Combination wrenches haven’t changed much over the last 50 years, but with its revolutionary gear sprocket at the enclosed end of a wrench, GearWrench made spinning wrenches much, much easier to use. Much like the innovative original ratcheting wrench, GearWrench continues to evolve the hand tool world by creating the XL X-Beam wrench. What looks to be a simple twist of the steel handle reveals a clever design and better ergonomics upon closer examination. Gripping the wrench is much more comfortable than a traditional-style wrench, and the larger surface area of the grip provides more power and leverage. Fatigue is also reduced, evident by the ease-of-use commendation awarded to the X-Beam by the American Arthritis Foundation. A simple fip of the directional lever allows you to loosen or tighten a nut/bolt without removing the wrench from it—saving time and frustration. The XL in the title represents the 25 percent longer handle, again adding to the torque capabilities, but also allowing access to those hard-to-reach areas.
We tested the 12-piece metric set (PN: 85388), which features every metric size from 8 mm through 19 mm, and also included a plastic blow-molded storage case. Thanks to the wide range in sizes, you only need to buy one wrench set to perform most afermarket installs and home auto repairs. One of the frst things we noticed was the small indentation on the open-end jaw, which actually helped secure a solid grip on fasteners. The boxed end also gripped fasteners securely, thanks in part to GearWrench’s patented Surface Drive opening, which prevents rounding the edges of nuts and bolts and only needs as little as 5 degrees to turn. In our hands, the X-Beam was considerably more comf than our other wrenches, and the long handle enab tighten bolts down with impressive torque. With a s of $214.99, we found several websites selling the 12around $150, averaging out to just over $10 per wren technology and features, and what you have is an im point for wrenches with a lifetime warranty.