You occasionally stumble upon a loose nut or bolt that needs immediate attention at home. Having a spanner set at home is extremely important for your daily repairing needs. And not just any spanner set, you need to have the best one at home. Here’s what you need to know about purchasing a quality set.
What is a spanner?
A spanner is the most popular tool for grasping and loosening nuts and bolts. Many sorts of spanners are available for all sizes of nuts and bolts that fit exactly to complete their function. They each have their own purpose and include:
- Combination Spanner
- Adjustable Spanner
- Ratchet Spanner
- Open-end Wrench
- Ring Spanner or Box-End Wrench
Tips for purchasing a spanner
When purchasing a spanner set, there are a few more crucial things to consider and know. We’ll look at them in more detail below:
- Spanner Profile
The profile of the spanner influences the stability of the connection between the spanner and the nut. In comparison to a profile that only touches a few sides of nuts, such as ring spanners, a profile that makes more contact with the nut has a lower chance of slipping.
- Spanner Length
The length of the spanners/wrench you buy has an impact on the amount of force you can apply. If you operate in a field that requires a lot of force, you should invest in a longer body spanner/wrench set. A smaller-sized spanner set may be preferable for you if space is a constraint and you’re working on lighter heavy equipment.
You may also get spanners in “extra long” sizes, which make tightening and loosening considerably simpler.
The quality of a spanner is determined by its material. Spanners and wrenches that have been built with titanium or steel with a high proportion of vanadium (up to 1%) are of the highest quality and are highly durable.
If the measurement system is metric or imperial (SAE)
Always check whether the spanners/wrenches in the set are in metric, imperial, or SAE measurements. Some sets will have a mix of both sizes, so keep that in mind when choosing yours. Always measure or look at the most typical fixes and fasteners you come across before purchasing a set to fit.
The thickness of the Spanner Head
The stronger the head is, the thicker and broader it is. Thick heads and shafts provide the wrench with more strength and better contact with the nut, which means the nuts will turn more readily, and the risk of damage during the operation will be reduced. On the other hand, wider heads do not fit into narrow areas.
If the set includes a storage case
A storage case/rack might be an important feature if you need space to keep your new spanners/wrenches. Most sets include a rack, container, or storage sleeve to keep all of your spanners and wrenches organised.
Today’s market for spanner sets of all kinds is quite diverse – and, as always, the best product for you will be determined by the type of jobs you’ll be doing. It will depend on the kind of fasteners and nuts you’ll be working with most frequently in your day-to-day work, whether at home or on the job.