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Old 02-17-2014, 07:31 AM   #1
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Aluminum Wrench Sets?

Has anyone have any first hand experience with aluminum wrenches?

After being super impressed by the weight (or lack) of Motion Pro's tire lever set, i'm considering replacing my bike tool-kit wrenches with an aluminium set and curious if anyone has had any experience to share (positive or negative).

One thing that does concern me is whether these will bend from extended use...

http://www.kmart.com/urban-gorilla-t...p-00924056000P

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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Interesting, I've never seen aluminum wrenches before, though I haven't actually searched for them, either. I'd assume the faces of the jaws would deform pretty easily, but maybe that's not the case with these. I'd think that a wrench with steel "jaws" bonded to an aluminum handle would be a good compromise, if anyone makes such a thing.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:52 AM   #3
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Those are for aluminum hose end fittings, AN fittings.

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Old 02-17-2014, 07:57 AM   #4
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Anorak, I'm familiar with the purpose, but curious if they would work for general bike wrenching applications, with intent to shave weight from the road toolkit... Any experience with their durability?


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Old 02-17-2014, 08:12 AM   #5
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Aluminum wrenches will not be capable of dealing with normal steel fasteners, but if you hunt around you will find suppliers of titanium wrenches that will do the job perfectly; tire levers too.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:18 AM   #6
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My experiences with aluminum drive tools generally is that the problem is wear on the surface that contact the fastener rather than bending or other failure of the tool body.

Aluminum in contact with steel nuts and bolts will wear away. This may not be an issue on trailside emergency tools, but should be considered for a tool that sees regular use.

Also, due to the fundamental material properties an aluminum tool will be lighter than a steel tool of equal strength but it will also be bulkier. This may be an issue working in tight spaces.

Some steel wrenches are forged with nice thin bodies and not a lot of excess material. I'd check the cost and weight of some finely made steel wrenches vs these aluminum ones before purchasing anything.

My expectation is that the aluminum wrenches are not worth the cost and functional issues vs steel.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #7
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The sizes are all in inches, for example the #-4 AN fitting wrench size is 9/16.

Of course you could always go with one of these :

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/80625...FdTm7AodsVkArA

I wouldn't, but you seem inclined, so go for it!
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:14 AM   #8
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:35 PM   #9
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Those look good but the problem is it is only 5 boxed end wrenches. The rest of your tools still weigh the same thing. Juice not worth the squeeze to me. GH
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Those look good but the problem is it is only 5 boxed end wrenches.
They also recommend that you wear gloves whenever you use them to prevent picking up carbon fiber splinters. No thanks.

Based on that, I'd be hesitant to use them around electronics. The last think I want to bring near a PCB is a tool that sheds very fine conductive splinters.
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Old 02-17-2014, 02:22 PM   #12
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This is likely what i should be looking at. Great tip, thanks!

Thanks for the info and the responses.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:37 PM   #13
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This is likely what i should be looking at. Great tip, thanks!

Thanks for the info and the responses.
those look sweet, guaranteed I would loose one after its first use on the trail.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:53 PM   #14
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I have a set of the Motion Pro Ti wrenches. Super light, but I would like them more if they had some more material around the ends to beef them up a bit.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #15
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A friend has a set of these. They're pretty darn light and still functional. Cheaper than Titanium as well.

http://www.levelchrome.com/Asahi-LSX...Set_p_296.html
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