GearWrench Half Moon Wrench
I couldn't resist this "Half Moon" GearWrench box-end
set. I'd never seen a wrench set like this before
- it looks like it was left by the fire a little too
But these will be perfect for jobs like the silly
bolts inside the BMW Airhead airbox that are just about
impossible to remove with any other wrench.
The combination of the bent shape and the GearWrench
5-degree ratcheting box-end will be perfect for many
hard-to-reach motorcycle fasteners.
GearWrench tools work really well for motorcycle repair and
maintenance. The thin profile of most GearWrench
tools makes it easy to fit them into the tight
confines of a motorcycle.
There's not much more we can say about GearWrench
wrenches that we haven't already said, but I thought
this Half Moon configuration was cool enough to warrant
its own review for the benefit of our visitors.
The GearWrench folks keep coming up with more and
configurations. As a tool freak, I can't have
enough tools, so every time they release a new design,
it seems to end up in my toolbox.
I love multiple-use tools, and these fit the bill for
sure. Instead of buying a set of straight box-end
wrenches, this Half Moon set will serve the same purpose
whilst adding a little spice to your toolbox.
GearWrench Half Moon wrenches also have an added
bonus: reversing levers on both sides of each box end!
The ratcheting box end wrench concept must be very
popular, because there are a ton of competitors out
there. But having a reversing lever on both sides
is a real benefit.
GearWrench products have come a long way since they
first hit the market several years ago. These
examples are very high quality, with deep chrome,
ratcheting box-ends that sound like a precision medical
instrument and the reversing levers have a really nice,
tight feel. They're a pleasure to use!
ratcheting box ends of the Half Moon wrenches also have
GearWrench "Surface Drive" feature. The wrench can be applied very tight to a flat
surface, unlike some other box-end wrenches which have a
rounded or recessed head, leaving the "teeth" too far
away from the flats of the fastener to get a good grip.
The teeth of a GearWrench are configured so that they
are a tiny bit farther away from the flats of the
fastener, which gives them more grip and prevents
rounding of fasteners, according to GearWrench.
GearWrench products have been continuously improved over
the last several years.
They are not made to apply tons of torque to break
rusted nuts or bolts, but your machinery should never
get to that condition anyway, and if it does, there are
many other methods to try rather than brute force.
These are precision tools that are fun to use and
make it a pleasure to work on any motorcycle. Note
also that GearWrench tools carry a lifetime warranty.
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Review: GearWrench Half Moon Ratcheting Box End
Retail Price: $183.00 for 5 piece SAE or Metric set
(street price ~$104.00); $149.00 for the 4 piece set.
Metric: 5-piece set contains 10x12mm, 11x13mm, 14x16mm, 15x17mm,
and 19x22mm wrenches. SAE: 4-piece set contains 3/8"x7/16",
1/2"x9/16", 5/8"x11/16" and 3/4"x7/8 wrenches.
Comments: Excellent quality, appearance and feel; highly
polished chrome; lightweight; thin; needs as little as 5 degrees of
sweep to move a fastener; lifetime warranty. Reversing lever on
both sides of wrench on both box ends.
See the wBW
Review of the Gearwrench
Ratcheting Combination Wrench; that review also has comments from webBikeWorld visitors who have
purchased Gearwrench tools.