Who sells Spanners?

quattro

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#1
Just bought a new machine and need some (anyone sensitive close your eyes now) metric spanners :oops:

Does someone on here sell them?

Richard
 

unstable load

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#3
Just bought a new machine and need some (anyone sensitive close your eyes now) metric spanners :oops:

Does someone on here sell them?

Richard
It is a distressing situation you find yourself in, isn't it.
I had my work toolbox well sorted until we got French engines for the one type of heli, and that put paid to toolbox harmony.....
 

arthuy

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#4
not as good as they used to be but halfords tools are ok.

if you register on the website they send you discount codes. i got a £300 tool set for £114 delivered.
 
#5
I use "Metrinch" spanners and sockets which are suitable for Metric and inch. The open end side is not so usable but these have on "rounded" nuts and bolts a very good grip. I use these for over 10 years now and nothing is worn. I even bought a set of spanners and sockets for Euro 100,- which i keep in my classic car.
 

PeterZRH

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#6
not as good as they used to be but halfords tools are ok.

if you register on the website they send you discount codes. i got a £300 tool set for £114 delivered.
Halfords "professional" sets are really rather good. I treated myself to some ratchet spanners (luxury!) many years ago and they've taken a surprising amount of abuse. Machinemart is in most towns and will give you a dozen choices of price/quality.
 

quattro

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#8
I have some Halford's tools and they are surprisingly good.

I may just pop down to Halfords later, see what they have.

Cheers all

Richard
 

unstable load

Well-Known Member
#9
I use "Metrinch" spanners and sockets which are suitable for Metric and inch. The open end side is not so usable but these have on "rounded" nuts and bolts a very good grip. I use these for over 10 years now and nothing is worn. I even bought a set of spanners and sockets for Euro 100,- which i keep in my classic car.
A bloke arrived at work with a set of those, and just before tea-break, the Engineering Manager had a walkabout in the hangar and saw them....:eek:
He had one of those booming voices that carries beautifully..... and used it to good effect that day. Poor bloke was in his car down the road on his way home and still able to hear his fortune being told.....:D
He DID come back with proper tools, though....:rolleyes:
 
#10
John, why are Metrinch tools no proper tools? I experienced that the open end spanners don't work very well but i have good experiences with the non - open end and the sockets. They don't damage your bolts and nuts

Peter
 
#11
I have taken up stopping at yard/ barn/ garage sales, looking for tools made in USA or UK. I bought a made in USA pipe wrench (Stillsons for those in the UK) for $8, and a very sturdy jemmy bar.
At another tool sale (part of a car club sale) I bought a DC ammeter that goes up to 60 amps. Perfect for testing Rover Lucas generators. Also bought a very good timing light a while back, that includes the dial for testing if the advance is working correctly.
 

harveyp6

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#12
Also bought a very good timing light a while back, that includes the dial for testing if the advance is working correctly.
You can test the advance without that, you just rev the engine and watch the timing marks move. (Or not, as the case may be). The dial is for engines with only a TDC mark, so you can dial in the amount of advance you need, and then set it to the TDC mark.
 

unstable load

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#13
John, why are Metrinch tools no proper tools? I experienced that the open end spanners don't work very well but i have good experiences with the non - open end and the sockets. They don't damage your bolts and nuts

Peter
Peter, I work on multi million Dollar aircraft, so the standards for acceptable tooling are a bit tighter for us.
We are governed by the Manufacturers and the Clients we fly for, so things like unauthorised tooling are a big no-no. We cannot even make "special" tools for those difficult jobs without getting them run through the drawing office and Quality Assurance before they are sent out.

I am also a bit of a tool snob, so an Inch sized bolt or nut needs an Inch sized spanner and vice-versa for Metric ones. It probably stems from too many slightly worn spanners and too many rounded/graunched fasteners that needed drilling out, but, that's just my ideas on Metrinch.....:rolleyes:
 

harveyp6

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#14
so an Inch sized bolt or nut needs an Inch sized spanner and vice-versa for Metric ones. It probably stems from too many slightly worn spanners and too many rounded/graunched fasteners that needed drilling out, but, that's just my ideas on Metrinch.....:rolleyes:
+1 to that. I can't see how the same spanner can be a proper fit on both a 1/2"AF (12.7mm) and a 13mm.
 
#18
Peter, I work on multi million Dollar aircraft, so the standards for acceptable tooling are a bit tighter for us.
We are governed by the Manufacturers and the Clients we fly for, so things like unauthorised tooling are a big no-no. We cannot even make "special" tools for those difficult jobs without getting them run through the drawing office and Quality Assurance before they are sent out.

I am also a bit of a tool snob, so an Inch sized bolt or nut needs an Inch sized spanner and vice-versa for Metric ones. It probably stems from too many slightly worn spanners and too many rounded/graunched fasteners that needed drilling out, but, that's just my ideas on Metrinch.....:rolleyes:
I understand your point as i have worked in oil related industries with a lot of certification. What you mention is that it is a matter of authorization/certification and it doesn't have much to do with the quality of the metrich tools. With Metrinch tools you have less rounded nuts & bolts but they only supply plain spanners and sockets and nothing like ratchet spanners.

Peter
 

colnerov

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#20
Hi, They used to be called OTS (Off The Shoulder) sockets which is a better description, although it's not so effective on the open ended spanner. Although I don't like them because on the few occasion I used a mates they felt loose, even the right socket for the right fixing ie. not metrinch ones.

Colin
 
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