I have to disagree with them being common. As you can see in this
thread, a lot of people have no idea what they even are. Sure, I
know you can go buy them, but here in NJ you won't find them in the
typical hardware store. And they sure aren't commonly found in most
homeowner's tool kits. And why would you suggest the typica homeowner
needs them? For what? Around the house, it's pretty rare to need to
use one. Personally, I've done a hell of a lot of work around the
house and never needed one. They are very useful sometimes for
working on cars, but I do a lot of work on my own cars too and I don't
have a set. I would agree that they are more commonly found in a
I see them on every rack of tools I go by, but then I go to real
hardware stores, not the box stores. You will also find them in any
tool catalog including the Sears one. Granted they are not seen and
used as much as standard ones but they are hardly 'rare'. As for
people not knowing about them, those would be ones who have never done
any serious wrenching on cars, etc.
For homeownwers I was assuming they own a few yard and garden power
equipment. I am always glad to have offsets when working on them.
i worked on tractor trailer,buses...etc i have got most of the hand tools
for a/c,engines,and transmissions. if i hadn't needed them for work, i
would have never bought them.... the only wrench set (beside standard ones)
i'd need for general home repair is the stubby ones. those are some handy
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