The 15 Best Wrenches
When it comes to occasional work with threaded fasteners, a good tool case will always suffice. But what if you have to turn bolts and nuts all the time, and even if you have to tear off the hardened ones more than once, and you need a decent tightening torque? Any mechanic will tell you that you need a good nutrunner for this purpose. Of course, garage pneumatic nutrunner will not suit us – he will also need a compressor. But an electric nutrunner powered from the network or batteries – just right.
Another thing is if you already have a compressor. Then, on the contrary, pneumatics will reveal all its advantages: the ultimate simplicity (no control electronics, electric motors, batteries), reliability, power, less weight. Not without reason, not only in car service centers, but also in well-equipped personal garages pneumatic tools are used as the main tool. In addition, simplicity has an additional advantage: a powerful professional pneumatic wrench is cheaper than the corresponding characteristics of the electric of the same class.
We traditionally take the job of “digging through” the Russian market in 2021-2022, and present you the best wrenches that will help unscrew the most complex and tough connections.
Rating of the best wrenches – Top 15
|The best network wrenches||1||BOSCH GDS 30||9.8 / 10|
|2||Makita 6906||9.6 / 10|
|3||Metabo SSW 650||9.5 / 10|
|4||DeWALT DW292||9.4 / 10|
|5||Makita TW0350||9.2 / 10|
|The best cordless wrenches||1||DeWALT DCF899P2||9.9 / 10|
|2||BOSCH GDS 18 V-LI HT 0||9.7 / 10|
|3||Makita DTW251Z||9.3 / 10|
|4||GreenWorks GD24IW 0||9.2 / 10|
|5||AEG BSS 18C 12Z-0||9.1 / 10|
|The best 3/4″ square pneumatic wrenches||1||JTC AUTO TOOLS 3403||9.8 / 10|
|2||KING TONY P33621-075B||9.6 / 10|
|The 1/2″ square socket wrenches are the best 1/2″ pneumatic wrenches||1||JONNESWAY JAI-1054||9.8 / 10|
|2||OMBRA OMP11212||9.5 / 10|
|3||Thorvik AIW12717||9.3 / 10|
The best network wrenches
BOSCH GDS 30
The network wrench BOSCH GDS 30 opens our rating of the best network wrenches. Fully-fledged tool for hard work is not notable for itself not light weight – for a reason it has a suspension eye: no matter how you slice it, but 7.3 kg pay off. But the full two-handed grip and one-inch square for the heads will allow you to pull as hard as you can. Even in “soft” mode it produces up to 500 Newton-meters, in “hard” mode – up to one thousand. In this regard, the translation of the Russian Bosch website is especially amusing – there these modes are called “soft and hard SCHOOLS”. Show me such a screw, translators!
With such power it is not without minor problems – sometimes in especially zealous hands even breaks the screws fixing the gearbox, so it is worth checking their tightening regularly. Well, do not overheat the impact wrench (it is clearly written in the manual, but who can read it!), otherwise the grease will start to squeeze out towards the electric motor.
- Reaching the maximum torque quickly (about this in the conclusion)
- High weight
- Sensitivity to overheating
In terms of weight, the Makita is already more like a hand tool – 5 kilograms. But the two-handed grip is also definitely needed here, one hand is not enough to twist it for a long time, if your name is not Arnold. And the side handle is mounted on a swivel ring – you can set it as convenient for any work. As for design, you involuntarily look for label “Made in USSR” – sometimes Makita is fond of giving out something in such an extreme style, even there is no rubber cover on the handle.
But the spudger produces all 588 newton-meters of torque and is equipped with three-quarter square – just right for solid percussion heads. The country of manufacture is Japan and it is worth looking at when buying a Makita: the transfer of some production units to China has, alas, affected the quality of the legendary tool brand.
- Convenient access to brushes
- Rotary handle
- Not the best ergonomics
Metabo SSW 650
Despite its “one-handed” grip, this electric impact wrench with a maximum torque of 600 Newton-meters is a complete professional tool without the flaws that, alas, are often noticed in more affordable Metabo series (it seems that the Taiwanese assembling is still better than the Chinese). Its weight is quite moderate – 3 kg, and the quality of the handle definitely “makes” the Makita 6906.
The ranking of the best screwdrivers, however, pushes Metabo down to the bottom – the Makita has a longer service life according to the owners’ experience, and the difference in the motor power affects the real use. But Metabo is also worthy of interest – weight and grip are also important.
- High torque
- Good weight distribution
- Good grip
- Not all models are available with a thread for the side handle (this is different equipment (!)), although all have the casting for the gearbox socket
In comparison with the Metabo, the DeWALT impact wrench is noticeably more compact and comfortable to work in tight spaces, but it weighs even a little more. Maximum torque is 440 N*m, the square is half-inch.
The tool is worth its money, it is good in work, and Mexican assemblers do not abuse tequila. But an incomprehensible fault in the construction of the wrench makes us lower our rating score: the reversing switch, placed higher than the trigger, is here “hanging in the air” right above the trigger instead of the usual “pistol” arrangement of power tools. When working with gloves it often clings to the fabric and is shifted to the other position by itself – it seems to be a trifle, but it is not pleasant at all.
- Comfortable in operation (except for one “but”)
- Unfortunate reversing switch
Continues our review of the best Makita TW0350 wrenches. Sufficiently easy-to-work wrench for half-inch sockets, developing up to 350 N*m – though, it takes a bit too long to get it up. There is a slight overweight of the center of gravity in relation to the handle, but it starts to tire you only when you work long hours.
They also decided to fiddle with reverse – there is no switch as such; to select the rotation direction one should push the rocker button either on the upper or on the lower side. To tell you the truth, it only disturbs your work, and it was better to use a traditional switch. Also, the body of the key in the place of the rocking axle sometimes cracks, which is somehow unpleasant for “Makita” of Japanese assembling.
- Easy replacement of brushes
- Not the best reverse control solution
The best cordless wrenches
That said, DeWALT cordless tools usually succeed – unless you’re talking about the budget series. This wrench is a real monster, capable of up to 950 newton meters of torque. Few cordless models can beat this one – except for Makita DTW1001RTJ. Naturally, this kind of thrust is not always needed, so a three-speed gearbox is used here.
The “heart” of the tool is a traditional for DeWALT brushless 610W motor with effective cooling, which is not unimportant for wrenches: they often have to work “hard” at maximum power, and after that the winding must be allowed to cool down quickly. The DCF899P2 sits perfectly in the hand, the rubber pads are comfortable. The weight is felt, of course, but it is also good – to save on metal with such characteristics is similar to death. And for the wrench “death” is quite literal. So, Boris Razor is right as usual: heavy is good, heavy is reliable.
Power – from branded 18-volt batteries with a capacity of 5 ampere-hours. The set includes two of them, which to some extent justifies the price – we have somehow become accustomed to the fact that the beautiful figure on the price tag usually means that neither batteries nor charger were put in the kit. Here everything is in place. However, take into account that the tool uses them up quickly – a powerful motor requires its own.
As for the disadvantages, if you are already familiar with cordless “DeWalt”, you can guess right away. Naturally, here again, the battery pad is flimsy! “How much longer?” – with this exclamation, we’ll cut the ranking a little short.
The 15 best wrenches of 2022
What’s the best wrench to buy for a garage or private auto repair shop. In the top 15 gut wrenches included cordless, network and pneumatic models, selected by price, quality and ratings on Yandex.Market, VseInstrumenty and other specialized resources.
How to choose a nutrunner: a brief guide to the tool’s capabilities
To find the best nutrunner for the money you have, you should consider the things that we will list below:
- For starters, it’s worth choosing a version with a lot of torque. For working with M12 wheel nuts, a model with 100 Nm of torque will suffice. To unscrew nuts up to M18 you will need a wrench with 250-300 Nm of torque. For working with M20 nuts, tire work and removing old and rusty fasteners, you need a tool with 600 N-m of torque. Many of the best 2020 impact wrenches have multiple torque settings, making them much more versatile than single-torque tools. Reducing the torque to the necessary minimum prevents overtightening.
- Second, a good wrench should have a higher RPM. A higher rpm (more than 3000 rpm is recommended), means less human effort.
- Third, the power source is important. Wrenches can operate from 220 V, from the on-board power system of the car or from its own battery or compressor. Note that cordless wrenches offer the best mobility and allow you to work where there are no electrical outlets.
- Finally, you should use a compact and lightweight impact wrench. This will ensure that it is easy to carry and use. If you’re buying a tool to occasionally tighten the bolts and nuts of your car, you’ll want an option that is lightweight and easy to use.
- Motor (brushed or brushless). In a brush motor, the brushes wear out quickly. On the other hand, a brushless motor has a longer life and higher efficiency. Therefore, a brushless version is better.
- Chuck type (1, 1/4, 3/8, 3/4 or 1/2 inch).
- Small wrenches for home use have a hex chuck, 1/4 inch.
- Less common is the 3/8-inch hex chuck. Impact screwdriver bits and matching wrenches can be used with it.
- The 1/2-inch square chuck most often used in wrenches is suitable for M8 to M20 wrenches.
- The 3/4-inch or 1-inch square chucks allow you to work with larger wrenches for loosening and tightening fasteners on trucks and installing metal structures.
- Some wrenches come with adapters or universal chucks.
From theory, let’s move on to choosing a specific model of impact wrench for your tasks.
Top Cordless Wrenches of 2022
- Chuck type: 3/8″ square
- Battery capacity: 2 Ah
- Battery voltage: 12 V
- Functions: reverse
- Weight: 1.25 kg
Rating of nutrunners opens the small and light model which includes 6 nutrunners of different sizes and 2 rechargeable Li-ion batteries with capacity of 2000 mAh each. The low tightening torque prevents small threads from being damaged. Thanks to the rubberized handle, the tool is very comfortable in the hand.
According to owners’ reviews, this is the best cordless wrench for the garage. It easily copes with the unscrewing of nuts on bicycles, motorcycles and even cars. An indispensable thing in the household if the garage is not equipped with electricity.