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    Facom they are excellent tools, for the most on par with Snap-on. Their ergonomic line of screwdrivers is excellent. The French would argue that Facom is better than Snap-on. The Germans would argue that Stahlwille and/or Hazet are better than Snap-on....

    My favourite spanners are a BRITOOL socket set - which were a present from an engineer who worked for both Rolls Royce and Starrett.


    That said I've been impressed by some of the tools sold by Lidl.


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    Is this the cheapest socket set ever? I bought it in a department store in Beijing in December 1996, for 100 Rmb, or around £10. The worst part is the polyethylene case. It does actually work, if you don’t ask much of it.

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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    At the other extreme, my extravagant purchase of a set of King Dick Whitworth combination ratcheting spanners arrived today. Things of beauty and a joy for certainly a very long time, and absolutely up to replacing the dome nut at the top of a Seagull:

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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    The friend who sent me this is a Chief Engineer...

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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    The friend who sent me this is a Chief Engineer...

    Totally brilliant, ABC - thanks for posting that !!!!!



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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    The friend who sent me this is a Chief Engineer...


    Just before the torch, I'd add "Yachtsman's Speed Wrench".

    Schooner sailors love to get blown offshore!

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    A plug for a non-spanner item (often used as one) - I like the quality and versatility of the ''Knipex' line of pliers - Made in Germany, I have a couple or three (no affiliation)



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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    Quote Originally Posted by SchoonerRat View Post
    Just before the torch, I'd add "Yachtsman's Speed Wrench".
    I was taught that that tool is for carburetor adjusting. Guess it's multi-purpose!
    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    A plug for a non-spanner item (often used as one) - I like the quality and versatility of the ''Knipex' line of pliers - Made in Germany, I have a couple or three (no affiliation)



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    While there are many types of pliers, a pair of Channellocks is hard to beat. I have 3 sizes from about 13" to 20" (OAL). Do note that they are directional!

    The straight ones are the most common:



    But also really useful for anything round are the V Jaw:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I was taught that that tool is for carburetor adjusting. Guess it's multi-purpose!

    Definitely multi/universal purpose. If ANYTHING refuses to move, the YSW can usually convince it otherwise. It's a little delicate for carb adjusting though. The best tool for this job is a simple match or lighter. Adjust it once and you'll never have to adjust it again!
    Schooner sailors love to get blown offshore!

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    Small pliers and cutters - Lindstrom
    Heavy wire cutters - Felco
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    Maybe too late as you’ve started buying but this set seems good:


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    I have a pair of Knipex nippers, far better than Channelock. The other good pliers are Klien.
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    Snap On are the gold standard here in the US. German tools are impressive, I've had a set of Stahlwile wrenches for 50 years and never regretted paying the price. I decided to upgrade recently and bought a set of Beta Inox (stainless steel) combination wrenches. The idea is that if you wrench on a stainless nut or bolt with standard wrenches they impart a bit of steel which will rust. First time I used one of these beautiful and expensive wrenches, the jaw broke clean off. Wasn't even stressing the sucker. I wrote Beta in Italy asking about their warranty, and crickets ..... So, there is a reason why Snap On is so well thought of in the US. I inherited an original Snap On socket wrench, this sucker must be 100 years old so I asked Snap On if it was possible to repair the ratchet mechanism. They gave me all the parts to make it like new, for an antique wrench! I use it and love it. Fancy stainless ..... never again

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    Looking carefully at the fearsomely expensive King Dick spanners that I have just acquired, they are chrome plated but I would say the chrome plating is exceptionally well done.
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    I like that bike kit set above, nifty for travelling and some great ideas like front axle internal removal plug, and the spanner with a middle socket for spinning, but im not sure why the ratchet rings need a do-undo-lever. just turn a ratchet ring spanner over. More to fail, as I said above, ratchet rings are neat but small ones are fragile enough anyway.

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    I learned rather too late in life that money saved on cheap tools is wasted. Not only "buy cheap, buy twice" but you also run the risk of damaging screws, bolts or nuts you are working on.

    There are plenty of decent mid-market tools made by people like Stanley and Draper. Snap-On is definitely better.

    Each time you need a tool for a job, do a bit of research and buy the tight tool. If the price is stupid and it's a one off job, pay someone to do it with their tools. If it's a routine and regular job, buy the best tools you can afford.

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    I make an exception for boats.If a tool goes over the side and disappears it causes a lot less regret if it was a cheapy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchoonerRat View Post
    Just before the torch, I'd add "Yachtsman's Speed Wrench".

    Also known in the British Army as a 'Tool, Fine Adjusting, Large (REME)'. A TFA Small is 2lb lump hammer. REME = Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.
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    Lump hammer is a British term. But starting to gain acceptance here in the US.

    https://lostartpress.com/products/lump-hammer

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    Had a RAF tech moonlighting at the airfield (where I had Snap-on if I could afford them, Britool as second best) Anyway, this guy evaluated tools for new aircraft, like the Harrier and rated Facom very highly.
    His range of (free sample) kit made us extremely envious.
    Thing about Snap-On, was their specialist range. Tools for jobs that nobody else made and speeded up things nicely.
    The rep did say, that if one used a tube and broke a spanner, try not to mark the spanner with the tube, so he could replace it without question.

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    In my Stainless supplier about 20 yrs ago, they had a 1/2 and 1/4 in socket set by Bruder Mannesmann on offer. Good range along with deep draw sockets in both 1/2 & 1/4. Ratchets work well with fairly fine 'clicks'. Very impressed over the time and supposedly warranted for life. Only complaint is the plastic cushining on the ratchet handles is degrading. Not quite as smooth to use as Snap-On, but hugely cheaper, 70 euro? the set.

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    ^ Andrew, with regard to the plastic cushioning 'degrading' - I may suggest 2 solutions - I do not know if either is available to you - first, there are replacement hammer / tool handle sleeves, which attach similar to the old woven child's 'fingertrap' , and second is a product known here as 'Plastidip' (no affiliation) - I have used the Plastidip to recoat plier handles, it worked quite well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett View Post
    I have been messing about with wooden boats for fifty one years. Over that time I have acquired some familiarity with the hand tools that one uses on wood, and have acquired, as one does, rather more tools than I need.

    When it comes to spanners and such like I have just bought the cheapest.

    I am now reconsidering this, as I now own a boat with rather more “engineering” about her.

    I found I had some old spanners, picked up at car boot sales, which were less rubbishy. One in particular seems rather nicer and has the interesting name KING DICK on it. I realise now that spanners are not all the same, any more than planes and handsaws and chisels are.

    What are the spanner equivalents of Stanley, Record, Disston and so on? What should I look for?
    For work as a machine repair and maintenance technician, I didnt want to carry my Stahwile tools out and about, too easy to lose them. I bought a 106 piece Bahco "suitcase" kit, it has ring and open enders, 1/4in and 1/2in sockets, a wide range of screwdriver tips, some wobble head spanners and a range of ratchet and universal drives.
    I now own three of those, one on the boat, one in my shop and one in the mobile tool set. They're very good value for money and feel nice, last well, and have a very good fit. Recommended.
    Its often the only thing I carry into a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whameller View Post
    Also known in the British Army as a 'Tool, Fine Adjusting, Large (REME)'. A TFA Small is 2lb lump hammer. REME = Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers.
    The engineers motto, "if at first you don't succeed, use a bigger hammer".

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    If a hammer won't fix it - it must be an electrical probllem
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Default Re: I would like some advice on wrenches, or spanners...

    One tool I love is my adjustable spud wrench. The handle was designed for steel construction, aligning girder bolt holes. I modified the tip to make it a useful fid/marling spike. Endless uses when stepping or striking rigs.

    It's hard to find adjustable wrenches that are well made and don't slip. I blundered into Klein tools, a lovely family business, and have had no bruised knuckles with this tool.


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    While pricy, for rigging work I turn to some bronze pliers, wrenches, and such that I got from a safety (non-sparking) tool company. Nice because no rust and they don't damage wire rigging. Like the spud wrench, these live in the rigging kit, not the mechanical kit.

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