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Best pocket wrench

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by mcmc, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. mcmc

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    Hey gang,

    Am thinking of getting a pocket tool wrench. Was wondering if anyone uses theirs, and have gone through some of the comparison thinking already.

    Here's my take so far:

    1. Lee Valley Pocket Wrench: ruler, thin, cheap
    2. PockeTTool Piranha: SAE and Metric, bottle opener, hex driver, medium price, a little big/heavy
    3. Atwood Prybaby: expensive, unobtanium, only SAE, smaller max wrench size as compared with Lee Valley

    If I got a Prybaby, it could live on my tool keychain - if I got a Pocket Wrench or a Piranha, I think it would have to live with my Leatherman, or in another pocket.

    How important is it to have Metric? Are most bolts found in the US SAE? I realized I don't know because when I used to have a full ratchet set (before someone walked off with it), I would just hunt which size fit, but didn't keep track of how many of Metric v/s SAE I used.

    Any advice appreciated!
     
  2. RyanMalpiede

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    Mini Stonewashed Pipe Wrench with screwdriver tip?

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    I have the Lee Valley & Atwood, both are great tools. I wouldn't destroy an Atwood on daily use though, far too precious.
     
  3. TCC

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    Where did you get that mini pipe wrench? I love it!
     
  4. JAfromMn

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    Three great tools I own two of them. PW2 and a Piranha.

    Out of your three I would go with the Piranha.

    It's SAE and metric. Yes you need then both if you don't got one that will be the one you need it also has on board bit storage,scraper,and is large enough to do some real prying.

    The pocketwrench 2 is ok for what it costs it a great tool. The most Bang for your buck.

    I picked the Piranha because it's one of my most used pockettool's and out of the tool's you listed it does the best job as a back up tool for a multitool.

    A prybaby looks sweet on a keychain though;D

    I'm no help;D
     
  5. RyanMalpiede

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    TCC it's from the 50's I believe, so I'm no help pointing in the direction of another. I had two, made the mistake of letting one go. :(

    *Of course I did the stone-washing and Keychain Hole-ing.
     
  6. TCC

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    It doesn't seem like it would be to hard to fabricate one.
     
  7. RyanMalpiede

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    Probably this

    But I swear I've seen them a bit smaller.
     
  9. sotto2

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    You can get 4" Crescent and Channellocks.
     
  10. mcmc

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    Thanks JA. The PW2 also has SAE and Metric, right? It seems like it might actually even have a wider range than the Piranha?

    I wonder which one has greater leeway for use in tight spaces... I saw an instructable where someone ground down the sides of their PW2 so that it is thinner and therefore can get into tighter spaces...

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    That keychain wrench sure looks awesome!!
     
  11. mcmc

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    Hehe, good one. But I own't be carrying that beast around every day =)
     
  12. gstojinovic

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    I'm with JAfro on this...

    PW2 or PTX Piranha... Ither way you can't go wrong... Just add some Chapman bit's and you're good to go!
     
  13. mcmc

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    Cool, I will definitely pick up a PW2 or a piranha then.

    And I looked up the Chapman kits - very nice! Do any of you carry these?
     
  14. Kilted1

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    I have carried 4" crescent wrenches a lot in the past. Lately I've had a 6" and thinking of going back to the smaller one. Just don't use it that much since the project I switched up for is over.

    I want a Spyderwrench or Byrdwrench but it may be a while off yet.
     
  15. gstojinovic

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    There were a group buy for Chapman recently... I got a ratchet, extension and few bits only, but they are awesom!
     
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    Ooh, very interesting!! And it's slim! Wow, in all my searches I haven't seen that before, thanks for the tip.

    Do you think it'd be removable, just the wrench portion? Don't need the rest - so that would be awesome... Do you own it?
     
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    I added another link from the same site. Lots of cool stuff here.

    Removable, I don't know. But it does look pretty lightweight.
     
  19. gstojinovic

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    You can go with thos for the price sake... But I'd allways choose USA made over far east...
     
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