Looking for BA Allen Keys
|Bob Unitt 1||17/11/2021 13:04:32|
222 forum posts
Does anyone know where I can get BA Allen Keys, preferably in a set ? I've tried the usual suppliers, but no luck
|128 forum posts|
BA was never metric to my knowledge. You need an imperial inches set.
|Clive Brown 1||17/11/2021 13:11:32|
|863 forum posts|
AFAIK they don't exist. All the socket head BA fasteners I've ever used have fractional imperial sockets.
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Should not be a problem getting 2, 2.4 and 4mm for the common even numbered BA cap heads which are 6, 4 and 2BA, Someone Like Model Fixings have key, tee wrenches and ball ended drivers in those sizes
That is what I use and they all fit, if not go looking for 5/64, 3/32 and 5/32" again not too hard to find as are 0.9mm (0.035inch) and 1.27mm (0.050inch) which fit BA grub screws. Same supplier does them too.
Edited By JasonB on 17/11/2021 13:18:16
|Mark Rand||17/11/2021 13:14:08|
|1309 forum posts|
Use normal imperial Allen keys. There are no separate BA Allen keys
|Nigel Bennett||17/11/2021 14:01:05|
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Machine Mart do a set of miniature Allen keys Product Code 040215196 which are small metric and Imperial.
|Bob Unitt 1||17/11/2021 15:37:21|
222 forum posts
Thanks for all the replies. The reason I asked was because I have a set of 4 BA capscrews which neither my metric nor my imperial allen keys fit, but I have an allen key supplied as 4 BA by a model engineering firm which fits them perfectly.
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Sounds like you have some odd 4BA screws if imperial keys won't fit. This is a 4BA with a nominal 3/32" key which fits fine. Details of key sizes can be found here and as I said the metric ones fit too.
Edited By JasonB on 17/11/2021 16:06:14
|bernard towers||17/11/2021 16:20:24|
|689 forum posts|
ITEMS , Mail order do all the keys and they are good quality.
|Tim Stevens||17/11/2021 17:54:02|
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It is one of the better ideas among the dozens of fastener shapes and sizes, that Whitworth, BSF, UNC, UNF, UNEF and others all take the standard Inch sizes of Allen key.
And beware - some supplies of BSF from the left-hand edge of the Pacific come with socket heads for metric Allen keys.
|Brian Morehen||19/11/2021 20:12:15|
189 forum posts
have used BA allen screws for years down to 8 BA . AF allen keys have always been correct ,I believe these also been in use be fore Metric appeared
|1730 forum posts|
Some time ago bought a metric/imperial set on offer from Screwfix in a handy flip case.
They seem to fit anything (within size range) that I’ve tried so far and appear tough.
Edited By V8Eng on 19/11/2021 21:24:13
|2565 forum posts|
By way of addition to Jason's link, 8BA set screws take a 0.035" key. For the 1/16" sizes and above I identify them by 1/64"s, so that, eg, a 5/32" is a number 10 in my system.
The small L-shaped keys can be quite flexible and when more torque is required I use the 1/4" AF shank bits in a holder; these seem to be available down to 0.050".
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