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Old 25th August 2010, 00:32   #1
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Default 6 point ring spanners - who makes 'em ?

Having had a few 10mm and 12mm bolts round off using normal ring spanners (in places that a wall drive socket won't fit) I've been looking for ring spanners with 6 point wall drive fittings instead of the standard 12 point ones.

Can't find any.

Anyone know who makes these ?

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Old 25th August 2010, 00:43   #2
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Old 25th August 2010, 00:50   #3
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Snap-On do flank drive spanners too.
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Surely they're 12 point like the ones in my Halfords pro kit sitting in my car ?

I'm looking for a ring spanner like these snap on's but at affordable money...
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Snap-On do flank drive spanners too.
Cheers Andy - You posted that while I was searching for the pic.
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Surely they're 12 point like the ones in my Halfords pro kit sitting in my car ?

I'm looking for a ring spanner like these snap on's but at affordable money...

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  • Open ends are angled at 15 to allow greater access in confined spaces
  • Ring ends drive on fastener flats, not corners, to prevent rounding
  • Sizes: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19mm
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Old 25th August 2010, 01:03   #7
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The Halfords ones and the Snap-On flank drive ones don't use the points of the nut hex for drive, they drive from about 1/3 of the way down the edge (flank/flat) of the hex, so shouldn't round the nut.

The Snap-On ones work well and I've used them to remove worn nuts in the past. I can't comment on the Halfords ones as I've not used them on damaged nuts (yet!).

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I've been caught out recently by ordering 3 spanners from silverline advertised as 'wall drive' and when they arrived they were exactly the same as normal 12 point ring spanners. I'm guessing Halfords Pro use the same line of advertising..

"Ring ends drive on fastener flats, not corners, to prevent rounding"
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I own the halfords ones already (unless they look like the 6 point ones in the pic I posted) and they are no good for badly corroded nuts.
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They do look the same, but they are different. On the spanner, the points aren't as sharp and the bit between them is much larger and more curved.
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