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‘Adjustable’ 10-22mm

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RichardN03/10/2020 12:12:11
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Random question- anyone come across a spanner like this before?

Actually it is effective, and varies from 10-22mm. I assume continental origin based on the spelling and metric nature, and was found in a gutter years ago.

Surprisingly useful, but never seen similar for sale? The irregular hexagonal ends rotate on the pins, in case that’s not obvious!

Clive Foster03/10/2020 12:23:29
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There are several variants of this design floating around. I've handled two and seen at least three more illustrated / pictured.

As you say they are effective but can be a pain to get on the nut or bolt head. Hopeless with the modern tapered all ways integrated bolt head & washer systems but can be very good on damaged heads.

I din't particularly miss mine when it disappeared on loan.

Clive

David Hill 503/10/2020 12:24:03
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I have a set of three to cover quite a size range. No idea where I bought them, might have been in Germany as I lived there for 15 years a couple of decades ago. Actually, can't ever remember using them as my first choice is always a proper spanner or socket!

roy entwistle03/10/2020 12:27:14
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I think I've seen them in Aldi, some time ago. I've certainly seen them before

Bo'sun03/10/2020 12:48:05
233 forum posts

Looks like an "Ideal Home Show" special. Bought because it looked good at the time, but then just languishes in a drawer somewhere, because a regular spanner is more convenient.

Rod Renshaw03/10/2020 13:09:54
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+1 for the Ideal Home Exhibition special. Worked OK for a time but snapped when it met a tight nut, and not really missed as it had a tendency to chew up the nuts.

Rod

Jeff Dayman03/10/2020 14:10:00
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The slang in German for that wrench type, at least in Augsburg area, is "mutternwracke". Translated to English, it is "nut-ruiner" (for good reason).

not done it yet03/10/2020 14:25:53
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Not the exact one, but I have one or two in one of my toolboxes... Rarely used.

peak403/10/2020 14:33:36
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I do have a couple of those somewhere, but never been that impressed with them.

Cromna ones however, whilst no longer made, really do work well; they grip rusty and rounded fasteners, as well as round bar if used carefully. Available in sizes 1-4.

Cromna Front

I've not reproduced the photos here to save clogging up the forum storage, but there's a few either side of that photo in my flickr album.
There's also a few extra ones in my Facebook album if you have access to that particular social media.

Bill

MC Black03/10/2020 23:36:30
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I have one.

i think I bought it from Radiospares around 40 years ago.

i think I know where it is too!

Howard Lewis04/10/2020 14:39:54
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Have number of this sort of spanner, almost all unused, but seemed "A good idea at the time"

If the worst comes to the worst, a "footprint", Stilson or Mole wrench usually do the trick,, but at the expense of the the appearance of the piece being rotated.

Howard

Grindstone Cowboy04/10/2020 16:04:14
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Have a very cheaply made version (no idea where from, I certainly didn't pay for it) that twists out of shape when used for anything even slightly tight.

I think the basic idea is good, if properly made. I prefer my Adjust-a-Box wrench though.

Rob

Peter G. Shaw04/10/2020 16:52:20
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I have one as in the photo at the top. On one side it says "#A210 Taiwan 3/8-13/16"" (yes one set of double apostrophes from the spanner, and one from me).

On the other side it says " (Strange symbol I can't reproduce) 15-22 MASTER9-14 N".

The heads are chromium plated, and coming off, whilst the main handle looks as if it might be chrome-vanadium.

Peter G. Shaw

Tim Stevens04/10/2020 17:42:29
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There are many variations of self adjusting spanners around - in general it seems true to say 'They fit every nut equally badly'. But still, 100% better than stillsons - unless you have no regard for the skin on your fingers.

And in case anyone has forgotten, the double apostrophe after a number often means inches. Or it did in the good old days.

Cheers, Tim

Peter G. Shaw04/10/2020 17:48:44
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No Tim, I hadn't - I just wanted to be clear that it wasn't a typing error.

Peter G. Shaw

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