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Old 06-18-12, 07:42 AM   #1
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Anybody just make there own Cone Wrench.... call me CHEAP !!

Any idea or Suggestions?
Seem outrageously overpriced, for most appear to be out of STAMPED STEEL and 6-7 bucks each.
I know... I know... I am CHEAP !!

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Get a cheap wrench of the correct size and carefully grind it thin with a bench grinder.
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Small money for a nice tool that woks well and will last a lifetime. Yes, why don't try to make one for less and then try to sell them.
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I've made one, by grinding an open end wrench thin enough, and for a non-bike application (you think bike cone wrenches are expensive, look what 3" ones cost!) cutting a piece of bar stock into shape. It's not really worth your time to do either, though.
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You may be cheap, but you're being impractical in this case. Scour eBay or Craigslist for folks selling off bike tools. These wrenches are necessities. There are combination ones that have 13/14 on one side and 15/16 on the other. No way you're going to make one of those practically, much less so two of them. The hours spent fabricating one doesn't justify the savings. Silly...
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thanks for the input.
For example, when working on my Schwinn Breeze, I took an old open end wrench that was stamped out of steel
and filed until it fit the cone.
Took about 10 minutes.

But it is true that good tools last a lifetime, so will keep my eye open for them.

Also was a good Idea, just to take a regular cheap wrench and grind it thin.
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This thread is communistic. I've notified the DHS.
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This thread is communistic. I've notified the DHS.
In the socialist collective world, those of us who worked, saved and bought several cone wrenches would be required to give our wrenches to the Gov't who would distribute them to those who do not want to or cannot work for themselves. Paradoxically, these people will disdain the wrenches because to use them would be...work. These now discarded wrenches would be available on the street, and could be traded for hypodermic needles, bottles of cheap wine, or condoms... What was the question again?
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Having the shop Machine tools to make specialist bike tools , costs a lot more.

home bench Grinder? Hard tempered steel will not cut easily,
and heating it against the grinding wheel, removes the temper.
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It's not a wrench that is going to be subjected to a lot of torque so distempering is unimportant. It can also be quenched in cool water if need be. You can use a file instead of a grinder. You are only thinning the wrench enough to fit. Yes, I have done it in a pinch when a proper tool was not available.
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I wouldn't call you cheap - I'd call you a masochist!

Me? I'm too cheap to waste hours manufacturing a few items that can be had for only a few dollars each.
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Oh so true... always hitting my thumb.

Bought a set of MM combo wrench set at Auto Zone for $9.99. Included 11 wrenches.
Also saw WalMart has a cheap set for $7.99.
GRIND BABY.. GRIND BABY !!!
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Angle grinders work better than bench grinders for this kind of work.
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I haven't made cone wrenches (yet) but have made headset wrenches, also some freewheel tools and bb cup pin wrench. I used 1/8" stainless steel, laid out the shape I wanted, and cut and filed to fit. Realistically I don't think it makes financial sense to make your own unless, maybe, you have access to a machine shop. I mostly did it because I enjoyed making it and I had the material already. Also the ones I had seen seemed pretty cheesy, not that mine is some work of art but I hate to buy junk even if it's cheap. When I need cone wrenches I'll probably make them too.
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Old 07-02-12, 07:05 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone.
Going to use the angle grinder as suggested.
Will let you know how it turns out.
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I have an abundance of 13mm and 15mm craftsman wrenches. I just used my bench grinder which is outfitted with a cutoff wheel. Took about 10 minutes each and they work fine.
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Thanks everyone.
I ended up buying the plastic pouch containing 9 ea metric combo wrenches from Walmart for $7.99.
Took the 13 mm and my angle grinder and ground away. Ground both sides down.
Finished it up the my hand held file.
Took about 10 minutes. Worked really slick...
Going to put a clear coat of finger nail polish on the surface to prevent any rusting.
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