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Re: [OM] How to take proper product pics outside (WB? (Spanners)

Subject: Re: [OM] How to take proper product pics outside (WB? (Spanners)
From: "Jim Nichols" <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2010 15:03:42 -0500
For heavy work, I have, for many years, used a 15" Crescent made by Crescent 
Tool Co., Jamestown, NY.  It still works smoothly, and the jaws show no 
damage or "play".  If need be, I am comfortable with slipping a length of 2" 
pipe over the handle for extra leverage.  It is black steel, with no 
plating.

I have other smaller "crescents" from odd manufacturers, but none as good as 
the original.

I have found that pawn shops are a good source for this type of tool, if one 
looks carefully at the merchandise.

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
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From: "Moose" <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Olympus Camera Discussion" <olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2010 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: [OM] How to take proper product pics outside (WB? (Spanners)


> On 11/6/2010 10:32 AM, Paul Laughlin wrote:
>
>> I am reasonably sure that the Crescent company, held the original patent
>> and for a number of years was the only manufacturer of the "Crescent"
>> wrenches in the USA.  Hence the name Crescent stuck.  The originals also
>> had good jaws.
>
> On 11/6/2010 4:30 AM, Chuck Norcutt wrote:
>> Crescent still exists but is now owned by a much larger company called
>> Cooper Industries (really located in Houston, Texas but incorporated in
>> Ireland)<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crescent_%28brand%29>
>
> Cooper went through the US hand tool industry, buying up old line 
> manufacturers of quality tools, then lowering the
> costs and cheapening the tools. Crescent was one of them. Sloppy 
> tolerances and soft jaw faces do indeed make them
> likely to damage fasteners - and fingers, when they slip.
>
> I have a now quite old crescent adjustable that is well made of quality 
> materials and has held up, but for several
> decades their stuff that I've seen has been cheap in price and quality. 
> Not the worst, just mid quality, mass market stuff.
>
> On a whim, I suppose mostly 'cause I can't resist a new gadget design, I 
> bought a pair of Crescent wrenches of a new
> design, with a thumb operated slider on the handle to adjust the jaws. The 
> handle is considerably thicker, to
> accommodate the adjustment mechanism, and the jaws are much thicker than 
> their usual, as well, probably to match the
> handle. 
> <http://www.cooperhandtools.com/brands/CF_Files/model_detail.cfm?upc=037103211453>
>
> There is quite a bit of opening width play in the movable jaw, although 
> the way it operates, that's not a problem. So
> far, in casual use, they have been pretty good. I mostly use sockets, or 
> fixed size combo wrenches/spanners, where
> sockets won't fit, but there are jobs where an adjustable wrench is a 
> quick and suitable tool. The 6" wide jaw Diamond
> was excellent in a bicycle tool kit and the 15" Diamond is indispensable 
> for plumbing.
>
> Monkey Wrench Moose
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