torque wrench advice

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by BeamingBeagle, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Haydon

    Haydon Adventurer

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    I love my digital snap-on because it vibrates when it is at torque setting.
    This makes it easy to get the correct torque even when you can't see the wrench (bash plate).
    Ease of use is important to me, even when using infrequently.

    Buy once, cry once.
    Buy cheep and weep.
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Pithy, if inacurate.

    Jim :brow
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  3. BeamingBeagle

    BeamingBeagle n00btube

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    Thx for all the info. While I'm still considering a more substantial purchase I picked up two hf's. A 3/8, and a 1/4. Probably return them but wanna give em a shot.
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  4. khpossum

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    I bought a cheap torque wrench, $20 or something like it, at Toolking 3 or 4 years ago. I finally wen thru my garage and put a superduper calibrator together in 45 minutes or so with some scrap parts laying around to check how it was doing after all the abuse.

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    Low and behold it just about right on the money, within +/- 1 FT.lb upto 30 FT.lb. I need to get a 2 gallon container to check upto 60 Ft.lb . Not bad for a $20 wrench. From her on out I can now check the accuracy in a few minutes.

    Please note the calibrated milk jug with the righ amount of water to create the required low torque (7NM??) with an 8" wrench for the 1150GS pivot bearings. I don't trust the torque wrench for such low values. I suspect BTW that when the vendors tell you an accuracy of say 4% that that means 4% of full scale. So with a 100 NM wrench the accuracy is 4 NM, even when setting something at 10 NM. Not very accurate at low values. Not sure about this though. Anybody have any idea?

    KP
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  5. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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  6. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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  7. BeamingBeagle

    BeamingBeagle n00btube

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    this looks amazing
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  8. moosemeat

    moosemeat Been here awhile

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    While at school, Snap-On offers us students a 50% discount on all tools. Nice huh? We even have a Factory Rep on campus. However the tools are still pretty pricey.

    Check out Matco.com quality stuff, bargain prices.

    P.S. No matter what one you go with, never use a torque wrench to loosen, only tighten...............:D...she'll last......this is a common mistake that kills torque wrenches. Buy a decent breaker bar for that sheee-ahh-it:evil
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  9. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    I bought a crapsman 3/8 with inch pounds and newtons. Twice it has failed me by not clicking at the dialed torque specs. I was very careful both times, broke some axel pinch bolts. I will never use one ever again.
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  10. Jazz62

    Jazz62 Long timer

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    Ditto my experience with Craftsman. Always set to zero after use, always handled with care. Used a maximum of two dozen times and it failed.
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  11. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer

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    Been buying Snap-on and Mac for 30+ years, Matco for a little less. IMO, Matco is good but not the same quality overall as Snap-on or even Mac. (I'm talking about the whole line of hand tools, not torque wrenches)
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  12. Xios

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    I got this one a few years back. You can change the head type ( box open socket , etc.)so it can be used on most fasteners. The best feature for me is that I have the ability to hold the valve adjustment screw, with the allen, while torquing the lock nut on my 1150GS. It goes from 4nm to 20nm. I've got a 10mm box, and a 1/4" drive head. It is very versatile.
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  13. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    WHY are you not building rocket ships or a new model KLR with mad skills like that!@

    :deal
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  14. diabolik37

    diabolik37 Push Dumb C***

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    I would like to understand more about both statements in this sentence.

    How would a digital hold the calibration lomger than a click one?

    And what does it mean "as you have to twist them down after each use and exercise them before each use".
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