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    In case anyone is wondering how this thing works (I was), here you go. The slide has a peg that rides in a spiral groove in what appears to be a brass shaft that runs the length of the handle. The shaft turns a pinion gear that drives the rack that's part of the moveable jaw, like on a regular adjustable wrench. There's also a tube around the shaft, which has a spiral cut into it, too, and appears to be a dust cover. It's a kinda nifty little piece of work, if you ask me. (This is a still from a YouTube video. I was going to post the video, but it's a not terribly well done review of the wrench.)
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    I think it was my father in law who was into those some years ago ( I never met him) but I believe I have one if anyone wants it. I’ve never found it to be a wrench I go to.

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    I remember these, and they worked. Not a fan of one-fits-all hand tools, they cannot fit every applicable fastener properly. But when supreme work isn't called for, or alternative is hauling a mixed bunch of tools up a ladder.....

    One distinction is they didn't jam and become quite difficult to remove. I think modern versions have a slight taper in the jaw, which creates that undesirable fit, can't even back off the adjustment nut.
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    I used to have one of those many years ago. It is more gimmicky than anything else. I now own a Black and Decker battery operated adjustable wrench that I married into. It is also mainly for show. I never use it. Grease and crud would make it impractical.
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    "Married into"? have any idea how long building a shop that way takes?
    Aye ca-rumba!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    "Married into"? have any idea how long building a shop that way takes?
    Aye ca-rumba!
    Well my wife had it. Her former husband, (deceased) didn't know how to do anything around the house so she did the best she could. He was a college business professor. Also got some other goodies. A Craftsman table saw, an unused workmate, a Black and Decker power miter saw, even though I already had one and quite a few other misc. tools. Oh yeah, and a Craftsman rolling tool chest with a bunch of Craftsman mechanic's tools. I've got a lot of tool overkill.
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    "tool overkill" never heard of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivermark View Post
    "tool overkill" never heard of it
    I hear ya.
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    I have one of these. Purchased new about 40 years ago as I collect odd and unusual tools. I don't use it except to show others. It's a novelty really, like my ratcheting shifter.



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