Best Adjustable Wrench Manufacturers:
Bahn Engineering Company (BE) – BE is a well known manufacturer of adjustable wrenches since 1882. They are located in New York City, USA. Their products include a wide range of tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, sockets and ratchets. Most of their products have been sold under several brand names including Beezer, Beezie, Big Daddy and Belly Buster.
Beezer was founded in 1881 by George Beezer and Samuel Beezer. They were brothers who worked at the Brooklyn Bridge until it opened. George Beezer patented a bridge pneumatic brake in 1888 which helped speed up the construction of the bridge. In 1889 they started making their own tools and equipment from scratch, thus starting their business as “The Brothers” in 1890.
Beezer’s Tools were very popular among bridge workers because of their reliability and low price. They also had good quality tools with many features such as a spring loaded hammer, a lever action tool head, and a sliding jaw chuck. Many of these tools were used during the Great Depression when other brands became scarce. These tools were also widely available at hardware stores like Hardware Barn or Home Depot.
In the year 2000, the Beezer Tool company was bought by Knew Concepts LLC who continued production of the low priced tools until 2018. The brand is still owned by Knew Concepts but they are no longer in business. The most common problem that their tools have are rusting due to poor quality steel and the heads breaking due to over tightness.
Big Daddy is a brand of adjustable wrenches made by Bahn Manufacturing Company Inc which was founded in 1881. They were acquired by Knew Concepts LLC in the year 2000, and are still in business today. The wrenches were originally created for the US Navy during World War II. These wrenches were made of malleable cast iron which allowed them to be used in extreme environments such as underwater. They were painted red so that they could be easily found if dropped overboard.
Big Daddy adjustable wrenches are forged from alloy steel and then chrome-plated to protect them from rusting. They are available in three different sizes: 6 inch, 8 inch, and 12 inch. This brand is commonly used by mechanics, carpenters, builders, and other professionals due to their high quality and durability. The most common complaint about this brand is that the head can become loose due to poor quality chrome plating. Another common complaint is that it is more expensive than other brands.
Bahco is a Swedish company that manufactures tools such as adjustable wrenches. It was founded in 1874 in Småland, Sweden by John Agaton Sjögren. The company changed owners many times before passing onto the Carlsson family in 1965. The brand became very popular with mechanics and other tradesmen due to its quality. It created a series of adjustable spanners called the “Yellow Series” which became the most recognizable adjustable spanner in Europe.
They are known for their hard-wearing and non-slip grips.
Bessey is a German company that manufactures tools such as adjustable wrenches. The company was founded by Jean Louismet & Co in 1817 for the purpose of tool and equipment manufacturing. The brand is very popular due to its long history of manufacturing high quality tools. It is especially popular among “Do It Yourself” hobbyists. The most common problems with these tools are that sometimes the adjusting knobs will come off.
The C.S. Reed Company is an American company that manufactures tools such as adjustable wrenches. It was founded in 1905 by Charles S Reed in Illinois, United States. They manufacture a wide range of hand tools for industrial use.
They are popular among hobbyists due to their low price and close resemblance to the original “Crescent” brand wrenches.
The most common problem with adjustable wrenches is the head coming off.
Craftsman is a brand of adjustable wrenches manufactured by Sears, which was founded in 1927 by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck. It sells a wide range of tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches. The brand is especially popular among “Do It Yourself” hobbyists due its reasonable price and quality. The most common problem with these tools is that the head comes off, especially when used for heavy duty jobs. It is also usually more expensive than its competitors.
A crescent wrench, also known as a half-moon wrench is a traditional types of adjustable wrench with a rising or falling claw on one side of the head and an encircling jaw on the other. The name comes from the fact that the head of the wrench resembles a crescent moon. The curved shape allows movement in two planes.
The first crescent wrenches had only one rising tooth, which made them suitable for only soft iron pipes or poorly aligned bolt heads. Pipes and bolts are generally fixed quite firmly into place so they need a lot of force applied against them to turn them. Crescent wrenches are not suitable for this task. Instead they are used to turn relatively easily moved things such as oil drums, railroad ties, and machinery that has come lose.
Sources & references used in this article:
Optical clearance devices for adjustable wrenches by B Hu – US Patent 6,079,300, 2000 – Google Patents
Electric powered adjustable wrench by JA Picone – US Patent 4,512,221, 1985 – Google Patents
Optimal clearance retaining devices for adjustable wrenches by B Hu – US Patent 6,128,980, 2000 – Google Patents
Adjusting and latch means for slidable side jaw wrenches by KF Finn – US Patent 2,657,606, 1953 – Google Patents
Tool display device by A Zakarian – US Patent 5,803,253, 1998 – Google Patents