The 6 Best Spud Wrenches
This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in July of 2019. Well known as a sidekick to ironworkers everywhere, the defining characteristic of a spud wrench is its tempered, tapered handle that can double as a drift pin – assisting tradespeople in aligning holes for bolts and rivets. While they're available in a variety of fixed sizes, our rankings focus on adjustable options that provide the same flexibility as a common crescent. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
October 03, 2019:
While they do tend to be bigger than most of the options you’ll find in a common wrench set, the defining characteristic of a spud wrench is its tempered, tapered handle that can easily double as a drift pin – which also generally means their handles wind up being a couple inches longer than a standard wrench of the same nominal size. Ironworkers love them, as they have ample opportunities to use the drift pin while lining up holes for bolts and rivets, and as much opportunity to use the wrench head while tightening nuts down. Spud wrenches are available in a variety of fixed sizes, but our rankings are focused on adjustable options that offer the same flexibility as a crescent wrench.
A few things to look for while shopping the category:
Ruler heads: This is a personal, favorite feature of mine. Many models in this category come with measurements laser etched into their wrench heads, allowing users to confidently make precise adjustments without muddling about checking their setting against their hardware.
Finish: While corrosion-resistant, black phosphate finishes seem to come relatively standard on handles, keep an eye out for options like the Klein Tools 3239, that are completely coated in the finish, even across their wrench heads.
Versatility: While spud wrenches by definition are already a two-in-one tool, and we’ve already bolstered our ranking’s versatility by focusing on adjustable options, some selections take things a step further, such as the 16-inch offering in the Maxpower Heavy-Duty Kitbag, that can double as a pipe wrench or even be swung like a hammer.