Most Versitle Adjustable Wrench Size

I am finishing a remodel and one of the workers stole my Diamond adjustable wrench. It is not repalaceable as they are no longer in business! I loved that wrench. I want to get a wrench that is as versitle as possible. I like the 10 inch size but it maxes out at aboutt 1 5/16. I ususally only work on say 3/4" and smaller. Plumbing, automotive, etc. but every one in a while as now especially on plumbing finish I need to tighten those trap collars for example and I think those are 1 1/2". Correct me if I am wrong. I don't want to use my pipe wrench on them and nick them up. What is a good all around size adjustable wrench to get. I have Knipex, Channelocks, box and crescent wrenchs etc. but I am looking for one good all around adjustable wrench that I can throw into my plumbers bag. I know that beak jaw adjustables open wider but can't find any well made ones! Ideal wrench for me would be relatively short handle with a jaw that opens up to 1 1/2" but no such animal! Help with any advice or feedback. Thanks.
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Michael Roback wrote:

will find it in his tool box.....
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I wish I knew what I did with mine. I had some sort of wrench the size of an 8 or 10" adjustable wrench that opened up several inches. I think it was called a Ford wrench (ie, for tightening Ford Brass fittings). But I cannot find anything like that lately, so I have to use a 15" adjustable (or 15" aluminum pipe wrench if that does not fit).
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On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 02:43:10 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@xnet.com (David Efflandt) wrote:
:> I am finishing a remodel and one of the workers stole my Diamond adjustable :> wrench. It is not repalaceable as they are no longer in business! I loved :> that wrench. I want to get a wrench that is as versitle as possible. I :> like the 10 inch size but it maxes out at aboutt 1 5/16. I ususally only :> work on say 3/4" and smaller. Plumbing, automotive, etc. but every one in a :> while as now especially on plumbing finish I need to tighten those trap :> collars for example and I think those are 1 1/2"...: :I wish I knew what I did with mine. I had some sort of wrench the size of :an 8 or 10" adjustable wrench that opened up several inches. I think it :was called a Ford wrench (ie, for tightening Ford Brass fittings). But I :cannot find anything like that lately, so I have to use a 15" adjustable :(or 15" aluminum pipe wrench if that does not fit). I've had one of the Ford wrenches for over 25 years. Use it infrequently, but it's good when grabing a sink washer (won't scar it like a pipe wrench). It says FordUSA on the lower jaw. The handle is about 9.25 inches long from the top of the top jaw to the bottom of the handle (one piece). The jaws open up to almost 2 5/8 inches, and the jaw griping surfaces are parallel. It seems to be made of plain unpainted tool steel.
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Horatio Hornblower wrote:

Wuz it what we used to call a "monkey wrench", with a movable jaw sliding up and down the handle when you turned the adjusting worm?
I had one of those, but it "grew legs" and I haven't sen it for a while.
IIRC, the name came from the movement of the jaw being equated with a monkey shinnying up a coconut tree.
There are lots of guys selling antique tools on the web.
Good luck,
Jeff
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: : :Horatio Hornblower wrote:
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wrote: :> :> I am finishing a remodel and one of the workers stole my Diamond adjustable :> :> wrench. It is not repalaceable as they are no longer in business! I loved :> :> that wrench. I want to get a wrench that is as versitle as possible. I :> :> like the 10 inch size but it maxes out at aboutt 1 5/16. I ususally only :> :> work on say 3/4" and smaller. Plumbing, automotive, etc. but every one in a :> :> while as now especially on plumbing finish I need to tighten those trap :> :> collars for example and I think those are 1 1/2"... :> : :> :I wish I knew what I did with mine. I had some sort of wrench the size of :> :an 8 or 10" adjustable wrench that opened up several inches. I think it :> :was called a Ford wrench (ie, for tightening Ford Brass fittings). But I :> :cannot find anything like that lately, so I have to use a 15" adjustable :> :(or 15" aluminum pipe wrench if that does not fit). :> I've had one of the Ford wrenches for over 25 years. Use it :> infrequently, but it's good when grabing a sink washer (won't scar it :> like a pipe wrench). It says FordUSA on the lower jaw. The handle is :> about 9.25 inches long from the top of the top jaw to the bottom of the :> handle (one piece). The jaws open up to almost 2 5/8 inches, and the jaw :> griping surfaces are parallel. It seems to be made of plain unpainted :> tool steel.: :Wuz it what we used to call a "monkey wrench", with a movable jaw :sliding up and down the handle when you turned the adjusting worm? : :I had one of those, but it "grew legs" and I haven't sen it for a while. : :IIRC, the name came from the movement of the jaw being equated with a :monkey shinnying up a coconut tree. : :There are lots of guys selling antique tools on the web. : :Good luck, : :Jeff Yes, I think mine is what they call a monkey wrench and it's as you describe.
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There's a zillion on eBay. Just search for "monkey wrench" here's a plain steel one, but rather pricey because of the "Indian motorcycle" name on it.
Jeff
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offset jaws that open to 2". It's all I use for jam nuts and sanco's.
Bill
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Malco Tools used to make those adjustable wrenches like diamond that had thin heads and that would open up wider than normal adjustable wrenches...the 10 inch opens the same as a normal 12 does etc......
Anyhow.......look up Malco tools.......... but being as the tools were identical they may have been discontinued too as both were most likely made by the same manufacturer.........
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I am finishing aremodel and one of the workers stole my Diamond adjustable wrench. It is not repalaceable as they are no longer in business! >> ____Reply Separator_____
It is replacable!
http://www.mytoolstore.com/diamond/dmdpage.html
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<< I am finishing a remodel and one of the workers stole my Diamond adjustable wrench. It is not repalaceable as they are no longer in business! >><BR><BR>
What a rat! I hope you find a replacement. In 3 years living in and gradually restoring an old (120 +) house, I have lost god knows how many things. When it comes to any inside work, I make sure to lock away any small valuables and make periodic unnanounced visits to the work area. zemedelec
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On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 01:08:32 GMT, "Michael Roback"

smooth jaws.
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