Bahco is giving away 10 of its popular 9031 ERGO 8” wide jaw adjustable wrenches to lucky HVP readers.

Knowing that plumbers would often find an extra hand useful, Swedish craftsman J.P.Johansson invented a tool he called ‘The Iron Hand.’ 

It replaced fixed spanners with a single tool capable of gripping nuts and bolts of different sizes, just like the human hand.

That was 130 years ago, in 1888. Three years later he patented the first adjustable spanner, which evolved to become today’s toolbox essential, the adjustable wrench.  

The master craftsman later linked up with colleagues to form a hand tool manufacturing company, combining their initials to call it Bahco.

Today, one of Bahco’s most popular adjustable wrenches is the 9031, renowned for its extra wide jaws.

Here are some of the tool’s key features:

  • Its wide jaw opens to 38mm, wider than a standard 12” wrench and 40% larger than a standard 8” wrench
  • The reversible moving jaw has a pipe grip facility which enables the serrated side to be used as a pipe wrench
  • The design of the jaws and handle, with parallel jaw faces, makes it possible to use hand strength in the most efficient way, while keeping a safe grip in different work positions
  • It’s ideal for use with ordinary nuts, also with pipes, rounded nuts and bolts
  • Advanced ergonomic features reduce the risk of hand muscle strain or injury
  • The wrench is precision hardened and anti-corrosion treated
  • It has a left-reading metric measurement scale on the jaw head to determine bolt size.

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