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Versatile Tap Wrench

I’m always on the lookout for tools that will work well on a boat without taking up too much room or adding too much weight.

At first glance this looks like any other tap wrench, but look closer and we find:

  • Two chucks nested—no it’s not tapered as claimed in the listing— one behind the other, which allows it to securely grip any tap shank from 1/8″ to 1/2″ (3 to 13 mm). Normally we need two, or maybe three, tap wrenches to cover that range.
  • The handle can be slipped back and forth for use in tight spots. And, better yet, there’s a detent each end.
  • The top is a hex head to accept a wrench in a really tight corner.

The build quality seems OK and the price is surprisingly reasonable. I got mine at Canadian Tire for, would you believe it, CAD$ 9.99.

The only thing I can find fault with is that it’s a bit bulky to get into really tight corners, but I already have that problem covered off…and that will be the next tool-tip.

This may be a Canada-only tip since Maximum tools are a Canadian Tire store brand, but rumour has it that most of their tools are relabeled Gearwrench, so that might be a source…

Or you can come and visit our beautiful country and pick one up.

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