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Hi guys

New to plumbing and been mostly using my pair of Knipex Cobras, and an old 10' adjustable spanner for the occasional tough nut.

I've been scratching my head re if I should fork out £20 for a Bahco 'wide jaw' 6 inch or 8 inch adjustable spanner... This morning - I opened my 'old tools chest' and a dusty 12' adjustable spanner caught my eyes - it's 'Fuller' and made in Japan, hence very good quality, but as I already have my 10' I certainly don't need this 12' one (at least not that I can see...)

So, my dumb question is - what if I just 'saw off' half of the handle, and turn it into a 6' one with a super big head (and super wide jaw as in 12' version) - and save myself £20 as well as revitalizing an old / unused tool's soul? I can also wrap the shortened handle with leather to form that ergo look per Bahco's.

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leodeng wrote:

So, my dumb question is - what if I just 'saw off' half of the handle, and turn it into a 6' one with a super big head (and super wide jaw as in 12' version) - and save myself £20 as well as revitalizing an old / unused tool's soul? I can also wrap the shortened handle with leather to form that ergo look per Bahco's.


It's your spanner and you can do what you like with it, but, that "super wide jaw" will fit on equally "super wide" nuts and will sometimes require the leverage provided by the longer handle.

Maybe you have some heavy duty metal tubing that can be slipped over the shortened handle to provide more leverage when necessary. :dunno:

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A short handle wide jaw spanner is very useful. If I were in your position and had a spare lying around then I would probably cut it down. If however it was a nice spanner that I may want in the future then I would pick up another from a car boot, large adjustables are very common and cheap, even for good brands.



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shame to cut it doon like..

ive had a pair of these for about 10 years now. im a joiner but these have taken off a fair few radiators. bang on for the few quid they cost me.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AM-TECH-STUBB ... SwkNZUit7y

so much so that recently i lent one to my local pub to change the gas bottle one evening as theirs had gone missing.... now mine has met a simmilar fate......

so i bought another off ebay for the few quid they cost i wasnt too bothered.



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fin wrote:
shame to cut it doon like..

ive had a pair of these for about 10 years now. im a joiner but these have taken off a fair few radiators. bang on for the few quid they cost me.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AM-TECH-STUBB ... SwkNZUit7y

so much so that recently i lent one to my local pub to change the gas bottle one evening as theirs had gone missing.... now mine has met a simmilar fate......

so i bought another off ebay for the few quid they cost i wasnt too bothered.


I have an 18' old Crescent adjustable spanner for 'nuclear jobs' - it weighs more than 3KG!! Was also thinking of getting a 24' one but thought it would just look absurd :huray:


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Along with the stubby one fin posted up, I can't recommend these highly enough. I've about 3 sets of these & as one of the top 100 Plumbers in the country, I use them every day;
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Am-Tech-2-in- ... SwXYtYxDig

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I have one of those Am Tech stubby ones. Opens to about 35mm! Good enough quality and great for confined spaces and tool pouches etc.

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I also have an Am-tech stubby, cost me about £4 and it's superb.


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Me, too. B&Q bargain bin special, but identical to the Am-Tech one. Not the greatest, but good for the odd awkward job I doi

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The yellow and black 4" Amtech are great but the black and red 6" have too much flex and can be dangerous if using too much force the jaws will be forced open.

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for a bargain little tool those amtech things seem reallllly popular like


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I find it most useful for working on rads combined with a pair of water pump pliers (I prefer self adjusting). The handle is short so it doesn't get awkward and it stops you over torquing the nuts. Rads also seem to have a wide range of nut sizes which a standard 6" or 8" adjustable may not be able to handle.


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exactly what i do with mine. the stubby spanner and a pair of adjustable water pump pliers to hold the valve


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