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Old Yesterday, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default There ought to be a law against this

Why would anyone do this to a perfectly good wrench?

Found in a box lot.
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Old Yesterday, 11:12 PM   #2
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Extra twisting leverage but yeah kinda lame.
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Old Yesterday, 11:15 PM   #3
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Because some people are inventive and visionary and slay the task at hand with the tools at hand.
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Old Yesterday, 11:22 PM   #4
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I would guess that it was a blacksmith or decorative iron worker who did that for twisting iron.
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Old Yesterday, 11:30 PM   #5
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I don't think the bar or weld is strong enough for real twisting.
I'm going to guess it can keep a flywheel or something from turning, A wedge of sorts.
Tighten the wrench on the center bolt, rotate the flywheel or rotating part until that bar hits an obstacle....

It shouldn't take three minutes to have that bar off and all signs of the weld erased.
Wrench isn't damaged in the least by that modification.

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Old Yesterday, 11:42 PM   #6
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necessity is the mother of invention.
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Old Yesterday, 11:44 PM   #7
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I don't see the problem. I have modified tools in the past to do a job. That's what they are for.
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Old Yesterday, 11:56 PM   #8
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If this offends you, you might be a tool polisher...

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Old Yesterday, 11:57 PM   #9
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Modifying a 50 cent wrench to be useful for something? Nothing wrong with that. I've thrown better wrenches than that in the scrap metal, it's hard to give them away. Even nice examples of a money wrench rarely are worth $10 and postage to a collector. At least whomever did this had a use for it.
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Old Yesterday, 11:59 PM   #10
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If this offends you, you might be a tool polisher...
That's what I wanted to say but I couldn't effectively word it.
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Old Today, 12:12 AM   #11
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Sometimes you just do what you gotta do to get it done.
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Old Today, 12:21 AM   #12
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Leverage.. never know what they needed it for.. really stubborn valve or a sewer line cleanout that hadn't been open in decades.. guess it's a good wrench, easily fixed if need be..
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Old Today, 12:24 AM   #13
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I would guess that it was a blacksmith or decorative iron worker who did that for twisting iron.
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Old Today, 12:33 AM   #14
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Yup it was most likely a blacksmith, I have a wrench right here that I will use for that mod soon. unless you want to send me that one?
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I don't think the bar or weld is strong enough for real twisting.

It would be used on hot metal, cherry red or hotter.
You'd be right if it was used for a cold twist. The torque needed would be greater, but would put undue stress on the metal.
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Old Today, 06:50 AM   #16
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A blacksmith tool. I'm an amateur smith and the master smith I learned from has several of them. I made my own just like it. When the metal is red hot, it twists easily. A 2-handled wrench gives much better control. Nothing wrong with it at all.
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Because some people are inventive and visionary and slay the task at hand with the tools at hand.
This right here. Well said.
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Old Today, 07:21 AM   #18
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Its pretty common to modify tools for particular uses.

I'm guessing most every mechanic has at least one modified tool in their box, probably several, I have a lot of them.

Several reasons, they might not make a tool like you want for something, or you may not be able to get one in time to get the job done, so you make one to work.

Then there is the 'specialty' tool (Jxpbj) that costs $289, and you can make pretty much the same thing by welding a piece of scrap to an $8 tool.

Tools are common items made for doing jobs, not display pieces. If I need to modify one to get a job done so I can get paid I'm going to do it, or even if I can just save some time, or make my life easier.

I mean they are my tools and I can do whatever I want with them. I'm really not concerned if whoever buys them after I die is happy about it.

Now if I broke in to the local museum stole the rare distributor wrench of Henry the 27th and welded a socket to it that would be a different matter.

I don't see anything wrong with buying a bunch of tools to look at either I guess, though honestly I don't get it, and it seems like a really expensive somewhat dull hobby, plus they are a lot heavier than stamps.

But once again, if they are your tools do whatever you want with them.

If you are buying 'lots' of tools to resell, I would expect to see many modified ones.
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Old Today, 08:05 AM   #19
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I made one, it's used for twisting hot steel. We use them to make basket twists and other decorative designs. Search on blacksmith basket twist and see what can be done.

Blacksmiths are one of the few craftsman that make many of their own tools.
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I've been to many a garage sale and estate sale where there were Snap-on and Mac tools that had been modified for some reason. Once came across an entire set of Mac combination wrenches that were cut in half to make shorty's... I stood and stared at them, just broke my heart.
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