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Best Combination Wrench Set for DIYers?

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What brand, size, or style of combination wrench set would you recommend to DIYers or homeowners?

My in-laws stopped by for a visit today, and I gave my father-in-law a 15″ adjustable wrench. A couple of months ago he had asked for a larger adjustable wrench, as whatever size he was using for a minor plumbing repair was just too small. So, I bought him a 15″ wrench, figuring that it should do the trick.

Do you happen to have a wrench set?

I know exactly what I’ll get him – a Husky 10pc inch combination wrench set (shown above), and a 10pc metric wrench set.

This is similar to what I purchased for myself a while ago, but better. I bought raised panel wrenches, which were decent, but short. These Husky wrenches are full-polish and look to be standard length wrenches.

Right now, as part of Home Depot’s Father’s Day 2021 tool deals, they have the Husky wrench sets for $20 each.

SAE sizes: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 11/16″, 3/4″, 7/8″

Metric sizes: 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 16mm, 17mm, 19mm

Price: $20

Buy Now: SAE via Home Depot
Buy Now: Metric via Home Depot

I think this is an unbeatable value to start out with. I don’t know what wrenches my father-in-law might have, but this should cover 99% of his needs.

I’m thinking back to when I purchased my first wrench set. I didn’t need all 9 sizes, I needed maybe 3 sizes. But the way the tools were priced, it didn’t make sense to buy them individually, so I bought the 9pc set.

With these Husky 10pc sets, there’s are more sizes than I got with my first sets, and I like the full-polish aspect.

These wrenches aren’t one-style-fits-all, meaning more advanced users might have different preferences or needs.

But for someone looking to get a wrench set to cover all of their bases, this will definitely do the trick. If these sets were available when I was first starting out, this is what I’d buy.

Right now they’re $20 special buy for Father’s Day, and you’ll need to get order them for in-store pickup.

Husky also has a Lifetime Warranty and no questions, no receipt required policy, which makes these sets even more compelling.

Buy Now: SAE Set
Buy Now: Metric Set

I think that these sets are all my Father-in-law will ever need.

For a more casual user, these sets might be the perfect upgrade over an adjustable wrench.

What about me? These would have been a good starting point for me, but I’ve benefited from expanding my wrench set over the years. Meaning, if I bought this 15 years ago, I would have added to it, but would probably still have it today.

The beauty of these wrenches is that they’ll still be useful even if a user ever needs or wants to upgrade or expand their kit, since many tasks might require two wrenches. I often use one wrench as a backer wrench, holding a nut or other rear fastener in place, and another wrench or ratcheting wrench to do the main work, turning a bolt head or other front fastener.

My mind is set – I’m heading out to Home Depot to pick up these Husky wrench sets, but I’m curious to hear if you have any other recommendations.

What about ratcheting wrenches? I think that combination wrenches are a better option to start out with. Let’s say you’re using a socket wrench and need a backer wrench. I’d rather use a non-ratcheting 12pt box end over a ratcheting box end. I think that a ratcheting wrench set is a great next-step, though.

If you were shopping for a combination wrench set for a DIYer, homeowner, or similar user, would you go with these sets, or something different?

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