Sunday, February 19, 2012

Long-reach Allen Wrenches

A while back, I posted on the possible need for having a set of long-reach Allen Wrenches, just so I can work on Allen bolts in hard to reach areas.

I explored various options, including the ones available at hardware stores. I finally settled for Park Tool PH-1 P-Handled Hex Wrench Set. This set comes with 8 metric Allen Wrenches (includes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm). The kit comes with a tool holder, which is mountable on peg-board in the shop/garage.
Many of these wrenches are at least 3 inches or longer. This long-reach feature helps me reach bolts in those otherwise tricky to access. I would say this is particularly useful when working on compact folder like a Brompton. Don't get me wrong - I am NOT saying Bromptons require lots of tinkering.
Some of the Allen wrenches have a ball head. The ball heads allow usage of the tool at an angle. See picture above!

Since I got the new tool kit, I have made put it to good use. I know there are some other alternatives than the Park Tool brand. I bought the Park Tool brand because they are reliable and very well built.

I will post more test results in the future.

Paz :)

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