They go by many different names – hex keys, Allen keys, L-keys, Allen wrench – but whatever you want to call them, the uses for these tools are becoming more and more widespread each passing day. Prized for their ability to outperform conventual slotted and Philips head fasteners, manufacturers for many different items are switching to using internal hex fasteners for their fastening needs. Below are some of the areas where hex keys are just good to have, they’re required to have.
We’ve all been there, the big blue and yellow box store that sells every possible piece of furniture under the sun. That’s right, Ikea. HYPER LINKED “Ikea” uses hex keys in almost every piece of furniture from their store. They also standardized the sizing too, you’ll only ever need a 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm or 6mm hex key for their furniture products. Their furniture usually comes with a hex wrench for you to use but it often times just isn’t up to the task. Having a 35 Piece Set of American Mutt Tools Hex Keys will allow you to assemble your new furniture in no time.
Cars and Motorcycles
Ford may have started the widespread use of Philips head fasteners during the Model T assembly line days but a Philips head screwdriver won’t get you very far working on todays model cars. Most cars and motorcycles use internal hex and star (or Torx®) style fasteners. These fasteners give auto makers that extra bit of peace of mind that fasteners have been properly tightened. The 35 Piece Set of American Mutt Tools Hex and Star Keys ensures you have every wrench you may need for a Saturday afternoon in your garage.
Just like cars, bicycles have seen the shift from traditional Philips head screws to the use of hex and star style fasteners. Generally speaking, only the high-end bicycles will use star style fasteners. If you are an avid cyclist, we suggest taking a pair of folding star or hex keys on your next trip. These are lightweight and convenient alternatives to traditional long arm hex key sets.
Most electronics these days will use a smaller star style fastener. These fasteners help stop cam-out and rounding which can occur when using the smaller hex style wrenches and fasteners. It’s a good idea to make sure that you will not void your device’s warranty before disassembling your electronic device. The 35 Piece Set of American Mutt Tools Hex and Star Keys contains the star keys you need for most electronic device jobs.
Specialty Accessories and Appliances
If you work in construction or another industrial setting, we are sure you’ve encountered the dreaded security style star fastener. These tamper resistant fasteners have a pin in the middle of the fastener that prevents regular star styled wrenches from tightening or loosening the fastener. These are most commonly seen on home appliances or on toilet accessories such as toilet partitions in a public restroom. The 35 Piece Set of American Mutt Tools Hex and Star Keys contains the security star keys you need to power through any job.
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