PDA

View Full Version : What Conventional Wrenches Do You Use?



KoreanJoey
05-16-2008, 08:08 AM
http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/objects_lg/19600/19556.JPG

Snap On:
Set, Wrench, Metric, Combination, Long, 12-Point (10 pcs.) (10-19 mm)
Stock #: OEXLM710B

Like I said, good tools make a big difference. But honestly you can get the flank drive style wrenches from most tool manufacturers. What makes them better is instead of using the edges of the nut/bolt to grab it uses the shoulders. No more rounded off edges. In fact I use these to take off a lot of bolts that others have rounded off.

Pretty sure you can find the same sort of wrench from Sears for less though.

Just, the truck holds a credit for me. :)

Galcobar
05-16-2008, 08:39 AM
I use a set of Metrinch, for both my sockets and combination hand wrenches. Same idea that it grabs the flats rather than the points of the bolt head, though it still is possible to round a head. Only managed it the one time, fittings on a brake line.

They don't offer the set I have anymore, as mine doesn't include screwdriver bits.

donteatbugs
05-16-2008, 08:46 AM
gear wrench makes some good rachet wrenches. 5 degree clicks, and carry the same warrenty as craftsman from sears. just take them in to get exchanges. ill use just about any combo wrech though, im not too picky.

KoreanJoey
05-16-2008, 08:47 AM
I use a set of Metrinch, for both my sockets and combination hand wrenches. Same idea that it grabs the flats rather than the points of the bolt head, though it still is possible to round a head. Only managed it the one time, fittings on a brake line.

They don't offer the set I have anymore, as mine doesn't include screwdriver bits.

Well if you don't get it all the way on the nut it'll still strip... line wrenches are the way to go for brake lines NE ways.

grayscale
05-16-2008, 10:11 AM
Husky and Gearwrench.

extremeskillz
05-16-2008, 11:50 AM
Craftsman

Luni
05-16-2008, 04:05 PM
My normal wrenches are combination of snapons, craftsman, and some others. The wrenches that are the best in my toolbox though are my Husky racheting endwrenches. They have a swivel top and theyre straight so they dont have the tapered angle, which makes them easy to get into a lot of places a normal wrench wont go.

I got em from home depot and they wre like 65 dollars or something for the whole set starting at 10mm going up to 19 in increments. 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19 I think.

Best tools ive bought for overall use. Those things get used ALOT.

Audi90Quattro
05-17-2008, 11:06 PM
Right now the only wrenches in my tool boxes are just some cheap sears combo ones. Alot of them are too short to really do any good, but the one I use most would be a 13mm/15mm box end wrench. 11" long and I find it works great for removing any GM oil pan bolt.

I really wanna get into a set of MAC knuckle savers or similar ones from Snap-on or Matco but i dont have the money for those yet.

goretro77
05-18-2008, 03:30 AM
Majority are Snap ons. Some Craftsman and a set of Metrinch. 12pt and 6 pts.

Delicate wrenching/ fastener work is for Snap on and when its tight space I'll grab for the 12 point. Once I get out in the open I'll use the 6 point closed end side as much as possible.

Blackcloud
05-19-2008, 04:44 AM
matco and craftsman

CollapsedNut
05-19-2008, 05:25 AM
I've got craftsman and some Northern wrenches. The northern ones arent too bad actually, sold at northern tool and equipment or the old northern hydraulic. lifetime warrenty and nice priced.

CHRiS'_CeLiCa
05-19-2008, 07:58 AM
gear wrench makes some good rachet wrenches. 5 degree clicks, and carry the same warrenty as craftsman from sears. just take them in to get exchanges. ill use just about any combo wrech though, im not too picky.


plus one...some matco tools to come tho...

KoreanJoey
05-19-2008, 08:43 AM
gear wrench makes some good rachet wrenches. 5 degree clicks, and carry the same warrenty as craftsman from sears. just take them in to get exchanges. ill use just about any combo wrech though, im not too picky.

I've broken a number of the gear wrenches... guess they don't like getting reefed on too hard.

goretro77
05-19-2008, 03:44 PM
I've broken a number of the gear wrenches... guess they don't like getting reefed on too hard.

+1. I've broken a few and gave up using these. :(

Audi90Quattro
05-19-2008, 09:49 PM
What grade gear wrenches were they? I guess they have a few different ones out. I know the ones carried by the tool trucks don't seem to be the same as the ones bought from sears. I'm getting a set of gear wrenches tomorrow and im excited to try them out. They warranty em so if it breaks it breaks.

wraithlj101
05-20-2008, 12:00 AM
if you put a 4ft pipe on the end of a racheting wrench they do tend to break ;)

KoreanJoey
05-20-2008, 02:28 AM
No cheater bars, just reffing on them. The gears stripped out.

/fail

lburner
05-20-2008, 04:18 AM
all my Wrenches and Socket are SK, everything else harbor freight shit

KoreanJoey
05-20-2008, 08:12 AM
You know, for being cheap as hell, SK does ok.

lburner
05-20-2008, 07:52 PM
after buying a ingersoll rand Air Compressors ill be poor for the rest of the year, so harbor freight will be the only tool store ill see

donteatbugs
05-20-2008, 09:22 PM
ive broke a few racket wrenches too. thats why i like the forever warenty from sears. it took me 2 years to break all of them. the 14 went first though. then the 12, 10 and 17

lburner
05-20-2008, 09:26 PM
sears don't waranty all there tools tho do they?

celica9303
05-21-2008, 04:29 AM
most...( work in the auto center) ive never had an issue with them not warrenting them. um i have gearwrench and craftsman

Dr.Auto
05-24-2008, 02:01 AM
Been wrenching professionally for 12 years..... NOTHING compares to Snap-on wrenches. Yes I have Snap-on tools...and alot of them. But I choose tools for what they are capable of not the name. A set of flank drive wrenches bt Snap-on is the best period. Why because if you use a wrench for more than just a box end......as in you need the open end too. That is where these shine. They are made of the best steel possible for the application and do do "spread" which results in rounding off. And because of the quality steel they are the slimest wrenches on the market which means you can do more with them.

Ratheting box ends wrenches...... I've always had Gearwrench.... good wrench.
Just bought the double box end zero offset wrenches. Solid box end on one side and the same size but ratheting on the other. They are owsome for doing stuff like drive belts.

But my most recent addition that amounts to probibly the coolest flex head ratheting box end ever is from Matco. They do everything. 12pt, 6pt, torx, square drive, almost rounded off.......... I love them. Check them out.

http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/toolcatalog.jsp?cattype=T&cat=2575&page=3&#60443

KoreanJoey
05-24-2008, 07:43 AM
Damnit we better get a new Matco guy in soon... those look sweet. I think Cornwell has something similar but I'm kinda iffy on their stuff.

Rix86
05-24-2008, 07:51 AM
The other brands of wrenches just don't compare to the falnk drive plus' open end.
I've tried the big 3 (s/o matco and mac) and the snap ons just outperform, period.
they tear up the fastener a bit more, but oh well.
I've had to replace ONE gear-wrench in like 8 years (besides the one i lost) and it was the 12mm, I just plain wore it out.
The 14 is starting to get a little tired, but it's 8 or so years old too.
I have no complaints with the gear wrenches. their open end doesn't compare to the s/o though.

goretro77
05-24-2008, 12:44 PM
Open side of a Snap On Flank Drive wrench:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/goretro77/DSC01864.jpg

alltracman78
05-25-2008, 12:33 AM
Wrenches you say?
Why, I have several of those.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/6/3/1026.jpg



Open side of a Snap On Flank Drive wrench:


No sir, that is a flank drive PLUS wrench.
I only make the distinction because there is also a flank drive wrench, but it has a smooth open end.



But my most recent addition that amounts to probibly the coolest flex head ratheting box end ever is from Matco. They do everything. 12pt, 6pt, torx, square drive, almost rounded off.......... I love them. Check them out.

http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/toolcatalog.jsp?cattype=T&cat=2575&page=3&#60443

Funny you mention these, I think I'm going to pick a set up in a few weeks.

goretro77
05-25-2008, 01:45 PM
Wrenches you say?
Why, I have several of those.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/1/6/3/1026.jpg




No sir, that is a flank drive PLUS wrench.
I only make the distinction because there is also a flank drive wrench, but it has a smooth open end.



Funny you mention these, I think I'm going to pick a set up in a few weeks.

Nice collection!

I stand corrected. :bigthumbu

Rix86
05-25-2008, 07:40 PM
Don't make me start taking pictures of my (2) tool sets....
I have a small fortune in tools.

KoreanJoey
05-26-2008, 06:47 AM
*nods*

Hurray to having access to Ricks (2) tool sets!