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I spend lots of time using tools. Considering such, I don’t really own that many different tools. But the ones I have I use a lot. I am starting a series of posts to talk about some of the things I have along with the how and why of each. Some things will be rather obvious, but others have a very specific and important use. I like quality tools, but quality and usefullness don’t always go hand in hand. Some of my tools are expensive and others are the cheap versions.
Here are two of the most used and useful tools in the box, the ubiquitous 13mm combination wrenches. Everyone needs two of these, a six point and a twelve point. The six point gets the best purchase, but won’t fit into every tight corner. If you are a KTM owner you probably know there are sprocket bolts and cylinder base nuts that the six point just won’t fit onto all the time.
To make access even better, I have ground down the head of the twelve point to make it even narrower. This is now the miracle wrench for changing sprocket bolts, it will clear all the spokes, regardless of position. I hate to deface a tool like this and someday it will probably break, but it is so useful I could not get by without it.
Most of my wrenches and 3/8″ drive sockets are Craftsman. I like that fact that they can be bought in sets, or as single pieces. I am not sure if all Craftsman branded items still have the life time warranty. But I know they still honor it on the standard ratchet wrench. I had one go bad a few years ago. When I walked up to the counter the guy just handed me a new refurbished one and took mine, no questions or paperwork. He had a whole box of them under the counter.