Manually adjusting a wrench to fit particular nuts and bolts can be a real hassle, especially in tight spaces. Enter Black & Decker’s battery-powered Auto Wrench, a phenomenally handy tool that opens and closes with the push of a button. Boasting 220 foot-pounds of torque, this wrench is powerful enough to handle most household tasks, from car repair to fixing leaks.
The Auto Wrench is not meant to replace specialty tools like pipe or torque wrenches, but the jaws open wide enough (up to 1-1/4-inch) so that it could conceivably replace a range of manual wrenches sitting in your toolkit. This is an ideal product for someone looking to buy a wrench that’s both easy to use and versatile. At 8-inches, you could toss it in the silverware drawer and whip it out when you need it.
The area where this wrench really shines is in hard-to-reach spots where mobility is obscured, such as under sinks. A typical situation where the Auto Wrench would help might be one in which you’re awkwardly reaching for a nut underneath the kitchen faucet. With a comparable manual wrench, it’s conceivable you would fumble around with the adjusting mechanism for minutes on end, and then toss a fit. With the Auto Wrench, you’d simply press a button (positioned where you rest your thumb) and the jaws would open or close to your specifications.
We were a bit skeptical when we learned the Auto Wrench takes AA batteries and doesn’t include a rechargeable battery. This means you’ll need to keep some extra batteries around the house – or buy some rechargeable batteries -- if you use it frequently. However, the wrench isn’t a power hog by any means. Black & Decker says you can get 650 cycles out of two AA batteries, which should be plenty for most people.
- 8-inch automatic adjustable wrench, auto wrench
- Automatically adjusts to any size nut or bolt up to 1-1/4-inch at touch of button
- Professional heat-treated hardened steel provides 220 foot-pounds of torque
- Includes wrench and 2 AAA batteries
- 8-inches long; 1.3 pounds; 2-year warranty
What’s in the box: Wrench, AA batteries
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When you find yourself in a tight spot, trying to tighten a hard-to-reach nut, this Black & Decker 8" Automatic Adjustable Wrench will save the day. Powered by 2 AAA batteries, the AAW100 helps you get a grip in cirumstances where you normally couldn't. What a helpful home maintenance tool! Battery Life - 650 Cycles Black & Decker 2 Year Warranty
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They must have some geniuses working at Black and Decker! Review by Dennis W. Mau
This is the best new tool to come along in twenty years. What a great idea and excellent implementation of it. This is the coolest crescent wrench I have ever seen. It makes it so easy to work on projects where you have different size nuts to tighten and especially when working where space is limited. The electric adjustment on the wrench is amazingly quick. I mean you hit the switch and it's snug up against the nut ready for you to start turning. This wrench is not fragile either. It can apply as much torque as a regular crescent wrench. It is amazing that it is not that much bigger than a regular wrench. It will fit in all those tight nooks and crannies where sometimes you need to get a wrench into. Amazon doesn't have any in stock yet so I found mine at Lowes Hardware. The Thornton Colorado store sold their whole display in one day. I drove up to the Longmont Lowes to get one and it was well worth it. Great tool!
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