Crescent Wrenches A to Z

Collection of crescent wrenches runs an alphabetical gamut.

Hoe Corp. spring-loaded pipe wrench. The marketplace was crowded with self-tightening wrenches, but in the 1920s, Hoe Corp., Poughkeepsie, New York, was one of the heavyweights. Patented Feb. 21, 1922, this spring-loaded, self-tightening pipe wrench worked well, Joe says. “The harder you pushed, the tighter it gets,” he says, “but it takes two hands to operate.”
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