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    Jon, I have made some like the second one in your list. Each size having 2 examples, one with the nut holder fixed and the other with a round and knurled outer surface. The first holds the nut stationary and expects that the bolt can be turned into the nut. The second is free to rotate and can be turned by a thumb, this is useful when the bolt/stud is fixed and you need to wind the nut on.
    I have these in 8, 10, 13 and 17 mm which are my most used sizes.

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    Hmmmm, I think the last one that Jon posted looks like a "universal" type that could be used on
    several sizes of bolts or nuts. Also has an advantage that the others don't. It could run a nut
    up a long bolt a long way since it is open on both sides.

    Cheers, JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjr2001 View Post
    Hmmmm, I think the last one that Jon posted looks like a "universal" type that could be used on
    several sizes of bolts or nuts. Also has an advantage that the others don't. It could run a nut
    up a long bolt a long way since it is open on both sides.
    Cheers, JR
    Yes but wouldn't your arm get awfully twisted?

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    Through hole allows running fasteners on threaded members of unlimited length...

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    Yes but wouldn't your arm get awfully twisted?
    Yes again, but think how fast he could then UNDO one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyfoale View Post
    Jon, I have made some like the second one in your list. Each size having 2 examples, one with the nut holder fixed and the other with a round and knurled outer surface. The first holds the nut stationary and expects that the bolt can be turned into the nut. The second is free to rotate and can be turned by a thumb, this is useful when the bolt/stud is fixed and you need to wind the nut on.
    I have these in 8, 10, 13 and 17 mm which are my most used sizes.
    Interesting. Each one of these has at least one cool little feature. I like how the extendible finger tool patent includes a drawing of all of the extensions:

    Extendible Finger Wrench Extensions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Interesting. Each one of these has at least one cool little feature. I like how the extendible finger tool patent includes a drawing of all of the extensions:

    Extendible Finger Wrench Extensions
    Very cool, thanks for posting Jon
    Cheers, JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Interesting. Each one of these has at least one cool little feature. I like how the extendible finger tool patent includes a drawing of all of the extensions:
    These double as marital aides. When you're in the doghouse, still have something to do in the shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjr2001 View Post
    Hmmmm, I think the last one that Jon posted looks like a "universal" type that could be used on
    several sizes of bolts or nuts. Also has an advantage that the others don't. It could run a nut
    up a long bolt a long way since it is open on both sides.

    Cheers, JR
    Yes but it would be very slow if you had a long thread. I think that a finger and thumb are required always when in use, limiting the thread advance per twist of the wrist. The two sides slide apart or together and so need a force to hold each side on to the nut/bolt. The advantage is that this device is suitable for various size hex or square heads. The disadvantage is that to avoid twisting your arm off you could only rotate it up to around 90 deg. which would be OK for square heads and include 60 deg for normal hex bolts/nuts. It might allow for long threads but it would not be fast because you would be restricted to one, or two at the most, flats at a time. You would need to proceed as; open, align with flats, close on flats, twist, open again, reverse twist and repeat ...................................
    In my humble opinion it is a poor solution and would end up in the "tools I never use box" very quickly.
    You can now get sockets with through holes, or a regular hand tapping holder (or similar home made device for hex heads) would run nuts up long threads much faster.

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