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Discussion in 'Riding Gear - Accessories - Workshop Tools' started by Jake89, May 17, 2015.

  1. my67xr

    my67xr Bike Enthusiast Staff Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    I have a Warren and Brown 3200 1/4 drive 10-180 in/lb's, and an older model Sidchrome 1/2 Torque wrench
    I used to have a cheap $20 1/2 torque wrench about 30 year's ago, it was as accurate as my Sidchrome one between 20 ft/lb's and 110 ft/lb's

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    I haven’t purchased it yet bu I really need a small Torque Wrench and while I would love one of the new Warren & Brown digital units they are too dear for my casual use.
    While not cheap this Teng Tools item looks to be pretty good. Does anyone have experience with this brand?

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    Bunnings has a 3/8" Kincrome for $98 - wider range 5-80 foot/pounds

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/kincrome-3-8-drive-torque-wrench_p6100366

    I used the above as well as an old skool Warren Brown unit to rebuild the engine on Mum's Barina - it's still intact and I have redlined it a couple of times

    Super cheap has the toolpro ones on special

    3/8" 15-80 foot/pounds -$67.40
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p.../214304.html#q=torque+wrench&segment=1&page=1

    and 1/4" 40-250 inch/pounds which is a tiny 3.3 - 20.8 foot/pounds
    https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p.../214303.html#q=torque+wrench&segment=1&page=1

    I'm wondering if I should grab the 1/4" one for small stuff which risks stripping threads if it's overdone
     
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    I have my 35 year old 1/2 " drive Sidchrome unit for the larger stuff.. I must have used it on 15 plus engines in that time from 1200cc 4 banger up to a 400HP 350 Chevy and never had an issue with it...
    I did look at the ToolPro units at Supercheap about an hour ago while I was shopping for something else.. what I like about the Teng is that is also has the degrees on it for when you need to tighten to a set torque and then another "X" degrees.
    Then there is the ToolPro Torque adapter which is digital.. but I am not too sure on if I would like using it..

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    Does anyone know if using adapters (like 3/8th to 1/2 ) on a torque wrench affects the accuracy of the setting being used.


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    Makes no difference nor does using regular extensions (not sure about the wobble extensions though)
     
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    Thought if using the cheap crap adaptors it would .
    Have seen some cheap adaptors been twisted out of shape.
    If it was me , I'd use some high quality adaptors , then nothing to worry about.
    But Linkin does this for a living , swinging on tools .
     
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    Never had a problem using adaptors.
     
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    quality adaptors are no pro9blem but chinesium crap have been known to snap.
     
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    Sounds good then
    I have my old trusty W&B but I want something a little more modern and user friendly , especially for the smaller stuff
    There is only 1 1/2in drive that has a full 5-100Nm range and thats a Norbar and is silly money

    Ill just buy 2 , with a few extra sockets and adapters thrown in for good measure :D

    https://www.totaltools.com.au/96676-warren-brown-quarter-in-screen-torque-wrench-5-25nm-334251

    https://www.totaltools.com.au/115533-norbar-1-2inch-20-100nm-torque-wrench-model100-130103

    https://www.totaltools.com.au/15516...d-3-8inch-dr-metric-inhex-socket-set-tihvs112

    https://www.totaltools.com.au/13224...and-1-2inch-drive-universal-adapter-set-81205
     
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    I have a Snapon 3/8" micrometer jobbie with a large range. Must be over 40 years old but still as good as the day it was new. Hasn't been used in trade, only backyard stuff. I don't know what it's equivilent is now or price but I suspect there are cheaper options that are just as good. Just be careful to buy a genuine article whatever you choose and not an ebay knock off, ie. not a $20 tool with a $200 brand
     
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    I not guessing torque settings, some experienced people know by feel. I use Newton-Metres as my reference. Torque wrenches need to be quality tools.

    I started with a Sykes-Pickavant 3/8 drive with range of 8 - 60 Nm. Made in UK , about $350 comes with calibration certificate. Great range for working on motorbikes. Great little window for dialing in your torque setting.
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    For higher range i bought a high end Repco also made in the UK, 1/2 drive with range of 40Nm to 200Nm. $280. Perfect for wheel nuts, swing arm bolts etc.
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    I didnt think i need a smaller one until i did the Samco radiator hoses on my ZX10R and it said 3-5Nm for radiator hose clamps, guessing how tight bugged me, so i grabbed a Toledo 1/4 drive with a range of 2-24Nm, paid $120. Got those Radiator hoses perfect, great peace of mind. Not sure on the quality of that one, happy for one you guys to tell me its rubbish.

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    I can't remember what my brand of torque spanner I had , but it was like your Toledo as per picture.
    My Torque spanner was a pile of junk , it was so far out of calibration it wasn't funny , and it had done no work as such , it was like brand new.
    Threw it to the tip where it belongs.
    Warren and Brown tools for me.
     
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