The 6 Best Spud Wrenches

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This wiki has been updated 15 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 recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Klein Tools 3239

2. Maxpower Heavy-Duty Kitbag

3. Titan Tool 3-Piece

Editor's Notes

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.

4. EhomeA2Z 43237-2

5. Proto Tools J712SC

6. Calterm Ironworker Kit

Will Rhoda
Last updated by Will Rhoda

After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.

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