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To steal a line from Steve Jobs,"The future is here."
The Wright Grip SB-TM Scaffold Wrench is an amazing tool with someone over at Wright asking the "Wright" questions.
The SB features a shorter handle that the previous version of the Wright Wrench and the socket is also slightly shallower than its predecessor. The box says that the deeper socket is still available as an option, and if you are working with frame and brace scaffold I would recomend opting for the deeper socket. The box also lists options for brass and steel hammer inserts. I will try to see if I can get the steel head. If I can I might be able to replace my hammer when I'm out on my staging dates.
Those of you who know me, know I am a die hard Tubelox-TM ratchet fan. This makes me skeptical of any new wrench that comes on the market. Though I've only used for two days, my only problem with it was the lanyard ring, since I don't use lanyards on my tools. If I did the ring would be a great place to secure a lanyard since it slides the full length of the tool and is secured by the head and the open end wrench. The open end wrench, someone over there either asked a builder or tried to use a job site modified wrench. The way it feels in your hand when using either end makes it very easy on the hand. Since the open end is spun 90 degrees, from the socket, the socket becomes the handle when using the open end wrench. I use a lot of spigot clamps on a shallow double ledger truss. The angle at which the bolt sits when the spigot is aligned vertically requires the use of an open end wrench. Even a speed speed wrench won't fit as there is not enough clearance to get the wrench off when the clamp is in proper alignment. This tool gets in there gets the job done and feels great. No more pressure on my hand from the narrow edge of an open end box end wrench, or the slippage from a adjustable wrench. I am sure there may be a few tight spaces where I may still have to break out my stubby wrench but for the most part I can't think of a single place where this wouldn't fit. Best of all since it manufactured this way, you can use it in any facility. Even those who wouldn't let you use that Snap-On-TM that you had your buddy weld a open end wrench on to because it is a " modified tool".
When a new toy comes out on the market for ScaffoldBuilders, I try to get a hold of one and proceed to find every flaw in it. Other than the lanyard ring, which as previously stated serves a purpose, I can't seem to find one. I have carried a Tubelox-TM for 18 years now and have owned, or at least used every type of scaffold wrench that I can find. This is truly an innovation for us that was either designed by a Builder or at very least the people over at Wright consulted one at length. This is an amazing product and I am going to see what it will take to be able to sell them here. If you turn a lot of clamps you have to at least try one. I think if you try one, you will become a believer too.
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Justin T. Wittwer
P.s. for all of the Union brothers out there guess where it's made. That's right in the good old U.S.A.
"Wright Grip SB" is a trademark of the Wright Tool Co.
"Tubelox" is a trademark of Harsco Corporation
"Snap-On" is a trademark of the Snap-On Tool Company