Aluminum Wrench Sets?

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  1. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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    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-tools-inc-6-pc-anodized-6061/p-00924056000P

    Thanks in advance for the feedback!
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  2. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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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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  3. Anorak

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    Those are for aluminum hose end fittings, AN fittings.

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  4. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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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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  5. vfxdog

    vfxdog Been here awhile

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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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  6. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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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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  9. GH41

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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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  11. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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    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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  12. gqelements

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  13. MotoDaveL

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    those look sweet, guaranteed I would loose one after its first use on the trail.
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  14. gots_a_sol

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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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  16. k-moe

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    I'm wondering. If you carry an aluminum, or titanium, wrench set on your worldly travels.....

    how will you use one to weld up your broken/cracked/missing, shift-lever/frame/swingarm?
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  17. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    You carry a welder on your bike? if you find someone with a welder, you just found someone with some scrap metal around and a grinder/cutoff wheel.


    I have not done it yet but I too have a weight problem. The toolkit is pretty extensive, but very heavy. So I am looking at these:

    http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10-p...1x000001&kpid=00904363000&kispla=00904363000P

    Use with a 3/8 breaker bar, a 3/8 ratchet or make a low profile handle with a 3/8 square on one end. You could make an aluminum handle with a 3/8" steel square---maybe cut off a breaker bar and fit an aluminum tube handle---or put a 3/8 square on one end of a tire lever or other tool.

    I figure the quality is more than enough for field repairs. The things can be used at some strange angles, the cost is low and the weight is as low as you are going to get. You may be able to get singles so if you need a pair of 13's or something...


    You can also take the quality (and cost) way up and get Snap-on or something. Crow foot wrenches are nothing special and are available in many brands. Probably get harbor Fright ones too...
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  18. k-moe

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    Yes. Mine came with a DC welder from the factory. :evil
    Also...drinking + posting = :doh :lol3
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  19. P B G

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    Not all wrong - surprisingly easier to find talented welders the more rural/agricultural you are.

    I know that around Chicago finding a welding shop means paying real money. Near my relative's farm you just look for a guy with lots of junk in the yard and he'll have a stick welder somewhere ready to go.


    Personally I would wonder about simply buying a set of craftsman wrenchs, using a chop saw to sever the ends, then making a handle that would slip over the shank of all the ends.

    If you really wanted to have lots of wrenches on hand - this would save lots of space. You might instead consider gettings crowsfoot wrenches and a slim breaker.
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  20. fritzcoinc

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    McMaster Carr sells titanium open wrenches.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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