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Old 12-12-2011, 20:23   #16
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

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For me having the right tool for the job is worth the extra weight. How many times have you wished you had the right tool here and now?

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Old 12-12-2011, 20:55   #17
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

I have been using a set of Metrinch closed & open end spanners 8 - 18 mm for over 15 years. They work well in over 90% of occasions. HOWEVER, I am a tool junkie and change to the "proper" tool if in any doubt. This is to stop the Admiral bitching about all my toy (tools)

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Old 12-12-2011, 21:06   #18
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Oh.... David M... We are only starting. I think it it is important to have the tools needed to fix your stuff aboard.

I am not woried about too much weight on the boat only too much in the tool bag.

The original post was about slick combo universal fits all which are interesting but not that usefull. A tool thread amongst us motor heads could rival the joke thread for posts!
And there will be full agreement among us all!

When I graduated mechanic school my dad gave me a snap-on box combo set. 30 years later they are still perfect and unscratched.

Nothing is better than a good quality tool.

Not a fan of "combo" tools.

Buy quality, vibro peen your name on them. You won't be sorry.

In many instances below say 1/2 inch or 12 mm you will need two wrenches due to clearance issues. In bigger sizes you will likely be able to use a socket and a wrench.

Having to carry both metric and Imperial sucks.
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Old 12-12-2011, 21:27   #19
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

Come on, really - for less than the weight of a slab of beer on a 51ft cat?? Better add a set of REAL good, sharp chisels with the "fits-all" wrenches.
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

Really don't like them, I have never achieved a 90% success rate with them, perhaps 65% (and I expect 100% success rate so I now only buy / use top end tools). I gave mine away as I could not rely on them 100% of the time.
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

Your welcome, sorry about your bad day.
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

Neko, one of the reasons Detroit cars were better than foreign cars was that you could fix anything with one screwdriver and pliers, no special service tools needed. (Yeah, I know, that never was quite true.)

These days you need inch, metric, six point, twelve point, thin wall, deep, seems like there is always a need for another special wrench. Oh, and a number of vendors on Amazon are selling thread pitch gauges which apparently are unlabeled but WHITWORTH not SAE or Metric.

ViceGrip, ChannelLock, Stinson wrench...

Yeah, those metrinch sound like they'd be more useful than one dogbone wrench or one Leatherman tool. Will they have shortcomings, sure, but isn't that why we all keep Sears on speed dial?

FWIW I think you can get a nice titanium wrench and jack from Ferrari...some folks know how to keep tools light.<VBG> Then there's the market in used beryllium-copper tools. Honest. The dust from them is toxic, but they're spark-proof for use in explosive vapor areas, apparently a little less durable than steel, which is why they get sold off as surplus.
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Re: Metrinch Sockets/Wrenches

If you have a full set of metric you ill always have a wrench that will work with standard. 8mm=5/16,11mm=7/16.13mm=1/2,14mm is close enough to 9/16 but 15mm is a wrench you will need for metric fasteners that is not needed for standard. 19mm will work for 3/4 but 17umm is a common metric size. If you have one set of metric and one set of standard you will have 2 wrenches for most sizes you need. I would add a metric socket set and any other tools needed specific to your boat.

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