Cool Tools: Must-Have Hand Tools

Four tools to upgrade your shop with.

Industrial-Grade Socket Sets

Designed for industrial work, Gearwrench’s ¾- and 1-inch ratchet and socket sets feature a full-polish chrome finish and a quick-release drive tool retention design. Accessories for the ¾-inch drive set include a flex-handle breaker bar; sliding T-handle; 5-, 8-, and 16-inch-long extensions; a universal joint; adapters for ½-inch and 1-inch drive sockets and sockets featuring off-corner loading technology and chamfered openings that guide fasteners into the socket. Go to gearwrench.com.

DeWalt Sledgehammers

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Dewalt

The ExoCore sledgehammers from DeWalt employ carbon fiber composite handles for durability and overstrike protection. They are available as a 4-pound hammer with a 12-inch-long handle or 6-, 8-, and 12-pound versions with a 32-inch handle. The ExoCore sledgehammers come with a limited lifetime warranty and retail for $29.99 up to $54.97. Go to dewalt.com.

Offset Laminated Wrench

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Gearwrench

This laminated six-point ratcheting box wrench (with 12 - and 916 -inch openings) is offset at 25° for easier access to fasteners. The tool’s laminated design allows dirt and debris to be easily cleaned from the ratcheting mechanism, and the broached openings provide a nonslip grip on fasteners. Made in America, the Gearwrench model 27-6129G retails for $25. Go to gearwrench.com.

Stow & Go Lug Wrench

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Ken-Tool

The fold-away design of Ken-Tool’s Stow & Go four-way lug wrench allows the wrench to be stowed in a trunk, a toolbox, or behind a seat when not in use. The moveable arms swing and lock into the 90° position. Plus, the arms can be slid within the locking hub to create greater leverage when removing and tightening a lug nut. Made of high-strength tool-grade steel alloy, the 16-inch-long tool offers 17-, 19-, and 21-millimeter sockets plus a ½-inch square drive adapter. The model PN 35636 retails for $25. Go to kentool.com.

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