Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stanley Hex-a-Matic

The Stanley Hex-a-Matic.  Everybody was trying to cash in on "a-matic" in the Sixties.

Note the nested collets, intended to grip different sizes of nuts or bolt heads:

It was clearly designed to compete with other similar tools like the Ideal Sock-o-Matic wrench featured in a previous blog entry.  Here's how Stanley advertised it back in the day:

I've had this tool for ages, and I don't think I've ever used it.  It's simply too ungainly, especially for smaller fastener sizes.  I usually just grab the standard nut-drivers, even though it means messing around to find the correct one.  (See Mister G's previous post on Spintite.)


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Anonymous said...

This is my go to tool when I need a hex driver. It is just too handy, works, and has never let me down. I have not used anything else for a typical nut-driver type job in the past 3 years after finding this tool used on ebay. I admit I have not tried to really break loose a stubbornly and badly rusted/corroded nut with it just b/c I did not want to risk breaking it. But I have loosened the typical stuck nuts with it.
The only disadvantage I see is if you have to fit the tip into a smaller place, it won't fit. Only then do I need to go get the normal nutdriver.

Most multi-function tools are a gimmick. I find this one to be legit and have had it making me wonder why I have a full set of regular nut drivers out where I can get to them easily on my french cleat storage system. I am thinking of putting the set away and using the space for some other tools I will use.