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Old 07-07-2019, 08:50 AM
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I know this is a dumb shit question because I do know how to make suck things... but life has seen fit to dump more shit into my lap than my mind is able to keep up with... as of late.

I need to make a rough 1" to 1-1/4" spanner socket just a quick cheap throw away because I'll prolly never use it again.

I thought of using a deep socket but I just don't have a spare large socket to spare, so due to size, I was thinking either make one out of solid stock or use pipe and weld in a spare socket I can part with...

If I go solid stock I think it would be a waste of material considering its a one time use... so, pipe flat plate and some 1/4" ket way stock might get er done

The question is to save time in making this I can spare a 1/2'' socket to weld into the inner part of the pipe but really need a 3/4" so if I use the plate metal to make a top of the pipe for a socket head... So, how would be the best way... Drill four holes then mill out the 3/4" square ?? Or just weld in a half-inch socket and be done with...

I also thought of using a cold chisel marching out a sizing bushing grind the chisel flat and a socket to fit it... but that will as well take time one way more than another but in typing all this none seem and less time than the other...

Geez, it's almost like being constipated... while having a brain fart...
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:29 AM
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One time use, just get an appropriate size pipe and heat and hammer to fit the nut/bolt hex.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:02 AM
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What exactly are you trying to make? A spanner and a socket are two entirely different things so I'm confused. If what you need to make is a standard size I'm bettin' that the easiest way to do it would start with a standard socket and modify as required. You can't begin to make anything that remotely functions like a socket for less than what you can buy a cheap one for...
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:03 AM
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Ok, how about this;

Start with a nut the same size as the one you need to turn. Hammer it in to the end of a tube and then knock it out again. Might need some heat or a bit of cutting and welding on the corners depending on what size nut and pipe we are talking about. That’s the spanner end done.

Now hammer the nut just a little way in to the other end of the pipe and weld in place.

Turn it with a regular wrench or socket.

Will that be mission accomplished or have I over simplified the problem?

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Old 07-07-2019, 10:27 AM
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This is how I make mine
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:51 AM
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"Spanner" is the most mangled tool nomenclature on the planet,
depending on where you are they mean totally different tools.

Can you post a picture of what you are trying to remove or install?
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Old 07-07-2019, 12:37 PM
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I think he’s trying to make a socket for removing something like an axle lock nut


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Old 07-07-2019, 01:19 PM
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...I think he’s trying to make a socket for removing something like an axle lock nut...
I momentarily thought that but any of the axle sockets I've seen are a lot larger than 1" or 1-1/4". I have made sockets in the 3" to 4" range using a piece of pipe or tube but for something as small as 1" I'd just buy a socket or wrench and butcher it...
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Yeah, Not sure if it's called a spanner socket or really what to call it... sorry for any confusion.

Here is a pic of the POS that I need to put back on the bobcat hydrostatic trans.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:55 PM
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I would go to HF or HD, Lowe's and buy a black Impact socket and grind it, I figure about $8 or less.
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