockets, ratchets, and related tools and accessories. I have been meaning to pick up a nice set of fractional wrenches, and after much back-and-forth between the brands, I settled on a set of Williams SuperCombo wrenches.
As with typical combination wrenches, Williams SuperCombo wrenches feature parallel-jawed open ends and 12pt box ends that can be used on standard 6pt hexagonal hardware and fasteners.
Williams SuperCombo wrenches sized 3/8″ to 1-1/4″ and 7mm to 25mm feature SuperCombo open ends and SuperTorque box ends. Wrenches smaller or larger than these sizes have standard open ends.
Williams SuperCombo wrenches’ open ends have special grooves on both sides that help to direct wrench forces away from fasteners’ corners. Rounding damage is greatly reduced, and grip is improved, allowing these wrenches to exert more torque than is possible with wrenches that have standard open ends that aren’t grooved.
Similarly, the SuperTorque box end is specially designed to allow higher torque without rounding or damaging fastener corners. Wrenching forces are placed on fasteners’ flat surfaces, rather than at their corners. Williams SuperCombo wrenches also have beefed-up box ends that help to improve their strength further.
Williams SuperCombo wrenches are built appreciably thicker than other brands’ wrenches. Compared to Armstrong and Proto combination wrenches, Williams SuperCombos are noticeably stouter.
With many brands of combination wrenches, the handles are thinner than the open end. With these, the handles are actually slightly thicker.
- High torque SuperCombo and SuperTorque open and box ends can transmit a lot of torque without deformation or rounding fastener corners
- Long pattern lengths
- Thick and comfortable sides
- Thicker and heavier than competing brands’ wrenches
I only tested these wrenches very briefly. Within a few minutes of unwrapping the wrench set, I noticed that the 9/16″ had a couple of chips in the chrome plating around the box end. Small chips typically turn into big chips and flaking, so the set will soon be on its way back to Amazon. Some of the other wrenches had minor defects in their finish, but the chips were the only major issue for me.
I have been using a 11/32″ Williams SuperTorque wrench for a while longer, and will likely order a few loose SuperCombo sizes or a replacement set once my return is processed.
These wrenches get very thick very quick as you move up in size. Both the box ends and open ends work beautifully well, although I haven’t pushed either SuperCombo or SuperTorque opening styles to their limits.
I found that the size stampings were a little on the small side for the smaller wrenches, and while not well stamped into the larger sizes either, they were clear and easier to read.
Williams SuperCombo combination wrenches, as well as the SuperTorque wrenches that are too small or larger for the SuperCombo grooves in the open end, are very well made, notwithstanding the minor chrome plating defects.
The thickness of the wrenches will be a point of contention for some users. If you’re used to knife-edge wrenches, you might not like these. I like that these wrenches are as long as my Armstrong and Craftsman Professional wrenches, and longer than standard Proto ASD and Wright WrightGrip wrenches, but they are also considerably thicker.
I thought my WrightGrip wrenches were a little on the thick side, but Williams SuperCombo wrenches are thicker, at least when comparing even sizes. When comparing wrenches of similar length, such as a 1/2″ Williams SuperCombo wrench to a 9/16″ Wright WrightGrip wrench, the wrenches’ thicknesses are about the same. Thus, the Williams wrenches aren’t really thicker than the Wright wrenches.
The reason I purchased these wrenches is because they have premium features, such as robust box ends and grooved high-torque anti-rounding open ends. I bought the 11/32″ wrench to get a feeling for Williams quality and liked what I saw. The 7pc fractional set followed, and would be a keeper if not for the chrome defects.
Most of the wrenches had impeccable finishes, and after a little bit of testing and use the thickness of the wrenches was no longer much of a novelty.
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These wrenches are available with a high polish or satin chrome finish, as well as a black industrial finish. Although the Williams catalog says “high polish chrome and satin chrome,” only larger SuperTorque and standard sizes have a satin chrome finish. Therefore the choice is really only between chrome and black industrial finishes.
I will most likely order a replacement set, possibly with black industrial finish, and another one or two individual sizes with chrome finish. These are fantastic wrenches, and they’re less expensive than I would have expected. If there are any questions I cannot answer about these wrenches right away, I should be able to answer them soon.