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Old 01-25-07, 01:39 AM   #1
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Who's made a stubby 15mm wrench?

I plan on going to Harbor Freight tomorrow to get a cheap 15mm box end wrench, with the intention of cutting it down to fit in my seat bag. Can this be done with a hacksaw, or do I need something more substantial (like a cutoff wheel for my drill) to get through the hardened steel of the wrench?

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Old 01-25-07, 01:42 AM   #2
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If you get it from Harbor Freight you can probably bite it in half. Not the best or hardest tools out there...hence the cheap price.
Ive cut wrenches with hacksaws. Really, it depends on the wrench. A cut off wheel will work too.
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Craftsman has a phenomenal stubby wrench with a ratchet end on one side as well. Any shorter and you wouldn't really be able to generate enough torque. It's about 4" long or so. It's freaking perfect.
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Old 01-25-07, 01:51 AM   #4
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If you get it from Harbor Freight you can probably bite it in half. Not the best or hardest tools out there...hence the cheap price.
Agreed, but for its intended purpose (use as little as possible) you can't beat the price.

I'm not sure if this is still their slogan, but around here we bastardized it into:

"Harbor Freight - When You Need a Tool to Work! ... once."

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I got a stubby craftsman combination wrench for about $6.
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Surly's 15mm/bottle opener easily fits in a saddle bag as it is just a tad over 4" long.
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GearWrench make nice ones.
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Get this one and cut it down


Craftsman $8.59 stubby wrench 4.5" long


Craftsman stubby ratcheting wrench. looks like it folds up on itself $25

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Old 01-25-07, 09:49 AM   #9
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Surly's 15mm/bottle opener easily fits in a saddle bag as it is just a tad over 4" long.
That wrench is nifty, and I like the idea of supporting a company like Surly. But seriously, $25? I've got plenty of things I'd rather spend $25 on. Like Snap-on tools.

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I got a "normal" Craftsman 15mm wrench at a yard sale for $2.
I then cut it in half with my 24-inch bolt cutters.
Then I smoothed the cut end on a grinding wheel.
Is nice. I like.
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here's the gearwrench.
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Craftsman stubby ratcheting wrench. looks like it folds up on itself $25
It doesn't fold up on itself, the ratcheting head pivots 90 degrees either way. I have a set of GearWrenches(same thing) from when I used to have a car, and the pivoting makes it really easy to get into tight spots with it. Not as necessary on a bike, but now that I have them I don't think I'd ever use anything else. A set of seven(10,12,13,14,15,17,19mm) costs about $70, and is totally worth it.
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It doesn't fold up on itself, the ratcheting head pivots 90 degrees either way. I have a set of GearWrenches(same thing) from when I used to have a car, and the pivoting makes it really easy to get into tight spots with it. Not as necessary on a bike, but now that I have them I don't think I'd ever use anything else. A set of seven(10,12,13,14,15,17,19mm) costs about $70, and is totally worth it.
Can you get the 15mm sold seperatly? if so, what big box store would have them?
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Try looking in pawn shops and thrift stores. Somethimes you can find Craftsman Snap-On Mac etc for a couple bucks and cut them off
Mine is a Craftsman I cut the open end off with a die grinder and filed it smooth, works great
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GearWrench make nice ones.
Best stubby wrench IMO.
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Old 01-25-07, 11:56 AM   #17
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please please please do not buy the chinese made crap from harbor freight. support americans and buy something made here.
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Old 01-25-07, 12:06 PM   #18
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Craftsman $8.59 stubby wrench 4.5" long
I have this one. It is full polish and nice and hard. It fits into the smallest of all seatpacks.
Because you can put it on a wheel nut and push down with your foot towards the ground there is never any need for more leverage. I think it's the smallest (shortest) and possibly the lightest. To me that makes it the best, even better than the campy one, because it will fit in a tiny seat pack.

It's finished like a piece of fine jewelry, you need to see it in person.
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Best stubby wrench IMO.
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Northern Industrial - cheap, good?
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+1 to 2manybikes

with a wrench that small, you can just spin it around once you get the nut loose, so there's really no need to spend more for the ratcheting version.
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I looked for that Craftsman stubby at Sears and they had stubby SAE sizes and metric wrenches in every possible flavor except for stubby. I guess I could look again or have them order it for me.
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I dig the Surly, it's offset, has a nice surface to press on with your palm. It's my new favorite tool.
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I cut off a Craftsman wrench with an angle grinder, and smoothed the end with a file. The file cut it easily, so a hacksaw would probably cut it. It's 100 grams, 5.5 inches long. It's long enough to get leverage, but I need a glove wrapped around it to pad my hand.
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I looked for that Craftsman stubby at Sears and they had stubby SAE sizes and metric wrenches in every possible flavor except for stubby. I guess I could look again or have them order it for me.
If you strike out I think I can get you one. I have seen them in two places.
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