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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR - August 2010 to May 2018

The Spanner & Wrench Collector newsletter was first issued in August 2010 and accompanies each issue of The Tool Chest  which is distributed by mail four times a year to members. The Spanner & Wrench Collector includes original articles and photos of interesting spanners, wrenches, shifters and related items from members' collections as well as private and public displays and information about the companies that produced or used the tools. Although primarily intended for those with a particular interest in these tools, the content will be of interest to anyone who appreciates hand tools and their history.

Articles in each isssue of Spanner and Wrench Collector are listed below. Click on a number to jump to the Table of Contents for that issue.

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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 32 - May 2018

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Ray Webb's Non-Sparking Tools  
1
Feedback - Conrik Multigrips & Mars Machine Tool Mfg Co John Bates (m)
2
Feedback - Dowidat Multigrips John Bates (m)
2
More Australian Multigrips - Minimax, Austral George Radion (m)
3
F H Aiken Bicycle Wrench George Radion (m)
3
H A Behrens & Co. Homeshop George Radion (m)
4
M60 Machine Gun Combination Tool George Radion (m)
4
Armour Coach Wrench George Radion (m)
5
Billings & Spencer lmproved S Wrench George Radion (m)
5
Combination Screwdriver Dogbone Wrench George Radion (m)
5
G.M. Co USA Combination Hammer and Wrench George Radion (m)
6
Girder Shifters - King Dick, Cocaco Germany George Radion (m)
7
S.A.F.O. Quick Adjust Shifter John Hawking (m) & George Radion (m)
8
EMCO Wheaton Valve Wrench George Radion (m)
8
Precision Engine Company George Radion (m) & Graham Wilson
9
S.L. Allen & Co. Planet Jr Spanners / Wrenches George Radion (m)
10
OTIS Co and Other Orphan Spanners George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 31 - February 2018

Article
Author
Page
Albion Spanners at the Dorset Steam Fair John Hawking (m)
1
Collections - Paul Wither's Spanners  
1
Orphan Spanners - 2272, J & W Ltd, Gaston Bros W128 & J262, D. Bremner Elmore George Radion (m)
2
Australian Multigrips and Lock Grips Revisited George Radion (m) et al
3
Chas Richards Burston Adjustable Shifter, Matador Spanner Set George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 30 - November 2017

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Bruce Hewitson's Shed  
1
Wynn Timmins Pipe Wrench George Radion (m)
2
Craft Pipe Wrench George Radion (m)
2
Wiles Shifter and Footprints George Radion (m)
3
McCalman Garde & Co (MCG & Co) Plough Wrenches George Radion (m)
3
New Finds - J & W Ltd, F.S.L., T Corbett Shrewsberry George Radion (m)
4
Mystery Spanners - Gedore, R300, X59 George Radion (m)
4
30th Edition Pipe Wrench Special:
The Beklin, J.A. Henckels, Jarecki Pipe Tongs, The Johnson Automatic, Trojan Wrenches, Thurleys Grip All, W.A.R. Primitive Wrench, German Chain Wrench, Frederick ZWICKER's Z Wrench, Harvey's Sons Mfg Co, William Little, Julian A. Giles, D.A. Porter
Bruce Hewitson (m)
5
An Old Find - vintage Wrenches Graeme plaw (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 29 - August 2017

Article
Author
Page
New Massey Harris and Allied Companies Spanner Book  
1
JH Gale Spanner David J Brownsdon (m)
2
Rexos Spanner George Radion (m)
2
Local Wrenches made in Masachusetts USA Franks De Candia (m)
3
Fox Shifter George Radion (m)
5
Ruscoe Pipe Wrench George Radion (m)
5
Rogers Stawell Spanner Daryl Symons
5
New Buncle Spanner Daryl Symons
6
Freight Australia Spanner Daryl Symons
6
Orphans - "Z" 040736, The Homing Tyre Lever George Radion (m)
6
Orphans - "CZ" Wrench, Drum Wrench, H V Mckay Hammer Spanner #S24, Roberts Bolton 2069 Spanner George Radion (m)
7
Spanner Key Chart  
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 28 - May 2017

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Bodman Socket Set Joe Caruana (m)
1
E.M.F. Co Detroit Revisited George Radion (m)
2
1857 Design Palmer, Adjustable Coach Wrench Joe Caruana (m) & George Radion (m)
3
W & C Wynn & Co Patent NG 19 Parallel Grips George Radion (m)
3
Cyclone and Connolly Shifters Steve Bower (m)
4
Raglan Handcuff Wrench Terry Butcher (m) & George Radion (m)
4
Bay State Quick Adjust Shifter George Radion (m)
5
Marmon Socket Set George Radion (m)
6
Dufor No5 Socket Set George Radion (m)
7
Austaloy Socket Set George Radion (m)
7
Stevens Walden Lug Wrench George Radion (m)
8
SKF Mystery Wrench Bob Wallis (HTPSWA)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 27 - February 2017

Article
Author
Page
Mystery Adjustables Ron Geesin
1
Austin Seven Tools - Part 2 Tony Press (member Austin 7 Club)
2
Leytool Ratcheting Spanners George Radion (m)
6
Unusual Coachman George Radion (m)
7
Early Sidchrome Advertising - 1947 Barry Black
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 26 - November 2016

Article
Author
Page
Austin 7 Chummy  
1
Austin 7 Tools - Part 1 Tony Press (member Austin 7 Club)
2
T Robinson & Son Maurice Stubbs (m)
7
Mystery Spanners - N.H.G.M.Co Ld, IHC Titan, Case Tractor, David Falla, Geoff Francis (m)
8
Mystery Spanners - Triumph & Planet Terry Butcher (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 25 - August 2016

Article
Author
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18 Pound Field Gun - Echuca Steam Rally Richard Bonnett (m)
1
Gun Mounting Wrench for Warhawk Maurice Stubbs (m)
2
Rose Bros of Gainsborough Ltd Maurice Stubbs (m)
2
More On Selby's "Matchless" Patent Cap & Nut Wrench George Radion (m)
3
Australian Railway Spanners: Part 1, NSWR Spanners John Hawking (m)
5
LUST D.R.G.M. Bicycle Wrench George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 24 - May 2016

Article
Author
Page
Kangaroo lsland History Museum Graeme Plaw (m)
1
Feedback - Stanley Hexmatic Graeme Plaw (m)
2
Gator Grip and Carlton Mid Wrench and Spanner George Radion (m)
2
I-Beam Spanner Handles Warren Hewertson (m)
3
Who made this Spanner? - Murrumburrah Maurice Stubbs (m)
6
W Byrne of Neill St Harden George Radion (m)
7
Orphan Spanners - SO&Co and Shell FW VM Langford George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 23 - February 2016

Article
Author
Page
Collection - Shearing Tools George Radion (m)
1
Frederick Selby & Co Ltd George Radion (m)
2
More Mystery Spanners - Crawford & Co, Killifer, Moon Motor Car, J K Byrne Joe Caruana (m)
3
De Dion Bouton Rowan Dryden
5
Palmer & Sons George Radion (m)
5
Bustron Wrenches
George Radion (m), Graeme McLeod (m) & Bob Wallis
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Sock-o-matic George Radion (m)
7
Draper and BDS George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 22 - November 2015

Article
Author
Page
Non-sparking Tools Ray Webb (m)
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Elliott Lucas Tools Paul Withers (m) & George Radion (m)
2
William Maiden's Registered Design Chris Vesper (m)
3
Feedback - Selbys Matchless Patent Wrench Michael Potter (m)
4
Chain Wrenches Bruce Hewitson (m)
6
Hugh Lennon Wrench Rowan Dryden
7
Whatsit - Elephant Brand Combination Tool Terry Butcher (m)
7
Double Ended Shifters John Hawking (m)
8
James Marshall & Co. John Such (SAHTA)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 21 - August 2015

Article
Author
Page
Key Wrench by J H Bolden  
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Peter Falla and Joseph Henry Bolden George Radion (m)
2
EMF Co Detroit & Studebaker George Radion (m)
4
Trailer Coupling Spanners George Radion (m)
6
Selby Wagon Wrenches George Radion (m)
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Orphan Spanner - H &B Ltd George Radion (m)
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Orphan Spanner - VI Ltd George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 20 - May 2015

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Len Hulands  
1
Feedback - Dingo Adjustable Wrench & Pexto John Hawking (m)
2
T Robinson & Co (TR & Co) George Radion (m)
3
Fordson Spanner Mystery John Hawking (m)
5
Napier Spanner and History Note Joe Caruana (m) & George Radion (m)
5
Rare Gibbins Spanner George Radion (m)
6
Adjustable Challenge - J.H. Williams & Co, Coes Key John Cairns (m) & George Radion (m)
7
Oddball Wrench - Black & Decker Auto Wrench Len Hullands (m)
8
Mystery Item - WA617 Steve Sullivan (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 19 - February 2015

Article
Author
Page
The Coxhead Tappet Adjuster NIB George Radion (m)
1
The Dowidat Story Ron Waterhouse
2
W H Verity & Sons John Hawking (m)
4
Feedback - Basin Wrenches Warren Hewertson (m) & George Radion (m)
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Feedback - Cotter Pin Pullers Graeme Plaw (m)
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Feedback - KNUT KING Steve Sullivan (m)
7
Monster Spanner Challenge Peter Dickson (m) & George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 18 - November 2014

Article
Author
Page
KNUT KING George Radion (m)
1
Vesta Battery Tools Terry Butcher (m)
2
Bemis & Call Terry Butcher (m) & George Radion (m)
2
Daniel Harvey, Agricultural lmplement Maker Richard Williams (m) Bruce Williams
3
Quick spanner Stories - Lennox?, Fordson, Ferguson, Snail Brand Richard Williams (m) Bruce Williams
3
Ford Z Tools Theo Lutgens (m) & George Radion (m)
5
Sunshine Pliers Terry Butcher (m)
6
Dingo Wrench Steve Bower (m)
7
Some of My Collection Bob Wallis (HTPSWA)
7
Adjustable Challenge Bob Wallis (HTPSWA)
8
Myster Spanner - ARAB George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 17- August 2014

Article
Author
Page
Biggest Spanner Challenge - Steve Bower  
1
Cotter Pins v Split Pins Geoff Pollard (m)
2
Monument Wrenches Warren Hewertson (m)
3
Nubo Catalogue Maurice Stubbs (m)
5
Cyclone Spanners Steve Bower (m) & George Radion (m)
6
Adjustable Challenge  
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Mystery Spanners George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 16 - May 2014

Article
Author
Page
Handy Key - H FORTH & Co, Sheffield George Radion (m)
1
Feedback on the GRYP Ted Whelan (m)
2
The Atlas Patent Pipe Wrench George Radion (m)
3
Blackhawk Drain Plug Wrench George Radion (m)
4
Gee-Jaytools - Geo Sample & Son John Hawking (m)
5
Call That a Wrench? & Lion Brand Mystery Solved George Radion (m)
7
Mystery Items - Nubo, Gesta & Reform George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 15 - February 2014

Article
Author
Page
Cordnel & Ansells & E Lucas & Son George Radion (m)
1

Newleva Feedback and More Information

George Radion (m)
2
More Ratcheting Spanners & Wrenches Graeme Plaw (m)
3
Harley Davidson Bicycle Wrench George Radion (m) & David Capon (m)
5
Mysteries Solved - King Dick George Radion (m)
7
Mysteries Solved - G R Smithson George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 14 - November 2013

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Maurice Stubbs Maurice Stubbs (m)
1
Wiles Footprints Terry Butcher (m)
2
What You Really Need To Go Motoring Maurice Stubbs (m)
3
FastNut & Alden George Radion (m)
5
Plierench Terry Butcher (m)
6
Sydney Harbour Bridge Spanner Terry Butcher (m)
7
MVWC Souvenir Spanner George Radion (m)
7
Mystery Item - NEWLEVA By FMR & Co. George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 13 - August 2013

Article
Author
Page
WA Rail Spanners Steve Wearing (m)
1
TOYANG Pipe Wrench Steve Wearing (m)
2
Brewery Related Spanners George Radion (m)
3
Smallest Adjustable Wrench George Radion (m)
5
Starrett Socket Wrenches - My Set Maurice Stubbs
6
Port Phillip Foundry George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 12 - May 2013

Article
Author
Page
Collections - Barry Pye  
1
Feedback Various
2
An Original Stilson Warren Hewertson (m)
3
Champion Socket Sets George Radion (m)
4
FastNut & FastFit Wrenches George Radion (m)
5
Tipco spanners George Radion (m)
8
Orphan - FERNHOLZ spanner George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 11 - February 2013

Article
Author
Page
John Hawking's 1971 BMW Restoration Project  
1
Gardner Diesel Spanners and Parts List George Radion (m) & David Capon (m)
2
Lysaght Scaffolding Spanner George Radion (m)
3
Modified Footprints George Radion (m)
4
Railway Spanners Marked NSWTD / GNxx Maurice Stubbs
5
EBC Adjustable Wrench Maurice Stubbs
5
Quick Adjust Monkey Wrenches Maurice Stubbs
6
Townley Melbourne Spark Plug Socket George Radion (m)
7
Keesteel Breakout Axe George Radion (m)
7
Orphan - Mauser Spanner George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 10 - November 2012

Article
Author
Page
Rolls Royce Merlin and Packard Merlin Engine Wikipedia
1
Bedstead Spanners - Feedback Various
2
Apollo Socket Set - Feedback Warren Hewertson (m)
4
Xcel Multihead wrenches George Radion (m)
5
Pratt & Witney Valve Spring Depressor Theo Lutgens (m)
5
Packard Merlin Tools Theo Lutgens (m) & George Radion (m)
6
Jayben Tools George Radion (m)
7
Orphan - Neil's Patent Reversing Spanner George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 9 - August 2012

Article
Author
Page
IHC Arbor Nut Socket Wrenches George Radion (m)
1
Meccano and Ezy-Bilt Stuart Lawson
2
Bedstead Spanners John Hawking (m)
3
Spanners & Wrenches Theo Lutgens (m)
5
Wallace & Tiernan - 50 Years in Australia Steve Bower (m) & George Radion (m)
6
Shave's Patent Stump Jump Reversible Disc Plough George Radion (m)
7
Orphan Spanners - E. Bay, H.E.J, 128, Realm George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 8 - May 2012

Article
Author
Page
Steve Bower's Method of Displaying Small Spanners  
1
Stilprint - Hybrid Stilson and Footprint Wrench Warren Hewertson (m)
2
Hans Dorn Patented Swivel Headed Wrench George Radion (m)
3
SID EGV CHROME Sidchrome Tool Roll and the Adjustable Tappett Spanner George Radion (m)
4
Apollo the Ferret Socket Set Joe Caruana (m) & George Radion (m)
6
A Few Wires Jeff Miller
7
A Wrench with Attitude Jeff Miller
7
Orphans - W.P. Hile George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 7 - February 2012

Article
Author
Page
John Piccoli Spanner Art George Radion (m)
1
Speetog Plier Clamp Maurice Stubbs (m)
2
The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Footprint Warren Hewertson (m)
3
John Deere Cutout Wrenches George Radion (m) & Joe Caruana (m)
5
Cleaning Chromed Spanners George Radion (m)
6
More on Mystery Sidchrome Spanners George Radion (m)
7
Hugh Lennon Cast Steel Spanner George Radion (m) & Steve Bower(m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 6 - November 2011

Article
Author
Page
'Cough & Splutter' - John Hawking Antique Car Club albury/Wodonga
1
Steve Wearing' Railway Spanners George Radion (m)
2
Sidchrome "S" shaped Spanner and Other Sidchrome Marks  
3
Mystery Socket Set "SWF" George Radion (m)
4
1920s Chevrolet Tools Book review
5
An Adjustable Pin Spanner Warren Hewertson (m)
6
Brake Riveting Tools George Radion (m)
6
Some Uncommon Spanners - Bonney "ZENEL" George Radion (m)
7
G & J Hall Sheffield George Radion (m)
7
Update - Gow & McFarlane George Radion (m)
8
Orphan - NA Horwood Bagshaw George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 5 - August 2011

Article
Author
Page
My Collection - Daryl Symons  
1
Some Interesting Adjustable Wrenches George Radion (m)
2
A Few Wrenches Paul Withers
4
Hanomag R45 Diesel tractor Parts List David Capon (m)
5
Mercedes Benz Museum Stuttgart Daryl Symons
5
Meadowbank Manufacturing Co George Radion (m)
6
Some Uncommon Spanners - Bridgeport Hardware Co (BHM) George Radion (m)
6
Hipswell Stud Wrench Warren Hewertson (m)
7
M J Hooper George Radion (m)
7
Feedback - Sidchrome whitworth Jaw sizes George Radion (m)
8
Orphans - M G Co, H L & Co George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 4 - May 2011

Article
Author
Page
Joe Caruana's Shed  
1
Darracq Automobiles and Spanners George Radion (m)
2
My Wrench Collecting Vin Minogue (m)
3
Spanner Jaw Sizes George Radion (m)
4
Buffalo Pitts George Radion (m)
5
A Few Odd Pliers Warren Hewertson (m)
6
GMH Lug Wrenches and Equip Spanners George Radion (m)
7
New Finds - Mckay Spanner, Minerve Shifter George Radion (m)
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Orphan - Rima Spanner George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 3- February 2011

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Author
Page
Displaying Your Collection - Phil Barnes  
2
Austaloy Tools and Parts from A G Healing George Radion (m)
9
Tools for Early Model Holden Cars Barry Black
3
Military Tools Maurice Stubbs (m)
5
Short Histroy of the Coes Brothers Phil Barnes (m)
7
Orphan Spanner - Cow/Gow McFarline George Radion (m)
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SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 2- November 2010

Article
Author
Page
Followup on Bulldog Spanners George Radion (m)
1
Partial Tool List KL Bulldog George Radion (m)
1
Yarra Gold Mining Co (YGMCo) Maurice Stubbs (m)
2
More on Multigrips Warren Hewertson (m)
3
New Multigrips ­ Miller Cyclone George Radion (m)
3
Yarra Boiler Works George Radion (m)
3
Marsden Tools George Radion (m)
4
Vin Minogue's Shifters George Radion (m)
4
Double Ended Crescent Wrenches George Radion (m)
5
Schults & Hill Adjustable Nut Pliers George Radion (m)
6
Adverts - Dufor & Bonney Tools George Radion (m)
6
Dodge Toolkit 1925 George Radion (m)
7
Orphan Spanner R359 George Radion (m)
8

SPANNER & WRENCH COLLECTOR # 1- August 2010

Article
Author
Page
Australian Multigrips Update George Radion (m)
1
Featured Makers - LANZ Tractors George Radion (m)
2
Billings Bicycle Wrench John Shifter
3
Ruston Proctor & Co Ltd George Radion (m)
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