Craftsman Crossforce ratcheting wrenches

One of Craftsman’s better designs, now made even better. Though disliked by some I have always found the Crossforce series of wrenches have a place in my tool arsenal.

From rusted and over torqued bolts to hard to reach nuts. They have their uses. Now with the addition of a reversible ratcheting open end they are even more versatile. One problem I have found with them is their length. This can make them awkward at times. This also gives us the excuse to buy more wrenches in different styles and sizes.

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As you can see in the above picture there is also a set that includes sockets to use in the ratcheting end. This seems to me to be another great ideal. Many of us have already used sockets like this in ratcheting wrenches for some time now.

Brake calipers bolts. (Rant)

OK I give up how many bloody sockets and drivers are used on brake calipers? I have a drawer full of drivers for brakes. Yet it seems that every other car I work on uses a new one.

It gets to be annoying. Especially when the size of the tires and the tightness of the wheel wells make it impossible t see what you need before you take it apart.

Then once you find out you don’t have it, you find out that no one local carries it either. The auto parts shops were arguing me that the size I needed wasn’t used in calipers. I kept telling them to go look at it and show me what the heck did fit then. Once they had looked at it they agreed then they started that someone had to have replaced it.

I had to drive 30 miles to the nearest Sears to find what I needed.

Heck I was looking for Snap-on, Matco, or MAC trucks to wave down on the way there.

Total pain there manufacturers standardize on one size please.