Pet Peeve - 1

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by richgreer posted 12-30-2009 06:19 PM 1238 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whenever you buy a router, table saw, lathe and some other tools, it is common to get one or more wrenches for changing bits, blades, chucks, ... These tend to be some of the cheapest most poorly made wrenches I have ever seen. The wrenches that came with my lathe literally spread further open when I applied moderate pressure, making them completely worthless. I had to spend over an hour with a Dremel grinder to correct problems with the wrench that removes my arbor nut on my table saw.

When you spend hundreds of dollars on a nice tool you should get a decent set of wrenches to change what ever needs changing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

16 comments so far

View Jeff's profile


428 posts in 3158 days

#1 posted 12-30-2009 06:28 PM

Couldn’t agree more. Makes you wonder what other cheap parts are inside the tool. And why can’t they at least stamp their name on the tool so you know what it’s for?

View patron's profile


13600 posts in 3305 days

#2 posted 12-30-2009 06:33 PM

ditto to that .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View Tim Dahn's profile

Tim Dahn

1567 posts in 3529 days

#3 posted 12-30-2009 07:00 PM

Yep, table saws seem to be the worst. I don’t even know where the wrench for my table saw is, I just grab an adjustable.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

View dennis mitchell's profile

dennis mitchell

3994 posts in 4278 days

#4 posted 12-30-2009 07:05 PM

... next some idiot will decide to make them out of plastic. They would work just as well. I have a large expensive shaper where the shaper is metric and the cheap wrenches are standard. Another example of free trade. We trade our idiots for theirs….

View JJohnston's profile


1622 posts in 3255 days

#5 posted 12-30-2009 07:15 PM

Really? I hadn’t noticed. The collet wrenches that came with the DeWalt 621 and the big 3HP Milwaukee (model no.??) have been fine. They seem to have been forged rather than stamped. The arbor wrenches for the SawStop are stamped, but they’re seriously thick and heavy.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3079 days

#6 posted 12-30-2009 07:17 PM

Too late Dennis I alredy got one it came with my daugtherĀ“s new bycicle I will not name the brand becourse the byciclebrand is normaly a well nown as one of the realy good brand where there is nothing wrong and have an exellent service

but I gess that even the best companiĀ“s can have a brain damage from time to time


View lumberdog's profile


245 posts in 3231 days

#7 posted 12-30-2009 09:36 PM

It’s almost like they have some clown at the end of the line slipping these tools into the boxes and giggling all the time he is doing it. I won’t name the brand ,but i received a wrench with a table saw one time and it didn’t fit anything on the saw and it didn’t look any thing like the one pictured in the manual, i called the company and after complaining enough they sent me a new one six weeks later, and it was the same thing as what i had.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27250 posts in 3786 days

#8 posted 12-31-2009 01:41 AM

I agree with you about this. With my old table saw the wrench that was supplied with it would flex too much to be of any use at all. I never used it. I am just glad that over the years my father made a point of giving hand tools at Christmas. When I was on my own I had a complete set of tools and often would rather use one of my tools the ones supplied by the manufacturer. Of course there are always exceptions, like JJohnson said, the wrenches supplied with the Sawstop saw are quality tools.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View dlmckirdy's profile


199 posts in 3097 days

#9 posted 12-31-2009 01:50 AM

The blade wrench that came with my 10” table saw is 6” long. Just enough to align my knuckles with the business end of the blade and slice them whenever I change blades. I promptly lost that stamped wrench and bought a combination (open/box end) wrench that is about 10” long and keep it with the saw. Now if I can just keep my thumb out of the spinning blade!

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

View Dan Lyke's profile

Dan Lyke

1519 posts in 4089 days

#10 posted 12-31-2009 05:32 AM

Ya know, everyone rags on the price I pay for Festool, but the crescent wrench that came with my hand-held router is a nice drop-forged beastie, and the hex keys with the other tools (including the ball end one with a handle that came with the MFS) all seem to be as good as anything I’ve bought individually.

The wrenches that came with my Porter-Cable router for the table are just stamped flat stock, but so far they’ve been beefy enough that I haven’t had any issues.

Just like cases, the auxiliary tools that come with the tools are part of the whole package, and if a company hasn’t paid attention to those details, or has skimped there, then where else have they cut corners? The simple answer is: find a company that doesn’t skimp on those things.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

View coloradoclimber's profile


548 posts in 4032 days

#11 posted 12-31-2009 06:02 AM

Here’s the wrench that came factory supplied with my PM2000. Drop forged, over a foot long, 3/8 thick at the wrench end. Like the rest of the saw it’s pretty solid.

Of course instead of spending hundreds a PM2000 costs thousands. Kind of pricey, but you do get a nice wrench :).

PM2000 arbor wrench, drop forged

View a1Jim's profile


117061 posts in 3541 days

#12 posted 12-31-2009 06:04 AM

Yes and Yes

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View miles125's profile


2180 posts in 3970 days

#13 posted 12-31-2009 06:14 AM

Somebody come up with a really thin yet high quality adjustable wench and i’ll buy two and throw about 20 misc wrenches that came with my equipment away.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

View coloradoclimber's profile


548 posts in 4032 days

#14 posted 12-31-2009 06:22 AM

Here are the wrenches that came with my Bosch 1617 router. Not particularly special but they are pretty solid, 1/4 inch and 3/16 inch thick at the wrench end. Not stamped steel like many others. The router is pretty nice too.

Bosch 1617 router wrenches

View richgreer's profile


4541 posts in 3038 days

#15 posted 12-31-2009 06:24 AM

Miles hit the nail on the head. Most applications require a thin wrench and most adjustable wrenches are not thin. I guess we could all just buy Powermatic tools – but that is not in my budget.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics