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D1-4 Spindle Wrench

Discussion in 'QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Get Help Fast Here!)' started by Tozguy, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Tozguy

    Tozguy Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    The T wrench for my D1-4 spindle fits rather loose in the socket of the cam. The cam gets all the torque I can deliver by hand. The sockets are starting to get buggered and will only get worse unless a better wrench is used. Have any of you encountered this problem and how have you addressed the issue?

    Note: The socket is 10 mm and I have not been able to find a supplier for a new wrench of this size. The idea of making a new wrench by myself is daunting.
     

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  2. British Steel

    British Steel United Kingdom Active User Active Member

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    Get a 1/2" square drive socket extension bar, grind 1.3 mm off each face of the square (carefully) and deburr, either drive it with a ratchet (my preference) or drill though t'other end and fit a tommy bar, simples!

    Dave H. (the other one)
     
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    Thanks Dave, that is certainly a straight forward solution and within my capabilities.

    I have since found that 10mm square key stock fits the socket perfectly. Plus, I happen to have a 10mm square female wrench on hand so maybe together these could work too.
     
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    I use a 10mm drain plug socket with an extension & long ratchet. I never liked using those chuck key style T-handles for the camlocks.
     
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    Love the ratchet idea Dave and Darkzero. I'm heading out to shop for the drain plug socket.
    This place is wonderful!
     
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    My big (10") 4-jaw takes a 1/2" hex, so I've cut pieces off a 1/2" Allen key and silver-soldered them into 1/2" 6-point sockets that I drive with a ratchet and extension bar, for the 3-jaw and the D1-5 cams I just slip the socket off the bar!

    Dave H. (the other one)
     

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