What To Look For in a Spanner Set
The best spanner set should form an integral part of your toolkit.
Ideally, you should combine a solid set of traditional ring spanners with the convenience of a ratcheting spanner set. An adjustable spanner or wrench is very handy too. Spanners are typically manufactured from tool steel with either a chrome-vanadium or nickel-plated coat to make them waterproof.
Imperial measurements have largely been replaced with metric sizes these days. The most popular sets include spanners ranging in size from 8 – 19 mm. Size markings stamped into the steel are very useful and colour coded sizes are becoming increasingly popular too.
Ratcheting spanners are very popular – you don’t have to disengage the spanner head from the nut or bolt each time you make a turn. Look for a reversible ratcheting spanner so you can change direction from tightening to loosening and vice versa, again without removing the spanner head from the bolt. Flexible heads are great as they allow access to really tight spots.
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