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    Spanner Wrench

    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?

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

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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.
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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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fotoguy20d View Post
    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.

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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.

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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").

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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

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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.
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