An adjustable wrench (US) or adjustable spanner (UK) is a wrench with a “jaw” of adjustable width, allowing it to be used with different sizes of fastener head (nut, bolt, etc.) rather than just one fastener, as with a conventional fixed spanner. An adjustable spanner may also be called a Bahco (European usage, see below), crescent wrench (US, Canada and New Zealand usage – see Famous brands section), adjustable end wrench (US), wrench, shifter, shifting spanner (UK, Australia), shifting adjustable, fit-all or adjustable angle-head wrench.
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