|117 forum posts|
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 Foster||03/10/2020 12:23:29|
|2459 forum posts|
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.
|David Hill 5||03/10/2020 12:24:03|
|23 forum posts|
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 entwistle||03/10/2020 12:27:14|
|1268 forum posts|
I think I've seen them in Aldi, some time ago. I've certainly seen them before
|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 Renshaw||03/10/2020 13:09:54|
|196 forum posts|
+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.
|Jeff Dayman||03/10/2020 14:10:00|
|1914 forum posts|
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 yet||03/10/2020 14:25:53|
|5124 forum posts|
Not the exact one, but I have one or two in one of my toolboxes... Rarely used.
1244 forum posts
I do have a couple of those somewhere, but never been that impressed with them.
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.
|MC Black||03/10/2020 23:36:30|
|43 forum posts|
I have one.
i think I bought it from Radiospares around 40 years ago.
i think I know where it is too!
|Howard Lewis||04/10/2020 14:39:54|
|3757 forum posts|
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.
|Grindstone Cowboy||04/10/2020 16:04:14|
|357 forum posts|
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.
|Peter G. Shaw||04/10/2020 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 Stevens||04/10/2020 17:42:29|
1271 forum posts
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.
|Peter G. Shaw||04/10/2020 17:48:44|
1190 forum posts
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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