Monday, April 14, 2008

Mystery Tool Monday! Long Speed Wrench!

Captured Shadow sent photos of this perplexing tool and the mystery is a tad more compelling as it comes from the famous Snap-On brand.
I thought I had a great garage sale find. It looked like a yellow snap-on speed wrench until I got it home and looked at it. It has the look of a speed wrench but with a little extra knob at the top, like a brace would and an extra universal joint with a square socket on the end. It looks like a 1/2 inch, but is actually 17/32. Perfect for driving those square 17/32 nuts. It is stamped with a couple good code numbers A2002 is the snap on model number. You can see the others in the photos. I am guessing it was a special tool for a utility like the phone company that used it on some kind special equipment.

Sorry about the less than studio quality photos.
Captured Shadow, I agree with you. Your photos stink. No offense. Also, I agree that this speed wrench is a specific tool for a specialized piece of equipment but I don't think it is for a utility company. Having seen extremely long handled speed wrenches for overhead servicing of airplanes, I would suggest that this is a military surplus tool for adjusting something on a plane.

Anybody have a better guess?

Last week's Mystery Tool:

Crystal Says:
the mystery tool for April 7 is a grease fitting "easy out" tool. I only know this because I worked for a company that sold them and I've drawn many pictures of them for catalogs etc. (Can you say BORING!)
Slow Joe Crow says:
Based on the hex sockets, this is a tool for installing and servicing zerk fittings. The socket with the cutout is for 90 degree fittings.
After years of using a box wrench for removing Zerk fittings, I am thrilled to be able to file this particular tool in the grease fitting section of my tool box.

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About Mystery Tool Monday
Each Monday, D+R will present a new mystery tool for identification. It may be from our collection or may be an item that has puzzled a D+R reader but, whatever the case, discovering its mysterious use will be as thrilling as a Mickey Spillane dimestore paperback.

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