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Here abouts we called it a speed handle in my day. Have they gone obsolete ?   -   CC 

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Yes, it's a speed handle.  One was in the large Craftsman set that I was given as a high school graduation gift in 1971.  Very handy until I bought an air ratchet.

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I bought one in 3/8ths drive and one in 1/2" drive in 1963 @ Sears.

Still use both.

 

Mike in colorado

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Speed wrenches are still included in new Flight Line tool kits from Snap-On and Proto.

 

I do not know what year that Craftsman speed wrench is from, the handle is different than the currently available model.

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I still have my Dad's Speed Wrench from the early 1950s (or maybe late '40s?)

Edited by Marty Roth (see edit history)

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I have a 1/4 and a 3/8, don't think I have a 1/2.

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Before small, lightweight pneumatic impact wrenches become commonly available, EVERY mechanic had speeder wrenches in their boxes. 

 

You can look up the vintage of this Craftsman speeder on the Alloy Artifacts tool history website. Certain clues, like the number of lines stamped into the handle of wrenches, helped determine the age. And stamped-in letter codes, (IE: "V" or "VV," etc) identify the manufacturer who made that tool for Sears. Those mfr code letters are broken down on Alloy Artifacts. Here is a link: http://alloy-artifacts.org/

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We always called it a speed wrench. I still have the one I bought when I was twelve years old. I’ll admit I am a dinosaur, but I use the small electric battery tools today. I never cared much for the air tools unless parting out a car. The hose was always in my way, And I never felt I had good control with them. Today I have at least ten different battery pack powered tools, plus the shop vac and blower. Can’t live without them now.

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My dad was into woodworking and used a brace as a drill. It looks like a speed wrench only it has a chuck on the end instead of a square end to attach sockets.

 

Wes in VT

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1 hour ago, tripwire said:

My dad was into woodworking and used a brace as a drill. It looks like a speed wrench only it has a chuck on the end instead of a square end to attach sockets.

 

Wes in VT

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I have my Grand Fathers cordless dill (brace) set in a canvas pouch. In it there is a nut driver he made for square nuts.

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Has me wondering which tool I used less, the speed wrench or the sliding T handle.

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I still have mine that came with a craftsman socket set I bought in 1957. Never used it.

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I have one too, but it was probably my father's tool. I think the Craftsman Rachet Wrench made it obsolete

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I find them very useful for taking off oil pan bolts and  any other collection of the same sized bolt or nut.

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  Air tools have made them obsolete.

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I bought mine in  1966 have used it many times ,still use them restoring cars they work great. Kings32

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16 hours ago, Curti said:

  Air tools have made them obsolete.


No,  not in my garage.  I have a compressor and use air tools but for some things hand tools are still my tool of choice.  You know when your goig to cross theread or strip something by hand. You dont always know that with air tools or the battery powered tools.

I still like to work with hand tools.

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Along with  speed wrenches I have a 3/8 and 1/2 breaker bar. Haven't used the breaker bars in years especially since i bought air impact wrenches. I had to remove the front calipers from my 69 Vette. a couple of days ago. WAY tight bolts and no way to get my impact wrench on them. My 1/2 breaker bar and a 6 point impact socket was just the ticket........Bob

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Looks a lot like the speed wrench I bought in the early 70s. Can't remember the last time I used it.

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