- Now *that* is an allen key
A wrench (or spanner) is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects—usually rotary fasteners, such as nuts and bolts—or keep them from turning
I guess these here hex key thingummies fall within that definition of wrench (or spanner).Posted 4 years agopaladinSubscriber
speed12 – Member
I love the fact that for huge nuts/bolts (as I cm across) you’d expect there to be some fancy tool to tighten and loosen them….but no, it’s just a bloody great spanner exactly as if someone took a normal 10mm spanner and pressed the ‘enlarge 10x’ button
For ginormous nuts and bolts, its common to use a hydraulic jack to temporarily stretch it, screw the nut up by hand, then release the hydraulic jack, thereby placing the bolt/stud under tension.
Either that or a little flogging spanner and a humunguous hammer…….Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
An iron mongers in Birmingham (Whites IIRC – are they still there?) tried to sell me and Allen Key like the one in the OP, maybe bigger. For a £5. He actually had two of them and was clanging them together and hollering like a town cryer. I was tempted until I found out the cap head screws it fitted into were about £100 each.
Found a giant spanner in a scrap yard in brum too. You could hold it like a guitar. Embossed with the brand name ‘King Dick’Posted 4 years ago
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