Grandfathers tools,how many 14mm sockets do i need? Looks like he had some duplicate wrenchess

Ford wrench also if anyone wants one!

All of them… :grinning:

Full disclosure… I have duplicates of every nearly wrench and socket because sometimes I need them.


Google “where to sell antique hand tools” , you might find an antique shop interested in them.


I think you should keep them whether you need them or not. Turn them into a wall or fence display. If anyone complains, say it is an art-piece to your Grandfather’s legacy. I especially like the curvy snake-shaped wrench. You know you’re going to have a use for that at some point.

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Once a year we have a steam and gas engine farm equipment show. There are lots of tables with similar items. The market is folks interested in old machinery. You can buy a table fi or about $25. Lots of market out there in dairy country.

I have a 6 point socket set and 12 point. So I have 2 of each. You do need a deep length set. And standard. And impact. Maybe. I split my short 19mm socket. But I have a 3/4” backup.

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Same here. And that’s not counting having a 1/2" socket for my 3/8" drive and one for my 1/2" drive. And then there are the deep-wells.

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That “curvy snake-shaped wrench” is what is referred to as a “Speed Wrench” you put one end on the nut/bolt, hold the other end and crank the wrench round and round, it is not good for torqueing a nut or bolt down…

The Wrench with the “Spike” like end is used for aligning holes to pass a bolt through during assembly.

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Hmmm, learn something new. I’ve got the speed wrench and everything, but never knew about the spiked part. Don’t have one of those but I use an awl or Phillips screwdriver to align holes.

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Does a speed Wrench really speed things up? Are you referring to the curvy wrench?

In the days before impact wrenches, yeah faster than a ratchet but then final with a wrench.

Nowadays, they call ratcheting wrenches speed wrenches by some manufacturers. Maybe that helps sell them… :grinning:
I have drawers full of ratcheting wrenches and love them. I only have a couple sets of what I know as speed wrenches.

The speed wrench I am familiar with has asymmetrical jaws. This allows for easier engagement on the nut or bolt head when you’re just trying to run them down and need to repeatedly remove the wrench to do so. I have some more modern versions of them with a small notch on one side with the shorter jaw.

The S shaped wrench is for tight spaces, supposed to allow for more swing in tight places.

Only two of everything?? Perhaps I have an affliction…or at least used to.

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Video to show a Speed wrench in use… I have two, but seldom use them and would not bother using them for lug nuts…

Video showing an X-Wrench in use and I have several of these for my vehicles and they are perfect for quickly installing or removing a Lug Nut… And you can even get some torque on them…

I called the wrench with a pointed handle a Spike Wrench; this video calls it a Spud Wrench… and after Googling that term, that appears to be its official nomenclature (name…).


Thanks for the videos. My speed wrench just hangs on the wall. Never used anymore. I’ll take a little exception to the comment that you can feel if you are cross threading. Maybe, but I always start them by hand first, then run them down with the air tool, then finish up with the torque wrench. By the time you feel a problem, you have already cross threaded. Also on head bolts or brass, I always turn the bolt backwards first until the click.

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Picture? I’m not thinking ’jaws’ on speed wrenches

I guess you’re talking about modified open end wrenches.

That’s mine except a cheaper finish. My mechanic used one for my diesel injectors so I bought one. Monkey see monkey do.

I just can’t seem to toss or recycle a functioning hand tool, so I avoid even touching one at a flea market or garage sale. And, due to buying project motorcycle and scooters I’ve “inherited” too many screw drivers, cheap knock off vise grips and other random shop crap. And I’vebeen known to stop while I’m riding my scooter(s) and pick up tools along the road. Found a Milwaukee impact driver in the gutter!

Speaking of picking stuff up on the road, to the guy that picked up my lawn edger still in the box. It was in my trailer on top of a sheet of plywood. It was a Father’s Day gift but you can keep it anyway. I had to head right back to Menards and buy another one. Guess I’ll secure my load better.

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texases, that’s right- looks like this:


Here’s a combination version like I mentioned I own:


But if you look online- manufacturers are calling many different things “speed wrenches” like these ratcheting wrenches:


And the auger style you show…

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Yeah, disposing of tools is difficult for me as well. I started my “collection” by doing just that- buying old worn out or poorly taken care of tools at yard sales and flea markets. But only Craftsman brand. Back in the day, they had a no questions asked replacement warranty on hand tools. I’d buy the worst tools; broken, rusted, worn out for next to nothing… and just take them to Sears to get a brand new one. Handful of $40 tools for $1…

Funny story. Had a friend that was quite imposing in size. He bent this giant wrench using it as a pry bar. We were all piled in the car going to the mall with the intent to stop by the Sears so “Bronto” could exchange his damaged wrench. We spent the trip getting him riled up about them denying him a replacement due to his negligent use of the tool. By the time we got there, he was seriously fired up. He marches to the counter with us in tow to watch the fireworks. Some meek teenage kid behind the counter with Bronto towering over him- Bronto holds up the wrench and proclaims in a deep, rumbling voice, “this wrench is defective!”. The kid looks at the bent wrench no normal human could bend in that way and then up at Bronto before saying “Yes sir!! Please go pick out a replacement”.