An Allen Wrench for Every Need
Jul 09, 2017
Sometimes it pays to have different versions of the same tool. When I first started turning wrenches I "made do" with a set of Allen wrenches (hex wrenches) that were L-shaped. I bought a quality set that didn't round off or bend, and used them for years.
Later I went ahead and bought a set of allen head socket-type wrenches that allowed me to use a ratchet wrench to speed removal and installation of allen head bolts. I thought I was pretty hot stuff, having the socket-type allen wrenches, and considered "retiring" the old L-shaped wrenches.
I'm glad I didn't. I can't count the number of times I've needed to get a wrench on an allen-headed bolt in a tight spot, and my socket-style allen wrenches were too long to fit in the available space. That's when I dug out the old L-shaped wrenches, used a grinding wheel to cut the short leg of the L to the necessary length, and managed to access the troublesome bolt head.
One more reason to never throw away, give away, or completely retire ANY hand tool.