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Weird spanner

Discussion in 'Tool Corner' started by ratwing, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. ratwing

    ratwing Member

    At 1:07:44 the invisible alien knocks a spanner to the ground from his hiding place high up in the observatory.

    A bit of googling and I found this - I've never seen one before, I'm guessing it's an American idea but I do like it if only for novelty value.
  2. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    One end is Imperial, the other is Metric.
  3. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Disregard the above, one end is to tighten the bolt, while the other end holds the nut.
  4. cobraboy

    cobraboy Active Member

    Wrong on both counts - one end is for RH thread t'other for LH.
  5. classicalgreen

    classicalgreen Active Member

    think one end fits 6-7" and other 7-8" or maybe its an american efficiency device so operator can do up 2 nuts at once. well one often has to tighten ones nuts !
  6. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    No, one end's for tightening, the other end's for loosening.
  7. cobraboy

    cobraboy Active Member

    No this model is for loosening only, the jaws face downward on the tightening version.
  8. idexnz

    idexnz New Member

    I've got one of these spanners myself and occasionally find a use for it. There must have been some very good and obscure reason why Crescent made these but I haven't discovered it yet.

    All of the above suggestions are valuable tips though, so perhaps I should check them out again. Americans don't seem to have been very good at making metric tools in the past so I doubt whether that's a possibility, especially since the tool is clearly marked 6" and 8". I wonder if Crescent made others like this in different sizes?
  9. arthuy

    arthuy Well-Known Member

    one end for UNF nuts the other for UFO?
  10. ghce

    ghce Well-Known Member

    I want one, I'll hang it above my mantle peice!
  11. ratwing

    ratwing Member

  12. Who wouldn't want a double-headed nut lathe? :D
  13. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    there is a light score mark in the middle, you just twist and snap and voilà, you have 2 adjustable spanners for the price of one.
    Very handy for getting into tight places...:p
  14. mikecoombs

    mikecoombs Active Member

    They are actually quite useful, particularly when working on Agricultural stuff like gates where the nuts and bolts date back to the stoneage and are weird sizes. you can set them so that you have the two sizes you need in one spanner
  15. j_radcliffe

    j_radcliffe Member

    It is definitely imperial sizes only. You can tell that as it only has its sizing in quoted in inches.

    I mess with the Americans at work, by asking for a metric shifter. First I show them what a shifter is, then show them the sizing on the handle. If it has only inches then it can only be used imperial fasteners. If metric sizing, then only metric fasteners, and if it has both then it can be used on either. And if anyone believes the last sentence, then I do have some great beachfront property in Kansas to sell you!
  16. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    I mess with my French colleagues like that, too. The best part is, we work on Metric and Imperial equipment and it bends their brains that I can go up or down sizes in my head for AF spanners.
    Sometimes, for a giggle, I will tell one of them they need an 8/16"spanner for something, and then they start muttering about "Les Anglaises et leur systeme merdique".......:p:D;)until I tell them to do the Maths, and the light comes on for them.
    colnerov likes this.
  17. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    I would like to nominate you for prime minister of England , just what is needed at this point in time........... straight talking, a wink and a tongue in cheek attitude...
  18. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Most of our Prime Ministers are right winkers, so no change there.
  19. mikecoombs

    mikecoombs Active Member

    It might be a left handed shifter though Harvey!
  20. Hairyrover

    Hairyrover New Member

    I sold a couple of open ended spanners a few weeks back on ebay.They had one end a AF size and the other a metric,both clearly marked.
    They are the only ones I've ever seen,I think I've still got a picture somewhere.

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