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Workshop wrenches generally covers wrenches of various types that have been produced for use within large engineering workshops incuding workshops of government departments.

They also include tools produced for use on sites operated by the Department or company and were often designed to suit specific pieces of equipment or other infrastructure. Railways are an example of the sort of organisation that uses specific tools on a scale that justifies custom design.

The tools are either made within the workshops themselves or made on their behalf to meet their specific requirements. These tools often had branding related to the workshop they were intended for.

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As the name suggests, Pipe Wrenches are designed to grip round pipes or similar items that a conventional spanner cannot be used on.

Various designs for the gripping mechanism have been developed but all are based on the teeth on the jaws tightening on the item to be held.

These are a  standard item for plumbers and gasfitters though they are useful for gripping any item that a conventional spanner cannot be used on. The greatest limitation is that the teeth tend to damage the surface of the item gripped making them unsuitable where appearance is important.

This is the wider range of spanners and wrenches. Some were purpose-made for specific automobiles while others were produced as general purpose tools to be used by professional mechanics (automotive or otherwise) or home handymen.

Quality varied considerably between makers and purpose as did the means of fabrication.

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Multi Grips & Locking Wrenches fit somewhere between Adjustable Wrenches and Pliers. They use various mechanisms to control the width of the jaws and have the advantage that they can be adjusted to suit a particular situation allowing one tool to be used for many different sized tasks.

As the name suggests, Locking Wrenches (or Pliers) can be locked onto the nut or other fasteners allowing more freedom by not having to hold it continuously on the item. This feature sometimes means Locking Pliers are used as a substitute for a conventional Clamp.

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Bike spanners were often supplied with a bicycle for the customer to maintain the bike. The spanners were custom-made to suit the specific requirements of the bike and typically fitted hubs, brakes, seat or handle bars.

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Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 18th March 2018 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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