I recently purchased a riser block for my Grizzly 1019 bandsaw. When I
went to install it Saturday I found that I needed a 32 mm box end
wrench. Neither Home Depot nor Lowe's had it so I had to go to Sears.
The wrench cost me about $25. I don't think the riser kit cost much
more than that.
Oh, well. I'll add that to all th rest of the tools I have bought and
used one time. I am, however, looking forward to mounting that Wood
Slicer blade and practicing my resawing.
Yes. I tried to use a Crescent wrench, but the head was too large to
fit into the rather small opening provided. The wrench I bought was
open-end on one end and box-end on the other. The open-end side was
still too large to fit into the opening.
Well, I'll be darned. I can justify the price now. Thanks for
pointing that out. You know, in all these years of riding, I have had
very few occasions to mess with the headset. I still have an old
Campagnolo headset that came on a bike I bought in 1974. I used it for
over 25 years with very little maintenance. It is still as good as
That old Campy grease is probably in need of replacement. Further justify
the wrench expense immediately by repacking your headset! ;~)
I have a Campy steel track headset on my oldest mountain bike... that hasn't
been repacked since 1986 when I repacked it in Charlotte, NY during a ride
from FL to NY. Can I borrow your wrench? ;~)
Y'all are scaring me. I raced, primarily track, in my younger, slimmer
IIRC, the Campy track headset was never known for its grease retention
I used to tear my bikes down to the frame a couple of times per year.
IOW, I was about like Greg with his unisaur ..;-) (which I've very much
enjoyed reading about).
Just noticed that I wrote Charlotte, NY... should have been NC! Laid over
there for 4 days when the temperatures dropped into the teens at night and
it was raining during the day.
RE the old track headset, that particular bike, a first year issue Trek
850--their first mountain bike--is not used much these days. I've got a
Specialized Epic that is a WHOLE DIFFERENT technology!
As I recall I had killed a couple alloy mountain bike headsets in short
order before trying the steel Campy unit. That headset still feels pretty
smooth despite the neglect... The Urgel (memory loss due to lack of
sleep--is that the correct spelling???) headsets were way too nice to ride
in the mud and sand but the steel one was laying around in the shop so it
went on the Trek.
That trip is how I ended up working at Colonial Williamsburg with folks like
Mack Hadeley (sp--another memory loss) and Roy Underhill. Note the lame
attempt to get back on the woodworking topic. ;~)
Go to the hardware store for the next oddball wrench or use a crescent (if
it will fit). Sears sells brand name at a premium (and IMHO the brand is
tarnished). Other hand tools, including Master Mechanic, are much cheaper
and have the same warranty.
The only hardware store within miles of my house is a Do It Best store.
They don't carry anything larger than 22mm. While I would really like
to do business with these folks, their prices are just too high on most
of what I need and their stock is too limited.
Reminds me of the time years ago when a lady I worked with complained
about the amount of money her husband spent on taxidermy. He sent a
big bass off to his taxidermist, Louie, in Little Rock along with a
check for $100. His wife told him that if he didn't quit wasting her
hard earned money she was going to go to Arkansas and have Louie mount
her. It went over his head like a high breeze.
Even thought it was expensive, I think you did the right thing by buying the
right tool for the job.
Plumbers have something called an "adjustable slip nut wrench" (search
google for a picture) which has thin, narrow jaws that can adjust up to
around 3". It might fit your riser block, but you might not be able to
torque it down enough.
Another option is one of those sets of imported, large-sized wrenches.
Harbor Freight and Menards sell them for under $20. I doubt they'll last
very long, but they're good for these one-off jobs.
There was not room for the ratchet and the socket where the bolt head
was. There was room for the ratchet and socket on the nut side but it
would require a deep socket. None of the stores had a deep socket that
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