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Hex/Allen keys

tommitch

Well-known Member
Morning all,

Can anyone help with suggesting any good websites or recommendations for extra long hex keys?

I need ones that are ideally 30cm long, or longer, to clear some immovable obstacles. Everywhere I've looked either doesn't list the length, or it just states 'long'.

Many thanks in advance
 

Mo Better Blues

Distinguished Member
You are probably better off using a hex bit in a socket set where you can get very long extension pieces.
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
Bit of metal rod, drill hole just over the A/F size of the Allen key
Chop Allen key bend off, and press/hammer into the metal rod.

I literally did this yesterday :)
(at work)
Simples !
 

tommitch

Well-known Member
Thanks for your replies all, much appreciated!

The Bondhus ones on ebay look to be suitable.

Making up my own isn't possible unfortunately as its a work purchase, so price doesn't matter either ;)
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
When it come to Allen Keys, width is almost always more important than length.
If you can't get it in the hole, it does not matter how long it is.
 

tommitch

Well-known Member
When it come to Allen Keys, width is almost always more important than length.
If you can't get it in the hole, it does not matter how long it is.
@HaRd2BeAr @McVicar

I know you guys like this sort of stuff, this ones brilliant :laugh:
Sorry Tempest ;)

But to actually answer you, in this case, I do need the length as there is a structural support sitting pretty much in front of the screws, so I need a long key to extend past the support, otherwise unscrewing can only be done a quarter turn at a time and it is extremely laborious.
 

kez

Distinguished Member
If you can't get it in the hole, it does not matter how long it is.

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DarenD

Well-known Member
Bit of metal rod, drill hole just over the A/F size of the Allen key
Chop Allen key bend off, and press/hammer into the metal rod.

I literally did this yesterday :)
(at work)
Simples !

Hope the HSE police didn't see you making that tool
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
Hope the HSE police didn't see you making that tool

LOL Thats a good one. Health and Safety!

Indeed, the type of thing they only worry about if it affects them.

It's funny how people in the office have zero idea about dangers of things.
I got moaned at by an office manager as I take the guards of desk fans, as they work at least twice as well if you do that.
She said it was dangerous, so I stuck my hand in the spinning blades to show the motor has no torque, and the fan blades are just a softish plastic anyway.

Nope, it needs to go, it's too dangerous she insisted.

Of course, a old lathe, with a BIG 4-jaw chuck on in, spinning inches away from my face/fingers/hands at 2000rpm, with no guard, that, would literally tear your arm off if you got caught in it...... Nope, that's perfectly safe, she's not bothered about that!

The plastic fan is unacceptable.
 

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