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MAXIMUM flex head ratcheting wrench 7-piece set (metric or SAE) $59.99 (50% off)

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[Canadian Tire] MAXIMUM flex head ratcheting wrench 7-piece set (metric or SAE) $59.99 (50% off)

Metric: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... 8587p.html
Stocktrack: https://stocktrack.ca/?s=ct&q=0588587
10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 17mm, 19mm

SAE: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... 8586p.html
Stocktrack: https://stocktrack.ca/?s=ct&q=0588586
3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 11/16", 3/4"

Check Triangle app for possible point multipliers.

Flex head and ratcheting features are great for tight awkward spaces. Speculation has it that these are made by Gear Wrench, offering a decent quality/price ratio.

MAXIMUM brand, so lifetime warranty *with receipt*.

A few points of concern are that the description says CRV, but the packaging states a vague "alloy steel".
Also, the packaging says "Not intended to to free frozen fasteners"... well what else would I use them for?? I'm almost tempted to return them for that reason alone.

The 10mm wrench is 16cm long and the 19mm is 25cm. Good for tight spaces as the packaging mentions.

For automotive use, perhaps the extra long 10 piece set is better. Or both. Thoughts? (Currently at the $300 BS regular price, $150 typical sale price: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maxi ... 0371p.html )

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CT's regular sale of an over-inflated original price
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rubberlock wrote: CT's regular sale of an over-inflated original price
Yes, and?
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I really like these ones. Hopefully 75% off by end year. Good find OP +1.
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I have every combination of these wrench sets. Some of mine even say GearWrench on them. So at least 14 years old now. While I don’t wrench like I use to everyone of them have been solid performers. This is when used for the intended use. While I have never had an issue with any of the wrenches, I am careful of the application. If the fastener requires a break free, I switch to my regular combination wrench, for that purpose and continue with the ratcheting heads. Now, that is just my style of wrenching. To each your own how you apply the tool to the specific situation, when your using it.

I find them to be fit to my purpose of use that I went and recently purchased the extra long handle 0 degree box end set for a specific task. I was originally only going to buy the specific wrench but at the price for the set “on sale” it did not make sense. I bought the set. I think if you push any tool to its max it will break.

Some tools are definitely better than others in form, fit and finish which leads to a more pleasurable outcome. For the price, warranty and ease of use. I think you will be happy with your purchase. Again, that depends on your personal expectation of the tool. You could always go the GW or SO route for top shelf. I just have too many other tools to still buy, so for me it’s about value. Now, that being said, all my hand pliers are ChannelLock and Knipex. Again, personal preferences.
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MasterCraft Basic hand tools are spot on, i use their basic tools professionally everyday and rarely have an issue.. For 60$ these are a very good deal.

You want an over inflated price? Price out a set of gearwrench anywhere else!
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I'm pretty sure these all come from the same factory in asia. A lot of the Canadian tire hand tools can also be found at princess auto, harbor freight, aliexpress.

These are all 72 teeth/ 5degree arc ratchets.
Princess Auto COMING SOON 5pc 21.99
https://www.princessauto.com/en/5-pc-me ... 0008997264

Harbor Freight 5pc 29.99 USD
https://www.harborfreight.com/flex-head ... 60592.html

Aliexpress various prices each
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004 ... SL8dG41IpW


Wobble extensions for example:

CT 34.99
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mast ... ml?loc=plp

Princess Auto 42.99 but i've seen it for about 20.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/9-pc-wo ... 0008616906

Harbor Freight 12.99 USD
https://www.harborfreight.com/wobble-so ... 67971.html
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Dealroller wrote: I have every combination of these wrench sets. Some of mine even say GearWrench on them. So at least 14 years old now. While I don’t wrench like I use to everyone of them have been solid performers. This is when used for the intended use. While I have never had an issue with any of the wrenches, I am careful of the application. If the fastener requires a break free, I switch to my regular combination wrench, for that purpose and continue with the ratcheting heads. Now, that is just my style of wrenching. To each your own how you apply the tool to the specific situation, when your using it.

I find them to be fit to my purpose of use that I went and recently purchased the extra long handle 0 degree box end set for a specific task. I was originally only going to buy the specific wrench but at the price for the set “on sale” it did not make sense. I bought the set. I think if you push any tool to its max it will break.

Some tools are definitely better than others in form, fit and finish which leads to a more pleasurable outcome. For the price, warranty and ease of use. I think you will be happy with your purchase. Again, that depends on your personal expectation of the tool. You could always go the GW or SO route for top shelf. I just have too many other tools to still buy, so for me it’s about value. Now, that being said, all my hand pliers are ChannelLock and Knipex. Again, personal preferences.
These definitely feel like above-average quality. I'm extremely picky, even when inspecting my Knipex pliers, so I notice for example that there is a variation in the smoothness of the ratcheting mechanism between the individual wrenches, and I checked several sets. Nothing that felt like poor quality, just variation; some smoother, some louder with a bit more resistance. I also have several Snap On ratchets and they have virtually no variation between them, but of course they individually cost more than double this set.

Having the extra long handle set, do you still see yourself reaching for these regular length ones? While of course it would be best to use a box end for breaking loose, ideally anti-rounding 6 point and not even 12 point, I can see many cases where the flex head and maybe even ratchet would be needed for a job, eg. radiator bolts, pulley bolts on a transverse engine, etc. The note on the packaging makes me feel they might deny warranty if the ratchet breaks in such usage, which is what had me annoyed. In an ideal world, everything could be done with a nice beefy socket.
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Piklishi wrote: I really like these ones. Hopefully 75% off by end year. Good find OP +1.
Have these ever been seen with a bigger discount? Stocktrack history shows 50% is the most in the past few years.
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Superjester wrote: MasterCraft Basic hand tools are spot on, i use their basic tools professionally everyday and rarely have an issue.. For 60$ these are a very good deal.

You want an over inflated price? Price out a set of gearwrench anywhere else!
When price history shows no better price in recent years, perhaps downvotes for "not a good price" should be considered a RFD badge of honor.
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The fixed reversible version of these are much better for most applications unless you need to get in a weird spot.

These "flex" ones become completely floppy with no resistance at all quite quickly. If you enjoy bashing your knuckles on a regular basis, these are the ones to get.

However the warranty is great, and if they aren't used frequently they are a good set to have as a backup or for around the house.

I have quite a few sets of the fixed ones and have always gotten a replacement when I inevitably kill the 9/16" one on a yearly basis.
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blackice168 wrote: I'm pretty sure these all come from the same factory in asia. A lot of the Canadian tire hand tools can also be found at princess auto, harbor freight, aliexpress.

These are all 72 teeth/ 5degree arc ratchets.
Princess Auto COMING SOON 5pc 21.99
https://www.princessauto.com/en/5-pc-me ... 0008997264

Harbor Freight 5pc 29.99 USD
https://www.harborfreight.com/flex-head ... 60592.html

Aliexpress various prices each
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004 ... SL8dG41IpW


Wobble extensions for example:

CT 34.99
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mast ... ml?loc=plp

Princess Auto 42.99 but i've seen it for about 20.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/9-pc-wo ... 0008616906

Harbor Freight 12.99 USD
https://www.harborfreight.com/wobble-so ... 67971.html
The comparison shopping is great, but I'm really skeptical of things that look similar but could end up having different quality. Good post, I'd love to see the similar tools compared in testing. For example, there's a good video where the Torque Test channel compared Knipex cobra pliers against identical-looking Amazon basics pliers which were much cheaper for a set! The latter performed well for the money, but the quality consistency was not the same. Funny part is the 7-piece wrench set from AliExpress is actually quite a bit more expensive than from Canadian Tire once you add the $32 shipping.
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Spankaru wrote: The fixed reversible version of these are much better for most applications unless you need to get in a weird spot.

These "flex" ones become completely floppy with no resistance at all quite quickly. If you enjoy bashing your knuckles on a regular basis, these are the ones to get.

However the warranty is great, and if they aren't used frequently they are a good set to have as a backup or for around the house.

I have quite a few sets of the fixed ones and have always gotten a replacement when I inevitably kill the 9/16" one on a yearly basis.
Yeah I read about complaints of the flex head getting floppy, but can't the hex screw for the head just be tightened?

Weird spots seem to be guaranteed for most work on cars. That's what motivates this purchase for me, otherwise I'd always be using sockets.
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fizikz wrote: These definitely feel like above-average quality. I'm extremely picky, even when inspecting my Knipex pliers, so I notice for example that there is a variation in the smoothness of the ratcheting mechanism between the individual wrenches, and I checked several sets. Nothing that felt like poor quality, just variation; some smoother, some louder with a bit more resistance. I also have several Snap On ratchets and they have virtually no variation between them, but of course they individually cost more than double this set.

Having the extra long handle set, do you still see yourself reaching for these regular length ones? While of course it would be best to use a box end for breaking loose, ideally anti-rounding 6 point and not even 12 point, I can see many cases where the flex head and maybe even ratchet would be needed for a job, eg. radiator bolts, pulley bolts on a transverse engine, etc. The note on the packaging makes me feel they might deny warranty if the ratchet breaks in such usage, which is what had me annoyed. In an ideal world, everything could be done with a nice beefy socket.
The extra long handles do make a difference. They are 0 degrees offset and the ones I have are the non flex head so they don’t work everywhere. I have the regular flex head ones, they can get a little sloppy if you don’t tighten the screws for the pivot. I just put a dab of blue thread locker and it seems to do the trick.

I mean, anything can be knuckle busting. My vehicles have all been Krown’ed so most things on the bottom come loose without too much fight. I don’t wrench on vehicles professionally, again, value for money the CT stuff works pretty good. I have yet to break anything myself.

Now, when it comes to my 6” coring drill, nothing but made in Germany Bosch and Japanese or German bits. But I use those professionally so I don’t mess around with that stuff. I love Snap On. I have an original set of the hard handle screw drivers and the ratcheting screw driver that I bought when I wasn’t even an apprentice, back in high school. Cost me an arm and a leg but still some of my favorite tools. I wish all my wrenches and sockets where snap on but I have so many tools that it didn’t make sense. I would have had no money for the other toys. I am a Festool guy and have almost all of there lineup for sanders, saws and routers, biggest reason is, I hate dust. The tools are top notch. Are they worth the going prices? They are to me, but again, I’m just a hobbyist. They get minimal use.

So I have a little of every grade of tool, it really comes down to what you prefer and money. Can I use a cheaper tool and still achieve the same result, probably. Will it be as enjoyable or easy, maybe. Either way what I really like to see is people just going for it and trying to fix or create something. I don’t just do it out of cost. When the shop quoted me 950.00 a side to do my wheel bearings on my truck. I spent 400 and 150 on tools and put the rest into my kids RESP. Hopefully it will pay dividends later. Either way, I had the opportunity to learn something, and I got new tools.
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