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jacques maurel13/01/2017 08:08:28
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Look at this book:


http://www.crowood.com/details.asp?isbn=9781785000355&t=Adjustable-Spanner---History,-origins-and-development-to-1970

J Maurel

Michael Gilligan13/01/2017 08:31:33
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 12/01/2017 09:55:14:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 11/01/2017 21:57:48:

It's a bit rattly, but ideal to keep in the glove box.

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Is that 'rattly in the glovebox' or 'rattly in its construction' ?

[serious question]

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____ ^^^ ____ Neil ?

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Neil Wyatt13/01/2017 08:51:10
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 13/01/2017 08:31:33:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 12/01/2017 09:55:14:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 11/01/2017 21:57:48:

It's a bit rattly, but ideal to keep in the glove box.

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Is that 'rattly in the glovebox' or 'rattly in its construction' ?

[serious question]

Construction. I think I've figured out how it assembles. The two ends are separate parts, slid in and then the centre screw added and the outers somehow fit onto the ends of the screw in a non-removable way.

Neil

Neil Wyatt13/01/2017 08:53:12
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Posted by Robbo on 12/01/2017 15:53:53:

"Wilkinsons/Wilko isn't the first place I'd go to find innovative tooling, but I saw one today " (spelling corrected)

Well Neil, you didn't find anything innovative. Here's a picture of its Grandpa before he went to China:-

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Apparently there are other makes too. Could I use that picture in next month's MEW?

Neil

Neil Wyatt13/01/2017 08:54:13
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Posted by John Flack on 12/01/2017 13:30:00:

Curious how every one try's to re invent the spanner. At the daily mail home exhibition in 1964 I purchased a couple of SURPANS a spanner cum wrench which gave equal pressure on 'two sides of a nut and you only had two spanners for All household jobs they were/are brilliant. But that said I have a toolbox full of spanners which I use for specific purposes. I think the human brain rebels at the term, and use of universal, there seems more comfort in a tool that has a specific use, or am I illogical?????????

Steplad swears by his universal socket (full of sprung hexagonal pins), I have one but I haven't ever used it.

Neil

Michael Gilligan13/01/2017 08:57:52
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/01/2017 08:51:10:

Posted by Michael Gilligan on 13/01/2017 08:31:33:

Is that 'rattly in the glovebox' or 'rattly in its construction' ?

[serious question]

Construction. I think I've figured out how it assembles. The two ends are separate parts, slid in and then the centre screw added and the outers somehow fit onto the ends of the screw in a non-removable way.

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Thanks, Neil

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JasonB13/01/2017 08:57:59
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/01/2017 08:41:47:

Never know when I'm going to see Scooby owner at the side of the road in need of assistance

Don't worry about me Neil, I have one of these. Should appeal to you as it has an electric motor insidesmile p

Robbo13/01/2017 10:00:44
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"Apparently there are other makes too. Could I use that picture in next month's MEW?

Neil"

'Course you can, in my album 'Unusual adjustable spanner' (that took some thought), there's also one of the reverse side. Neither very good, as the day was half-dark all day. If you can't improve them I'll try and do better!

 

Jason - I believe your electric spanner was invented by Mr T H Umbless.

Edited By Robbo on 13/01/2017 10:03:44

Roy M13/01/2017 10:06:48
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I have bought, (for convenience or cheapness), several adjustable spanners over the years, most of which are now probably tin cans. However, in my professional kit I have a 12" Bahco adjustable wrench which never binds up, always stays parallel and has doubled up as a kinetic persuader on occasions. It has been in weekly use since 1973.

I am currently working on a universal friction free module that will render the wheel obsolete. RoyM

Neil Wyatt13/01/2017 13:52:35
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Posted by jacques maurel on 13/01/2017 08:08:28:

Look at this book:


http://www.crowood.com/details.asp?isbn=9781785000355&t=Adjustable-Spanner---History,-origins-and-development-to-1970

J Maurel

Thanks Jacques, now if it wasn't for this thread I'd think that was a minority interest..

Neil

peak414/01/2017 20:35:17
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Not the best of photos, but heres a few oddballs out of my toolbox;

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The black handled ones have got me out of a number of awkward situations, albeit often at the expense of damaging the nut. They do grip pretty much anything though, provided it fits in the jaws, and are better quality than their appearance suggests.

King Dick is self explanatory, but the Cromna is my favourite; It's just a shame that I've only got the one size. It grips most things, and also acts as a ratchet open ender. The little hemispherical boat tilts to allow the jaws to sit square, whatever sized nut you use it on.

The missle dumpy one is ex-Uboat WW2 vintage, with a set of captive shims to vary the size.

Danny M2Z16/01/2017 06:43:17
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This one fits in the toolkit ok. It's a 'Multi-Wrench' and fits hex heads between 9 & 22mm. Found at a local market for $5, could not resist it!

It's self adjusting and works quite well well actually. Quite an ingenious design, the cam is the secret.

* Danny M *

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Bikepete16/01/2017 13:56:45
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This one looks interesting:

Promo:

 

Edited By Bikepete on 16/01/2017 14:06:47

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