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Spanner and Allen Key Sizes

Correct Spanner and Allen Key sizes are given in the table below for the
normal range of bolt and nut sizes found in plant and machinery.
To minimise the risk of a spanner slipping and marring the corners of
a fastener, it is good pracse to use ring spanners (or the ring end of a
combinaon spanner) whenever possible.

Size
M5
M6
M8
M10
M12
M16
M20
M24
M30

Spanner
8 mm
10 mm
13 mm
17 mm
19 mm
24 mm
30 mm
36 mm
46 mm

Allen Key
4 mm
5 mm
6 mm
8 mm
10 mm
14 mm
17 mm
19 mm

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Important Note
The information below is generally based on conservative appraisals of the clearance required for open ended spanners, ring
spanners, and sockets. It is probable that smaller dimensions can be used if the wrench / spanner / socket geometry is selected at
the early design stage. The links on this table provide more detailed information.
For Bolt edge distances applicable to structural design refer to Edge Distances

Bolts Holes, Min Spacings, and Wrench / Spanner Clearances Precision Hexagon Bolts And Screws
Dimensions in mm
Tables for bolts and screws in accordance with BS 3692:2001..ISO metric precision hexagon bolts, screws and nuts. Specification.
Note clearance hole dimension "D" is in line with BS EN 20273:1992, ISO 273:1979. med fit

Size

Hole D Min P

M3
M4
M5
M6
M8
M10
M12
M16
M20
M24
M30
M36

3.4
4.5
5.5
6.6
9.0
11.0
13.5
17.5
22,0
26,0
33.0
39.0

14
17
20
24
30
37
42
50
60
75
94
104

Clearance
a

10
10
10
14
18
28
30
30
32
48
60
60

8
8
8
10
12
14
16
20
22
25
30
34

10
12
12
15
18
21
22
26
32
38
48
52

G
14
14
17
22
27
30
38
46
55
70
90

S
Nom. Size
Spanner(A/F)
5.5
7
8
10
13
17
19
24
30
36
46
55

H
(Sq.Drive)
14(6,3)
22(10)
22(10)
26(12,5)
26(12,5)
27(12,5)
29(12,5)
42(20)
47(20)
54(20)
70(25)
81(25)

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High Strength Friction Grip Bolts


Dimensions in mm
Clearances suitable for bolts & nuts to BS EN 14399-3:2005.. High-strength structural bolting for preloading. System HR. Hexagon
bolt and nut
Size

Min P

M16

56

30

25

38

27

S
Nom. Size
Spanner (A/F)
27

M20
M24
M30
M36

64
84
98
112

48
48
60
60

28
40
45
45

42
55
65
70

48
65
77
81

32
41
50
60

Clearance

Relevant links
1. Tecnocentro Wrench clearances.. Excellent source of relevant information - Better and more detailed than my
information
2. EngineersEdge Wrench Clearances.. American (inch sizes) similar to Information in Machinerys Handbook
3. Icrank Wrench Clearances.. American (inch sizes) .

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Size

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Size

M8

13mm

6mm

M10

17mm

8mm

M12

19mm

10mm

M14

22mm

12mm

M16

24mm

14mm

M18

27mm

14mm

M20

30mm

17mm

M24

36mm

19mm

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