Wrenches

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Wrenches are normally used to fasten hex-head screws or to hold nuts in place when fastening a screw with another wrench or screwdriver.

For the popular bit based tool please have a look at our socket wrench.

Combination Wrenches

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Combination Wrenches

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Synonyms: open-ring spanners, combination spanners;
DE: Ring-Maulschlüssel, "Maul-Ringschlüssel"
Type: hand tool
Material: screws, nuts
Location: wood workshop
Access: upon reading
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): adjustable wrenches, socket wrenches,
open-end wrenches

Combination wrenches are open on one side and have an angled ring with a double-hex profile on the other side that can improve the grip on hex head screws and nuts. This ring also allows interlocking two of them (or one with something else, see photo) for a longer lever.

the "ring" side can be useful to increase the length of a lever, e.g. as necessary to move a rusty thread

Our current selection includes:

  • 6 mm
  • 7 mm
  • 8 mm (2x)
  • 9 mm (2x)
  • 10 mm (2x)
  • 11 mm
  • 12 mm (2x)
  • 13 mm (2x)
  • 15 mm (2x)
  • 17 mm
  • 19 mm (2x, one at the metal lathe)
  • 20 mm (at the wood lathe)
  • 22 mm
  • 24 mm (at the wood lathe)
  • 32 mm (at the wood lathe)
  • 50 mm


Open-End Wrenches

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Open-End Wrenches

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Synonyms: open-end spanners, free wrenches;
DE: Gabelschlüssel,
Doppelmaulschlüssel, Schraubenschlüssel
Type: hand tool
Material: screws, nuts
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): combination wrenches, adjustable wrenches,
socket wrenches

"Regular" wrenches. We actually don't have any of these in our workshops because combination wrenches are much easier to hang on the wall!


Adjustable Wrenches

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Adjustable Wrenches

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Synonyms: adjustable spanners, shifting spanners, shifters,
"crescent wrenches/C-wrenches";
DE: Rollgabelschlüssel, Engländer
Type: hand tool
Material: screws, nuts
Location: wood workshop
Access: upon reading
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): open-end wrenches, combination wrenches,
socket wrenches

This tool is a great space-saver when you're not sure which sizes to bring! Use a regular wrench for a nicer fit if you can, it also won't be as head-heavy as the adjustable version...


Pipe Wrench

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Pipe Wrench

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Synonyms: Stillson wrench; DE: Rohrzange,
"Eckschwede"
Type: hand tool
Material: soft metal (usually pipes)
Location: wood workshop (for now)
Access: upon reading
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): pliers

Pipe wrenches are often confused with tongue-and-groove pliers but are actually very differently constructed.