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Old 02-16-2015, 11:16 PM   #1
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Craftsman Universal Flip Wrench

Was in Sears today and came across this wrench.
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-unive...p-00929677000P

I thought it could potentially replace most of the individual wrenches I carry in the tool kit on my bike.

I was worried about clearance issues but I tried it out on a bunch of bolts on my bike and surprisingly it fit about every one. It also seemed to grip well and I wasn't worried about rounding any heads.

The one problem I overlooked before purchasing was that it doesn't fit 12mm.

I haven't decided yet if this will make it on the bike in place of the individual wrenches it could replace.

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Old 02-16-2015, 11:46 PM   #2
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no 12mm bins it
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:34 AM   #3
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I agree. I tried searching for a metric focused version but wasn't able to find anything. If I could find one that fit 10, 12, 14, 17 & 19 I think I could get by with it and my 24mm tire lever combo as the only wrenches I carry.
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Old 02-17-2015, 01:30 PM   #4
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Two of these in a tool kit would be fabulous, but yeah, they'd need to be all metric, preferably with just the sizes your bike uses.... maybe a community sourced project?

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Old 02-19-2015, 09:54 PM   #5
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That is one wrench that fits both metric and inch size fasteners. The 5/16 wrench fits the 8mm bolt. The 13mm one fits the 1/2 inch nut. Etc. They look like spline wrenches which Craftsman has been offering in Universal sets for a long time.

Works in most instances but the Universal feature could be more prone to round off some fasteners.

The design of the wrench with two size sockets on each end and all bolted together, strong enough for mechanics duty and all will mean access problems where space is limited. Don't know about your bike but that would be an issue on my Airhead.

I would not buy. It is ugly. I don't buy ugly tools.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:32 AM   #6
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They've been around for many years. Buy one,
and you will soon find that it's virtually useless.
Bulky, and will only work in large flat areas.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:38 PM   #7
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Got one as a gift years ago. Seemed to have potential. I've always had "real" tools at the ready so never used it.

I recommend real tools. This one's a gimmick.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:17 AM   #8
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How do all these spline drive and other "universal" things work in the long run. It seems like they would round out heads often or have a really sloppy fit. Like you're always using the wrong tool for the job.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:03 AM   #9
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It works on metric and inch fasteners, so maybe it's the tool to have in a 1970-1980 American automobile glove box.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:02 AM   #10
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universal tools rarely get used but they always seem like a good idea.
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I can never get wrenches with a big flat face like that onto any nuts or bolts. I have a full sets of ratcheting metric and SAE wrenches in my roll away and they are the least used tools I own. There just isn't ever enough room. So I stick with the real thing. At least with a KTM you can get away with only carrying an 8, 10 and 13 plus axle tool.

If I were going to go this route, it seems like this would be a better idea: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Qua...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:30 AM   #12
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How do all these spline drive and other "universal" things work in the long run. It seems like they would round out heads often or have a really sloppy fit. Like you're always using the wrong tool for the job.
This. I wanna know. In part because Craftsman is having a big sale right now, and I need some deep sockets. I'm tempted to try them, but I'm still skeptical.
http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...2_00935467000P
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:24 AM   #13
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I think the spline drives work and I suspect they work well. The part about making the wrenches Universal is the part I object to. We do this in practice all the time. I use 5/16 socket for the 8mm anytime. I may use a 1/2 for 13mm but here the difference is a little more noticeable. What I don't like is Craftsman telling me I don't need the wrench made for the job.

Snap On makes spline drive sockets and box wrenches. They make SAE or Metric. Snap On doesn't do Universal. Not yet anyway.

Craftsman has some nice looking tools, some in spline drive. Stay away from the stuff that you won't be able to read the size on after a couple of uses. They make some stuff with printing on it that won't last.

If I wanted a Universal tool I'd use a pliers.

Another nice thing about Craftsman is you can buy tool sets in a box that has a place for each tool. This is the biggest help when cleaning up because you put each tool back in it's space and therefore don't lose any. At least not often.
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I can never get wrenches with a big flat face like that onto any nuts or bolts. I have a full sets of ratcheting metric and SAE wrenches in my roll away and they are the least used tools I own. There just isn't ever enough room. So I stick with the real thing. At least with a KTM you can get away with only carrying an 8, 10 and 13 plus axle tool.

If I were going to go this route, it seems like this would be a better idea: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Qua...Q&gclsrc=aw.ds

I got a whole set of these Home Depot standard/metric 'multi fit' wrenches and sockets as a christmas present from my girlfriend's parents last year. The wrenches were Husky and the sockets were Kobalt brand. When I first got the sets I was stoked, it seemed like a great idea.

I have stripped out every single wrench and socket that is smaller than 9/16. I never stripped a bolt with one though, because the teeth in the wrench/socket are so small and soft that they just break.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:29 PM   #15
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Not good. The Craftsman ratcheting wrenches I have are indestructible. Useless for most things, but indestructible.
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