What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:26 pm

I was digging around in boxes in the barn again and came across this.

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I had to do some searching but finally figured it out. Anybody wanna guess what name it is. A few hints, it is made by W&B and it falls into the spanner family but has a specific name for it The name is stamped on the other side at the factory.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:35 pm

Alligator wrench.

Interesting find, nice for the collection too :D

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:04 pm

Rudi, you and Jim both came up with the same type, which I wasn't even thinking of. W&B has the name of their wrench on the back, but in thinking about it, Alligator would work also. It is likely anybody who googles "alligator wrench" just migt fin the name on the back side.

Is was interesting researching this.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:09 pm

Options -- Goat Wrench, Always Ready Wrench.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:02 pm

I hope this link works. It appears that W&B used the term "bull dog" and that "alligator" may have been a more generic term. Note the W&B advertisement says "Bull Dog (alligator) type".

http://books.google.com/books?id=H8UfAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA150&lpg=RA1-PA150&dq=bulldog+wrench+trademark+W%26B&source=bl&ots=TMF44_X2_v&sig=EYMkk6XAfUV_HfUbV7kJ0b6xCZs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pWJWUc_HBuiv0AGMoIDADQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bulldog%20wrench%20trademark%20W%26B&f=false

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:30 pm

Jim, hit a bull's eye with Bull Dog. The backside says "No. 3 Bull Dog". I guess I have another addition for my shop wall.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:41 am

Barnyard wrote:Jim, hit a bull's eye with Bull Dog. The backside says "No. 3 Bull Dog". I guess I have another addition for my shop wall.



Use It. They are great for square nuts and bolts.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:22 am

I believe there is one of those in the tool box on "Pappy", my Grandfather's bought-new (and my first) Cub.
I'll try to check it for the name today.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:14 am

Looks like it would make a better hammer than a wrench. :lol:

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:11 am

Yep, it's a Bull Dog!
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ricky racer wrote:Looks like it would make a better hammer than a wrench. :lol:

Ricky, it is 15" long and feels like it weighs more than a carpenters hammer. If it had a flat spot on the edge I could probably drive nails with it.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:27 am

Use It. They are great for square nuts and bolts.[/quote]

Better than a crescent wrench. :applause: :applause:

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:38 pm

Looks like a "Fits All" to me in spite of what it says on it.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:54 pm

And I thought gimmick wrenches were a new thing :D

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:09 am

With the tolerances on 100 150 year old square nuts I can see where a wrench like that would be handy.

Re: What is this spanner wrench called?

Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:59 am

Bill,

A little bigger one to add to your collection:

http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/tls/3714944783.html

Another maker but also marked "BULL DOG" ... only $10 (OBO!) so better jump on it!

I have seen those before and wondered what they were used for, now I know! :big afro:

Happy wrenching,