Choosing The Best Wrench Set in 2020

best wrench set

We’ve all been there, you need that elusive 19mm socket or ring spanner and can you find it? Of course not!

Investing in the best wrench set possible and keeping it in good order is the best thing you can do for your sanity as a home mechanic.

We took a look at the best wrenches on the market in 2019, and here are our top picks.

Gearwrench 20-Piece Ratcheting Wrench Set, SAE and Metric # 35720
Drake Off Road Tools - Tools & Home Improvement
$62.69 - $2.74 from $59.95
Grip 24 pc Combination Wrench Set MM/SAE
Grip - Tools & Home Improvement
from $27.29
Stanley 85-783 20 Piece Matte Finish Combination Wrench Set
Stanley - Tools & Home Improvement

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Which Wrench Set Do You Need?

Once you decide to invest in a wrench set, it’s important to consider what measurements you’ll likely be working on most of your time.

For 99% of us, standard millimeter sockets are more than enough, will a sprinkling of imperial measurements for when you work on something a bit old school.

However, if vintage cars are your hobby,or you’ll be working on older European cars such as Land Rovers, Citroen or anything pre-1960, you’ll likely need to purchase a decent imperial set.

As proud owner of a 1968 Citroen 2CV, Ami and DS restoration in progress, trust me when I say that a good imperial wrench set is absolutely key if you’re working on old school mechanics!

Wrench Set Reviews

We’ve rounded up the 5 best wrench sets available in 2018. All offer unbeatable quality and serve up the most common sizes you’ll need.

Husky 28-Piece SAE And Metric Combination Wrench Set

A very, very nice wrench set from a manufacturer that should ping on your radar as a manufacturer of quality tools.

Husky Wrench Set

This Husky set offers most common wrench sizes for the home or garage plus all wrenches are chrome plates and organised in a box, helpful if you’re terrible for loosing tools.

We found the quality of these tools easily up there with other domestic market tools such as Draper. Personally, I don’t think you can get better wrenches at this price point and it’s a thought many in the office agree with me on.

The main issue we have, is that the box is of very poor quality and bits fall of quite readily. If you do purchase this kit, we suggest buying a better quality box to ensure non of your tools get left behind!

Tekton 1916 Combination Wrench Set, SAE/Metric 24 Piece

The Tekton 1916 is a slightly cheaper set, and on first look, you can see where the savings have been made.

Tekton Wrench Set

This wrench set is organised in a wrap around tool bag, something you might remember from the tool packs that came with cars in the 70’s and 80’s.

However, don’t let the bag put you off. The quality of the actual tools is second to none and perfectly up there with others in this price range.

The Tekton range comes with Chrome Vanadium Steel, 15 open ended wrenches and 12 ring wrenches, the sizes should just about cover anything you’ll come up against during home use.

We like the Tekton set, it’s a great choice if you occasionally take on DIY jobs or just need a set of tools in your home for emergencies and quick fixes.

GearWrench 20 Piece Ratchet Wrench Set

If you’ve ever heard of GearWrench, or own some of their products, you’ll know they’re a real quality manufacturer.

I was quite pleased to be reviewing a GearWrench set as I ended up buying a GearWrench digital wrench after being impressed during an earlier review.
Gearwrench Wrench Set
As for this set, you’ll be spoilt for choice with most common SAE sizes and Metric running from 6 right up to 18.

The only gaps in the range are right at the top of the metric sizes, something we would likely want a deep bore socket driver for anyway.

The ring end of the each wrench, also features a high quality ratcheting mechanism. This is a real plus if you’re fed up of taking off and resetting your current ring set for each revolution!

We’re big fans of ratcheting ring spanners here and recommend them highly if you’ve not tried them yet!

As far as testing goes, we found the quality to be pretty good, although not quite as high as we’ve (and certainly me) come to expect from GearWrench. It’s still pretty good, equal to rivals from Draper and Husky in the same price range, but I have to say I was expecting a little more.

However, GearWrench are a very good quality manufacturer and my reservations are based on an extremely high bar, something not many manufacturers come close to given the price.

We recommend this set if you want a ratchet set that’s of decent quality and covers a far wider range of imperial measurements compared to the competition.

GRIP 89358 24 Piece Combination Wrench Set

This is a budget set that really does cover almost all sizes is the best way to sum up the GRIP 89358.Gearwrench Wrench Set
It covers pretty much all SAE sizes from ¼ to 1 Inch whist on the metric side of things you’ll find everything from 7mm up to 22, including some nice odd numbered sizes, a boon if you’re a frequent worker on French or Italian cars.

As with the GearWrench listed above, you’ll find a nicely made ratchet mechanism on the ring end. In our test we found it worked well and didn’t have any sloppiness sometimes associated with ratchets at the lower end of the market.

These wrenches are made from Drop Forges Steel, quite a good feature in of itself and in our view better than Chrome Vanadium manufactured wrenches.

We actually rate these wrenches and as much as I hate to run against GearWrench on this one, the quality is certainly better here.

The only negative we have, is the lack of a case to store the wrenches in. However, the quality is superb and at this price, we’d rather purchase a good box to store them in separately and enjoy the quality instead!

Stanley 85-783 20 Piece Combination Wrench Set

Stanley can sometimes be a variable make as regards quality. Their tools can be superb and become real go to tools in your arsenal, or they break within a few weeks and put you off Stanley for life! Thankfully, this wrench set is of the former!

Gearwrench Wrench Set

These wrenches feature the Stanley patented Max-Drive system, quite a boon at this price range and really does help when using the ratchet ring end to loosen tight bolts.

The system is designed to avoid the pain caused by rounding and allows far greater torque to be applied without shattering the ratchet system.

This set covers most of the sizes you’ll need for home and modern car, with a range of both Imperial and Metric units included.

The only issue here is that you might need to bolster this set if you’re working on particularly classic cars or on any project with old fashioned sizes.

As far as quality goes, this Stanley set is easily up there with the GRIP set above and as it comes with a neat little carry case, it could be a better buy depending on just how wide a variety of sizes you need.

Tools Daddy’s Pick

If you’re looking for a general purpose set and don’t require unusual imperial SAE sizes then you should be fine with the Stanley set, and bag yourself a neat box too.

If you’re looking for the best wrench set possible, the GRIP is probably more up your street but you’ll likely want to invest in a box to keep everything in.

Grip 24 pc Combination Wrench Set MM/SAE
Grip - Tools & Home Improvement
from $27.29

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The Best Beam Torque Wrenches Of 2020

Beam Torque Wrench

Beam torch wrenches are preferred to the newer “clicker” types because they’re easier to use, (usually) cheaper and more accurate. Provided you take care of them they’ll also last a lifetime. On this page, we’ll examine the different kinds such as the traditional style, the deflector beam and split beam wrenches. We’ve also picked out … Read more The Best Beam Torque Wrenches Of 2020

Choosing A Digital Torque Wrench in 2020

digital torque wrench

Digital torque wrenches used to be the butt of many jokes. Unreliable, not particularly accurate and with a penchant for snapping at the head, most mechanics stuck with their ever-reliable old mechanical wrench. Fast forward a couple of decades, and the market for digital wrenches is very healthy indeed. Quality has improved and modern gauges … Read more Choosing A Digital Torque Wrench in 2020

What are the different types of axes?

types of axes

There are many different types of axes, making it hard to know the exact one you need. Whether you heat your home totally with wood or just need a few split logs for a fireplace, firepit or campfire, you’re going to need the proper axe.

Read through these descriptions to help you select the right kind of axe for the cutting jobs you need to do.

Felling Axe

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If you can only have one axe, this is it! The long, 30+ inch handle, thin sharp blade and mid-weight head make this axe perfect for chopping down trees and cutting off tree limbs.

This axe, also called a single bit, is also good for splitting firewood and can be used for any other type of wood cutting job you have.


Hudson Bay Axe

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”B00QMK04K8″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”180″]This axe is so named because it was used by French fur traders in the Hudson Bay area in the 17th century. It’s still in the top five must-have kinds of axes because it has stood the test of time with it’s practical uses.

The Hudson Bay axe is the best kind of axe for chopping firewood. This axe is shorter and lighter than a felling axe and will help you turn a felled tree into a pile of ready-to-burn firewood and kindling in record time.

Splitting Axe / Splitting Maul

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”147″ identifier=”B000HAEI1A” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”160″]A splitting axe is a large, heavy axe designed to split hardwood and also called a splitting maul. This axe has a head with a sharp side and a dull, broad side. The dull, broad side is the maul. This is used as a hammer to drive a steel wedge into hardwood. It’s used when wood is too tough to split with the sharp axe side.

Camping Axe

A camping axe is smaller, lightweight and easy to carry with you while on a camping trip.

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”275″ identifier=”B00AFWYGOE” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”175″]This type of axe typically has a sheath to cover the sharp head and a loop on the handle so it can be attached to a backpack or belt. Don’t let the small size of a camping axe fool you, it still has the power to fell small trees and chop all the wood for a camp fire.

With one sharp side on the axe head, the other side acts as a hammer to help drive in tent stakes and other hammering needs you may encounter around the campsite.

Double Bit Axe

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A double bit axe is sharp on both sides. This allows it to cut going and coming. Not the kind of axe for beginners, but one that will enable a pro to cut twice as much wood between blade sharpenings.


Broad Axe

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”110″ identifier=”B00FK262C8″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”110″]A broad axe is a large, heavy axe that is used for hewing logs. A high-quality broad axe will have bevelled edges on each side to enable you to make precision cuts into large logs when building a cabin or furniture.


Carpenter’s Axe

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”200″ identifier=”B004SN1HGQ” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”200″]A carpenter’s axe is the right axe for making precision cuts when doing fine woodworking.

About the size of a camping axe, this axe can be used to fell small trees and split small logs, but its real use lies in the finger notch located on the neck of the handle. By placing your hand at the neck base of a carpenter’s axe, you’ll be able to make precision cuts and incisions into wood like those made with a power handsaw.


Shingling Axe

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A shingling Axe is used to install wood shingles (chop them if desired too). This kind of axe is small, easy to handle and typically has a nail slot, draw knife and measuring tool built-in.


Forest Axe

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”149″ identifier=”B00NJ2UQXC” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”toolsdaddy-20″ width=”160″]Also called a Boy’s axe, a forest axe is a cross between a felling axe and a camping axe. It’s lightweight with a 2 pound head and an 18 -26 inch handle. A forest axe can tackle most any cutting job without using up all the user’s strength.




All axe handles traditionally used to be made from one piece of hickory wood, many still are today because of the strength of hickory wood. There are other choices for handle material today, including plastic and metal. Some handles are covered with cushioned, non-slip grips. There is no one right or wrong handle style of material, just the one that feels best in your hand.

As a rule of thumb to use when selecting hand length, regardless of handle material, is if the handle is longer than your arm, it’s best used for splitting wood. If the axe handle is shorter than your arm, it’s best used for cutting wood.