Kevin C Bacon.(Baconsdozen).
Worldwide mail order of imperial hand tools for older vehicles and machinery

I'd rather have to justify a higher price,than apologise for lower quality.

 
Whitworth/BSF and BA tools for older British made motorcycles,cars,commercial and other machinery.Mail order worldwide. To order sockets in BSW/BSF or BA go here,to order the same in spanners go here. If you  need to buy SAE/A.F spanners and sockets etc instead of whitworth/BSF etc then go here.
 

DIY range BSW spanners.

Pro Quality BSW spanners

BSW tool kits.

Deep BSW sockets.

BA sockets.

BA spanners.

 
Impact and chrome vanadium Whitworth and BSF sockets,spanners,tool kits.
 
 
 

Thread gauge 52 blades,whitworth and metric threads ideal for identifying and sizing BSW threads on old machinery avoiding damage by using the wrong fixings.Accurate,represents good value for money and ideal for DIY use.

 

Sets of BSW sockets and spanners. D.I.Y range

DIY range of whitworth combination spanners.Sizes 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16,3/8, 7/16, 1/2 and 9/16 inch Whitworth. These are the cheapest BSW/BSF spanners we sell,they fit well and are perfectly adequate for general use,we have sold hundreds with no complaints...14..00p . Can post anywhere. Scroll down for quality BSW/BSF spanners and sockets.

 

 

 Set of seven 3/8 inch square drive Whitworth/BSF sockets ,sizes 1/8 to 1/2 inch whit on socket rail,bi-hex (twelve point) chrome vanadium steel. The cheapest BSW sockets we sell a starter set for classic car or bike repairs and servicing but I also have professional quality 3/8 drive sockets in six or twelve sided form.   For larger picture 3/8 drive whitworth set click here.

 

A good quality Whitworth socket set for routine work on a classic car.

Professional quality.Deep Whitworth/BSF sockets.

A set of seven deep whitworth sockets, six sided (flank drive) by Koken of Japan, 3/8 drive.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch whitworth..Supplied on a chromed socket rail,very high quality,very accurate sizing and perfectly suitable for a commercial restoration workshop. This set contains the most commonly used sizes encountered on cars/motorcycles etc. Larger picture of the deep six sided go here.

 

Six sided Deep whitworth sockets
 
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A set of eight deep whitworth sockets, six sided (flank drive) by Koken of Japan, in 3/8 drive.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2 inch and 9/16 inch whitworth..Supplied on a chromed socket rail,top quality,accurate and perfectly suitable for a commercial restoration workshop.

 

 Set seven twelve sided deep whitworth sockets,1/8 through to 1/2 inch whit,and 3/8 drive..The twelve sided configuration can make access slightly easier on awkward to access nuts and bolts,being fractionally smaller in diameter and easier to drop over a recessed fixing. . These sockets are supplied on a socket rail.About Koken.

 

Deep Koken whitworth, BSFsockets
 
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Single deep Whitworth sockets in 1/2 drive.

I have some single1/2 drive Elora deep 9/16 inch whit sockets (as illustrated at 8..00p). Also English made deep whitworth sockets in 1/2 drive 5/8 inch whit ,11/16 inch whit and 3/4 whitworth at all these are twelve sided.Call for details.

 

 

Professional Quality Standard depth BSW sockets.

Set of seven,six sided standard depth whitworth and BSF sockets.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch,all are 3/8 inch drive and mono hex flank drive configuration to grip worn or rusty nuts and bolts less damage to brass or alloy fixings.Excellent quality as we have come to expect from Koken .A wipe over with an oily rag after use and these will serve a mechanic well for many,many years.Supplied on a socket rail.

Whitworth six point sockets
 

Set of eight chrome vanadium steel whitworth and BSF sockets,six sided,3/8 drive standard length sockets,sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2 and 9/16 inch whitworth. Made in Japan by Koken normal excellent quality from them. 39.50p will post anywhere.

Six sided Koken whitworth sockets amde in Japan..
 

 

Set of seven,3/8 drive sockets flank drive double hex configuration. Normal high Koken quality suitable for a professional restoration workshop.You can't fault the quality of Japanese steel and these are accurately made and will last for years.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch. whitworth 

 

BSW 3/8 drive sockets
 

Same set as above seven piece 12 sided 3/8 drive whitworth sockets but with a 9/16 inch whitworth socket added  Bi hex or 12 sided helps get a bit on hard to get fixings especially if using a coarse toothed ratchet .Koken chrome vanadium steel on rail..

 

Proper professional quality sockets.

Set of eight Koken 1/2 drive standard depth whitworth sockets.SIX SIDED. sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16 and 5/8 inch whitworth.the set is on a chrome plated socket rail. The six sided configuration helps cope with worn,painted or chromed fittings,those made of brass or alloy and lessens the chance of damage to them. 

 

Set of eight.

Set of ten Koken 1/2 drive standard depth whitworth sockets.SIX SIDED.sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/8,11/16 and 3/4  inch whitworth. May grip worn fittings better than twelve sided and with less risk of damage.Superb quality and ideal for a professional workshop and classic or vintage machinery.

Set of ten.

Set of eight Koken 1/2 drive standard depth whitworth sockets.Bi-hex (twelve sided) sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16 and 5/8 inch whitworth. Excellent quality and ideal for professional mechanics working on classic and vintage machinery,supplied with a socket rail to fix to tool box or workshop wall.

Some people prefer twelve sided sockets,others the six sided version.We offer the choice in most BSW/BSF socket sets and individual sockets.

 

Six point whitworth sockets set
 
Set of eight.

Full set of English made (King Dick) sockets.Chrome Vanadium steel from a long established make.Sizes 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/8,11/16 and 3/4 inch BSW. Bi hex and 1/2 drive these sockets are of very high quality and will last for years.

 

 

 

Professional quality large sized BSW sockets Genuinely made in England.

 

Examples (all bi hex) 7/8 inch whitworth  3/4 drive , 15/16 inch whit 3/4 drive , 1 inch whit  3/4 drive ,  1-1/8 whit 3/4 drive, 1-1/4 whit 3/4 drive , .All are English made Phone to order or check post cost,these larger whitworth sockets are heavy!.

A very large King Dick English made whitworth socket

 

German made top quality Whitworth/BSF sockets for professional use

About Elora.

1/2 drive chrome vanadium steel by Elora suitable for use in a commercial enviroment.These sockets are all bi hex (12 sided) Single sockets can be shipped to UK, Europe or Rest of World. To purchase more than one please ask for post discounted price.

 

Size 1/8 inch Whitworth.

Size 3/16 inch Whitworth.

Size 1/4 inch Whitworth.

Elora whitworth sockets for classic cars,bikes

Size 5/16 inch Whitworth.

Size 3/8 inch Whitworth.

Size 7/16 inch Whitworth.

Size 1/2 inch Whitworth.

Size 9/16 inch Whitworth.

Size 5/8 inch Whitworth.

Size 11/16 inch Whitworth.

Size 3/4 inch Whitworth.

Set of eleven whitworth/BSF bi-hex chrome vanadium steel sockets.Made in Germany by Elora to DIN standard 3124/ISO 2725 and DIN 3120/ISO 1174 and of superior quality.Please note,they do not come with the socket rail shown but are supplied loose..The sizes are 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2,9/16,5/18,11/16 and 3/4 inch Larger picture here.

 

Whitworth socket set by Elora

 

Six sided,professional quality BSW Impact sockets .

1/2 inch drive 7/8 inch whitworth deep

1/2 drive 3/4 inch whitworth deep

1/2 drive 11/16 inch inch whitworth

1/2 drive 5/8 inch whitworth deep

1/2 drive 9/16 inch whitworth

3/4 drive One and quarter inch whitworth (Suitable as hub nut socket),

.More available all professional quality.most made in UK.

 

We also have a few odd 3/8 drive whitworth sockets by the German maker Elora .From 3/16 to 1/2 inch

1/2 drive individual Whitworth sockets

 

Professional quality BSW spanner sets

Six piece set of proper professional mechanics quality whitworth/BSF combination spanners made by Elora in germany sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16 and 1/2 inch whitworth. Ideal for working on vintage machinery.Drop forged chrome vanadium steel accurately made, to DIN3113/ISO 3318 specification,suitable for constant heavy use in a professional workshop.  For larger picture of the Elora set click here. 

 

High quality Elora BSW BSF combination wrench set

Larger eleven piece set of Elora 205 series,German made,top quality chrome vanadium steel whitworth spanners, combination pattern. One conventional ring type end,other open.Perfectly suitable for serious professional use,restoring or repairing classic veteran or vintage cars  Sizes 1/8 to 3/4 inch whitworth.

 

set Elora whitworth combination spanners

 

Individual quality BSW combination spanners

Individual whitworth combination spanners from 1/8 to 3/4 inch whitworth are available by Elora and other makes.We have other makes in ring,combination and open end styles as well as some pre used or surplus stock.

1/8 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

3/16 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

1/4 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

5/16 inch BSW Elora combination spanner .

3/8 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

7/16 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

1/2 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

9/16 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

5/8 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

11/16 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

3/4 inch BSW Elora combination spanner

 

Larger sizes of individual spanners are available in Elora and other high quality makes.We also stock used spanners and sockets in the larger sizes of whitworth and AF.  Please ask for prices and details of current stock.

New 7/8 inch whitworth combination

New 1 inch whitworth combination

 

 

Whitworth Spanner sets,genuinely made in England

These high quality wrenches are made in England by a long established hand tool manufacturer.Open end and combination available. We have other sets not listed.please ask for details,prices etc

 

 

Set British Standard Whitworth combination spanners made in England.Five spanners sizes, 1/8,3/16,1/4,5/16 and 3/8 inch BSW. Chrome vanadium steel plated and polished,very good quality. .

 

High quality, combination spanner set in whitworth sizes 3/16,1/4,5/16,3/8,7/16,1/2 and 9/16 inch whitworth.Chrome vanadium steel chromed and polished . Please ask for details Larger picture here.

 

Quality set of English made BSW combination wrenches.

.British made (Abingdon King Dick) a set of double end cranked whitworth ring spanners 1/8 x 3/16,1/4 x 5/16,3/8 x 7/16 and 1/2 x 9/16 inch whitworth. Nicely made,good quality.. On the whitworth spanner page there are other sets of pro quality English made ring spanner sets listed.

 

Deep cranked box end whitworth wrench set.

Abingdon King Dick Open end BSW spanner set.British made Whitworth open end spanner set Sizes 1/8 x 3/16,1/4 x 5/16,3/8 x 7/16 and 1/2 x 9/16 inches whitworth.Well finished and accurately made.  click here

 

Open end BSW spanner set,English made.

Also available set of three spanners.King Dick.Open ended BSW . Sizes 3/16 x 1/4, 5/16 x 3/8 and 7/16 x 1/2 inch Whitworth.

 

 

7/16 inch whitworth (BSW) scaffolding spanner.The swivel head is six sided (mono-hex) and the handle is solid steel.

Whitworth scaffolders wrench

BA sockets,spanners,wrenches and BA socket sets.

Often found on old machinery BA (British Association) sockets and spanners are sized by number, 0 being the largest, 2BA is probably the most commonly used size.10 BA is probably the smallest most people will encounter.

 

DIY range BA socket sets.

BA (British Association) 11 piece socket sets Laser 0 to 10 BA.Six point, 1/4 inch drive on rail,chrome vanadium steel.Good value for money well made and accurate, a complete set of BA sockets including 9 and 10 BA. BA are not the same as AF,metric or British Standard Whitworth. Using the wrong sockets on small BA fittings can damage them .This is a popular set for model engineering,model making etc. For larger picture Laser BA sockets click here

 

 

British association socket set,DIY quality for routine maintenance.

 

 

Professional quality BA socket sets

Precision made BA sockets from Japan.1/4 drive BA socket set by Koken (Japan) Full professional quality Sizes 0 to 8BA inclusive. .These are six point (mono hex) to grip worn nuts.1/4 square drive complete with socket rail

 

Koken of Japan BA set

Top Quality Deep BA sockets.

 

 Very high quality deep BA sockets.1/4 drive and six sided. Sets of five sockets, 0,1,2,3 and 4 BA. An alternative to tubular BA box spanners,these are now virtually unobtainable and we will not split sets. .Larger picture here.

Deep 1/4 drive BA sockets set of five.

BA open end and combination spanner sets.

Set of four BA combination spanner by Elora.Accurately made midget spanners in sizes 0 , 2 , 4 and 6 BA.twelve point (bi-hex) ring ends apart from the 6BA spanner which is six sided.Good quality proper chrome vanadium steel and will last a lifetime,

Larger picture of BA combination wrench set  click here.

Six piece (sizes 0 to 11BA) open end BA wrench set in plastic wallet by Laser..Open end BA spanners are now becoming harder to source,these are proper forged spanners not the cheaper pressed flat steel variety.BA fittings are found on older electrical items,magnetos,dynamos,control boxes and instruments etc.For larger picture click here 

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BA open end spanner set

To Clear.A few individual BA sockets available by Elora.1/4 drive..Various sizes please enquire.

Elora six point ba socket

Set of three combination spanners 0. 2 and 4 BA. Made in England by King Dick.Good quality and nice somewhat old fashioned look to them 18..00p total cost 21..00p the set inc post to UK

Limited supply and no picture. Set of open ended BA spanners. Made in England by Abingdon King Dick. Cover the sizes 0 to 10 BA inc. Nice set very well made and great quality. Please note these are shaped,forged spanners not pressed out of flat sheet. , please phone to order.

 

 

We have various new BSW (Whitworth) BSF and BA box (tubular),combination spanners and sockets all priced to clear.

Some of the clearance sockets,spanners and other tools are listed on this page.


Taps and Dies.

Those working on older machinery are likely to come across various thread forms.The modern metric plus unf,unc,BA,whitworth,BSF,cycle thread,gas and others.I no longer supply these,but can direct you to someone who can,please ask.


Whitworth/BSF/Imperial/Metric spanner size conversion tables.
More comprehensive spanner/tool size charts and tables are here.
The markings on a spanner or wrench for Whitworth or BSF indicate the thread size of the bolt not the head,for AF (Across the Flats) or SAE tools they indicate the width paralell sides of the nut or bolt head in fractions of an inch (imperial) or mm (metric) .

Note the Whitworth and BSF sizes in this chart are for the older pre WW2 standard.During the war to save metal all bolt and nut sizes were made one size smaller. So pre 1940s tools still fit the later nuts and bolts and vice versa.

Whitworth / BSF and the metric or imperial (inch) Equivalent.
 
Imperial to Metric
 
Whitworth
BSF.
Metric.
Imperial (af).
 
A.F
MM.
1/8
3/16
8.64
.340
 
1/4
6.35
3/16
1/4
11.3
.445
 
5/16
7.94
1/4
5/16
13.34
.525
 
3/8
9.52
5/16
3/8
15.24
.6
 
7/16
11.11
3/8
7/16
18.03
.710
 
1/2
12.7
7/16
1/2
20.83
.82
 
9/16
14.29
1/2
9/16
23.37
.92
 
5/8
15.88
9/16
5/8
25.65
1.010
 
11/16
17.46
5/8
11/16
27.94
1.100
 
3/4
19.05
11/16
3/4
30.48
1.200
 
7/8
22.22
3/4
7/8
33.02
1.300
 
15/16
23.81
7/8
1
37.59
1.480
 
1.00
25.40
1
1.1/8
42.42
1.670
 
1.1/16
26.93
A tubular box spanner or six sided (six point) socket the closest size upwards might be a solution in an emergency (ie) a 19mm spanner will probably fit a 3/4 inch af nut.These have greater tolerance than 12 sided sockets but there is always a risk of damage to socket and or the fastening.Impact sockets are almost always six sided (mono-hex).Six sided sockets are less liable to mark or damage brass,alloy or chromed fixings such as wheel or hub nuts.

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Footnotes...It's recorded at least one English motor manufacturer in the 30's-40's using imported engines with metric threads,ground the heads of nuts and bolts down so that mechanics whitworth spanners would fit.Some smaller or more specialised makers used whitworth fastenings for some years after everybody else had decided they were obsolete and went over to UNF/UNC or metric,so even without any previous owners swapping and repairing bits it's not unusual to find an assortment of fastenings on old (and not so old) cars. Land Rovers for example have a transmission design with parts of it dating to the 1940's so it should be no surprise to find sundry whitworth fastenings scattered round the gearboxes on early models and I'm told BA fittings are still found on modern JCBs.
This is why joining an owners club and talking to other classic car and motorbike enthusiasts makes sense.
I've seen on at least two web sites that some whitworth and SAE (UNF/UNC) or metric nuts and bolts are interchangeable.This is wrong and,if applied to critical components (suspension/brakes etc) downright dangerous.The thread rate (TPI or threads per inch) might be the same in some cases but the thread angles are different (55 degrees for whitworth and 60 for metric,UNF and UNC) resulting in loss of strength,thread stripping or fastenings coming undone in service.The use of a decent thread guage to identify threads on classic car and bike restoration is advised.(see our repair,servicing tool section for a range of imperial,metric and whitworth thread gauges).We still send imperial based tools all over the world,there are still old DeHavilland bi planes flying in New Zealand and Australia,we've sent whitworth and BA sockets and spanners to aviation museums from Australia to USA and railway engine enthusiasts from Darlington to Darjeeling.There are countless examples of British engineering well over fifty years old still working or being lovingly restored in the most unlikely places.