Spanner Wrench

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  1. brYan

    brYan Subscriber

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    I've been looking at buying a spanner wrench. I have seen two sizes on Ebay: 1/32" tips and 3/32" tips.

    Would I be correct in buying the 3/32" tips?

    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
  2. bdial

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    It depends on what you are using it on. Have you seen the sets from Micro-tools.com?
     
  3. Ian David

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    1/32 is not far off just a pair of points. 3/32 is more like a pair of very short screwdriver heads. Depending on what you want it for, the latter is probably more generally useful.
    Ian
     
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    I bought a set on ebay - it's not great - a little difficult to get the spacing set perfectly and sometimes they try to twist up a bit if the nut is really tight, but it's beter than not having them. I usually use the larger one and the sharp tip one. I rarely need the one in the middle. And, like most Chinese tools (ever shop at Harbor Freight?), they come heavily slathered in oil.

    Dan
     
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    Well, better than rusty!
     
  6. Willie Jan

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    I bought the same (I thing the middle one) for my large format lenses.
    Good enough for the 2 times a year i need it...
     
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    I like my set from Micro-tool. However, the one I have is not long enough to reach the lens from the inside of my TLR Autocord. So, beware of spanner length dimension too if you expect to work on TLR.
     
  8. Marc Akemann

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    I purchased a Fotoman spanner wrench. The tips measure in at 2mm or 5/64". They've worked great for LF lenses and folders. Probably not good for TLRs or anything deeper than 40mm (1 9/16").

    Marc
     
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    I bought a wrench some years back from Edmund Scientific that has three sets of interchangeable points. Sharp, small, medium.
    Handles are very heavy-duty and of good steel.
    Peter Gomena
     
  10. Greg Davis

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    For an adjustable wrench, the Chinese ones are terrible. For the same price as that set on eBay you can get a really good one from SK Grimes. If you use standard modern Copal shutters, Rodenstock/Linos lens wrenches are excellent.
     
  11. brYan

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    They'll be used for a large format lens. Thanks for the ideas!
     
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    Yes, exactly. I've been very satisfied with the wrenches I've bought at SK Grimes.
     
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    Ditto. I purchased both of them and am very pleased with them. Jon
     
  14. Nicholas Lindan

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    Another vote for SK Grimes' wrenches - after all they were designed by a camera repair man, should be good for working on cameras, no?