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Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:07 am

This post is dedicated to the boeing spanner, question is how did it get its name ??, anyone know? its one of the unsolved mysteries maybe ?
the tool that can save many spanners on eng cx.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:25 am

OK, I'll bite.
What is a 'boeing spanner'?
All my time is on helo's and DHC teenie weenie airlines. I've never heard of it and we never used anything by that name on the chinook.

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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:40 pm

I'm kinda' curious myself;
Been a Boeing man for 20 years ( though not at all exclusively ) and I've never heard the term either. I know of various, specific, spanner-type tools for various parts of Boeing iron but no "Beoing spanner".

Could be we're talking the same language...except we're talking a different language Smile In other words, it's just a matter of regional terminology.

Some translated "Britishisms" I've had the pleasure of making the aquaintance of:

Spanner = Wrench

Nut runner = Ratchet

Bits = Parts

Gudgeon pin = Piston pin ( or wrist pin )

Snags = write-ups ( logbook )
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:18 pm

Does it look like this?



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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:51 pm

Dude that isn't a Boeing Spanner.

That is a Ford Wrench.

I know some guys that swear by the things.
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:03 pm

That pic is of a PIPE WRENCH.
Since its manufacturer is Ford,you could call it a ford wrench.
But the term is Pipe Wrench or Monkey wrench.
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:30 pm

It's not a pipe wrench, it's a Ford Wrench. The one in the pic is an original from Ford's model T days. They are still made by other manufacturers but we still call them Ford Wrenchs. The flats on a Ford wrench are smooth and grabbing a pipe with this would be difficult, they come in handy when you're to lazy to run back to your toolbox to get the exact size for a hydraulic or pneumatic line.

I'm not sure what a Boeing Spanner is. Can someone describe it or post a pic?

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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 02, 2004 6:42 pm

Nope, its a Ford wrench. A pipe wrench has teeth for gripping and would chew up any nut or fitting it was used on. The Ford wrench has no teeth and it a great tool, especially on large hydraulic B-nuts and such.

While we're on the subject, where did the term 'Boot Strap Kit' come from? (Regarding engine change equipment)
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sat Apr 03, 2004 2:22 am

I'll take a guess on the boot strap kit. On a 727 number 2 the chains go up both sides of the vertical kind of like the little straps on the side of cowboy boots. Same place the saying "Pulling yourself up by the boot straps" comes from.
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:32 pm

Guys, I think A/c train is pulling an April Fools Day question!
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:09 am

Me, april fools ???  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
no its serious, there is s spanner commonly used in the plumbing game which I use aswell as many others called a boeing spanner, dont tell me you guys use the correct spanner for the job ??? god, anyone would think you know what your doing.  Wink/being sarcastic.
its an adjustable with a huge jaw opening range, it gets on to those big hydraulic supply flexi hoses on the RB211 aswell as things like IDG oil filter housings its got like a 3" jaw range, its a gota have tool ! you need 2 in your box ideally.
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:19 am

No he isn't. I'd post a picture of a Boeing spanner myself only mines at work.

A Boeing spanner is an adjustable spanner (wrench). It's jaws are cranked approximately 45 degrees to the handle and they adjust from a minimum of about 1/2 an inch to about two inches. For some reason they are always painted orange.

Maybe they are called Boeing spanners because the design is about a million years old, just like the 737 NG ;0)

In the picture that "Ford" wrenches jaws are at approximately 90 degrees to the handle. It also looks to have been designed well after the 737.
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:30 am

I have a boeing spanner as well, but can not think of the manufacture so i can not find a picture of it on the net so i could post it. I will have a look at mine tommorow and try to post a picture of it. I dont know where the name boeing spanner came from but, looking at the previous replys i think its a british name for a wide jawed adjustable wrench in the uk aviation industry.
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 3:50 pm

As promised i looked at my boeing spanner today, it is made by a company called RIDGID from ohio. Heres a link to their on line catalog the Boeing spanner is the one on the top left.
http://www.ridgid.com/catalog/RT2003-010.pdf
 
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:21 pm

Thanks for that Bungle. I've never seen one of those before, but I can think of a few places that I could use one. Grainger has them here for 25 bucks, think I might pick one up.

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RE: Boeing Spanner

Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:38 pm

I have seen those wrenchs at Alaska Industrial Hardware.

Just don't have a reason to pick one up.
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Tue Apr 06, 2004 2:09 am

My dad had one in his tool box that I used for sinks all the time. Never thought of using it on aircraft.
Couldn't live without my Ford Wrenches though...
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Tue Apr 06, 2004 8:28 am

Such nicknames for tools are always very local.

What is a Ford Wrench in the USA, is a Svensknogle (Swedish Wrench) over here.

In the beginning I had no idea why it had that name, but I knew that the high quality ones came from a factory named BAHCO.

Then I inherited a very large wrench from my granddad, a very old one, probably close to a hundred years old. It has written all over the handle: Bertil A. Hjorth & Co, Stockholm

Mystery over!!!
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:39 am

In Germany we call such a spanner a "Engländer"= Englishman
There exists also a "Franzose" = Frenchman adjustable spanner.
a big pipewrench is called a "Schwede" = Swede

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RE: Boeing Spanner

Wed Apr 07, 2004 9:40 am

I have heard of the big pipewrenches being called swedes over here too.

Usually they are the ones with at least 21 inch handles.
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Wed Apr 07, 2004 9:47 pm

Dont they keep the Boeing spanners next to the belly stretchers on the ramp?
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 09, 2004 8:32 am

If it's a Rigid then that's why it's Orange all rigid tools are orange
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RE: Boeing Spanner

Fri Apr 09, 2004 3:21 pm

Actually, their aluminum pipe wrenches are grey  Laugh out loud
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