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  1. MorrG

    MorrG Member

    Hi, just wondering what wrenches, spanners and stiltons you guys use and would recommend?

    I've brought Stanley and Draper tools from Amazon and I was very disappointed in the quality of those items. I have a Monument adjustable wrench which is awesome but is there better out there?
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  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Rigid for Stils

    Monuments for old style cutters (handle and wheel)

    But it depends what your looking for and don't buy cheap
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  3. moonlight

    moonlight Plumber GSR

    It does depend on which tool you want as some of the other brands do a better tool for the same job.
  4. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Draper actually do a massive range of tools and have DIYers cheap tools and more professional tools. Knipex (German) for example go under the Draper name.
    For me, -
    Bahco for adjustables,
    Footprints for grips, 7" , 9" , 12" sizes (both the bolt type & the wheel adjust type, which I now prefer)
    Record Stilsons old British made (all that I ever had)
    Teng for combination spanners (high quality mechanics spanners)
    Also got a Lucas Eliott set of grips/pump pliers very similar to Rothenberger.
    Knipex parallel flat jaw adjustable - (excellent for parallel grip, but expensive)
  5. MorrG

    MorrG Member

    Shaun, Rigid should be the best for what they charge! I suppose they'll last you a lifetime (if they don't get nicked) but a bit too expensive for me.

    Moonlight, I was enquiring about spanners, wrenches and stiltons as I'm curious what you use and what experiences you've had with certain brands.

    Best, thanks for the detailed response! I will take a look into some of your recommendations.

    I like these Monument wrenches...

    Monument 3143 3143Z Wide Jaw Adjustable Wrench Monument 3143 3143Z Wide Jaw Adjustable Wrench: DIY & Tools
  6. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    The Monument wide jaw is okay, but it doesn't feel as good in the hand and the metal bit with a hole in it on the end of handle is uncomfortable. Other than that I suppose it is good valve if you buy it a lot cheaper than equivalent Bahco.
    But you can buy Bahco wide jaw 8" nickel plated for £20, which I own.
  7. moonlight

    moonlight Plumber GSR

    I use Bacho adjustable spanners, the wide jaw, the thin jaw and the standard. Rothernberger pump pliers and a pair of knipex pump pliers.Knipex screwdrivers, wirecutters, strippers, long nose pliers and pliers. Kopex wheeel cutters. I could go on. That's only some of my tools in my tool box and non that are in my tap box. I tend to go for the best I can afford. It's not as though you are buying them everyday. But I am a bit tool mad. That's enough boring you all. Sorry
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  8. Jay The Plumber

    Jay The Plumber Active Member

    bahco for adjustables
    rigid or record for stilsons
    but instead of using adjustables all the time I use knipex (or nerrad) bilateral wreches wherever possible
  9. wiggers

    wiggers Plumber

    I use both bahco and monument but spanners don't feel as sturdy and as the wide as the irega wide jaw spanner
    as it's really handy for in lofts changing ballvalves as is wider than the bahco
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  10. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Bahco adjustable spanners , record stillsons, channel lock grips
  11. anhbrown

    anhbrown GSR

    Bahco adjustable and knipex pliers I've lost so much skin off my knuckles over the years only buy the best now. Only thing is if your going to misplace a tool it'll be one of them never a cheapie they hang around for years had a customer call me once saying they'd found a pair of grips 10 mile round trip for some pound shop specials that weren't even mine!
  12. Matt0029

    Matt0029 GSR

    Bacho, been plumbing 10 years and still got the same bacho spanners I started with. The same can't be said for the quality of rhothenberg grips these days sadly.
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  13. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I have a Bahco adjustable spanner that is probably about 30 years old now. Has been used constantly and still like new.
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  14. tafgas

    tafgas New Member

    bahco wide jaws adjustable spanner always been the best imo, trouble is had 4 lost 4. Have tried other wide jaw spanners but nothing comes upto the bahco standard until I bought one from toolstation for £12 (product no.43498). Grip is a little slim but with a few wraps of self amalgamating tape feels more comfortable.
  15. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    Bahco adjustables
    Record Stilsons
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