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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