Replacement wrench for an angle grinder
Adjustable pin wrench
• Manufactured by Keiba Tools (Japan)
• 800-221-2942; www.garrettwade.com
• Cost: $14
My 4-1/2-in. angle grinder didn’t come with a carrying case, and it doesn’t have onboard storage for the special two-prong wrench needed to change the wheels. So in a truly predictable feat of disorganization, I needed only about five minutes to combine these weaknesses and lose the pin wrench. The trouble is that each brand of angle grinder uses a different pin spacing on its wrench, making replacements hard to find. Thankfully, I must not be the only one who can’t find a replacement wrench with the exact pin spacing I need. While thumbing through a recent Garrett Wade tool catalog, I noticed a one-size-fits-all adjustable- pin replacement wrench.
It’s a great idea for untidy carpenters like me, but if you own more than one grinder, as many of my fellow tradespeople do, it’s also a great way to cut down on clutter. After all, one wrench to replace many is a great concept—as long as you don’t lose the replacement, too.
Photos by Krysta S. Doerfler