Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

T Handle Hex Wrenches

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

T Handle Hex Wrenches

Old 01-20-20, 06:19 PM
  #1  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,059

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 266 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 17 Times in 14 Posts
T Handle Hex Wrenches

Maybe there is a "fix". My T Handle Hex Wrenches are getting rounded over. Short of buying new ones is there a way to "square" them up? I thought about grinding.
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 01-20-20, 06:27 PM
  #2  
Digger Goreman
Senior Member
 
Digger Goreman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Decatur, GA (Metro Atlanta, East)
Posts: 377

Bikes: 1995 Trek 800 Sport, aka, "Frankentrek"

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
Liked 94 Times in 65 Posts
Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
Maybe there is a "fix". My T Handle Hex Wrenches are getting rounded over. Short of buying new ones is there a way to "square" them up? I thought about grinding.
Put 'em in a vise and square cut the minimum off the end? No experience, just brain storming....
Digger Goreman is offline  
Likes For Digger Goreman:
Old 01-20-20, 06:41 PM
  #3  
dsbrantjr
Senior Member
 
dsbrantjr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Roswell, GA
Posts: 6,703

Bikes: '93 Trek 750, '92 Schwinn Crisscross, '93 Mongoose Alta

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 847 Post(s)
Liked 180 Times in 147 Posts
I routinely grind worn hex drivers back to new, sharp corners. Just go slow and don't overheat them, dunking them in water helps, or use a wet wheel.
dsbrantjr is offline  
Likes For dsbrantjr:
Old 01-20-20, 08:27 PM
  #4  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 4,598
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1190 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 188 Times in 110 Posts
Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
i routinely grind worn hex drivers back to new, sharp corners. Just go slow and don't overheat them, dunking them in water helps, or use a wet wheel.

+1
woodcraft is online now  
Old 01-20-20, 10:24 PM
  #5  
aggiegrads
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 734
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
I assume that you are taking about the square end, not the ball end. If the ball end is rounding, that is the end.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 01-20-20, 10:36 PM
  #6  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 20,936

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 125 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1923 Post(s)
Liked 260 Times in 185 Posts
+1 on grinding worn tools back to square. If it was a decent quality tool to start with, it will be hardened steel, and difficult to cut with e.g. a hacksaw or file; thus the need to grind.
JohnDThompson is offline  
Old 01-20-20, 10:48 PM
  #7  
Bill Kapaun
Really Old Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Posts: 11,260

Bikes: 87 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 856 Post(s)
Liked 111 Times in 82 Posts
Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
I routinely grind worn hex drivers back to new, sharp corners. Just go slow and don't overheat them, dunking them in water helps, or use a wet wheel.
+1
I have found dunking in water also makes my metal cutting, reciprocating saw blades last MUCH longer.
I haven't turned one into an "S" since I stated.
Bill Kapaun is offline  
Old 01-21-20, 08:49 PM
  #8  
WizardOfBoz
Generally bewildered
 
WizardOfBoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Eastern PA, USA
Posts: 2,435

Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 6.9, 1999 LeMond Zurich, 1978 Schwinn Superior

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 884 Post(s)
Liked 146 Times in 106 Posts
Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
I assume that you are taking about the square end, not the ball end. If the ball end is rounding, that is the end.
You can grind the ball off and square it. Then you have a T handle square end hex wrench.

But keep the ground end cool. As mentioned above, easy does it. Grind a small amount, quench in cool water. Never get the end glowing in any way.

Last edited by WizardOfBoz; 01-21-20 at 09:08 PM.
WizardOfBoz is offline  
Old 01-21-20, 10:43 PM
  #9  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 7,498

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 97 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1896 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 271 Times in 199 Posts
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
+1 on grinding worn tools back to square. If it was a decent quality tool to start with, it will be hardened steel, and difficult to cut with e.g. a hacksaw or file; thus the need to grind.
Timely topic. I'm going back east to sit down with my siblings and settle my folk's estate. Up for grabs is an old grindstone. Big, heavy 30"? wheel, pedal powered, runs through water. Magic for knives. Free to me except shipping to the west coast.

Ben
79pmooney is offline  
Old 01-22-20, 08:10 AM
  #10  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,059

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 266 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 17 Times in 14 Posts
As a woodworker dealing with metal is sometimes foreign😁!
As I grind them square I end up with a wire edge on some of the facets. How do up typically deal with it?
Thanks!
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 01-25-20, 02:30 PM
  #11  
aggiegrads
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 734
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by Tandem Tom View Post
As a woodworker dealing with metal is sometimes foreign😁!
As I grind them square I end up with a wire edge on some of the facets. How do up typically deal with it?
Thanks!
A fine file, or better yet, an Arkansas stone.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 01-25-20, 04:11 PM
  #12  
billnuke1 
Senior Member
 
billnuke1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: the "Cape"
Posts: 1,121

Bikes: Not nearly as many as before...

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 123 Post(s)
Liked 79 Times in 50 Posts
There are some inexpensive or at least wholesale priced Park Tool allen tools on eBay....oops! Wait! I bought’em! I keep’em in both shops, strapped to the stands, and these are are goin’ in both the vacation, and the camper tool sets.
The fold out sets are ok for the bike bag but I need full size sets everywhere else...a touch of arthritis make these full size wrenches a worth while investment.
billnuke1 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.