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Found it buried on a jobsite. Anyone know what it’s for?

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Interesting.
Not sure exactly what it is, but it looks alot like what we use in my trade, and call a GOAT wrench.
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Its like a speed wrench, for a large spectrum of fastener sizes.
 

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I have one somewhere out in the barn. I believe it says "Alligator Wrench" on the handle. Not sure but I always thought it was just an attempt at one of those "fits everything" wrenches!
I'd say you're correct.
We primarily use square head fasteners, and the design works really good on those.
 

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I think you guys nailed it. The one in the picture flyweight posted shows only one side with teeth. Hard to tell with all the rust but I only saw one side with teeth.
What process does a guy use to try and “de rust” it to see if there’s any writing on it? Acid? Coca Cola? Any ideas? So far I smacked it around to knock some off but it’s going to take a soak or 3 in something
 

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I think you guys nailed it. The one in the picture flyweight posted shows only one side with teeth. Hard to tell with all the rust but I only saw one side with teeth.
What process does a guy use to try and “de rust” it to see if there’s any writing on it? Acid? Coca Cola? Any ideas? So far I smacked it around to knock some off but it’s going to take a soak or 3 in something
I’ve heard vinegar works, but I don’t know that myself.
 
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I'd be surprised if you could see anything. Mother nature has a strong foot hold in that one.
I found an old Bell wrench at the base of a pole 5-6yrs ago, looked like it had been there about 40 years. All the lettering in the casting was gone, and the pitting and rust has all but destroyed it. I had a friend media blast it, and then Cerakote it bright orange for me. Still in my oval bag in the work truck, should be easy to find if it gets dropped now, being bright orange.

Good reason to buy a blast cabinet.:whistle:
 

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if you're game try electrolysis to dissolve the rust but this one is to far gone in my opinion. But you never know.. be an optimist..
 

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I think it is an automotive wrench used to separate the ball joints of tie rods from the part they are attached to. Ask an auto mechanic and he can verify. You use some kind of a hammer to hit it and the angled front part forces it joint apart. I think I have one in my old tools box that is not rusty,
 

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I think it is an automotive wrench used to separate the ball joints of tie rods from the part they are attached to. Ask an auto mechanic and he can verify. You use some kind of a hammer to hit it and the angled front part forces it joint apart. I think I have one in my old tools box that is not rusty,
That would be a ball joint separator aka pickle fork, which is not a wrench but really just a forked wedge. I don't think that rusty tool is a ball joint separator as every one I've seen has a round handle.

Which BTW, I've never had luck using one. What works 1000x better is just get your air hammer or BFH and smack the part of the casting that holds the tie rod, ball joint, whatever. Usually pops right off then.
 

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if you're game try electrolysis to dissolve the rust but this one is to far gone in my opinion. But you never know.. be an optimist..
Electrolysis would be the best way to go. Easy to set up in a plastic bucket.
 

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I’ve heard vinegar works, but I don’t know that myself.
Soaking in white vinegar for a few minutes works for removing surface rust from parts, yeah. I do it all the time for cleaning steel gussets. There has to be metal left to clean though ;)
 

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if you're game try electrolysis to dissolve the rust but this one is to far gone in my opinion. But you never know.. be an optimist..
I agree with the electrolysis. It won't take off any good metal like sandblasting but the rust will disappear. Easy to do when the object is small.

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Mix some washing soda with water in a bucket. clean a spot on wrench and hang it into the water with some wire. Use an old battery charger or dc power supply and hook negative lead to hanging wire. Hook positive lead to some scrap metal or graphite sheet and stick in the water. turn on charger, wait 24 hrs. Search you tube for electrolysis.
 

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Never heard of “washing soda” before. Looks like I got a torture device to make :geek:
 
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